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Old February 20th, 2007, 06:19 AM   #161
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Very Nice! thanks colemonkey. Love the Brockman, it looks like it will be worth the (long, long) wait.
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How long has the Brockman been under the death shroud? Since 2002? In any event, it's going to be a beautiful building after it is (finally) completed.
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Great Update, LA Live is so amazing. So sad to see nothing from Concerto, thank god the Brockman looks the way it does.
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Nice pics and great thread. Cant wait on more updates. Seems like L.A. is out of hibernation, and making the most of it!
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 05:25 AM   #165
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Huge news: After around 3 years of hiding and not knowing what the hell it looked like, the Brockman is FINALLY uncovered.
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^ Uncovered all the way?
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^ From what LABeauty told me.
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Great! definately one of the best rehab projects out there.
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Coming Into Focus

With 162 Projects, Downtown Continues to Evolve

by Evan George, Andrew Haas-Roche, Kathryn Maese, Kathleen Nye Flynn and Jon Regardie

Development Map The traditionally slow winter period had little effect on the pace of development in Downtown Los Angeles. Over the last several months, even as temperatures dropped and people tended to remain indoors whenever possible, the community not only continued its residential revolution, but began adding the bells and whistles that mark the turn from a collection of separate housing complexes into an actual neighborhood.

In the last several months, in fact, the community began to come into focus, with the opening of nearly a dozen restaurants, bars and retail outlets - everything from the upscale J Restaurant & Lounge to a second installment of coffee shop Groundwork to two locales of Japanese convenience store Famima!! - and the announcement of a handful of others. This occurred as new housing developments like the Eastern Columbia Lofts, Library Court and the Visconti came online, bringing hundreds of new active stakeholders into the area.

And while some observers remain skeptical of continued growth, the momentum continued with the mega-projects: In South Park L.A. Live continues to take shape, with the first elements due to open later this year, and on Bunker Hill, city and county officials gave the green light to the Grand Avenue plan. Each is worth more than $2 billion.

In all, Los Angeles Downtown News is tracking 162 projects, from Chinatown to South Park to City West to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Each entry includes a grid reference to our updated, full-color Downtown Development map. The map appears on page 28. (Some projects are beyond the map's boundary. They are denoted by NA).


These projects were either announced or garnered public interest in the last five months.

611 W. SIXTH ST.

The 42-story office tower that was once the tallest in Downtown Los Angeles may be converted into more than 500 residential and commercial condominiums. It would make 611 W. Sixth St. (also known as the old AT&T Building and 611 Place) the largest adaptive reuse project in the city. The skyscraper, built in 1967, is owned by developer 611 W. Sixth Street LLC and New York-based Chetrit Group, which has declined to comment on the conversion. But according to city planners familiar with the development, it would include 402 live/work condominium units on floors 16-42, and 135 office spaces sold as condos on the first 15 floors, totaling more than 242,000 square feet. The 620-foot tall aluminum building, which is shaped like a cross, also includes 712 parking spaces. C6


The 12-story edifice formerly known as the Great Republic Insurance Building is being transformed by developer Spring Main Development LLC. Project architect David Gray said the 72-condominium project (entirely market rate) is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2008. The average unit will be 800 square feet and will feature hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. A rooftop gym and jacuzzi are also planned. Because the building is open on three sides - on Spring, Eighth and Main streets - the large windows will allow more light than many adaptive reuse projects in Downtown. A construction cost has not been announced. There will be retail space on the ground floor but no contracts have yet been signed, said Gray. D7

2121 LOFTS

Once a rental building, 2121 Lofts, at 2121 E. Seventh Place, is reopening this year as condominiums, with 78 live-work spaces in a 125,000-square-foot property made up of industrial warehouses. Concerto Development is working with architecture firm Killefer Flammang; 19 townhomes are set to open in April. The remaining condominium units range from 750 to 1,950 square feet and include mezzanines, teak and lacquer cabinetry, 18-foot ceilings and industrial loading docks that have been turned into patios. The grounds will include a dog park, an outdoor kitchen, an entertaining area and fire pit and private herb gardens. The project is expected to be complete in September. The first phase of units is on sale now and prices range from approximately $400,000 to $900,000. NA


Jake Tringali and partner Kevin Kansy have leased a one-story brick building at 800 E. Traction Ave. with plans to turn it into a 75-seat beer restaurant called the Brewer's Gallery by late 2007. Tringali, a former manager at the Bonaventure Brewing Company in the Bonaventure Hotel, said the "beer-centric" full-service restaurant, bar and brewery will feature 10 beers made behind the counter, as well as some taps for guest beers. Chef Jason Nunley is whipping up a menu featuring "cuisine a la biere," or cooking with beer. Designers Robert Ley and Adria Pauli are currently finishing floor plans. F5


Peklar Pilavjian, who owns the St. Vincent Jewelry Center, said he plans to begin construction this spring on 59 artist-in-residence lofts at Fourth and Alameda streets in the Arts District. The $30 million project will offer for-sale units in a 1923 structure that once housed the Beacon storage company. The five-story, 67,000-square-foot building will feature original octagonal columns, concrete floors, high ceilings and condominiums ranging from 650 to 1,400 square feet. The project is expected to open in mid-2008. Pilavjian said a second residential phase fronting Alameda will unfold on the same lot, and will feature ground-up construction. E5


In December the mayor's office of adaptive reuse announced that developer Mideb Nominees Inc. has been given the green light to transform the Jewelry Trades Building at Fifth and Hill streets into 62 residential units. The nine-story, 1913 property is next door to the Alexandria Hotel and features a terra cotta-colored exterior and Renaissance-influenced detailing. Originally, a first floor corridor with walls of marble and glass opened to storefronts while high-end retailers took up floors three through nine. Architects Morgan, Walls & Morgan designed the building. C6


Developer Rob Maguire plans to build a 50-story office tower at Seventh and Figueroa streets overlooking the Harbor Freeway. The development, which would be the first new office high-rise in Downtown Los Angeles in 15 years, would complement the 777 Tower and what is now Ernst & Young Plaza and the 7+Fig mall. Pasadena-based architect Richard Keating of the firm Keating/Khang has been hired to design the high-rise that is expected to cost more than $300 million. Initial drawings show a glimmering, glass-clad edifice nearly 700 feet tall, with one curved side. Plans for the development site had always included three office towers, though the project was long delayed because of the downturn in the commercial real estate market. B7


The 1870 Pico House Hotel at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument has been renovated and the top two floors may be marketed to law and architecture firms. El Pueblo General Manager Robert Andrade said there is also a likelihood of putting a high-end restaurant on the 8,100-square-foot ground floor. The building was a luxury hotel when former governor of California Pio Pico opened it, making it the first three-story edifice in Los Angeles. The top levels are each 7,700 square feet. D4


The once dilapidated venue at 448 S. Main St. is scheduled to receive a major makeover this year, although plans are still being finalized, said an official with developer Gilmore Associates, which signed a long-term lease for the Historic Core property. The 10,000-square-foot space is expected to open by 2008. The Regent will likely see live music - particularly rock shows - and a bar, which fits with its gradually sloping floor and large stage. However, plans for a restaurant are still uncertain. The theater has recently been open for some live music performances during the monthly Downtown Art Walk. D6


Former Mayor Richard Riordan, owner of The Original Pantry Cafe at the northwest corner of Figueroa and Ninth streets, plans to open a steakhouse and bar in the restaurant's annex (which closed Jan. 7). The establishment would occupy space currently used as morning overflow seating for the famous 24-hour eatery just north of Staples Center and L.A. Live. According to a publicist for the venture, the new Riordan restaurant will take cues from New York's famed PJ Clarks. B8


A $4 million sushi restaurant and lounge is set to open in May on the entire 21st floor of the 811 Wilshire building. Developer Downtown Entertainment Group plans to draw a celebrity-studded crowd to the ultra-modern space, which will include wall-to-wall glass, a wraparound patio, dance floor and views of the city. B7



Bridge Residential Advisors have finalized plans for a project at 711 N. Broadway in Chinatown. Construction will start in the middle of this year on the $10 million conversion of the four-story BC Plaza office building into 53 loft-style, live-work units. The ground floor will remain retail space. Residential units will range from 525 square feet to 1,100 square feet. The redesign of the project at the northwest corner of Ord Street and Broadway is being designed by Canadian-headquartered firm Habitar, said Bridge representative Thomas Sullivan. The update will rehabilitate BC Plaza's outdated façade, ground-floor storefronts and central plaza. The condominiums will include a courtyard and an exercise room. C3


Plans for a 35-story tower that will feature a dramatic, glass curtain resembling a wall of water are underway. Groundbreaking on the two-thirds-of-an-acre site adjacent to the coming Ralphs supermarket will happen soon, said a representative of developer Richard Meruelo of Meruelo Maddux Properties. Plans call for the tower at Ninth and Flower streets to contain 214 units and a 6,800-square-foot ground-floor seafood eatery. Mambo Architecture is designing the $120 million project. Completion is slated for May 2009. NA


Developer Kor Group, which has undertaken housing projects in the Historic Core and the Arts District, is still in the planning stage for the conversion of a 150,000-square-foot building at 808 N. Spring St. in Chinatown. In 2005, Kor paid $9.2 million for the structure and filed permits to turn it into as many as 123 lofts. The 10-story property is the tallest structure in Chinatown. C2

808 S. OLIVE ST.

Plans have not been further developed for New-York based Moinian Group's recently acquired site at 808 S. Olive St., a spokesperson for the company said. Moinian Group, which is also developing the Figueroa Central project in South Park, has preliminary plans to build a residential complex and a boutique hotel. The land is currently a parking lot. C7


Developer Amir L., LLC is looking to complete construction of its first adaptive reuse project, at 1010 Wilshire Blvd., in December. The 16-story former office building will hold 227 units, some of which will have 1,000-square-foot terraces. The company got its start in Silicon Valley and intends to bring some technological flair to the building, including flat-screen televisions in the hallways and an LCD panel display in the units' bathrooms, a spokesperson for the project said. Killefer Flammang Architects is working on the structural plans and Perkins + Will design firm is helping to create the units, which will range from 800 to 1,200 square feet. The rooftop will have a swimming pool and an eight-and-a-half-foot glass railing to protect the area from the wind. The building will be re-skinned in blue glass. The units will go on sale in the spring. A7


Crews are working on a 118-unit condominium complex at Second and Hewitt streets. The $47 million Arts District development is on schedule and should be complete by this December, said Kim Paperin, managing director of the project for developer Trammell Crow Residential. The loft, one- and two-bedroom units in the four-story building designed by Togawa Smith Martin Residential will range from 916 square feet to 1,770 square feet. Other amenities will include floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, a fitness center and spa. Units will start in the high $400,000s. In March, a new sales center at 820 E. Third St. will replace a facility at Second Street and Broadway. E5


The 297-unit, $75 million Barker Block project, which occupies an entire block of 19th-century industrial buildings in the Arts District, is moving along and the first phase is set to open at the end of 2007. Developer Kor Group's project, on the block bounded by Hewitt, Fourth, Molino and Palmetto streets, consists of seven structures made of a variety of materials, including wood, brick and cement. Architecture firm Nakada & Associates added double-height ceilings in some units, as well as large windows with views of the Downtown skyline or the Los Angeles River. First-floor lofts on Hewitt Street have storefront windows to create potential gallery space. An interior courtyard runs through the block and will feature retail space, a restaurant and a walkway. The sales office is currently open; prices start at $300,000. F6


Construction has not yet begun on the adaptive reuse of the Barn Lofts, said a spokesperson for El Segundo-based Rockefeller Partners Architects, which is designing the project. Developer Barn Lofts LLP is in the planning stage on the effort to turn the 39,000-square-foot brick building at 940 E. Second St. in the Arts District into 40 market-rate condominiums. All the units in the former Spreckels Brothers sugar beet warehouse will be three levels and will range from 1,300 to 2,600 square feet. Underground parking will provide access to the residences, while loading docks will be converted to exterior entrances with balconies. F5


