Adaptive Reuse / Historic


646 S Broadway

This project is in the conceptualization phase. The new project will likely be a mixed use commercial and residential project.

740 S Broadway

This is currently underway to reuse the ground floor commercial space for retail/restaurant use, to retain the existing historic theater and convert the upper floors to creative office. Entitlements are underway.

Molino Lofts

Located in the Arts District, Molino Lofts is comprised of two 1920’s era industrial warehouse buildings converted to 91 live­-work rental lofts. In her then capacity as a partner and project executive, Kate worked with the developer to adaptively reuse and convert the project from rental to condos.

Reserve Lofts

Reserve Lofts, 409 W. Olympic, is the former headquarters of the West Coast Federal Reserve building. The ground floor is a large 7,328 square foot ballroom sized retail space. While the upper floors were converted in 2010 to 79 live-work loft units, its sumptuous ground floor retail with hand-painted ceiling tiles and terrazzo marble remained stubbornly vacant. KBA, working with the owner and the Office of Historic Resources, re-conceptualized the ground floor to make the space more inviting. They created a second entrance and large inviting sidewalk patio.

Pegasus Apartments

The Pegasus Lofts, 618 S. Flower, is an adaptive reuse project comprised of 322 live-work condo lofts and 4 retail condos. It was formerly the office headquarters of Mobil Oil. This is the story of one of downtown’s early Adaptive Reuse Projects. As such, it was considered pioneering to envision people willing to live in what was then downtown’s Financial District. Equally pioneering, was persuading restaurants that their business would not be limited to 12-2 lunch-time office worker traffic. Kate was the land use counsel and a partner on the project. 

4th Place Lofts

The 4th Place Lofts, 1028-1056 East 4th Place, Arts District, is a 1920’s era brick building, an ideal candidate for adaptive reuse. Situated 20 feet behind the newly converted Molino Loft condos, the project was sensitively located. It took months of strategic planning to conceptualize a project that would be accepted by the adjacent neighbors. As The Kor Group’s land use counsel, KBA was engaged from inception in project conceptualization and performed all land use oversight.

Eastern Columbia Building

Eastern Columbia, 849 S. Broadway, is one of downtown’s iconic historic buildings. It is also an early adaptive reuse success story that helped pave the way for Broadway’s transformation. But first, the underutilized former department store had to prove its functionality as a live-work loft condo project. As a partner with the project developer, The Kor Group, Kate Bartolo worked early on with a key historic group to get their support for adding windows and balconies to the solid concrete rear wall.

Barker Block

Barker Block Lofts, 510 Hewitt, is a 297 unit live-work condo loft project which includes Urth Café. Barker Block was an overnight success, years in the making. Located in the Arts District, Barker Block was a collection of empty factory warehouses ripe for loft conversion. Getting there was another matter. As a partner with The Kor Group, then the largest Arts District developer, Kate Bartolo was intimately involved in the acquisition, pre-development and entitlement effort. A pioneering array of land use approvals were requested for Phase 1 and 2.