Designed by Gilbert Leong and Richard Layne Tom in the 1970s, the Bank of America Chinatown Branch is significant for its architecture and connection to L.A.'s growing Chinese American community. The property is being considered for Historic-Cultural Monument listing.
In March 2021, Hackman Capital Partners announced plans to reinvest and build new stages and offices throughout the 25-acre property. In June 2018, it was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).
One of Los Angeles's oldest remaining examples of programmatic architecture is threatened with demolition. On December 7, 2021 the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee reheard and voted to recommend denial of the Conservancy's Historic-Culltural Monument (HCM) application for the Chili Bowl.
Chuey Residence, as photographed by Julius Shulman. Courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
In 2020, Los Angeles City Planning undertook a comprehensive, independent assessment to evaluate their Mills Act program. After two years, the City's historic preservation consultants have released new recommendations for the program.
In August 2020, the City released its draft Downtown Los Angeles Community Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report. Currently the City Planning Commission is reviewing DTLA 2040, reconvening on August 26.
Beginning in 2009, the Los Angeles Community College District has systematically demolished the former Firestone plant through a series of Environmental Review Projects. Until recently the last-remaining building was planned for demolition. Good news as this is no longer under consideration!