Garment Lofts Honored by Downtowners of Distinction!

DTLA - Downtown Los Angeles today has little in common with the Downtown of 2000. Sure, the basic geography is the same, a lot of people still work here and many landmarks endure, but almost everything else is different: There are more high-rises dotting the skyline, more restaurants, more businesses and more parks. The residential population has swelled by nearly 40,000, and Downtown  is now a nightlife hub.

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Every year brings change, but in 2015 the change was even more pronounced than usual, thanks to a clutch of diverse projects that will impact life in the neighborhood for decades to come.

In the following pages, Los Angeles Downtown News highlights some of the transformative additions from the past year with our 15th annual Downtowners of Distinction Awards. The prizes are dispensed by district, and when choosing winners we sought to identify projects that had the greatest positive effect on their individual community, and also benefitted Downtown as a whole (prizes were not given in every district).

The nine district winners for 2015 were selected by the editorial staff of Downtown News, and the awards will be handed out Tuesday, Feb. 23. Next week the Project of the Year, selected from among the individual winners by leaders from each district, will be revealed.

Picking a winner isn’t easy, and in several instances there were other projects that clearly deserved recognition. We only give one Distinction award in each district, but we wanted to highlight some of those who worked hard to better the neighborhood. 


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CURBED LA: Inside the Fashion District's Fabulous New Apartments in the Garment Capitol Building

It was only a matter of time before this handsome Fashion District edifice got the mixed-use treatment. Finally getting some much-needed rehabbing, the fantastic Garment Capitol Building has now transformed into breezy apartments and ground-floor retail, all inside a remarkable, 1926 Gothic Revival shell. Bel-Air-based developer Capital Foresight (Santa Fe Lofts; Title Insurance building) is pumping $20 million into the overhaul—it will be CF's first finished adaptive reuse project, says the Downtown News.



Coucil Member Jose Huizar Welcomes Garment Lofts to DTLA Fashion District!

"This morning, I had the honor of unveiling The Garment Lofts, one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the Fashion District. The Garment Building is the first of several projects bringing residential units to the Fashion District. In particular, they're reinstalling the finials - beautiful architectural projections that was removed from the building after a fire in 1953 - back all along the roofline. As DTLA continues to grow, it is important that we also help preserve the historic pieces within our community." - Jose Huizar (Official Facebook Post)