The conversion of the former National Biscuit Company factory at 673 S. Mateo St. is nearly complete and move-ins will begin in March. Developer Linear City is turning the nine-story, 1925 structure into 105 live-work lofts averaging 1,327 square feet. The 160,000-square-foot project will include one- to four-level units starting at $375,000; 10 penthouses begin at $1,395,000. The development includes hardwood floors, exposed brick, oversized windows and 13- to 30-foot-high ceilings. Church and State, a new restaurant by Steven Arroyo, creator of the eatery Cobras and Matadors and Silver Lake's Malo, will open on the ground floor. The project is across from Linear City's Toy Factory Lofts. Aleks Istanbullu Architects and Don Barany Architects designed the project. Units are now on sale. NA


A project that would consist of eight luxury lofts at 120 N. Santa Fe Ave. in the Arts District is still in its initial stage, said Mark Kreisel, the project's developer and the former owner of the late neighborhood watering hole Al's Bar. The units, all townhouses, would range from 3,400 to 5,000 square feet and have private entrances, driveways and garages. The one-story building with 27-foot ceilings would be marketed to working artists, Kreisel said. Units would start at $1.8 million. F4


Developers Urban Pacific Builders and West Millennium Homes are converting a 1917 12-story Beaux Arts building into 76 lofts that will range from 850 to 2,300 square feet. Penthouses will have their own rooftop decks. Developers have not yet announced what retail will fill the ground-floor space, but the structure at 530 W. Seventh St. will boast a fitness center, community rooms and barbecues, and will maintain some of its original architectural attributes. Santa Monica-based Donald Barany Architects is designing the $24 million conversion and units are expected to sell for between $400,000 and $1 million. C7


Now in the framing and drywall stage, the Chapman Building is scheduled to finish construction this summer, said Fred Afari of developer Broadway and Eighth Investments. The adaptive reuse project is transforming a 13-story, 94-year-old Jewelry District edifice that was once home to garment manufacturing companies. Afari said the ground floor could include a jewelry store and a convenience store or a cafe. Architect Wade Killefer is designing the restoration and will maintain the original historic hallways that are lined with marble as well as the original doors. The building will also keep its original decorative façade and its columns and window trim. The $30 million project will provide residents with a rooftop garden. Sales of the units, which range from 630 to 1,156 square feet, will begin by May, said Afari, and prices will start around $300,000. C7


Developer Dennis Needleman hopes to begin construction this summer on his plan to build condominiums above an existing strip mall at 530 E. Washington Blvd., just south of the Fashion District. Yung Kao of Alhambra-based Architech Group is designing the project that would erect three side-by-side five-story buildings above the existing structure with 136 one-, two- and three-bedroom units from 880 to 1,800 square feet. The 200,000-square-foot building would also feature a barbecue area, fitness center, pool and an adjacent eight-level parking garage with 444 spots. The Community Redevelopment Agency approved the project last year. NA


The Titan Organization closed escrow last November on a 58,000-square-foot plot at the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard and is now making design changes for the two towers that will rise on the site. The company paid $30 million for the property, which currently holds the Grand Avenue nightclub. Titan President Gary Warfel said he has met with officials from the Community Redevelopment Agency, and that he hopes to break ground on both high-rises early in 2008. The 800,000-square-foot, $500 million development is being designed by Robertson Partners. Warfel said one of the towers may include a hotel, and that mixed-use elements could be incorporated. Plans call for the 60-story City House to have a classic design and include 180 units, while the 49-floor Olympic would feature a more contemporary look. Residences in both buildings would start at 1,200 square feet and $700,000. C8


A deep hole in the center of a lot at Figueroa and Ninth streets marks the end of the excavation stage in the construction of developer Sonny Astani's three-tower Concerto project. Now crews are beginning ground work on the 348-unit first phase of the South Park development, which will include a 30-story tower and a seven-story loft building; there will be 27,500 square feet of retail. Plans call for a second 30-story tower to break ground after the first phase is complete in 2009. The buildings will wrap around a courtyard that will hold a 2,510-square-foot park. The complex will have market-rate units ranging from 750 to 2,325 square feet. Altogether, it will create 619 condominiums. B8


Plans to convert a two-story brick warehouse into condominiums at 941 E. Second St. in the Arts District have yet to be approved, said RTI Properties' Michael Donavan. The $16.5 million project, which will hold 23 for-purchase industrial lofts, and two retail spaces on the ground floor, is still awaiting entitlements and has a public hearing scheduled for February. The units would range from 831 to 1,620 square feet and run from $455,000 to $985,000 for 15 top-level lofts with individual private gardens with views. The 33,654-square-foot building would also feature a common rooftop garden and barbecue area and a fitness center. The lofts will be targeted for the artist community, Donovan said. F5


A $500 million development by Astani Enterprises that will rise on a parking lot at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue is two years from breaking ground, a spokesperson for the developer said. Beverly Hills-based Sonny Astani announced plans last year to develop more than 800 units and 7,200 square feet of retail on the lot. The first stage of construction would deliver a pair of 15-story buildings with a total of 425 units wrapping around an elevated courtyard. The plans call for 245 one-bedroom condominiums, with the remainder being two-bedroom units. The structure would hold 1,115 parking spaces and have retail on the ground floor. The second stage would be a 22-story mid-rise that opens to Olive Street. The 180-unit edifice would feature 40 one-bedroom and 140 two-bedroom condos. It would also have ground-floor retail and three underground parking levels. The final phase would be a 38-story high-rise with 270 units. C7


Downtown Properties plans to open 65 condominiums in a former hotel at 416 S. Spring St. in the first quarter of 2008, said Project Coordinator Shawn Ho. Construction began in early 2006 on the 12-story building. Units will range from 850 square feet to 1,700 square feet and prices will start at $400,000. Each condo will feature a balcony, while penthouses will have private rooftop gardens. All residences will include granite countertops and Italian-designer kitchen cabinets. Built in 1913, the 12-story structure was originally named the Hotel Stowell and catered to wealthy businessmen. Later it became a low-income hotel. It has been vacant for several decades. Rockefeller Partners Architects are doing the designs. D6


Construction on New York-based Moinian Group's two towers for South Park is set to start in late 2007. Funding is still being worked out for the $700 million project, which will include a 45-story high-rise and a 33-story tower. The project will rise near the Anschutz Entertainment Group's $2.5 billion L.A. Live development. Figueroa Central will include approximately 700 lofts, condominiums, townhouses, live-works units and penthouses (among them approximately 150 affordable housing units). The project also calls for 250,000 square feet of retail space that Moinian hopes will attract large "lifestyle" stores as well as a gourmet grocery store and a 40,000-square-foot health club. A boutique hotel option is also on the table for the effort at Figueroa and 11th streets (the land is currently a parking lot). Architecture firm RTKL Associates is designing the development, which will include park space and pedestrian paseos. It replaces a previous plan called Figueroa Central; that proposed development by KB Home and Lennar Corp. was taken off the table and AEG consequently sold the land to Moinian Group for $80 million. B9


Designs are being finalized for a 25-story, $60 million ground-up residential tower at 1050 S. Grand Ave. in South Park. Owner and developer Amir Kalantari said he hopes the glass-clad tower will break ground by April. The structure would hold 128 high-end condominiums ranging from 850 to more than 3,300 square feet, with prices starting at $400,000 and going up to $3 million. Kalantari said the venture would take two years to complete. C8


Developer Kim Benjamin has named his project at Figueroa Terrace and College Street Hai Wei Terrace after the city recently gave the development a green light. The 102-condominium building will rise on a hill overlooking Chinatown. Benjamin said that 10% of the units will be reserved as workforce housing for local firefighters, police officers, health care officials and LAUSD employees. Plans also call for an exercise facility and a rooftop deck. The development will cost between $30 million and $35 million, Benjamin said. The units will range from around 800 to 1,400 square feet, but many will be set up for families. B3


Portland-based South Group plans to break ground on two luxury condominium towers at 624 W. 12th St. and 1200 S. Figueroa St. this year, with plans for a third, future tower at 1241 S. Flower St. The project, formerly known as Figueroa South, is now called Jardin and will include 648 condominiums, 982 parking spaces for residents, and retail on the ground floor. Floor plans for the residential units will range from 800 to 4,500 square feet and include hardwood floors, decks and private balconies. GBD Architects and TVA Architects Inc. will collaborate on the design of the 23-story and 32-story towers, which like other South Park projects by South Group will be built to green LEED certification standards. No opening date has been announced. B9


Officials at Venice Development said plans are on track for a 25-story, 250-unit condominium tower on Hope Street between 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard in South Park. Construction of the 250,000-square-foot, ground-up building is scheduled to begin by the middle of this year. The Killefer Flammang-designed project will have 10,000 square feet of retail and 400 parking spots. B8


According to the most recent information available, brothers Larry and Ralph Cimmarusti are working on plans to build a 31-story tower on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Avenue, where a Burger King they own now stands. Early plans call for the project, with designs by Archeon Group, to hold about 200 condominiums, along with 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, potentially including a restaurant. The development, named for their grandmother, would feature a pool on an outdoor deck on the sixth floor, and a garage would hold more than 500 spaces. C4


Construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of this year on developer Linear City's 16-story, 113-unit condominium project at 673 Mateo St. in the Industrial District. Units will start at 550 square feet and top out at 2,400 square feet. The 132,000-square-foot project will include a landscaped park with a swimming pool and jacuzzi. The development is expected to open by the end of 2008, said Linear City partner Paul Solomon. Behnisch Architects is handling the designs of Linear City's first ground-up project and Marina del Rey-based Cunningham Group is the construction architect. Linear City also developed the nearby Toy Factory Lofts and Biscuit Company Lofts. E5


The five-story ground-up condominium complex at 629 E. Traction Ave. in the Arts District could be open by late summer, said Pulte Home Corp.'s Mark Shapiro. Half of the 190 residences in the building designed by Togawa Smith Martin Residential have been pre-sold. The condos, including some two-story units, have floor plans ranging from 662 to 1,801 square feet, Shapiro said. The 235,000-square-foot development will include a fitness center, outdoor fireplace, pool and barbecue area. E5


The 111-year-old former office building at Third Street and Broadway is almost ready to open its doors following a $20 million transformation. Developer Urban Pacific Builders put 40 condominiums into the 115,000-square-foot structure that once was home to the Mexican consulate and a Giant Penny store. Santa Monica-based architect Donald Barany molded the old hallways and offices into units that range from 660 to 1,250 square feet and circle around an inner courtyard. The developer kept the original dark wood staircase that spirals up the building's 10 stories. Most units have exposed brick and windows that are set deep into the walls. Penthouses have wrought-iron staircases that lead up to a mezzanine and a private rooftop patio. The 6,400-square-foot ground-floor retail space will contain an existing wedding chapel and apparel business; plans have not yet been announced for the remaining storefront space. Prices range from $365,000 to $775,000. C5


The Roosevelt opened its first 90 units for reservations late last year, said Constance Blankenship, the director of sales. Construction on the $80 million conversion of the 1925 building at Flower and Seventh streets has been pushed back and now will be complete by this fall. When done, the 223-unit structure will boast 24-hour valet parking, a concierge, a rooftop pool with cabanas and a fireplace, gourmet kitchens in each unit, a fitness center, a business lounge and a wine cellar. Developer Milbank Real Estate Services hired architecture firm Killefer Flammang to convert the 16-story former office building. A La Salsa, a sushi restaurant, a coffee shop, and an upscale restaurant are scheduled for the ground floor. B7


The Rowan Building at 460 S. Spring St. will not be completed until the fourth quarter of 2007, but already one-third of the 206 units have been sold, said Bill Stevenson of developer Downtown Properties. The adaptive reuse project is converting the 1912 building in the heart of the Historic Core into live/work units. The 280,000-square-foot, 13-story structure will offer 500- to 1,400-square-foot condos, as well as an exercise room and a lounge. Some units on lower levels will feature private patios or balconies. Residences still available range from $300,000 to more than $800,000. The development team, which includes Killefer Flammang Architects, is restoring the Beaux Art structure's original terra cotta façade and marble-clad lobby, hallways and stairways. Plans also call for landscaping around the perimeter of the building that will include a fountain, barbecue and dog walking areas. D6


