Los Angeles Time’s columnist, Hector Tobar, chronicled his recent tour of historic South-Central Avenue in today’s paper. Referencing an old guide book known as “The Green Book”, he visited some of the avenue’s most famous spots:
Among these sites was the Historic Dunbar Hotel which played host to famous musicians like Count Bassie and Billie Holiday in the 1920s and 30s when Central Avenue was the jazz and blues hot spot of Los Angeles. I am happy to announce that, in partnership with developer Thomas Safran & Associates (developers of Rittenhouse Square located at 33rd and Central Avenue), the Dunbar Hotel and neighboring buildings, Sommerville I and II, are currently undergoing renovation and upgrades. The project, known as The Dunbar Village, includes the restoration of the historic Dunbar Hotel and the rehabilitation of 86 units of affordable housing that will be covenanted for 55 years. The building is being upgraded to Silver LEED, ensuring that it meets strict environmental building codes and is energy efficient. Additionally, the project will create 158 construction jobs and three permanent jobs. Construction is expected to start in the fall.
I am excited that this historic site will be brought back to life. It is a testament to the history and strength of the South Los Angeles community. Along with the string of successful new investments along the avenue, it is supporting our efforts to create a revitalized and reinvigorated Central Avenue that pays homage to the past and embraces the future.