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Controversial Developer Geoffrey Palmer Is Planning His Biggest Project Yet

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Controversial developer Geoffrey Palmer is back with a new development that is even bigger than any of his previous ones. Geoffrey Palmer couldn't be deterred by the massive blaze that took out part of his Da Vinci project in December, and now he's building an even bigger complex than any of his previous works. According to City Planning documents, this one is a giant, 7-story, 1,500-unit mixed user that will be built on a 9.6-acre site on Temple and Beaudry Ave., Eastsider LA reports. Some documents indicate that this complex would be named The Ferrante.

Palmer's developments have drawn criticism for being insular fortresses that face inward and contain private amenities. Some have pedestrian bridges that separate the residents from the streets, and critics have complained that much of the ground floor retail space is empty.

Last December, two thirds of Palmer's unfinished Da Vinci complex in downtown L.A. were destroyed by a massive fire. He recently opened the undamaged portion of the Da Vinci and is working on rebuilding the rest. Dawud Abdulwali, 56, was arrested in March in connection to the fire, and charged with malicious arson and reckless arson. Authorities did not offer a motive at the time.

[h/t to Curbed LA]