Some of LA County’s older government buildings along Vermont Avenue between Fourth and Sixth Streets in Koreatown could be on the chopping block as the county launches a request for proposals seeking to transform three sites into new developments that would include a new home for the Department of Mental Health and either new office space, residential, or both. The “aged facilities” on the sites now have been deemed blighty, deteriorated, and inefficient in the official request for proposals.
The changes are headed for three sites, as broken down here:
Site One (510, 526, and 532 South Vermont): This 1.6-acre site is imagined as the future home of a shiny new headquarters for the Department of Mental Health, with 400,000 square feet of office space in a LEED-Silver-certified building. Preliminary renderings drawn up by SRK Architects (which are definitely subject to change) envision the new DMH as about 20 stories high with street-level retail space. There would also be parking for as many as 1,800 cars. These properties are currently housing a stubby building used by the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, parking space, and “a two-story abandoned structure with roof,” according to the official request for proposals.