This decades-old art deco LA hospital is set to be converted into affordable housing

The famous Los Angeles County General Hospital is set to become an affordable housing facility.

The building itself, known for its architecture, has quite a rich history. Its 1.2 million square foot, 19-story space opened in 1934 and provided medical care to Angelenos for decades. Unfortunately, it was badly damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and no longer met safety codes.

Earlier this year, however, the county released a four-year study into how to repurpose the historic Art Deco building and breathe new life into its heritage.

“During my tenure as First Circuit Supervisor, I introduced various motions in coordination with the community to advance a collective vision for the redevelopment of the historic General Hospital,” Supervisor Solis said in a press release. “Solidifying our commitment to its restoration and reuse can support our response to our region’s housing crisis and provide exceptional healthcare services – continuing the hospitals’ 150-year-old mission. I am grateful for the support of Eastside residents and stakeholders in moving this collective dream forward.”

The feasibility study, which also included the LAC+USC Medical Center’s west campus, recommended the repurposing of the General Hospital to accommodate several affordable housing units. It is not yet permanently habitable in its present state, and if those plans go ahead it will need to endure some repairs before then.

To achieve this goal, in February 2022, Supervisor Solis requested $200,000 from the First District’s share of the Catalytic Development Funds to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the hospital. In June 2022, to expedite the rehabilitation process and bring the building up to safety standards, the State of California committed $50 million for General Hospital structural upgrades while the tender is being prepared.

According to Supervisor Solis’ website, “the RFP process is scheduled to be released in late 2022 or early 2023.”

The hospital’s repurposing could include 500 affordable housing units and other mixed-use renovations such as commercial and retail space.

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