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Scaled Back 1111 Wilshire Breaks Ground in Ever-Changing City West

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, June 07, 2011, at 07:56AM
1111 Wilshire Rendering Holland Partners

Rendering of 1111 Wilshire, a seven-story, 210-unit residential property that will have its official groundbreaking on Thursday.

On Thursday, Holland Partners will hold its official groundbreaking for 1111 Wilshire, a 210-unit residential project just a few blocks west of the 110 freeway.

Holland is no stranger to the City West neighborhood, roughly bounded by the 110, Witmer, 2nd and 9th. The developer opened Glo at 1050 Wilshire in 2007 and bought the 1111 Wilshire site from Good Samaritan Hospital that same year for $45 million.

The economic downturn put a serious crimp in plans for the project, and the seven-story structure that Holland now breaks ground on doesn't bear much resemblance to the 397 units—265 of them in a 30-story tower—that it first proposed.

One could make the argument that the the scale-back mirrors the evolution of City West, which in the 1960's became home to two major oil companies and was pushed in the 1980's as the next hot place for Downtown high rises. Two towers were built: the 33-story 1055 W. 7th and the 37-story 1100 Wilshire, which was converted to residential in 2006.

Instead, the neighborhood has sneakily become one of Downtown's denser residential districts.

Still, the gulf of the 110 looms large, and has been the source of most of the neighborhood's nicknames over the years, whether the 1980's "West Bank" or today's "Downtown's Jersey."

Whether City West can continue to craft its own identity will depend a lot on how developers like Holland choose to see the space west of the 110.

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