In Koreatown, prolific local developer Jamison Services, Inc. is putting the finishing touches of Gemma, a housing complex involving the adaptive reuse of a mid-century office building and new construction above an adjoining parking garage.
The project, located at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue, is centered on the conversion of a 1950s office tower into rental apartments. The 13-story building is scheduled to reopen in December 2021 with 206 apartments on its upper floors, while retaining existing ground-floor retail.
The nearly finished product closely resembles renderings of design work by Corbel Architects, which depicted the contemporary mid-rise building lined with red horizontal bands.
On a neighboring site at 678 S. Ardmore Avenue, Jamison has transformed the office building's two-story parking garage into the podium level of a new apartment complex. Five floors of wood-frame construction will contain 123 residential units, as well as a courtyard swimming pool and a rooftop amenity deck.
The new construction, designed by DFH Architects, is on pace to open in October 2021.
Gemma represents a tried and true formula for Jamison Services, which previously transformed the former Los Angeles area offices of Texaco into a housing development known as the Crosby. That project also involved the construction of new housing above an existing parking structure just south of Wilshire Boulevard on Catalina Street.