Project Description: The 670 Mesquit Project proposes to construct a new mixed-use development totaling up to 1,792,103 square feet of floor area (the Project) on approximately 5.45 acres of land at 670 Mesquit Street (Project Site), along the southeastern edge of the Artists-in-Residence District within the Central City North Community Plan area of the City of Los Angeles (City). The Project would have a floor area ratio (FAR) of up to 7.5:1, and would consist of the following primary components: creative office space totaling up to 994,055 square feet, a 236-room hotel; 208 multi-family residential housing units; an Arts District Central Market (food hall); a grocery store; and general retail uses totaling up to 136,152 square feet; restaurants totaling up to 89,577 square feet; studio/event/gallery space and a potential museum totaling up to 93,617 square feet; and a maximum 62,148-square-foot gym. The proposed uses would be accommodated in five new interconnected buildings above subterranean and podium parking that would range in height from 84 feet to 378 feet in height. The Project would provide parking for a total of up to 3,500 vehicles using a combination of automated parking systems, valet parking, or other efficiency parking methods and parking would be provided in below-grade, at-grade, and above-grade structured parking spanning the Project Site. In addition, the Project may include a Deck Concept (Project with the Deck Concept) that would involve the construction of a 132,000 square foot Deck that would extend over a portion of the freight and passenger rail lines and rail yards (Railway Properties) east of the Project Site. Existing one- to four-story freezer, cold storage, and dry storage warehouses and surface parking would be demolished as part of this Project.
ANTICIPATED SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS:
Based on the analysis included in the Draft EIR, the Project would result in significant and unavoidable impacts related to: Air Quality (regional construction and operational emissions), Noise (on-site Project-level construction noise; cumulative on-site and off-site construction noise; vibration impacts during construction as it relates to structural damage and human annoyance), and Transportation (vehicle miles traveled [VMT] and geometric hazards). All other potential impacts would be less than significant or mitigated to less-than-significant levels.
FILE REVIEW AND COMMENTS:
The Draft EIR and the documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available for public review at the City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 221 N. Figueroa Street, Room 1350, Los Angeles, CA 90012, during office hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please contact the Staff Planner listed below to schedule an appointment.
The Draft EIR is also available online at the Department of City Planning’s website at https://planning.lacity.org/development-services/eir. Copies are also available at the following Library Branches:
- Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
- Little Tokyo Branch Library, 203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library, 803 Spence Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023
The Draft EIR can also be purchased on CD-ROM for $5.00 per copy. Contact William Lamborn at William.Lamborn@lacity.org to purchase copies.
If you wish to submit comments following review of the Draft EIR, please reference the Environmental Case No. above, and submit them in writing by Monday, February 14, 2022 no later than 4:00 p.m.
Please direct your comments to:
City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning
221 N. Figueroa Street, Room 1350
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Draft EIR Sections