SB Lofts, developer Barry Shy's $26 million conversion of the building at 548 S. Spring St., is nearly complete, a company spokesman said. The project will feature 184 condominiums with retail on the ground floor. The units, which will feature raw concrete floors, exposed steel and high ceilings, will range from 600 to 1,200 square feet and start at $400,000. D7


The 12-story, 1920s building that developer Barry Shy plans to turn into condominiums is currently under construction. Shy purchased the building at 111 W. Seventh St., along with the 800,000-square-foot Spring Street Plaza site at 600 and 650 S. Spring St., for $75 million. The SB Main will have 190 condominiums starting at $300,000. The project will feature a pool, spa and gym. The building is scheduled to open in eight months and will have ground-floor retail. D7


Developer Barry Shy is turning a 122,000-square-foot office building at 215 W. Sixth St. into 198 condominiums. The project is scheduled to open in three months. Units are slated to range from 600 to 1,200 square feet and have metallic lacquer cabinets, granite slab countertops and washer and dryers. The building, originally a bank, will have a rooftop pool and spa, a fitness center, a screening room and a recreation room, along with about 20,000 square feet of retail. C7


Formerly part of the Spring Street Plaza site that developer Barry Shy purchased for $75 million, SB Spring will turn a 200,000-square-foot, 12-story building at 650 S. Spring St. into 190 condominiums. The development is currently in the application process and construction should begin in the next several months, a spokesperson for the developer said. The building will feature a rooftop pool and a gym. D7


Located on the block bordered by Sixth, Seventh, Spring and Main streets, along with the SB Spring and SB Main projects, SB Tower is a conversion of an existing building into a 200-unit condominium complex. The 19-story project at 600 S. Spring St. is scheduled to open in about 18 months. Units will start at $400,000. D7


Developer Barry Shy has announced plans to build a 35-story, ground-up structure that will hold 400 for-purchase, live/work units. The building at 601 S. Main St. would rise on what is now a parking lot and would complement several adaptive reuse building transformations on the same block. Shy has said that once construction begins, it should take two years. D7


The second phase of Portland-based South Group's South project, Luma is scheduled for completion in April. The $80 million development at 11th and Hope streets in South Park will create 236 units in a sleek, 19-story tower and will offer penthouses, two-story townhomes and one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts, ranging from 750 to 3,400 square feet. Luma's "soft lofts" contain open areas, ceiling heights up to 11 feet and floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include hardwood floors, built-in kitchens with stainless steel appliances, designer fixtures, balconies, WiFi, four levels of secure parking and a terrace plaza/pool deck shared with Elleven, the first part of the South development, which opened last year. Luma is expected to be only the second residential building in Downtown to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Luma's final residences are now selling and prices start at $494,000. B9


The South Group broke ground on the 23-story Evo last March; it is the developer's third building in the South project and is expected to be complete in early 2008. The $160 million, 720,000-square-foot complex at 12th Street and Grand Avenue will offer 311 condominiums with studio and one- to three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 730 to 3,500 square feet. The units' interiors will feature modern elements and designer fixtures. Other amenities will include a sixth floor terrace plaza with a pool, spa and lounge seating, and a resident lounge with viewing deck and fitness center atop the 23rd floor. Like its sister buildings, Evo is expected to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Evo is releasing final residences this spring; prices start in the $400,000s. C9


While developer Kawada Company of America had hoped to get through the entitlements stage for the Zen project at Third and Hill streets by the end of last year, it looks like groundbreaking will be delayed until 2008, said the company's Steve Westin. Plans have not changed for the 50-story, ground-up tower being designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill. It is planned to hold 330 units averaging 1,040 square feet, a 60,000-square-foot fitness club and an 8,000-square-foot retail space with an upscale mini-mart and a sports cafe and lounge. There would also be about 700 parking spaces. The Community Redevelopment Agency has yet to approve the project. C5


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This transformation of a warehouse at Ninth and Santee streets in the Fashion District was delayed slightly due to a conflict with the Planning Department over the rooftop penthouses, said architect and developer David Gray. But with the entitlements in place, construction is set to begin within the month. The eight penthouses - all of which are two stories and include a rooftop garden - are proceeding. The five-story building is 73,000 square feet and will house 38 loft apartments that feature large industrial windows, exposed ceilings and raised platform sleeping areas. The construction price has not been announced and rents have not been determined, but the project is expected to be complete by spring 2008, said Gray. D8


Construction is proceeding rapidly on the 26-story tower at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in South Park. Houston-based Hanover Company broke ground on the project in November 2005 and hopes to complete the development by late 2007, said company representative Kevin Batchelor. Move-ins could begin by spring 2008. RTKL Architects is designing the project that will create 156 one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartments averaging 1,061 square feet. Amenities will include an Internet cafe, a coffee bar, a resort-style pool and a fitness center. B8


Developer National City Towers has decided the 12-story adaptive reuse development in the Historic Core will be rental units rather than condominiums. The 135,000-square-foot project, which has been estimated at $17 million, will include two-story penthouses with a rooftop deck and a jacuzzi. The 93 units will range from 650 to 1,700 square feet and have cement floors. Santa Monica-based architect David Gray is preserving many of the 1924 building's historic attributes, including its elaborate façade and lobby and the first-floor, gold-leaf embossed ceiling. There will be ground-floor retail space. Gray said the project is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2008. D7


The Alexandria Hotel, once a high-end architectural gem and currently a residential hotel, was purchased last year for $30 million by San Diego-based Amerland Group, which is turning the 463 hotel rooms into rental units. The Community Redevelopment Agency gave the developer $35 million in tax-exempt bonds to maintain the hotel's affordability standards and provide 130 units to residents who make 30%-35% of the area's median income. Amerland is sprucing up the structure and will start to market the apartments to a diverse range of people working in Downtown, said Jules Arthur, an Amerland partner. The developer plans to install kitchenettes in each unit and refurbish the hallways and common areas. So far, the hotel has received a new roof, and the ground floor bar - Charlie O's - is under new management; the bar is now hosting comedy several nights each week. A designer clothing store will also move into the first floor retail space, Arthur said. Construction should be complete by early next year. C6


According to the most recent information available, Bixel Court, LLP and developer Brad Gluckstein have received zoning approval to build a five-story apartment complex with 82 units on a former parking lot at Fifth and Bixel streets in City West. Designed in a partnership with Santa Monica-based Aleks Istanbullu Architects, the 76,000-square-foot building would include two townhouses, 14 1,200-square-foot lofts, 13 studios and 28 one- and 25 two-bedroom units. Construction is expected to take up to 18 months. A6


A 204-unit, ground-up, luxury apartment complex is rising rapidly on a former parking lot at First Street and Beaudry Avenue, with wooden framing now visible from the adjacent 110 Freeway. According to the most recent information available, the project by Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Company will be a five-story structure with units ranging from 500-square-foot studios to 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom apartments, and will come online later this year. Rents would range from $1,275 to $4,125. The project would also include 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Thomas P. Cox is the architect and Opus is handling the construction. B5


The redevelopment of the former Blackstone department store at 901 S. Broadway into 82 loft-style apartments has hit a wall and developer Vista Affordable Housing Corp. is in the process of selling the building, said Wolfgang Kupka, president of Vista. Kupka would not identify the new owner as the sale has not been finalized. The delay has left the 89-year-old building roughly 55% complete; Kupka said the prospective buyer could restart construction by early spring. The project's design would remain the same, he said, with 20% affordable housing, and 400- to 1,300-square-foot units over 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. C8


The framing is being erected on a $7.5 million ground-up affordable housing complex at 204 Lucas Ave., said Meta Housing corporate marketing coordinator Nancy Morris. The project will create 21 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging from 637 square feet to 1,007 square feet, in one four-story building with subterranean parking. Amenities will include a central laundry room, a community room, a barbeque area, a courtyard and limited access gates. The development should be complete by this September, Morris said. NA


Developer George Peykar is close to finishing construction on the transformation of the Coulter and Mandell Buildings at 500-518 W. Seventh St. A ground-floor mall is set to open at Seventh and Olive streets, with shops including a 7-Eleven and a food court. Live-work units in the building, including lofts and a handful of two-bedroom apartments, will range from 1,200 square feet to 2,500 square feet. Peykar expects construction on the 128,000-square-foot building, which he purchased in 2003 for $8 million, to be complete by March, said his assistant. He is still determining rental rates. C7


A $22 million, four-story complex at Lucas Avenue and Emerald Street in City West is nearly complete and plans for a grand opening are in the works, said Meta Housing corporate marketing coordinator Nancy Morris. The 98,000-square-foot project will feature 85 affordable housing units from 700 to 1,000 square feet. Meta Housing and Century Housing of Culver City developed the project. A5


Construction is nearly complete on the first, 201-unit phase of the ground-up City West apartment complex by Wilshire Court Development Partners. The developer said the building is only a month behind schedule and will likely open in April. The initial phase, comprised of two five-story buildings connected via a pedestrian bridge over Ingraham Street (one building at Bixel and Ingraham streets and a second at Bixel Street and Wilshire Boulevard), will feature studios and one- and two-bedroom units averaging 1,010 square feet. A 5,000-square-foot restaurant in the complex, which was formerly known as Wilshire Court, has not been finalized. A7


Construction on a $28 million affordable housing complex at 440 Hartford Ave., near Lucas and Fourth streets in City West, is slated to start in July, said Dora Leong Gallo, CEO of nonprofit A Community of Friends. Designed by architect Killefer Flammang, the 54-unit project would contain mostly three- and four-bedroom units, as well as a Boys & Girls Club. NA


The 10-story complex at 424 S. Broadway is being developed by Flatiron Development's David Gray and Phil Miller. The 60-unit adaptive reuse, which will employ historic tax credits, is estimated at $11 million. The 74,000-square-foot former office building will include a refurbished glass canopy, landscaped rooftop gardens and a jacuzzi. Plans also call for new balconies overlooking the Broadway theaters and the building's courtyard. Construction is set to wrap this fall, said Gray. The project has 60 parking spaces and rents will be between $1,100 and $3,400 per month. C6


Developer Fifth Street Funding has been working on a $20 million adaptive reuse conversion of the 1924 Arcade Building at 541 S. Spring St. However, the company's Peterson Go has said that problems with a new HVAC system have delayed the project. The plan involves creating 140 market-rate apartments in dual Beaux Arts towers connected by a three-story retail arcade. The units, six on each floor, would be finished with hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Architect Killefer Flammang is handling designs in the 195,000-square-foot project. C6


Completion on the adaptive reuse project at 315 W. Fifth St. is set for March 2008. South Broadway, LLC is converting the 10-story Metropolitan Building into 84 live-work apartments. El Segundo-based Rockefeller Partners Architects is designing the transformation of the Beaux Arts-style, 163,000-square-foot building, which will have residences on floors three through nine. Apartments in the Historic Core building will range from approximately 650 to 1,500 square feet. Three 10th floor penthouses will range from 1,200 to 2,300 square feet. The ground floor will remain a Fallas Paredes department store with the storefront being rehabilitated to reflect a more contemporary aesthetic. Historic details, such as original tiles and windows, will be left intact. The building once housed a public library. C6


The 13-story National Building (also known as the Delano Lofts) at 609 S. Grand Ave. in the Jewelry District is now completely refurbished and is awaiting final inspections. However, developer Izek Shomof said he has elected to rent out the 99 loft-style units rather than sell them as condominiums. Architect Mueller Design created apartments ranging from 800 to 1,600 square feet; they will rent for $2 to $3 per square foot. The 130,000-square-foot former office building was largely vacant, aside from three ground-floor restaurants. The conversion of the 1926 edifice originally designed by Parkinson Architects cost $11 million. The structure was once known as the Edward, Widley & Dixon Building. C7


