188,954 SQFT Creative Office Building Proposed in Los Angeles’ Arts District

Los Angeles, Arts District, Continuum Partners, Culver City, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, Los Angeles River, Produce LA, Denver

By Catherine Sweeney 

A 188,954 square-foot creative office building could soon be taking shape in Los Angeles’ Arts District, after the City completed an environmental review of the project. An application for the project was initially submitted in November of 2020 by Continuum Partners. 

The project site is located at 655 Mesquit Street on just over 1.5 acres. According to submitted plans, the project includes a fourteen-story commercial building with approximately 184,629 square feet of office space and 4,325 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Additionally, the project would include a parking garage with space for 397 vehicles and 146 bicycle parking spaces. 

The building will primarily consist of office space on floors seven through 14. The sixth story, however, will feature 16 foot story ceilings and serve as an event space for farmer’s markets, flea markets and other community events. Parking levels will take up the remaining floors, which will be screened in with metal and glass to conceal vehicles and add to the building’s overall design. 

The building is being designed by Culver City-based architecture firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects. Renderings from the architecture firm show a sawtooth-pattern exterior with balconies and plenty of outdoor space. The building features a landscaped rooftop deck and a courtyard, which will have a pedestrian paseo running through it. 

The project site is located in the Arts District, home to many office and warehouse-style buildings. The site is also within walking distance to the Los Angeles River and near Interstate 5, U.S. 101 and California Route 60. Several bus stops are also within close proximity to the site.  

Currently, the property is developed with a 54-vehicle parking lot, which will be demolished in order to make way for the proposed project. The remaining portion of the project site is home to Produce LA, a 116,000 square-foot creative office building also developed by Continuum Partners. The four-story building was completed earlier this year. 

The Denver-based development firm was founded in 1997, and now has active projects throughout the United States. With a focus on large scale, mixed-use, urban projects, the company currently has active projects in six states, including California, Nebraska, Texas, Illinois and Colorado. 

Neither Continuum Partners nor Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects responded in time to comment on this story.