The Lake on Wilshire (The LOW) will be an inclusive, multi-cultural urban development that will transform a block of Wilshire Boulevard in the Los Angeles Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood. The project represents the fulfillment of a long-time dream for Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, who has four-plus decades of involvement in the Westlake community.

View of Wilshire Medical Building after completion, circa 1928

View of Wilshire Boulevard, circa 1931

View of Westlake/MacArthur Park, circa 1937

View of Wilshire Boulevard & Bonnie Brae Street, circa 1937

View of Wilshire Boulevard with Westlake Theatre, circa 1938

Panoramic view of MacArthur Park, circa 1941

View of Wilshire Medical Building


Located on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard between Westlake Avenue and Bonnie Brae Street, The Lake on Wilshire will transform the existing 1.64-acre site into an environmentally sensitive, smart growth project. And with no displacement, the project will create much-needed housing by providing residential units for very-low income tenants. It will function as a one-stop destination for shopping, dining and entertainment located within a close proximity to public transit and situated between downtown Los Angeles and Koreatown.


Multi-Cultural & Performing Arts Center

The Lake on Wilshire will create a new five-story, 70,000 sq. foot multi-cultural/performing arts center, a venue that will quickly become a hub of community activity. Adorned with multi-colored mosaic tiles and replicas of 5th century frescoes derived from the Sri Lankan World Heritage site called Sigiriya, or the “Lion Rock,” the multi-cultural/performing arts center will:

  • Create a ground level public plaza along Wilshire Boulevard that will provide outdoor seating and dining areas for neighbors, guests and tourists.
  • Serve as a special events gathering point and a designated meeting place in case of emergencies.
  • Provide a culturally inclusive learning/exchange center, housing an art gallery, class/training rooms and an 850-seat performing arts auditorium.
  • Create a permanent location for the Southland’s Sri Lankan community to showcase its rich arts and cultural heritage.


Residential Apartment Complex

The Lake on Wilshire will develop a residential apartment tower designed to be highly energy-efficient. The project will create much-needed housing by providing residential units for very-low income tenants.

  • All project buildings seek to obtain a LEED Gold certificate level.
  • Residential units will receive abundant natural light with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that will provide a sense of openness, freedom and stunning city views.
  • Residents will benefit from a fitness center, rooftop clubhouse, an outdoor pool with sundeck and access to the complex’s other rooftop amenities, along with on-site retail, restaurants, a café and bars.

Quality 220-Room Hotel

The project will transform the existing 14-story medical office building currently on the 1930 Wilshire Blvd. site by converting it into a modern 220-room hotel while preserving its historic Italian Renaissance Revival style architecture. The hotel will:

  • Create a destination that will attract neighbors, visitors, tourists and others – something the neighborhood currently lacks.
  • Offer guests modern amenities that include a fitness center, sundry/convenience store and concierge services.
  • Provide a landscaped rooftop that will serve as an observation deck with a lounge area featuring views of the downtown Los Angeles area and skyline, plus a bar with light fare for guests and public patrons.

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East view towards Downtown Los Angeles

Aerial view with The Lake on Wilshire

Evening aerial view with its connection to the Metro

Multi-Cultural/Performing Arts Center on corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Bonnie Brae Street

Residential parking entry on Bonnie Brae Street looking North

Access from Westlake/MacArthur Park station on Westlake Avenue looking North

Access to the Quality 220-Room Hotel

Site Location


Multi- Cultural & Performing Arts Center

Site Plan