Construction is proceeding rapidly, some exterior walls have been set, and wooden framing is rising on a $55 million mixed-income housing complex on a former train yard at Second Street and Glendale Boulevard. Essex Property Trust's project will include 276 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments between 527 and 1,820 square feet. The five-story building will also hold a computer lab, pool, spa, dog park, fitness center and two levels of underground parking. The property contains the Belmont Tunnel, which runs beneath Bunker Hill. The developer has said that completion is scheduled for early 2008. NA


With construction well underway on this 566-unit luxury apartment complex at 550 N. Figueroa St., Orsini II is set to open in July 2007, according to a representative of developer G.H. Palmer Associates. The ground-up project is the second phase of the three-part Orsini development. The original Orsini, at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Sunset Boulevard, is open. Rents for studio apartments in the new project will start at $1,250 while two-bedroom units will go for $1,725 and all the residences will rise up from a podium deck. B4


Plans for the Pacific Stock Exchange building and its surrounding City West blocks on Beaudry Avenue (from First to Third streets) have undergone yet another design change, according to developer Delson Investment Co., but are nearing the final stage. The adaptive reuse project would create 1,200 apartments atop more than 50,000 square feet of retail in two separate structures built in three phases, said Delson's Michael Delijani. Plans call for a 28-story addition of 855,000 square feet to the existing 10-story tower at Third Street and Beaudry Avenue, as well as a new five-floor condo building that Delijani hopes to break ground on by the end of 2007. Nadel Architects is handling the design. The project would include a sports and entertainment facility as well as a swimming pool and landscaped open space. A5


Formerly called the Lorenzo, plans are proceeding for developer G.H. Palmer Associates' 350-unit apartment complex on Sixth Street between Bixel and St. Paul streets in City West. The name change partly reflects the design that includes a pedestrian bridge over St. Paul that will connect a rooftop swimming pool deck to the already open Piero complex, also constructed by Palmer. The Piero II has been scaled down from its original design for 600 luxury units and will now include a mixed-use component. Last year the city ruled that the project must include an affordable housing element; Palmer has long fought such efforts in his projects. A7


Owners Rob and Joseph Frontiera began converting the property at 111 W. Fifth St. to upscale apartments (dubbed Rosslyn Lofts) on a floor-by-floor basis, starting at the top, but the conversion was halted in December by the Community Redevelopment Agency. The agency's board ruled that Frontiera did not receive proper approval for the conversions and that that any approval would hinge on making up for the low-income units lost in the transformation. City officials believe a legal battle over the issue is likely. The Frontieras had announced a $12 million plan to update the 1913 building and charge rents of about $1.50 per square foot. D6


Construction is underway on this adaptive reuse project in the Arts District. Developers Howard Klein and Matt Klein plan to create 63 live-work units and at least two retail spaces by converting a row of brick-clad warehouses at 1291-1333 E. Sixth St. The project will include a swimming pool, along with multiple courtyards and open green space. The apartments will range from 600 to 1,800 square feet with rents starting at $1,450, said Matt Klein. The project is being designed by Seattle-based Tony Bell Architecture. Move-ins will begin this fall. NA


Construction is on schedule for the $17 million conversion by Meruelo Maddux Properties of the building at 760 S. Hill St. in the Jewelry District, according to Meruelo Maddux spokesman Michael Bustamante. Designs by Santa Monica-based Killefer Flammang Architects to update the brick and terra cotta structure - once the headquarters of the Union Bank and Trust Company - call for 91 loft-style apartments ranging from 700 to 1,900 square feet. Meruelo Maddux acquired the 12-story edifice for $12 million from Heisman Co. Construction is scheduled to finish in the middle of this year, Bustamante said. C7


Construction is almost complete on the $35 million renovation of the 1930 building originally designed by John and David Parkinson. The project overlooking Pershing Square, slated to finish in April, is designed by architecture firm Killefer Flammang. Developer Daniel Swartz purchased the 12-story building, which once was home to the Spanish language daily newspaper La Opinión, in 1983. Swartz said the 74 loft-style rental units will range from 800 to 4,000 square feet and will feature 10- to 14-foot exposed concrete ceilings. The one-, two-, three- and four-story units will lease for $2,000 to $12,000 a month. C6


A $7 million affordable housing complex at 420 Union Drive between Fourth and Sixth streets in City West broke ground Jan. 25. West Los Angeles-based developer Meta Housing plans to build a five-story ground-up structure of two- and three-bedroom units between 800 and 1,050 square feet. Company corporate marketing coordinator Nancy Morris said the project will include on-site laundry, a community room, a computer lab and a barbecue/picnic area. Plans call for construction to wrap by September 2007. NA


The $20.5 million, 61-unit City West affordable housing project at 1322 and 1405 James M. Wood Blvd. (the two buildings are on either side of the street) is under construction. The north tower is roughly 40% complete according to developer 1010 Development. The south building is only 10% complete and the two components are expected to open in August and November, respectively. The 58,000-square-foot project will incorporate 40 two-bedroom units averaging 800 square feet and 21 three-bedroom units averaging 1,259 square feet. The complex will include 1,340 square feet of office and social service space, a 1,740-square-foot community room and a 3,000-square-foot childcare center for more than 30 preschool students. The childcare provider may be chosen as soon as this month, according to 1010 Development. Pasadena-based Ken Kurose Architects is handling the design. NA


Construction is proceeding on Advanced Development and Investment's 55-unit, low-income apartment complex at Yale Street between Ord and Alpine streets in Chinatown. An official with the developer said the foundation and cement garage have been completed and construction is expected to wrap late this year. Designs by Jubany Architecture and Edwin Mohabir and Partners call for 37 four-bedroom and 18 three-bedroom units surrounding an interior courtyard. Social service, educational and after-school programs will also be available in 10,000 square feet of space. NA



The six-acre site in Little Tokyo known as Block 8 has been split into four parcels by owner Related Cos., which once planned to build on the entire block. Two of the parcels were sold to other developers; Related will develop the remaining two. The first phase is a still-unnamed 230-unit luxury apartment tower on San Pedro Street; Related plans to break ground by April. The project is being designed by Thomas P. Cox Architects, which worked on Related's Hikari apartments two blocks away. The mixed-use element will go beyond ground-floor retail, according to the company's Rick Westberg, with a street-level promenade, two-way street and landscaped pedestrian pathways. The building's amenities will include two rooftop decks, a clubhouse, fitness center, pool deck and business lounge. Units will be market rate, although an affordable component may be added, said Westberg. He said the other parcels, including one sold to Kor Group, are still in the planning stage. D5


In January the Community Redevelopment Agency approved preliminary plans by developer Bond Companies to transform the site of the former Little Joe's restaurant at 900 N. Broadway in Chinatown into a mixed-use project that will connect the Chinatown Metro Gold Line station to Broadway. The $144 million development will feature two residential towers, designed by Nakada & Associates, with 169 condominiums, 10,000 square feet of retail space and a 344-car parking garage; roughly half of that will be available for public, paid parking. The development will also include a landscaped plaza, which will host cultural events and connect Chinatown shops to the light rail station as well as the new state park. City officials helped secure about $35 million in public funds for the project, including $15 million from the CRA. Construction is expected to begin this summer. C2


Steve Riboli of S&R Partners, who plans to turn the Capitol Milling Co. building at 1231 N. Spring St. into a mixed-use project, said that the effort has not seen much movement. Plans still call for a 60,000-square-foot structure that would include 40 apartments with 25,000 square feet of retail. Riboli is working with Larry Bond, who is trying to develop the nearby mixed-use Blossom Plaza, on creating a public space to fuse the two sites. The Capitol Milling structure is a former grain mill and silo. The plans are part of the large-scale Riverview Project at the Cornfield, a development on a triangular piece of land stretching from College Street to the Los Angeles River. The four-phase development would use the Capitol Milling Co. building as a southern anchor and include up to 300 residential units in four four-story, ground-up structures. John Deenihan, a principal with Downtown-based Rothenberg Sawasy Architects, has been tapped to handle designs. The Riboli family also owns the San Antonio Winery north of Chinatown. C2


Plans for a 321,000-square-foot project at Broadway and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue are moving forward, and the Community Redevelopment Agency could vote on the development as soon as next month, said developer Jeff Allen. The proposed five-story effort by Chinatown LLC, with J.B. Realty and Equity Residences, would include 280 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Thomas P. Cox Architects is handling the designs. The project at the southern edge of Chinatown would include 581 parking spaces, most of them below ground, as well as 30,000 square feet of recreational outdoor space, a pool, and a landscaped plaza along North Broadway and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue. The land is currently zoned for commercial use and would require a zoning change. C3


The $2 billion Grand Avenue project was approved by the City Council and County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 13, and developer Related Cos. hopes to break ground in October. The development, which will run along the top of Bunker Hill, will ultimately contain 2,600 housing units and 449,000 square feet of retail, including a 50-story high-rise and a 25-story tower, both part of the first phase and designed by Frank Gehry. While the development will feature luxury amenities including a five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, a high-end grocery store and health club, Related is also incorporating community-oriented elements such as 100 units of affordable housing (in the first phase), a promised 30% of construction jobs to local workers and a revolving loan for more supportive housing facilities. Ground will also break this year on a 16-acre park that will stretch from the Music Center to City Hall. Related was allowed to have future hotel bed taxes waived to make the project pencil out financially; city officials have said that this could equal out to more than $60 million over the life of the project. B5


There has been no recent progress on developer Urban Partners' effort to transform the former home of the Herald Examiner afternoon newspaper at 11th Street and Broadway in South Park. Plans still call for 29,000 square feet of office space and 39,725 square feet of retail in two phases: Phase one would include a new 24-story, 260-unit structure on the old press building's footprint; that is expected to take 30 months to complete. A 33-story, 330-unit tower would also rise at 120 W. 12th St., but no timetable has been established. Architect Brenda Levin is expected to oversee the rehab of the historic building while Thom Mayne's Morphosis is penciled in to design the new towers. C9


The $125 million Medallion will break ground in June, said developer Saeed Farkhondepour. Two six-story structures are planned to rise on what is currently a parking lot on the northeast corner of Fourth and Main streets. The project, downscaled from an earlier vision, will include 200 rental units that average 800 square feet, 750 parking spaces and ground-floor retail. Farkhondepour said that retail on Los Angeles Street will resemble the current Toy District-style retail already in the area, while the Main Street side of the project will have shops and restaurants. M2A Architects is handling the designs. D6


The 6.3-acre, 836-unit development one block north of L.A. Live that has been in the works for more than a decade may finally break ground by the end of this year. Los Angeles-based IDS Real Estate Group bought the Metropolis project - its first development in Downtown - in December 2005. Since then, it has been going through the entitlement process, but an IDS official said the company has acquired funding for the expected $1 billion effort. The property is bounded by the 110 Freeway, James M. Wood Boulevard and Eighth and Francisco streets in South Park. The 1.83-acre first phase would have 360 condominiums in a 30-story tower. The second phase would create a 42-story tower with 388 condo units. The third phase would add a 480-room hotel along with 88 residential units, and the project's final phase would produce a 32-story office tower. Metropolis would include 46,000 square feet of retail and a five-level parking structure. Gruen Associates and Arquitectonica are handling the designs. B8


The 780,000-square-foot development on the block between Los Angeles, Maple, Seventh and Eighth streets involves the conversion of nine former garment buildings. The project is now in its second phase. According to the most recent information available, the next pieces to open will be a 12-story, 95-unit building called the Cornell; a seven-story, 48-unit structure called the Eckardt; and the Santee, an 11-floor, 73-unit edifice. Prices start in the $300,000s. Altogether, the development by Santa Monica-based MJW Investments will include 455 units and a courtyard promenade, recreational facilities, a market and a pharmacy. The 165 apartments in the first phase of the development opened in 2004 and 64 live-work units in the Textile Building, at 315 E. Eighth St., came online last year. Phoenix Realty Group last year joined MJW as a partner in the $92 million second phase of the project. D7


