The Wilshire Mullen Project is a 4.25-acre campus located on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard between Muirfield Road and Rimpau Boulevard and 8th Street and Wilshire Boulevard. The vision for the project was created through extensive community outreach and blends historic renovation with modern design to create 81 condominiums and six single-family homes for a total of 87 residential units. The existing eight-story Farmers Insurance building will be thoughtfully renovated and converted into luxury residences, while new low-density townhomes, duplexes, single-family homes and residential amenities will be constructed on adjacent surface parking lots.
The redevelopment concept for the Wilshire Mullen Project was initially introduced in 2015 as a mixed-use residential and office project at 4622-4680 Wilshire Boulevard. After extensive community feedback, the plan was modified to its current form. The project team valued neighborhood input and during the past few years, working with residents and community leaders, further revised the design to sensitively address community comments. This resulted in an improved residential plan (with the elimination of the commercial use) for the property in the prestigious Wilshire Corridor.
The teams will comply with the Los Angeles Green Building code and feature energy and water efficient systems in their designs.
The revised Wilshire Mullen Project plan calls for an all-residential project consisting of 87 market-rate housing units and two-levels of subterranean parking located on 4.25 acres fronting Wilshire Boulevard.
The former Farmers Insurance headquarter building will be transformed into 63 condominiums. The project will feature considerable residential amenities including a pool, gym and spa area, communal kitchen, café area and game room as well as a library, club room and storage facilities located in the Farmers Insurance building. The Farmers Insurance building will remain eight stories, and the new residences replacing the surface parking lots will not exceed 45 feet or three stories. The Wilshire Mullen Project will continue to comply with the Park Mile Specific Plan, the City’s planning document that guides development in this area.
The Wilshire Mullen Project was modified to eliminate previously planned commercial use and create an all residential project, which reduces parking needs and project vehicle trips.
The revised plan will replace the first two floors of office space in the Farmers Insurance building with additional condominiums and common amenity spaces while maintaining the same number of housing units previously proposed. Other plan revisions include more green space, greater residential amenities, elimination of all residential garage access on 8th Street and a 30% reduction in the number of homes proposed for the existing parking lots.
Yes. Preservation of the Farmers Insurance building is and will continue to be an integral part of the project.
Working with a seasoned team of adaptive reuse architects and historic consultants, CIM Group, the property owner, will maintain the distinct design of the building while renovating it for residential use. CIM Group supports efforts to protect the building and submitted an application to the City in 2015 to designate it a historic-cultural monument.
Omgivning Architects, Interior Designers and Urbanists will oversee the adaptive reuse of the Farmers Insurance building and the adjacent, new construction of eight townhomes. Bassenian Lagoni will provide the architectural design for the single-family homes and duplexes. Landscape design around the landmark building and townhomes will be overseen by AHBE Landscape Architects.
The historic street-facing facades of the Farmers Insurance building will be preserved to maintain the iconic elements of its grand Moderne style originally designed by the Los Angeles architecture firm Walker & Eisen in 1937 to house the Farmers Automotive Insurance Exchange. The east facade that faces the proposed adjacent new construction will be renovated to complement the historic character of the building.
The eight new townhomes will be designed in a Streamline Moderne architectural style to be in harmony with the Farmers Insurance building and [existing/new] landscape. The three-story townhomes will front Wilshire Boulevard and Mullen Avenue to maintain a sensitive scale at the street level while also surrounding a common green space.
The 10 duplex homes will feature a transitional architectural style that integrates into the Brookside neighborhood. The six single-family homes will be distinctively eclectic to reflect the range of residential architectural styles currently found in the Brookside neighborhood including Andalusian, Spanish Colonial and European inspired cottage homes.
No. Mullen Avenue will continue to remain physically open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The project will meet city code and the Park Mile Specific Plan requirements.
Approximately 230 parking spaces will be provided onsite across two levels of subterranean parking as well as garages adjacent to individual homes. Ample onsite parking will be provided for guests and visitors.
No. The project is designed with strict adherence to the Park Mile Specific Plan.
In general, the height of the proposed structures on the surface parking lots will be proportionate with other structures in the neighborhood, excluding the existing Farmers Insurance building. The majority of the property will consist of low-rise buildings located on the surface lots. The new homes on 8th Street will be consistent in height and compatible with existing homes on the south side of 8th Street and elsewhere in the Brookside neighborhood.
The City of Los Angeles has been conducting environmental analysis for the proposed project and will provide the public with opportunities to review and comment on the project at official milestones during the entitlement process.
An initial study was prepared for the original project. Based on community comments, revisions were made to the project eliminating all office space and reducing the number of homes proposed for the existing surface lots (though maintaining the total number of residences originally proposed). With these changes, the City determined that a Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment (SCEA) and Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) would be required to clear the currently proposed project under CEQA. The project’s SCEA and MND will be prepared in accordance with CEQA and then circulated for public comments. The City will prepare responses to all comments received. Public hearings will be held before Los Angeles City planners and the City Council regarding the project approvals.
Construction is estimated to begin in early 2020, after the planning and environmental review process is complete.
The Project’s benefits include preservation and adaptive reuse of the Famers Insurance building, addition of green space in the neighborhood, greater pedestrian activity and increased market-rate housing to meet the City’s housing demand.
One of the project’s main benefits is the preservation and enhancement of the Farmers Insurance building. The project will invest substantially in restoring the landmark property, replacing its obsolete infrastructure while preserving its character-defining architectural features. Upon completion, the restored building will offer one-of-a-kind residences with new building systems and modern amenities. Additionally, the conversion from a commercial office to residences will generate fewer trips in the area.
By removing the existing asphalt surface lots, the project will create new landscaped green space in the neighborhood. The enhanced streetscape will encourage pedestrian activity and provide significant green open space along a major transit corridor. The project will fully comply with the Park Mile Specific Plan and provide ample onsite parking for future residents and visitors.
The project ultimately provides new housing - a total of 87 residential units - to attract those interested in this walkable and well-preserved historic neighborhood.