The food hall occupies the ground floor of a 2 story Type V building with a second level previously utilized as an office. As the downtown continues to transform into a walking-friendly and vibrant urban environment, the need for new housing, mixed-use development, and civic institutions will continue to be at the forefront of planning and development in Santa Ana. In this context, an adaptive reuse of the 4th Street Market second level into loft apartments seems like a natural transition.
The Adaptive Reuse into housing further pushes the vision of DTSA becoming an urban core with a mixture of development and open spaces that situates commerce, schools, workplaces, residences, and civic buildings within walking distance of transit and one another. Although the project itself is not a registered historic place, it is located on the Historic 4th Street Corridor “La Calle Cuatro”, which boasts a variety of boutique shops, restaurants and retail shops and services that cater to local as well as regional needs.
The Adaptive Reuse theme will also be consistent and carried throughout the development, accented with large overhead doors opening out onto 4th Street, large steel windows, and exposed steel columns to enhance the vibrant aesthetics of the 4th Street Market on the ground ﬂoor and creating a unique pedestrian connection to those living in the loft apartments above.