Downtown's long-awaited supermarket anchoring the Market Lofts on Ninth between Hope and Flower streets is on schedule to open this June, said Ralphs spokesman Terry O'Neil. The 50,000-square-foot store will feature a "fresh fare" concept with an upscale European boutique design and large deli that includes a meat and seafood counter, a broad selection of prepared foods and a seating area. Other gourmet touches include sushi, a chowder bar, wine cellar, olive bar and cheese station. The store will hold a pharmacy, floral department, dry cleaners and book section. Ralphs is part of developer CIM Group's South Village, which includes the 267-condominium Market Lofts also opening in June. The one- and two-bedroom units will range from 754 to 1,400 square feet. The first phase of South Village, the 251-unit Gas Company Lofts, opened in 2004. B8


In November the city Planning Commission approved the $135 million, 421-unit University Gateway project at Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard. The developer, Urban Partners, has not announced any recent details regarding construction. Geared toward students attending USC across the street, the massive development just east of the Shrine Auditorium will feature 83,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, including a bookstore, coffee shop, fitness center and storage for more than 800 bicycles. Parking has been a contentious issue for the privately financed project, with 800 parking spaces planned for the site and another 400 nearby. A competing area developer has opposed the project. F9


Developers Tom Gilmore and Richard Weintraub have announced plans to retrofit and transform the rectory of the former Saint Vibiana's Cathedral into housing and a restaurant. Plans are also underway for a mixed-use high-rise on a lot just south of the cathedral. More than a year ago, Gilmore completed an $8 million conversion of the former church at Second and Main streets, and the venue is now used for occasional shows, concerts and parties. The cathedral was once the headquarters for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, but was closed after suffering damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. D5



Construction is roughly 60% complete on the two-story fire and paramedic station at First and Alameda streets, putting the project slightly ahead of schedule, according to LAFD officials. Completion of the 40,000-square-foot station, which will include a handball court, two bays for firefighting vehicles and a hose tower, is expected by August 2008. It will replace an aging 11,000-square-foot facility at 800 N. Main St. and will be staffed by 14 firefighters serving Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Olvera Street. It will also be connected to a second phase of the project - an emergency operations center at 500 E. Temple St. That 82,000-square-foot structure will house police operations and fire dispatch centers, and will replace emergency communication facilities in City Hall East. The total cost of the project is expected to be just under $23 million. GKK Dommer and Fluor/HOK are the architects, while Amoroso is the contractor. E5


Construction began last October on the Metro Expo Line, which will connect Downtown to Culver City, via the Blue Line. The $640 million project is on schedule and is expected to open in summer 2010, said Genetha Eddins, a Metro spokeswoman. The eight-mile line, which remains without an officially designated color, will share two stops with the Blue Line and will add eight more stations, running parallel to the heavily congested 10 Freeway. The project is a joint venture of Vista-based FCI Construction, Inc., Aliso Viejo-based Fluor Corp. and Pasadena-based Parsons Corp. A second phase of the project that will connect the Expo Line to Santa Monica is currently in the planning stages. NA


A construction contract for the first phase of the $90 million upgrade of the Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles St. in the Civic Center has been awarded, said Gene Gibson, regional public affairs officer with the city General Services Administration. The $16.3 million bid went to Stronghold Engineers, Inc. and will cover seismic work in the basement and first floor. Overall improvements, to be done in three phases, include new fire-safety systems, ceilings, energy-efficient lighting, signage, security systems, elevators and the removal of hazardous materials. All of the work will be done with the employees of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Bankruptcy Court remaining in the building. Construction of the entire project could take up to four years. D4


Bidding for the second phase of a 1 million-square-foot courthouse at First Street and Broadway in the Civic Center remains on hold, with no timeline announced. According to General Services Administration Regional Public Affairs Officer Gene Gibson, the procurement process was halted due to financial reasons. The original plan to house 41 courtrooms, 40 judges' chambers and office space for federal agencies on the 3.6-acre site that was purchased from the state of California for $2.5 million will need to be repackaged. The project next to City Hall was budgeted at $314 million. Any future plans will require changes, said Gibson. C5


In November the pair of boring machines used to tunnel the underground section of Metro's Gold Line extension to East Los Angeles completed their work. Since then, much of the heavy street-level construction has begun - that will have an increasing impact on traffic patterns, said an MTA spokesperson. Retrofitting of bridges, widening of streets, and running electricity and other systems into the completed tunnels are the next phases for the six-mile, $899 million project that will extend the Gold Line from Union Station across the 101 Freeway. The concrete bridge that will cross the freeway is also nearly complete, according to the MTA, and crews will begin laying track in the next couple months. Officials hope to complete the project in late 2009, and they estimate the extension could eventually carry as many as 23,000 riders a day. D4


Crews are gutting the interior of the earthquake-damaged Hall of Justice at Temple and Spring streets in the Civic Center, and large chutes are funneling the debris out of the north side of the building. Plans call for spending more than $125 million on fixes and safety upgrades in order to make a new modern office building, said John Edmisten, a division chief in the county's Chief Administrative Office. The Board of Supervisors decided to break the approval and construction process into eight phases. Supervisors must approve each phase of construction separately. The debris removal is only phase three and should be complete by May, while designers are beginning stage four, creating a structural retrofit. C4


On Jan. 22 Los Angeles officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility that will rise across from City Hall and eventually replace the aging Parker Center. The $231 million, 10-story building being constructed by Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba is part of a three-phase project that officials expect to cost close to $420 million by the time it is completed in 2009. The main site, bordered by Spring, Main, First and Second streets, will house the 500,000-square-foot headquarters. One block away on Main Street, an 800-car Motor Transportation Division facility is planned, though not all the land needed has been acquired for that facility. The headquarters design includes an open plaza facing First Street, and a small, landscaped park at the corner of Second and Main streets, as well as a 300-car LAPD garage. Downtown-based DMJM is the architect. D5


On Feb. 2, the City Council unveiled a draft of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, a study that would set the course for a long-term and expensive makeover of the waterway and many of the communities it touches. The plan, which is expected to top $2 billion, would establish a long linear park along the river that would spill into Downtown. Three of the five opportunity sites for major investment are in and around Downtown, including the Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Chinatown area and the Arts District. The plan identifies 239 different projects, including 49 in Downtown; they range from complicated tasks like creating outdoor classrooms and wetlands at the former Cornfield to simpler ones like adding bike paths to the Arts District. The proposed master plan will be open to public comment until March 19. Even if the plan is approved and funding is found, the process is expected to take between 25 and 50 years to implement. NA


After a heated design competition in which more than 30 groups submitted bids to develop the new Los Angeles State Historic Park (the site long known as the Cornfield), the California Parks Department in November named a team headed by San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates as the winner. Hargreaves will now design the 32-acre site between Broadway and North Spring Street east of Chinatown. Hargreaves, which includes Silver Lake-based architect Michael Maltzan, has a concept design that includes a large field flanked on one side by wetlands and landscaping and on the other side by a fountain-filled plaza. The plan also incorporates several bridges that would provide accessibility to the park from Chinatown and Elysian Park. The Parks Department is working out Hargreaves' contract and will start to look for funding. No timeline has been announced. NA


Crews have completed the foundation, basement and first floor of the 160,000-square-foot, 512-bed detention facility just north of Parker Center at Los Angeles and Temple streets, said Mike Bernards, project manager for San Fernando-based Bernards Construction. The five-level $74 million project, designed by HOK Architects, will include one underground floor. The center will, for the first time, house female inmates. Crews have been working on the project since February 2006 and completion is expected by September 2008, said Bernards. D4


The former Union Pacific Rail Yard just north of Downtown Los Angeles is set to open as a state park by April after a 15-year effort and multiple delays. One community soccer league has already begun using the soccer facilities on the site formerly known as Taylor Yard, said an official with the state Parks Department. Last year the project was delayed when crews uncovered a significant amount of lead mixed into a concrete slurry and sequestered underground by rail yard workers, according to state officials. Designs for the 40-acre park include a multipurpose field with artificial turf, a competition-size soccer field, three junior soccer fields, a baseball field, a softball field, basketball and tennis courts and even a water splash fountain. The park stretches from San Fernando Road to the Los Angeles River and will also feature hiking trails and green space. Ultimately the site will feature major habitat and wetlands restoration as part of the L.A. River Revitalization Master Plan. The price of the park has been put at $34 million. NA



Groundbreaking for the multi-school campus at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel west of Downtown was held Nov. 20 and all pre-construction earthwork is now complete. Plans call for building an 825-seat school for kindergarten through third-grade students; a 1,400-seat facility for fourth through eighth graders; and a 2,150-seat high school. The campus will include two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, a soccer field and extensive athletic facilities. The upper level of the former Cocoanut Grove nightclub will become a 522-seat auditorium, while the lower level will hold dining facilities and a cafeteria. The 24-acre Wilshire Boulevard site will also have a one-third-acre public park, which will include an art installation honoring Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in the hotel. The $60 million elementary school is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2009. The $175 million middle and high schools are scheduled for completion a year later. NA


Cathedral High School is in the midst of a $14 million effort to build a one-acre, 48,000-square-foot gym and science building for the campus' 630 students. School principal Brother John Montgomery said the project would wrap by September. Long Beach-based Kluger Architects is designing the two-story facility, which will allow students of the all-boys Catholic school to participate in 11 sports. The design will utilize split-face concrete blocks and include a red tile roof to match the other structures on campus; it will feature several labs, including one for computer design, and a gym with weight facilities, team rooms, lockers and a film room. A 1940s gym was torn down to make way for the current project. C1


The Colburn School is rapidly approaching the completion of its urban campus at 200 S. Grand Ave. Construction is scheduled to wrap this summer on the $120 million expansion, highlighted by a 12-story tower. School spokeswoman Barbara Vyden said the glass walls and doors that enclose the cafe are in place and the zinc cladding on the exterior of a new performance space is almost finished. The 326,000-square-foot extension will also hold Colburn's new college-level Conservatory of Music and the growing community program, and will feature a 200-seat performance venue along with classrooms and a 7,000-square-foot rehearsal hall, 50 practice rooms, a cafeteria and offices. Downtown-based Pfeiffer Partners is the architect. C5


LAUSD's new High School No. 9, also known as the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, is about one-third complete. The project at 450 N. Grand Ave. is north of the site for the Grand Avenue project; the school was propelled by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad. Although an official groundbreaking was held Sept. 9, construction on the 238,000-square-foot campus, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au and HMC, actually began last March. The 1,728-student arts-oriented high school will feature four academies: music, dance, visual arts and performing arts. The school will primarily serve students living in the Belmont High School area, although 500 seats will be open for students from throughout the district, said LAUSD spokeswoman Binti Harvey. The project budget is $208 million and construction is expected to wrap in fall 2008. C4


Construction crews on the site of the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College just began a key stage in the $227.6 million renovation of the 29-acre community college campus at Washington Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Crews are now moving a ramp that leads to a rooftop parking lot, which will clear an area for the college's south campus project; that will provide a new entrance, an athletic field, a student services building, a technology building and a utility building. Completion for the ramp relocation is scheduled for this October. Construction on a $6 million Child Development Center is one-third complete and should wrap up this fall. Additionally, construction on a six-level, 250,000-square-foot parking structure that will hold 800 cars is expected to finish this summer. NA


Richard Meruelo has not yet announced plans for the lot he owns adjacent to the Southern California Institute of Architecture in the Arts District. Although the school once used it as a parking lot, Meruelo fenced it off when he and SCI-Arc became embroiled in a lawsuit. Last year, the lot was offered for lease; Magnum Properties, Inc. has the listing for the 25,000-square-foot site. F5


