Jamison to Flip More Los Angeles Office Space Into 700 Apartment Units

The developer submitted an application to repurpose a 33-story, 600,000-square-foot office tower

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Jamison Services, which has long been converting offices into housing in Los Angeles, has added another big project to its plans. 

The developer submitted an application to flip a 33-story, 600,000-square-foot office tower in Downtown L.A. into a mixed-use property with almost 700 multifamily units and 48,000 square feet of amenities. Urbanize first reported the adaptive reuse project in the face of the downtown office market’s ongoing troubles.

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The former ARCO Tower at 1055 Seventh Street, just west of the U.S. 110 Freeway, rises approximately 464 feet, and was completed during the late 1980s office-building boom. L.A. Care Health Plan is vacating the property and moving to a neighboring building in 2024.

Jamison plans to add 691 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, ranging from 538 to 1,304 square feet, as well as theaters, fitness rooms, lounges and business centers.

Last month, the same firm filed plans to convert a 17-story office near Beverly Hills into an apartment property with 210 units, and also to flip a 1970s office with 95,000 square feet between Koreatown and Westlake into 141 units.

City officials are working to expand adaptive reuse rules to enable more conversions of empty commercial buildings. A proposed update would expand the rule to include all buildings completed before 2008, as well as buildings between 5 and 15 years old with zoning approval. State lawmakers are also working on legislation to make such conversions faster and less expensive. 

Gregory Cornfield can be reached at gcornfield@commercialobserver.com.