It includes the landmark Art Deco building, plus 12 acres of adjacent land
By Steven Sharp | Urbanize LA
Following a vote taken last month by the Board of Supervisors, it’s now official: the request for proposals seeking developers for the massive General Hospital building has hit the streets.
The landmark Art Deco building, completed in 1934 at the heart of what is now the L.A. County + USC Medical Center campus, stands 19 stories in height and features more than 1.2 million square feet of floor area. Nonetheless, the tower has been largely vacant above its ground floor for well over a decade, a precaution due to damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
For five years, in an effort led by First District Supervisor Hilda Solis, the County has sought a potential adaptive reuse of the building, potentially as an opportunity for new housing. That initiative was recently bolstered by the 2022-2023 state budget, which allocates $50 million to toward a structural retrofit of the building. Solis and her office have also explored reallocating leftover funds for other projects at the LAC + USC campus toward the project.
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