Construction is progressing rapidly on the Harlyne Norris Cancer Research Tower on the USC Health Sciences Campus. The installation of the exterior skin of the 10-story, 172,000-square-foot building is complete and the project, which will help USC physicians and researchers treat and prevent cancer, is slated to open in the middle of this year. Meanwhile, design work continues for the 200,000-square-foot Broad Institute for Integrative Biology and Stem Cell Research adjacent to the existing Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute on San Pablo Street. The Broad Institute will be the third new research building this decade on the campus. These buildings will house more than 100 investigators engaged in interdisciplinary research in neuroscience, cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Construction of the LAC+USC Medical Center Replacement Facility also continues, with construction expected to finish this spring; the facility will open to patients in the fall. NA


Multiple projects are underway on the massive campus at the southern edge of Downtown. The school has been working on a $23 million facelift of Webb Tower, which includes seismic and electrical upgrades. The second phase of Parkside Residential College, a 143,000-square-foot housing center for 440 students, is expected to be complete this year. The school is also building 1,100- and 1,200-car parking garages. The Thornton School of Music, a $70 million structure, is scheduled to rise by 2010. Overall, USC has committed nearly $300 million to construction projects on its University Park campus. F9


A high school on the 24-acre plot at First and Beaudry streets is nearly halfway complete, said LAUSD spokeswoman Binti Harvey. However the City West project, formerly known as the Belmont Learning Center, has had several recent setbacks, including a small fire and a truck that lost its brakes and rolled down a hill and off the site, where it crushed a line of parked cars. Crews working on the existing buildings, which were erected several years ago before the project was stalled by dangers from carcinogens and earthquake faults, have completed structural steel installation and roof work and are currently installing drywall. New buildings have been topped out and crews are in the framing stage. The campus will have classrooms serving 2,100 students in three buildings, and a separate 500-seat academy will hold a cafeteria, library, student union and parents' center. The campus is scheduled to open in fall 2008. Construction on the site's second component, a park, began in November 2006 and is 15% complete. However, due to fiscal constraints, the park no longer will feature a lake, fishing pond or outdoor amphitheater, although the latter could be added if funds become available. The current project cost is $174 million. With earlier costs factored in, the development will run around $350 million. A5



On Jan. 24 the operator of the tiny funicular that connects Bunker Hill to the Historic Core announced that the railway will reopen by the end of summer and that the fare will remain 25 cents. Angels Flight has been closed since a fatal accident in February 2001. Last month, the private, non-profit Angels Flight Railway Foundation signed contracts with engineers and resumed a dialogue with the California Public Utilities Commission, which must ultimately approve the train before it reopens. The Foundation said it is proceeding with the final phase of the $2.6-million renovation process, which will include upgraded safety features. However, the project has been delayed for years and announced reopening dates have not been met. Additionally, Councilwoman Jan Perry has suggested that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should take over the operations. C6


Major ground excavation has been completed for the California Science Center's new $165 million World of Ecology wing. In October, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined former governors George Deukmejian and Gray Davis for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the project. The wing will add 170,000 square feet to the Exposition Park museum and will host an exhibit that demonstrates principles of ecology. The expansion, set to open in 2009, will combine aspects of aquariums, zoos and botanical gardens and will include 250 species of plants and animals. The addition is the second phase of a 25-year master plan. So far, construction crews have dug three stories deep into the ground to make room for a kelp tank and support systems for the displays. F10


Plans for a three-acre public art park must wait until the new police headquarters parking facility is completed. The site, currently a parking lot on the block bounded by First, Judge John Aiso, Temple and Alameda streets, is still several years from being changed, said city Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller. He added that formal designs for the art park are still being drawn and would not be ready for another year. D4


Construction began in late 2005 on a $4.8 million renovation of the city Department of Recreation and Parks facility at 1410 Colton St. in City West. According to the most recent information available, the renovated pool will reopen during the summer. When finished, the heated, indoor pool will feature a new roof, electrical system, locker rooms, bathrooms and showers and be accessible to the disabled. The upgrades are being designed by West L.A.-based Frank R. Webb Architects. NA


Momentum has slowed significantly in the effort to place a professional football team in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Before the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a press conference, "It's important for us to be in Los Angeles long-term, but we have survived quite well without Los Angeles, and Los Angeles has survived quite well without the NFL." Although Eighth District Councilman Bernard Parks continues to lobby the league about bringing a team back to the 1923 Exposition Park stadium, the Coliseum Commission - the panel of city, county and state officials that oversees the stadium - has publicly discussed securing a long-term lease with USC as a priority, rather than inking a deal with the league. Activity was more heated in the first half of 2006, before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue stepped down. At the time, Coliseum supporters described an $800 million effort that would turn the 90,000-occupancy venue into a 67,000-seat stadium with improved sight lines and about 180 revenue-generating luxury suites, all while preserving the historic peristyle. The plan called for the NFL to pay for the entire renovation, and an owner and team would be named in the future. NA


Renovation of the storied Linda Lea Theater at 251 S. Main St. is underway. The new theater will be renamed the ImaginAsian Center and will feature Pan-Asian and general market content. The building owner, Costa Mesa-based Cinema Properties Group, hired Culver City-based Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture to handle the redesign. Completion is expected this year. D5


The first phase of the $2.5 billion entertainment complex at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street just north of Staples Center is on course to open this fall. Developer Anschutz Entertainment Group broke ground in 2005. The first elements to come on line will be the 7,100-seat Nokia Theater and the plaza that will run through the complex. Other attractions include the 2,400-seat Club Nokia, the Conga Room nightclub, a 15-screen Regal Cineplex, a Grammy museum, retail, restaurants and additional venues. A second phase will bring facilities including the West Coast headquarters for ESPN. There will also be an office component, and the corporate headquarters for both AEG and Herbalife will be part of L.A. Live. B8


The anticipated grand opening of the Los Angeles Theatre Center has been pushed back to this September, according to documents filed in December with the city's General Services Department; previous plans had called for the venue at 514 S. Spring St. to debut this month following a $4 million renovation. Lori Zimmerman, interim manager of the Latino Theater Company, which in 2005 won a 20-year contract to operate the Historic Core edifice, said that drawings have been completed by architect John Sergio Fisher and the LTC is now seeking building permits. Plans call for turning the property into a three-theater complex with new lighting and seats. The patio would be enclosed and a cafe added, and the Latino Museum of History, Art & Culture would set up exhibits in the lobby and basement. Pankow is the contractor and Cushman & Wakefield is the project manager. D6


Although plans to dramatically update the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park remain on hold, renovations and retrofitting to the existing buildings are set to begin this month, said spokeswoman Jennifer Mau. Museum staffers still intend to begin a fundraising campaign to raise the estimated $300 million needed for an expansion. Architect Stephen Holl completed a master plan several years ago. In the meantime, the museum's 1913 rotunda building will be retrofitted and seismically strengthened; that is expected to take about a year. The $84 million project will use private and public funds, Mau said. E10


Former Pasadena Playhouse owner David Houk closed escrow Dec. 7 on the Variety Arts Center for an undisclosed amount. Houk, who heads Downtown-based Houk Development Company, purchased the 1924 theater and event space at 940 S. Figueroa St. from Anschutz Entertainment Group. He plans to restore the 1,000-seat main theater and produce new plays and musicals. The renovation is expected to last a year and Houk plans to move his offices and theater company into the location once the project is complete. B8



Crews have begun work on a bar and lounge in the basement of the Spring Arts Tower at 453 S. Spring St., said Vincent Terzian, president and CEO of Hollywood-based Five Five Endeavors. The developer has already obtained a liquor license for the speakeasy-themed nightspot where patrons will enter through a hidden door and mingle in the basement vault. According to Terzian, the 6,000-square-foot space, which may also serve as a private members club, will be a casual upscale bar and lounge with a 1920s feel. He is refurbishing the original Italian marble, mosaic tiles floors, and oak and maple touches. It is named after a former tenant of the 1914 building, the Crocker Citizens National Bank. The club could open by spring and will feature an extensive specialty drink list. C6


Hollywood-based Sweet Freedom Development is working on a $1.5 million bar at the base of the Hellman Building at Fourth and Main streets. Complete with a cigar bar and a smoking room, Dietrichs - named for film star Marlene Dietrich - will have a 1920s speakeasy decor and live music. Architect George Kelly is designing the 1,300-square-foot space that was previously scheduled to open in December. A new opening date has not yet been announced. D6


Plans to transform a former bank vault in the basement of the Los Angeles Trust and Savings Bank Building at 215 W. Sixth St. are still on hold, awaiting the completion of condominium conversions taking place in the building above, said developer Andrew Meieran. Meieran hopes to bring a bit of classic Hollywood nightlife to Downtown with the 8,000-square-foot retro bar featuring white marble floors, walnut wood paneling, polished stainless steel walls and much of the original architecture, including the vault's 38-ton circular door. C7


The sign for Seven Grand now hangs outside its 515 W. Seventh St. location, and the bar is scheduled to have a soft opening in April with an official debut May 10 (pushed back from last October). Downtown-based 213 Ventures is behind the project; plans call for one of the largest selections of premium spirits west of the Mississippi. The $1 million venture will be the biggest bar 213 and its president, Cedd Moses, has created to date (it previously opened the Golden Gopher and the Broadway Bar). The 4,500-square-foot space will offer 16 beers on tap (with a system that creates its own nitrogen and CO2, allowing it to keep draft beer continuously refrigerated), plus a 250-year-old walnut bar, two 150-year-old pool tables, a smoking patio, a private room and a live music area. C7



New York-based Brookfield Properties purchased the 7+Fig shopping mall last year and has begun working on plans to expand and renovate the complex. Not many details have been released yet, but Anthony Manos, senior vice president of Brookfield's Southern California region, said the company is working on a complete repositioning of the mall that would include an expansion of more than 150,000 square feet. In the meantime, the company is working to bring "some of the hottest restaurant concepts in Los Angeles" to the food court level, Manos said. New retail stores - which could include a big-name home store - will be announced within a month. B7


The effort to clad the exterior of the AT&T building in a new metallic, off-white skin should be complete in March. Architect William Pereira's iconic South Park structure at 1150 S. Olive St. will also receive modern metal panels and a glass curtain wall at the corner of 12th and Olive streets. The upgrade will create a new restaurant, said Chris Egger, a spokesman representing LBA Realty, which purchased the 32-story high-rise last year for $130 million. This phase of construction will also include interior renovations such as new lobby finishes and refurbished elevator cabs; those are also expected to be complete in March. New retail will come into the building, including Starbucks, Robeks Juice, Subway, Trimana Express and a FedEx/Kinkos, some of which will open in June. Plans for a second phase of the facelift focusing on the tower's top will be finalized in mid-2007, Egger said. C9


The twin 51-story black granite office towers at Fifth and Flower are 72% leased after a $125 million renovation that wrapped last year. In 2003, Thomas Properties Group bought the failing office skyscrapers and underground mall for a reported $270 million. The company has leased 233,661 square feet of office space since 2006, said Kent Handleman, managing director of leasing. Chaya Brasserie, a high-end, Asian fusion restaurant, is scheduled to open in the building's ground floor retail space by early 2008 and another restaurant is in the works, said Handleman. The mall was also renovated and now holds a 30,000-square-foot gym, a Weiland's Brewery, seven fast food restaurants and other service businesses. B6


Anschutz Entertainment Group is moving forward with development of the 54-story Convention Center headquarters hotel as part of the $2.5 billion L.A. Live. An earlier partner, KB Urban, has dropped out of the endeavor. The hotel/condo hybrid, whose cost has been estimated at up to $800 million, will feature three elements: an 876-room Marriott Marquis, a 124-room Ritz-Carlton, and 216 luxury condominiums, on the upper levels, known as The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Los Angeles. The Marriott's rooms will comprise the bulk of an L-shaped structure that will give way to the tower containing the higher-end Ritz Carlton rooms. The hotel, which will feature the largest ballroom in the city, is scheduled to open in early 2010. B8


