Construction Underway of a 520,000 SQFT Mixed-use Development at 3545 Wilshire Blvd. In Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Koreatown, Jamison Properties, Gruen Associates, OPUS

By Jelena Krzanicki

Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood will soon be home to a significant mixed-use project proposed by the city’s Jamison Properties. Construction is now underway of a 520,000-square-foot, 428-unit mixed-use complex named OPUS, that will include two residential towers, retail space and a parking garage at 3545 Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown across the street from the Wilshire/Normandie subway station. 

Adding to Jamison’s long list of developments along Wilshire Boulevard, this significant private development project will span an area of half of a city block along the west side of Ardmore Avenue between Wilshire and 6th Street. The development is also in close proximity to the U.S. Highway 101 (the “Hollywood Freeway”) and Interstate 110 (the “Harbor Freeway”), providing excellent connectivity to the region via these two main thoroughfares. 

The 3545 Wilshire project will feature a 32-story building facing Wilshire and a 14-story structure fronting 6th Street to the North. The two residential towers will include a total of 428 apartments comprised of 7 studios, 125 one-bedroom units, 260 two-bedroom units, and 36 three-bedroom units, as well as 10,000 square feet of ground-level commercial and retail space. The two buildings will also be separated by a five-level above-ground parking garage with spaces for 800 cars and 500 bikes. Some of the other planned features include rooftop pool and bar area, a dog park, fitness centers, co-working spaces, and an indoor golf range. The projected timeline for completion is approximately 22 months, and the apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy in March 2024. 

Koreatown, home to many of Los Angeles’ oldest buildings and skyscrapers, has long been one of the most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods west of downtown LA. Located south of Hollywood, it was once considered the heart of Golden Age Hollywood, while today the mix of Korean and Latino cultures attracts frequent visitors to its many nightclubs and restaurants. Jamison’s latest development will occupy a prime location next to two Koreatown landmarks: the Line Hotel and BCD Tofu House. 

OPUS was designed by the renowned Los Angeles-based architectural firm Gruen Associates, an international firm specializing in planning and urban design. Gruen Associates’ history spans over 70 years of creative solutions in architecture and design, during which time they were successful in creating some of LA’s most well-known landmarks, such as The Wilshire Beverly Center and more recently the Audrey Irmas Pavilion.

Jamison Properties, the real estate development arm of the Jamison organization and one of the largest private landlords in Los Angeles, is the city’s leading multifamily development firm with experience in both high-rise and low-rise construction and adaptive reuse conversions. Some of their most recent multi-family adaptive reuse projects include the Abbey Apartments, the Arden, and the 3921 Wilshire development.