This mixed-use development covers a full city block at the core of a grid shift in the Little Italy District. Its configuration and location along a major connector created a unique building opportunity. The design parti was to promote a downtown connector – Kettner Boulevard – with a well-defined, pedestrian-friendly street wall while incorporating the restoration of an early 20th century art deco building and clock tower. Additionally, the dichotomy of the project’s massing captured the eclectic aesthetics of the context and produced a variety of housing types (lofts, shopkeeper units, carriage units and townhomes). The resulting architecture is urbane in its timeless character and devoid of clichés.