Although no construction is apparent from the street, a conversion of the former Embassy Hotel and Theater at 851 S. Grand Ave. into the swank new Gansevoort West is scheduled for completion in late 2008, said Kristen Hammer, a spokeswoman for the project. WSA Management and Chetrit Group plan to turn the nine-story South Park structure into a 175-room boutique hotel. It would include a restaurant, a spa and a rooftop pool and lounge. Crews will also restore the building's 1,800-seat theater. The 1914 edifice designed by Thornton Fitzhugh has served at various points as a church, hotel and a facility for USC. Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect of the conversion. New York-based WSA is behind the Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan and is also developing a hotel in Miami, which is opening in three months. C8


According to the most recent information available, more than 70% of the 196 for-purchase retail spaces and showrooms for wholesalers and manufacturers have been sold in the project at 1444 S. San Pedro St. Plans call for the 560,000-square-foot garment industry center to open this spring and include FedEx and UPS facilities, a food court and a bank. The units will average 1,200 square feet. The project is also known as LA FACE. NA


In January developer KI Group broke ground on a massive wholesale condominium complex at 810 E. Pico Blvd., southeast of the Fashion District's core. The project, which the company's Sina Kangavari estimates at just over $30 million, will contain 150 units ranging from 1,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet. Units in the 400,000-square-foot edifice will start at about $900,000 and run up to approximately $1.3 million, said Kangavari. Architecture firm MAI is handling the plans, which call for palm trees and landscaping around the project. Hoffman Construction Management is currently excavating the ground and breaking apart surrounding sidewalks, which will be replaced. Kangavari said the anticipated opening date of March 2008 has been pushed back to late in the year. NA


Construction is underway on a four-story, 45,000-square-foot Italian-style office building at 3720 S. Flower St. near the USC University Park Campus. Frank R. Webb Architects is designing the structure, which is budgeted at roughly $13 million, said Irene Rodriguez, a university spokeswoman. The building will house a retail branch of the credit union and a classroom-like financial literacy workshop facility on the ground floor, various USC departments on the second and third floors and the credit union's administrative offices on the top level. The building's design will reflect that of USC, with brick veneer and accent bands, limestone panels and red clay roof tiles. Completion by Del Amo Construction has been pushed back to June. F9


After completing an upgrade of the Grand Ballroom in September, crews have begun work on the Los Angeles and Golden State ballrooms as part of a multi-phase $40 million renovation of the hotel at 930 Wilshire Blvd., said Wilshire Grand spokesman Marc Loge. Loge said each ballroom is being equipped with state-of-the-art communications facilities. As part of hotel-wide upgrade, guest rooms will be remodeled starting in the fall, followed by a remake of the hotel's lobbies and common areas, Loge said. The four-year overhaul is being designed by Long Beach-based architect Concepts Four, and will include some structural changes. The renovation was spurred by the development of the L.A. Live project a few blocks south. B7



First United Methodist Church has announced ambitious plans for a $60 million mixed-use development at 1010 S. Flower St. It would create a structure at least 12 stories tall that would include office or residential units and ground-floor retail space to help pay for the project, said church leaders. The church has been located at various Downtown spots for more than 150 years. The new development would include a 500-person auditorium, classrooms, offices and a sky chapel. A past proposal for a smaller project was scrapped two years ago due to lack of funding. Church leaders hope to partner with a developer interested in taking advantage of the South Park site. Burbank-based BTG Advisors is helping the church pick a developer and an architect, although preliminary designs were done by Killefer Flammang Architects last month. No timetable has been announced. B8


The new Homeboy Industries headquarters at Alameda and Bruno streets in Chinatown is set for completion this spring and is expected to open by August, with a grand opening ceremony planned for September said Kaile Shilling, director of development for Homeboy Industries. The 20,000-square-foot facility will hold Homeboy's bakery, the Homegirl Cafe and Homegirl Catering, as well as a retail shop for Homeboy gear. The cafe will seat 96 people and will have a separate kitchen for its catering component. The building will include the nonprofit's administrative offices and support services for gang rehabilitation, such as tattoo removal and job placement assistance. Shilling said Homeboy's silk-screening facility may also move once a second phase of the building is complete. The pioneering gang prevention program is led by Father Gregory Boyle and has long operated in Boyle Heights. C2


Completion of the Wallis Annenberg Research Center at the House Ear Institute, at 2100 W. Third St., is expected by this May, said Institute spokeswoman Christa Spieth Nuber. The estimated cost of the 25,000-square-foot wing designed for hearing health research is $23.5 million. The building addition, part of a larger fundraising effort called Campaign for Building a Sound Future, was designed by architects Perkins + Will, and the contractors are Rudolph and Sletten. A grand opening celebration is slated for this fall. The Annenberg Foundation donated $10 million for the project. NA


A groundbreaking for the Skid Row nonprofit has been discussed for early this year. Architect Michael Maltzan's plans for the facility at 720 S. Kohler St. include space for a new theater, ceramics complex, library, resource center, children's community garden and administrative offices. The new theater would enable Inner-City Arts to offer acting classes for children as well as host performances. E7


Earlier plans for a $15 million expansion of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center at 244 S. San Pedro St. have been shelved, said Victor Wong, director of administration for the JACCC. A new proposal for the expansion is expected within three months. In 2006, officials said they were still looking for funding for the project, which was slated to include a digital education and learning center, a lecture and reception hall and a 3,000-square-foot community gallery. Now, Wong said, the center is rethinking how best to enhance its services. D5


Construction is 92% complete and is scheduled to finish by this summer on the $820 million hospital on a 25-acre parcel at Merengo and Chicago streets northeast of Downtown, said a spokesperson for USC. The 600-bed project includes a seven-story outpatient structure, a five-story diagnostic and treatment building, an eight-story inpatient tower and a central energy plant. The complex will replace four hospitals, including two facilities damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Emergency Services and county bonds are financing the project. Los Angeles-based HOK and Santa Monica firm LBL Associated Architects are handling the designs, while the construction is a joint venture between McCarthy, Clark and Hunt. NA


The Little Tokyo Service Center still has plans for a recreation center south of St. Vibiana's Cathedral. However, Bill Watanabe, executive director of the LTSC, said those plans are on hold until the city completes an acquisition of the property. The city plans to build a parking structure for city employees as well as the public and the recreation center would rise on top, although it would be funded by the LTSC, said Watanabe. The development would be between 30,000 and 60,000 square feet with community space as well as four basketball courts and bleacher seating for up to 1,500 people. LTSC officials hope to one day host national martial arts tournaments in the facility. D5


The Liturgical Apostolate Center at the southwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue is expected to open by mid-March, said Victor Newlove, a principal with Santa Monica-based construction firm Armet, Davis and Newlove. The center and convent has a new official name: the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master. The three-story, 24,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style building will combine liturgical functions, like the selling of vestments and religious artwork, with a chapel, conference rooms and, on the third floor, accommodations for 11 nuns. The space will also offer rooms for religious retreats. The building near the 101 and 110 freeways will encircle an interior courtyard and the property will include a small orchard. A3


The YWCA of Greater Los Angeles is finalizing agreements with the federal government for a $52 million expansion of the YMCA Job Corps Campus in South Park, said spokeswoman May Chen Tham. A groundbreaking was held last April for the 154,000-square-foot project at Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street. The campus will have 200 rooms for students and an intake center, cafeteria, library, medical and dental centers that will serve 1,200 students annually. The expansion will allow the organization to house its operations under one roof, rather than two satellite campuses, said Tham. Jenkins, Gales and Martinez Architects are designing the seven-story steel and glass structure. C8



The 20-year-old, 37-story skyscraper at 1100 Wilshire Boulevard - long a laughingstock of Downtown's office sector, as it was completed in 1986 but never leased - opened in December as the only modern high-rise to be turned into a residential building. It is also one of the only Downtown buildings to offer 360-degree views and glass walls. Since December, 85 of the 228 units have been filled, and most of those residents have moved in, according to developer Forest City Residential West. Forest City headed a team that included TMG Partners and MacFarlane Partners on the $37 million project. With 42 floor plans, the studio, one- and two bedroom units range from about 700 square feet to 3,400-square-foot, two-story penthouses. Prices start at $500,000 and run to more than $3 million. The conversion from office space to residential was completed by Thomas P. Cox Architects. A7


This sleek poolside restaurant and lounge near Staples Center opened in November in the former Holiday Inn, which has been converted into a residential building called The Flat. Robert Hartstein and developer Bret Mosher created the 4,300-square-foot space, which features three lounges, a dining room with a 17-foot sunken granite table, a glass fireplace and a rooftop garden. Chef Kris Morningstar, formerly of Patina and Meson G, crafted a contemporary American menu that is available for lunch weekdays and dinner nightly. A8


Restaurateur Jason Ha recently opened his second establishment in the Arts District, an Asian-inspired steakhouse dubbed e3rd (next door to his popular Zip Fusion). The new restaurant, short for "east of Third," had its soft opening in January and an official opening is set for March 1. Ha converted a former warehouse and film studio at 734 E. Third St. into a stunning steakhouse and lounge that features lower price points than some of Downtown's more upscale meat palaces. E5


Residents began moving in to the regal, turquoise terra cotta landmark in the last week of January. The Kor Group spent $30 million converting the 1930 eye-catching structure at 849 S. Broadway originally designed by Claud Beelman. Architecture firm Killefer Flammang restored the edifice to its original splendor, and even the lobby floors are original. Interior designer Kelly Wearstler worked on the building's 147 luxury condominiums that have high ceilings and exposed pipes, ducts and thick columns. The Eastern Columbia has a rooftop fitness center, terrace and pool. Units range from 881 to 3,208 square feet and prices started around $400,000 and topped out at $2 million. All units but the penthouses, which have yet to be released, are sold out. C8


The popular Japanese convenience store chain that sells everything from sushi to panini sandwiches to magazines has opened two Downtown locations: The first debuted in October at 800 S. Figueroa St.; the second came online in February at 525 W. Sixth St. in the Pacific Center. B7, C7


Construction wrapped last fall on a 10-unit, 10,000-square-foot market-rate apartment complex on Fourth Street between Bixel Street and Lucas Avenue in City West. According to Brentwood-based developer Thomas Safran Associates, the building is 60% leased with four apartments remaining. These are one-bedroom units ranging from 800 to 1,150 square feet and renting for between $1,800 and $2,400. The five-story building includes parking, a rooftop jacuzzi and 360-degree views. The project cost has been put at $3 million. A6


The USC men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams have started playing in their new $140 million home at Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Except for a few details like finishing the suites, the 10,225-seat arena is complete and fully operational. The 300,000-square-foot building holds a 35,000-square-foot practice space, administrative offices and a founder's hall. The structure, designed by HNTB architects, maintains the classic orange-brick aesthetic of other USC buildings, and includes luxury accommodations such as private vanities and lounges in the teams' dressing rooms and a 500-person banquet hall with a private courtyard. The arena is also used for concerts. F9


The newest addition to the Groundwork Coffee Co. debuted this month at 108 W. Second St. on the ground floor of the Higgins Building. Unlike owner Richard Karno's Traction Avenue location in the Arts District, this Groundwork focuses solely on brewing the company's signature coffees, with a selection of pastries and bagels. The lofty, 1,100-square-foot, two-level space has concrete floors and chairs on an outdoor patio facing Main Street. D5


The 128-unit, six-story apartment complex at Second Street and Central Avenue has been nearly half leased since its soft opening in December, according to developer Related Cos. About 30% of those inhabitants have already moved in to the $38 million development designed by Thomas P. Cox Architects. Rents in many units are more than $3 per square foot, making them among the most expensive apartments in Downtown. The building features studio, one- and two-bedroom residences. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a fire pit and barbecue equipment as well as a luxurious retro lobby and a façade light installation. The ground-floor retail is set to open in the coming months, including a Fed Ex/Kinkos, a Robek's, Zen Asian Bistro and Italian eatery Pastagina. E5


The former 30-year-old industry hideaway known as Little J has been transformed by entrepreneur Sergio Dovarro into J Restaurant & Lounge at 1119 S. Olive St. The sprawling 25,000-square-foot space features a 10,000-square-foot outdoor patio, a glowing fire pit and a 30-foot granite bar. Executive chef Ryan McKay has designed a New American menu. C9


