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Old May 2nd, 2009, 05:14 AM   #1
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LOS ANGELES | Wilshire Grand Center | 335m | 1099ft | 73 fl | T/O


New render for single tower development.

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Previously, as a two tower office/hotel development:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12062157

Developer offers hope to rebirth of downtown LA

By JACOB ADELMAN
04/03/2009

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LOS ANGELES—A major developer planned to announce a $1 billion high-rise office and hotel complex Friday, the first new downtown construction project since the real estate spiral largely scuttled dreams of a resurgent city center.

Thomas Property Group's plans call for an 80-story glass-walled building with a slanted profile resembling a ship's sail that would be built on property owned by development partner Korean Air Co.

The design includes a 40-story hotel and condo tower and an 18,000-square-foot public park that would replace the 50-year-old Wilshire Grand hotel.


Company Chairman and Chief Executive James A. Thomas said the city's first major office high-rise in some 20 years will satisfy what he sees as a rising demand for business real estate as downtown grows after the recession.

"There is no place that has the amenities, the attractions that downtown Los Angeles has," he told The Associated Press on Thursday, a day ahead of the official announcement.

The news offers a glimmer of optimism for a downtown rebirth that has suffered in the slumping economy. A Frank Gehry-designed tower complex is stalled, developers have declared bankruptcy and condo prices have plunged.

Some bright spots have emerged in the core of the nation's second-largest city, however, including small businesses cropping up in the area's forgotten storefronts and renewed condo sales in downtown lofts.

The area's long-term hopes are pinned to an emerging nationwide demand for smaller homes in compact, walkable neighborhoods as families shrink and fears of increasing gas prices drive people from their cars.

"I think downtown Los Angeles is going to do quite well when this economy recovers," said Christopher B. Leinberger, a land use strategist and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.

Some observers think early boosters' vision of a Manhattan-like metropolis on the Southern California coast was destined to fail in a city where development sprawls and there are several major financial centers in the region.

Downtown "will never be for Los Angeles what midtown Manhattan is for New York or the Loop is for Chicago, because it hasn't been that since the 1920s," said urban scholar Joel Kotkin, author of "The City: A Global History." "There's something called history and it has an odd impact."

The city Building and Safety Department's list of high-rise buildings approved for the permitting process show dozens of downtown projects that have never broken ground.

The stalled projects include Gehry's $3-billion Grand Avenue housing and retail project and the 76-story Park 5th condo complex, which was billed as the tallest residential structure in the West.

The median price for new homes downtown has plummeted from $535,000 in the first quarter of 2008 to about $422,000 in the first quarter of this year, a 21 percent drop, according to tracking firm MDA DataQuick. The median price for all new condos in Southern California dropped about 14 percent during that time.

The slump has forced a growing number of landowners and developers into bankruptcy, including downtown's largest landlord, Meruelo Maddux Properties Inc.

While most construction has halted downtown, smaller businesses are staking a future on streets once largely empty after office workers went home and bordered by Skid Row's massive homeless population.

Japanese convenience-store chain Family Mart—an Itochu Corp. subsidiary known here as Famima!!—now has six stores downtown and plans a seventh one to tap into the growing around-the-clock foot traffic, marketing coordinator Naomi Hotta said.

Downtown newcomers include the headquarters for Herbalife International of America Inc. and the Urth Caffe Inc. chain of coffee shops.

The Nickel Diner, which opened in September and was named one of the best new restaurants last year by Los Angeles magazine, added dinner hours last week.

"We've become kind of the poster child of the new downtown," said co-owner Monica May, who credited the restaurant's signature maple-bacon doughnut for much of its success.

Lower condo prices have lured some bargain-hunting buyers, although overall sales remain sharply down.

"Downtown is fairly small as urban downtowns go but with my income it was as close as I could get to something like London or New York and still stay in Los Angeles," said Hutton Cobb, 52, who rented a home in a nearby suburb for about 25 years before buying a condo in the 24-story Evo building.

Homes have been selling on the far upper end of the scale too, such as the two-story penthouse bought for $9 million on the top floors of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton Residences, where prices start at $1.4 million. The building is part of the LA Live entertainment and retail complex a few blocks from where Thomas plans its new project.

Thomas said the company, working with the A.C. Martin Partners architecture firm, has completed preliminary designs and was preparing to file plans with the city.

Thomas Properties and Korean Air planned to seek financing from lenders and investors on both sides of the Pacific and begin construction in 2011.

Thomas said he expected credit markets to thaw by the time the partners seek construction loans and that the current downtown slump only encourages him to begin the ambitious project there.

"Construction costs are down, material costs are down," Thomas said. "It's ideal to be placing yourself to be ready to ride the wave when the recession turns and the economy moves up."


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Old May 2nd, 2009, 06:45 AM   #2
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Looks great!
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 07:04 AM   #3
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Very Bank of America-ish (in New York)

Its amazing and will make the skyline way better
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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World of Korea!

This Developer is Korean Enterprise,한진그룹(Hanjin Group),한진중공업(Hanjin Heavy Industry)....
In Recent Korean Development News,Hanjin Group will develop Highrise building in LA.
This building is right!!
thanks....
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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This Developer is Korean Enterprise,한진그룹(Hanjin Group),한진중공업(Hanjin Heavy Industry)....
In Recent Korean Development News,Hanjin Group will develop Highrise building in LA.
This building is right!!
thanks....
Developmental Partner Korean Air(대한항공) is HanJin Group's self-Company(계열회사).
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 05:36 PM   #6
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interesting design. It is magnificent
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Terrific news! Would anyone be brave enough to attempt making a wider 'skyline impacted' render? I wouldn't ask if I knew exactly where the towers will be but... I don't.
Good design very BoA-ish when seen from 'behind'. See what I mean with the slanted sides and sharp angles? Still works though
One more thing: the article mentions 80 stories but the title of the thread only says 60... Am I missing something?
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Old May 4th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #8
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The Red Dot represents the location of this.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 09:27 PM   #9
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Now we can see it.
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I feel like every time a new article comes out about this project there is a new thread created. Maybe I'm just going crazy, maybe not.

I hope this gets built. I personally think that the Wilshire Grand Hotel is rather ugly.
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Terrific news! Would anyone be brave enough to attempt making a wider 'skyline impacted' render? I wouldn't ask if I knew exactly where the towers will be but... I don't.
Good design very BoA-ish when seen from 'behind'. See what I mean with the slanted sides and sharp angles? Still works though
One more thing: the article mentions 80 stories but the title of the thread only says 60... Am I missing something?
Yeah, alot of people have realize that both towers looks kinda similiar.


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Old May 5th, 2009, 05:04 AM   #12
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really like the design and the cluster that will be
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Old May 6th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #13
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Another proposed High-rise is going to be built near the Wilshire Grand.
Both projects are backed by Korean groups like Korean Air and Hanjin Group.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,7766716.story
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I like it!
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with the spire this might qualify for a supertall. in looking at renders online and at latimes.com it looks about even with the US Bank building which is at 1018ft. or 310 meters.
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Awesome news. Another development for LA. LA defenitely needs some new towers.
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Wow, very nice tower ! I like it a lot !
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Hello LA, greetings from Split, Croatia
I have to say this scraper is so sexy. Everything; from desing through the cluster to skyline; makes better this project.
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Wow! and this is in my city, please build it now. Question: How long has it been since we have not seen a new skyscraper? Answer: Too Long.
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Wow! and this is in my city, please build it now. Question: How long has it been since we have not seen a new skyscraper? Answer: Too Long.
i know, its been a real long time
i love bank of america and will definently love this
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