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Delijani Looks to Add 155 Bite-Sized Condos in the United Building

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2008, at 04:04PM
State Theatre -- 703 S. Broadway Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The United Building, located at 707 S. Broadway, could be converted to 155 condo units.

The United Building, better known as the State Theatre Building, could soon become home to 155 live-work condo units. An application for the Vesting Tentative Tract was submitted to the city in November, and a hearing has been set for mid-April. The 12-story building, built in 1921, is currently home to office and jewelry manufacturing uses. Delijani had previously talked of a potential boutique hotel on the site.

Most interesting about the plan is the size of the units the building would contain. The smallest unit would be only 304 sq. feet, while average unit area would be 494 sq. feet. Only one unit per floor would be over 1,000 sq. feet.

And why such small units? The Request for Variance says that "the design and structure of the existing building, including its existing historical elements, do not allow for the minimum and average units sizes as specified in the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance." It cites "historical elements (i.e., interior walls and doors)" as special circumstances that should lead to the city allowing such small units.

Last August the City Council passed new planning rules that would allow such smaller units within Downtown. At the time there was much discussion of whether there would be a market for such little units in Los Angeles.

A hearing on the tentative tract is scheduled for April 16th at 10:45am.

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