Library Court was completed last October and the building is now 70% sold and 60% occupied, according to a sales representative. The $20 million project, at 630 W. Sixth St. near the Richard J. Riordan Central Library, features 90 condominiums ranging from 570 to 1,185 square feet. All types of units are still available and prices range from $410,000 to $735,000. With granite countertops and checkered windows that vary in translucency, the units are intended to provide a Manhattan feel in Downtown Los Angeles, said Walter Eeds, CEO of Newport Beach-based developer Greystone Group. Architect Brenda Levin took the original structure - a 1960s office building - down to the studs and added a top floor, removed material for the interior courtyard and made room for 10,000 square feet of retail space. Six restaurants are currently on the first floor, including Wolfgang Puck's Gourmet Express and Mitaki Sushi. Recently opened is the Library Bar. B7


Opened in late October, the Chinese restaurant at 108 W. Second St. features a contemporary Asian interior with a split-level dining room and 20-foot ceilings. It is run by Lili Ya and is the latest offering from a family that owns several restaurants. Neon lights enliven the burgeoning residential and commercial strip. D5


Developer KI Group opened the 100,000-square-foot Maple Union last November and the project is now about 60% occupied, said the company's Sina Kangavari; leasing in the structure on the northeast corner of Maple Street and Olympic Boulevard has been slower than expected, he said. The $10 million Fashion District development holds 120 spaces for retail tenants in a two-building complex that also includes two levels of parking with 160 spaces. Rents range from $3,000 to $6,000 per month. Kangavari said he has inked a deal with a Greek restaurant that will open in March, and he is seeking other food establishments. The project includes an open portion designed to catch the pedestrian flow off Santee Alley. D8


The second phase of Mozaic is ready for occupancy this month, and it has signed 75 leases for the 107-unit first phase. The project, owned by Dallas-based Lincoln Property Group, is next to Union Station and its array of bus and rail lines. The total 272-unit development involves two four-story buildings; apartments range from 644 to 1,460 square feet and have condo-like amenities, including granite countertops and washer and dryers. Mozaic has a rooftop pool and gym and rents are $1,400 to $3,000. D3


November marked the debut of the six-story cube of concrete and glass at 643 S. San Pedro St. on Skid Row. The sleek modern structure, designed by Silver Lake-based architect Michael Maltzan, holds 87 units of supportive housing for the chronically homeless, as well as common rooms for services and an open-air courtyard. The project was developed by Skid Row Housing Trust, which received more than 500 applications for the rooms, according to a spokesperson. The development used 35% public funds with the rest coming from private donations. The building is fully leased, according to Skid Row Housing Trust. E7


Developer Barry Shy's SB Grand is open and has residents in 180 of its 280 units. The 12-story edifice, at 312 W. Fifth St. in the Historic Core, was an adaptive reuse project. Crews are still working on the rooftop swimming pool. Condos in the 14-story structure start at $400,000. D7


In December nightclub impresario Mark Fleischman opened the $1.5 million Tatou Restaurant and Supper Club at 333 S. Boylston St., on the western edge of Downtown (in Prince's former Glam Slam club). Dotted with four 15-foot palm trees and draped with nearly $70,000 in fabric, Tatou features a 40-foot stage, two dance floors, multiple levels and bars, a smoking patio and 30 plasma screens. A second phase is planned that will include a sleek rooftop restaurant and lounge with skyline views. Chef Michael Wray, a winner of TV's "Hell's Kitchen," designed the Cal-Asian-Latin menu. A6


It took nearly 20 years, but Teramachi Senior Housing at Third and San Pedro streets in Little Tokyo has finally opened its doors. The $42 million, 1.6-acre development is practically sold out and move-ins began this month. The four-story building has a modern design with sleek windows, high ceilings and a pool, but still caters to Japanese customers with features like a Zen garden and a koi pond in the center courtyard. Units range from $350,000 to $1 million; some have large decks, skyline views and soaking tubs. In order to get the grandchildren visiting, developer Thomas Wong included plasma televisions and Playstation video games in a large common area. Each floor has a public kitchen and lounge to provide room for gatherings. VTBS designed the project, which includes 127 units and will hold retail on the ground floor. D5


The new $2 million bar and lounge that occupies the old boiler room in the Higgins Building held its grand opening Feb. 8, said Andrew Meieran, who partnered on the venture with Marc Smith. The 14,000-square-foot cocktail lounge and music venue at 108 W. Second St. is in the basement that once powered the 1910 building; the renovated space includes a free-floating staircase, original boilers with lounges inside, and rows of generators. The lounge has a capacity of 400. Two years ago Meieran worked with Barry Shy to convert the Higgins Building into 135 apartments. D5


In December music ushered for the first time in years from the Triforium; this long-silent multi-colored public artwork in the Los Angeles Mall has been the subject of an ongoing makeover since last summer. City officials plan to fully restore the Triforium's musical component; the pod-like speakers that hang between 22 columns of colored glass prisms encircling the tripod-shaped structure were cleaned and repaired, as were the 1,500 hand-blown glass prisms and bulbs. The eventual goal is to repair the lights in the 1975 artwork and synchronize them with a 79-note, electronic glass bell carillon that chimes every quarter hour. It can play everything from Beethoven to the Bee Gees. D4


Developer Sonny Astani's $65 million condominium development at 1234 Wilshire Blvd. opened this month. Located across from Good Samaritan Hospital in City West, Vero consists of a main six-story building and two separate five-story structures, with a total of 197 units. A Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Subway and Red Mango have opened on the ground floor. Condos range from one to three bedrooms and feature modern design with wood floors and barn-like doors separating the interior spaces. The project includes a courtyard with a pool and a fitness center featuring steam rooms and a spa. Prices start around $350,000 and 90% of units have been sold. A7


Residents began moving in last fall to the Visconti, a $45 million, 297-unit luxury apartment complex at Bixel and Third streets in City West. Developer G.H. Palmer Associates' project continues its line of Italian-themed, upscale apartment complexes. Amenities include an outdoor pool, gourmet kitchens and Italian marble bath vanities. A6

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Wow good job LA Ive never been but I would love to go one day good to see the skyline growing as well
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I thought this was an interesting article from the LA Times..well, not an actual article...but it's a comparison of L.A. Live and The Grand Avenue project:

How downtown developments stack up
A comparison of L.A. Live and the Grand Avenue project.
February 25, 2007

Two major dueling development projects are remaking the northern and southern ends of downtown Los Angeles. Here's how they stack up. — SWATI PANDEY

Grand AvenueSize: 3.6 million square feet

Cost: $2.05 billion

Start date: October 2007 for Phase I

Planned completion: July 2011 for Phase I; 2018 for final phase

Public or private land: Public

Driving force: Eli Broad

Tax breaks: 20 years of hotel taxes, capped at $60.5 million; and 10 years of parking taxes

Tallest point: 50 stories

Open space: A 16-acre park

Five-star hotel: The Mandarin Oriental

High-end restaurant: Six or seven restaurants in Phase I

Cultural amenities: A large park and a bookstore

Housing units: Up to 2,660

Affordable housing units: Up to 532

Condominiums: 400 units planned for Phase I, but subject to change

Hotel rooms: 275

Jobs estimated to be created: 29,000 in construction, 5,900 permanent direct and indirect jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Ongoing tax revenue generated: $109.5 million in federal, state and local taxes annually, according to the L.A. County Economic Development Corp.


L.A. LiveSize: 4 million square feet

Cost: $2.2 billion

Start date: October 2005

Planned completion: 2010

Public or private land: Private

Driving force: Philip Anschutz

Tax breaks: 25 years of hotel taxes, or $62 million; a $5-million Community Redevelopment Agency grant; and a building permit reimbursement of about $4 million

Tallest point: 54 stories

Open space: 40,000-square-foot outdoor plaza

Five-star hotel: The Ritz-Carlton

High-end restaurant: At least eight, including Katsuya

Cultural amenities: A 7,100-seat theater, nightclubs and a movie theater

Housing units: 424
Affordable housing units: 85

Condominiums: 424

Hotel rooms: 1,301

Jobs estimated to be created: 7,500 in construction; 8,000 permanent jobs for L.A. Live and surrounding district.

Ongoing tax revenue generated: No current estimate available.

The housing is amazing at Grand Avenue!!
An I'm so glad affordable housing in included in both projects... Does anyone know what exactly "affordable housing" really is? Like, where do you apply and what's the maximum income you can make....with prices today....it seems that someone making $75K a year, should be able to apply for this housing...what do you guys think? I mean, $75k won't get you anything in downtown anymore
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I was in downtown today and talked to 3 different construction workers at LA Live about the hotel. They all said that even though it doesn't look like it, foundation work has started on the Ritz.
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I was in downtown today and talked to 3 different construction workers at LA Live about the hotel. They all said that even though it doesn't look like it, foundation work has started on the Ritz.
Hopefully it's not long now until that thing begins to rise.
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Maybe we just can't see the progress because the site of the hotel is camouflaged with the Nokia construction.
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L . A . ....Lousy....Architecture....

looking at the following images of proposed Los Angeles architecture simply induces me to take a big ....yawn . really , is this the changing face of LA these times ? i say , most of the architectural designs are largely uninspired and wanting in bold artistic expression . they are , for the most part , glamourized heaps of utilitarian boxes . i guess that great American architecture went down the drain after the likes of Louis Sullivan , Frank Lloyd Wright , Paul Rudolph and the like , vanished from the scene . now , Americans can only express their imagination volumetrically when plagiarizing whimsical European structures as built regularly in Las Vegas .
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Proposed L.A. Coliseum Olympic Enhancements Combine Historic Integrity and Modern Offerings

Temporary Structure to Add Suites and Olympic Flair for 2016 Games;
Elements Preserve Landmark’s Historic Appeal

Los Angeles, Calif. – February 22, 2007 – As part of its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) today unveiled the architectural plan for a temporary addition including amenities such as luxury suites to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum without altering the structure of the venue listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The Coliseum is among the most revered and recognized sports monuments in the world and is the only facility to host two Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, two Super Bowls (including the first) a World Series and a host of significant entertainment, political and religious events.

“The Coliseum has been the site of incredible events for more than 80 years, but it never shines brighter than during the Olympic Games,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “In 2016, the newly designed Coliseum will glow spectacularly.”

Blah..I'd rather fix up the Coliseum to suit a NFL team:
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Those arches in the second pic look really nasty. NFL Coliseum looks better, but expensiver also.
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Originally Posted by THERENNAISSANCEMAN View Post
looking at the following images of proposed Los Angeles architecture simply induces me to take a big ....yawn . really , is this the changing face of LA these times ? i say , most of the architectural designs are largely uninspired and wanting in bold artistic expression . they are , for the most part , glamourized heaps of utilitarian boxes . i guess that great American architecture went down the drain after the likes of Louis Sullivan , Frank Lloyd Wright , Paul Rudolph and the like , vanished from the scene . now , Americans can only express their imagination volumetrically when plagiarizing whimsical European structures as built regularly in Las Vegas .
In a way I somewhat agree. Although our downtown is rising to the latest modern standards, our architecture somewhat lacks when you compare them to other growing cities around the world.
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Who cares if Downtown L.A. doesn't have the architecture other cities have? Only thing that matters is Downtown is growing no matter what architecture its getting.
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looking at the following images of proposed Los Angeles architecture simply induces me to take a big ....yawn . really , is this the changing face of LA these times ? i say , most of the architectural designs are largely uninspired and wanting in bold artistic expression . they are , for the most part , glamourized heaps of utilitarian boxes . i guess that great American architecture went down the drain after the likes of Louis Sullivan , Frank Lloyd Wright , Paul Rudolph and the like , vanished from the scene . now , Americans can only express their imagination volumetrically when plagiarizing whimsical European structures as built regularly in Las Vegas .
thats true but what can we do
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