Blossom Plaza Blossom Plaza has 237 apartment units with 53 low-income units.

LOS ANGELES—Chinatown has officially joined the new Downtown Los Angeles. The market started to receive developer attention a few years ago, and is now seeing its first mixed-use project open its doors. Blossom Plaza, a $100-million mixed-use complex from Forest City, has officially opened its doors. The five-story property has 237 apartment units, including 53 low-income units, retail space and a three-level parking garage. The property also sits directly on a Metro station, giving it extremely close proximity to public transit.

Chinatown is one of the last neighborhoods in the downtown market to be impacted by the renaissance. “As land around the Staples Center and the Downtown core gets ever more expensive, developers are beginning to branch out into neighboring communities that are adjacent to the Downtown core,” Mark Tarczynski, an EVP at Colliers International and a Downtown Los Angeles market expert who was not involved in the project, tells “The land is cheaper and these developers are building a similar product type at a lower entry-level cost. They are able to then deliver a quality product at an arguably less expensive rent.” The developer and contractor, Benchmark Contractors, a division of Morley Builders, did not respond to several requests for comment.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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