The area is also called the “New Jersey of downtown LA.  Most of the pedestrian, retail, and residential action in City West—the neighborhood across the 110 from Downtown—tends to happen on Wilshire Boulevard, but a mammoth three-building project from Holland Partner Group is working on spreading the love up to Sixth Street. The project is now in full-on construction mode, reports the LA Times, and will bring two new seven-story mixed-users, plus convert a 1920s medical office building into rentals, creating a total of 648 new units in the area and 25,000 square feet of retail. Architects Togawa Smith Martin (Access Culver City, Megatoys project, etc.) is adding landscaped courtyards, paseos, and a public plaza facing Sixth Street.

The neighborhood once called Downtown’s Jersey has nearly 900 new (or newish) residential units by Downtown News’s reckoning, including the recently opened 1111 Wilshire. Once planned as a 30-story tower, before the downturn got in the way, the seven-story apartment building has 210 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, renting for between $1,570 and $4,200 a month. Developed by Holland Partners (who are the ones behind the 642-unit development scheduled to break ground around the corner in 2014), the building has amenities like a rooftop pool/spa/barbecue area, two-level gym, media room, and bike storage.