DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – A pioneering Arts District developer is giving his former business partners some competition. Paul Solomon, the onetime managing member of the development firm Linear City, is returning to the Arts District with a new project.
This time, as managing partner of Seventh Diamond LLC, he aims to transform the former California Walnut Growers Association building into housing for “artists and artisans,” according to paperwork filed with the city.
Solomon would not comment on the project except to say it is called The Walnut. According to plans that went before the Department of City Planning last month, the project aims to convert the vacant 1921 eight-story edifice at 1745 E. Seventh St. into 57 live-work units and one 6,000-square-foot commercial space.
The project would rise near Linear City’s trio of Arts District projects, the Biscuit and Toy Factory Lofts and Seven and Bridge. No timeline or budget information has been released for The Walnut.