The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance has become one of the most significant incentives related to historic preservation in Los Angeles, facilitating the conversion of dozens of historic and under-utilized structures into new housing units. The Ordinance was originally approved in 1999 for downtown Los Angeles and was extended into other neighborhoods of the city in 2003. It provides for an expedited approval process and ensures that older and historic buildings are not subjected to the same zoning and code requirements that apply to new construction. The result has been the creation of several thousand new housing units, demonstrating that historic preservation can serve as a powerful engine for economic revitalization. Today, nearly all of the converted lofts have been sold, and there are now very few in the development pipeline, if any. | LAWSUITS AND LITIGATION
Los Angeles is a city of innovation and reinvention, and no city policy embodies those principles more than the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance. The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance allows for the conversion of commercial buildings to new uses including apartments, condos, live/work lofts, retail and hotels. When buildings are brought back to life through adaptive reuse, they revitalize neighborhoods by preserving our historic architecture, creating new housing and mixeduse opportunities, and increasing public safety. Adaptive reuse enhances economic growth in urban and commercial cores. The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance originally focused on Downtown, and the results have been truly dramatic. That success led us to expand adaptive reuse citywide, and it’s helping revitalize neighborhoods across the city. The Adaptive Reuse Team helps projects navigate through the permitting and development process as well as qualify for tax credits and other financial incentives.
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The City provides a handbook that assembles in one location the regulations the City of Los Angeles has adopted to encourage “adaptive reuse”—the conversion of existing buildings to new residential uses, including apartments, condos, live/work units, and hotels. The City’s Adaptive Reuse Program works by streamlining the process developers must follow to get their projects approved, resulting in substantial time saving. The Program’s first component, a set of land use ordinances, relaxes parking, density, and other typical zoning requirements. Through fire and life safety measures, the Program’s second component provides flexibility in the approval and permitting process. Since the initial Adaptive Reuse Ordinance and fire and life safety measures went into effect in 1999, over 6,500 units have been completed, or are currently under construction. An additional 4,000 units are in the development pipeline. Based on many successful downtown projects, in 2003 the City expanded the program to cover parts of Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights and Central Avenue. A Zoning Administrator process was also established to enable case-by-case review of adaptive reuse projects citywide. In response to various questions raised by the development community, several clarifying interpretations were also issued, and the fire and life safety measures were updated. Get more info on Adaptive Re-Use Ordinance here. Some historic loft buildings offer significant property tax discounts under the Mills Act.
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