A few years ago, we mentioned this project and want to take an opportunity to follow up. The new Lofts @ Cherokee Studios, designed by Pugh + Scarpa and developed by REthink Development, is now complete. Built on the same site as Cherokee Recording Studios, which was MGM Studios before that, the location saw the likes of numerous past and present musical giants, including Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, David Bowie, and Dave Matthews. It's now a mixed-use location seeking LEED Platinum certification.
The building is located on 751 North Fairfax Avenue and includes 12 condo lofts and 2,800 square feet of retail space, together with underground parking and a rooftop deck with a green roof. The lofts range in size from 1,000 – 2,000 square feet.
Cherokee Studios was designed to be 40% more efficient than California Title 24 (2005) standards. The project includes high efficiency air filtration, tankless water heaters, a high efficiency variable refrigerant flow heating and cooling system, efficient lighting with some LEDs, and Energy Star appliances.
As for other green features, Cherokee Studios has many: 20 kW solar, double facade for shade and ventilation, electric car charging for all units, bike storage, formaldehyde-free cabinets and floors, low- and zero-VOC paints and finishes, abundant natural lighting, FSC certified woods, stormwater management, drought tolerant landscaping, water-efficient fixtures, and a Walkable score of 95 out of 100.