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Arts District Project Gets $54 Million

Construction work is heating up in the Arts District to keep pace with the high demand for office space in the area.

Produce LA, an office development at 640 S. Santa Fe Ave., is one of the latest projects to receive construction financing.

The development received a $54 million, three-year loan from an undisclosed lender. The financing is subject to a floating rate with two one-year extension options. It is also subject to full-term, interest-only payments.

Meridian Capital Group’s Seth Grossman and Sarah Kuebler arranged the financing.

Produce LA will have 113,600 square feet spread over four stories. In addition to office space, there will be restaurant and retail spaces on the ground floor and a rooftop terrace. The office space is being designed to cater to either one tenant or multiple tenants. Two levels of underground parking and an adjacent surface lot also are planned.

The project, which sits in an Opportunity Zone, is being developed by Continuum Partners.

The site is near other well-known projects in the area including Soho Warehouse, a membership club by Soho House Group at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave.; The Maxwell, a project by Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. that is home to a WeWork Cos. Inc. location; and Warner Music Group Inc.’s L.A. headquarters, which its parent company purchased recently for $195 million.

The Produce LA site is also located near the upcoming Sixth Street Viaduct project, a new bridge and a 12-acre park.

Major office projects under construction in the Arts District include the 90,000-square-foot Santa Fe Business Center and the 1.2 million-square-foot ROW DTLA. There’s an additional 2.6 million square feet of office space proposed in the Arts District, according to a report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.

In the third quarter, the office vacancy rate downtown was 15.8%, down from 16.3% the previous year. The asking rate for Class A office space was $3.87 a square foot, up 29 cents over the previous year, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Hannah Madans Welk
Hannah Madans Welk
Hannah Madans Welk is a managing editor at the Los Angeles Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. She previously covered real estate for the Los Angeles Business Journal. She has done work with publications including The Orange County Register, The Real Deal and doityourself.com.

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