A significant transformation is now under way in the Industrial District with the redevelopment and reuse of the 7th Street Produce Market into ROW DTLA. Originally the L.A. Terminal Market, the development is being designed principally by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and House and Robertson, executive architects. According to the L A Times (Abagail Stone, October 1 2017), Rios insisted on “keeping as much of the age and the old paint…the dirt and grit as possible…” The result integrates past and present, and with the neighborhood and the surrounding arts-driven community.
The Southern Pacific Railroad commissioned famed Los Angeles architect John Parkinson, along with others to design the complex and it was built between 1917 and 1923. The six buildings and sprawling courtyard it encompasses were significant in the distribution of California-grown produce to the rest of the country. In fact, one percent of the fruits and vegetables enjoyed by Americans still originate from here.
Situated on 30+ acres, from 7th Street to 8th Street, and from Central Avenue to Alameda Street, buildings are eighty-five feet tall with multi-paned windows, and large, open floors for the upper floor offices.
ROW DTLA is integrating a variety of uses including retail, restaurants, creative office and Smorgasbord, the now must-do Sunday foodie event held weekly in the core courtyard area (pictured).
Taking its cues from a traditional contiguous walkable downtown, ROW DTLA is appealing to mix of independent merchants and emerging brands, as well as office commercial uses.
Among current lessees are A+R a high-end furniture and lighting store, Tokyo Bike (pictured), Poketo, Rappahannock Oyster Bar and Bodega, and a cutting-edge Boston-based menswear store. San Francisco’s Tartine Manufactory, a 38,500-square-foot food hall will open early next year, and their pizzeria collaboration with Chris Bianco. Also open or coming are health and wellness offerings —Shadowbox, Bender Yoga, Nova Arts Salon.
The site also boasts a ten-story 4,000 space parking structure with a landscaped roof, the largest of its kind in the county. And, there is speculation that a hotel may be developed as well as a garden on the former now vacant American Apparel parking lot bordering Alameda Street, further integrating the property and the neighborhood.
This is a major project not only for downtown Los Angeles but especially for the Industrial BID area, and it is hoped that ROW DTLA will serve as a catalyst to attract additional improvements in the district.
And visit ROW DTLA for the 7th Street Produce Market Centennial, celebrating its 100 years of history Saturday November 4, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome ROW DTLA!