Two such projects are already underway, and one of the developers said there will probably be more conversions on the neighborhood’s main street.
Local planning guidelines offer “incentives to building owners and developers encouraging a return of walkable amenities,” said a spokesperson for the Angelus Complex. The project is converting part of The Shop Auto Body building at the northwest corner of Figueroa and Avenue 50 into four separate storefronts for office, retail and restaurant tenants---with the auto body shop remaining in business in a smaller space.
Meanwhile, another developer is working on an even bigger project next door at 5015--5023 N. Figueroa St., turning the former Abdul’s Auto Care and Car-Tique Auto Body into more than 18,000 square feet of creative office and retail space. A listing on LoopNet makes a point of mentioning the exposed brick walls and bow-truss ceilings.
There is no shortage of repair places on Figueroa: Five addresses for auto repair turn up in a search between Ave 50 and Ave 56, plus another auto repair place up by Ave 59. How many of these will be converted into other uses remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, work on the Angelus Complex is expected to be completed by next spring. An Angelus spokesperson said it has attracted attention from local restaurateurs, a local barber shop, a gallery representing local artists and a local retailer.