New 13-story tower, a community center, retail, more than 200 units of housing
County supervisors unanimously approved today a plan to redevelop older buildings and parking lots along Vermont Avenue with new government offices and lots of housing. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said the project will erase blight and called the addition of a community center and affordable housing a “victory” for the Koreatown community.
County-owned land along Vermont Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets house the department of mental health; parks and recreation; and community and senior services. In development plans, the properties are divided into three sites from which two new buildings—one for the county department of mental health and the other for affordable housing—will rise. One of the existing buildings will be transformed into a collection of market-rate residential units.
Site One houses the parks and rec office building, a parking lot, a red-tagged building, but will give way to a new, $270-million tower that will, “consolidate administration offices throughout the area and be the home to nearly 2,000