June 2012: On the Drawing Board

Reuse of L.A.’s historic Dunbar Hotel; new National Guard Bureau at Hanscom AFB; Valencia College’s collaboratory; Chicago warehouse turned winery; China Mobile’s new headquarters.

May 31, 2012

Adaptive reuse of LA’s historic Dunbar Hotel greenlighted

Construction has begun on the renovation of the Dunbar Hotel, originally known as the Hotel Somerville, which was the focal point of the Central Avenue African-American community in Los Angeles during the 1930s and ’40s. Withee Malcolm Architects’ design for the project, now called Dunbar Village, includes the complete renovation of the hotel and the Somerville Apartments to create an 83-unit mixed-use project. Preserving Dunbar Hotel’s historic brick façade, the new design provides 41 residential units of affordable senior housing. The Somerville Apartments will be transformed into 42 units of affordable housing, with two-, three-, and four-bedroom units for families of all ages. Thomas Safran & Associates and the nonprofit Coalition for Responsible Community Development were selected to develop the project, at an estimated cost of $29.3 million.


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