Downtown Los Angeles experienced its first golden age in the early 1900s due in part to its extensive municipal and private railway system. The railway system connected four counties and resulted in a steady influx of residents and businesses. The city developed into a large metropolitan area with Downtown Los Angeles at its center. Following World War II the development of Los Angeles' freeway network and the subsequent increase in car ownership contributed greatly to the city's suburbanization. Both residents and businesses eventually favored suburban communities and moved away from Downtown Los Angeles. Although the area remained Southern California's core central business and financial district, the area declined economically and developed a negative reputation.
Beginning in the early 2000s Downtown Los Angeles began a transformation from an area where locals only worked, to one where they also lived and spent weekends at. The area has experienced significant residential and retail development. The Los Angeles City Council adopted the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (ARO) in 1999, significantly streamlining the redevelopment of historical buildings while also preserving their original character. The adoption of the ARO has seen the number of condominium units in Downtown Los Angeles increase sevenfold from 1999 to 2015, with many more under construction or proposed.
Situated on the corner of Garland Avenue and West 8th Street just west of the 110 Freeway, Trinity Residential Tower is a proposed residential real estate development by American Eastern Group Downtown. Trinity Residential Tower is 26 stories with a total of 66 residential units. In addition to numerous amenities for residents, the project features a sizable outdoor terrace (sitting atop a 4-story parking structure) that contains a pool surrounded by generous amounts of landscaping. Trinity Residential Tower is currently in pre-construction.
Location: Los Angeles, United States
Gross Building Area: 20,000 m^2
Scope of Service: Schematic design, design development
Client: American Eastern Group Downtown
Architect: GDS Architects (Pasadena, United States)