Bolsa Row – Large Mixed-Use Development Proposed in Little Saigon
LA OC Development Buzz
August 17, 2017
A press release and architect website provides a look into the proposed Bolsa Row consisting of a six acre mixed use development with hotel, housing, experiential & lifestyle retail, restaurant space, and an event facility.
Developer, IP Westminster, LLC, proposes to construct a new mixed use destination, Bolsa Row, in Little Saigon. The project site is located in the City of Westminster, near the south-east corner of Brookhurst Street and Bolsa Avenue.
Currently, the existing condition at the project site is predominately vacant space, but the proposed project would bring:
- Little Saigon’s first mid-rise hotel comprised of a five-story building with 150 hotel rooms
- Five-story apartment with 201 rental units consisting of studios, one, and two bedroom apartment homes
- Amenities which include a pool and spa facility, recreation, and fitness space
- Ground floor experiential and lifestyle retail, restaurant space, and an event facility of which all these total about 60,000 square feet
To activate the space, the proposal includes creating a “Festival Street” which entails a pedestrian-friendly retail promenade with the ability to host events such as a Southeast Asian summer night market.
KTGY who did the planning for the proposed project is also the project architect. Ken Ryan, KTGY principal and head of the firm’s Community Planning and Urban Design Studio, sheds light on the significance of the Festival Street stating, “The retail along the base of the hotel’s event hall and apartment community engages and enlivens the Festival Street, which can be closed to traffic without restricting the circulation of the site. The Festival Street provides parking for retail when open and a safe space for community gatherings, farmers markets, holiday celebrations or private parties when closed”.
Johanna Crooker, Director of Planning for KTGY and the project, explains “The goal of the new development is to give back to the community of Little Saigon and the City of Westminster by creating a unique live, shop, celebrate destination that evokes the spirit of the pre-1970s Vietnamese and honors the Vietnamese culture and traditions. The architectural style of the new development reflects French Colonial influences and the elegance of great spaces, lifestyle and the atmosphere before the war.” An example of this inspiration can be seen in the design of the tower element of the retail and banquet building where it draws from Vietnam’s famous Ben Thanh Market.
According to the press release, the plans have been submitted to the city and are currently under review.