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Old August 27th, 2005, 11:15 PM   #21
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oh i love the hotel with madonna on it! she sells that tower! its a shame that it probably wont be there.

anyway, im glad LA is finally getting some new highrise.
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LA is already beautiful. With these new projects this city will rock even more!
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Wow, after these are built, Los Angeles might not be so bad
LA's never been bad
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Looking excellent in the city of angels. By the middle of next year, the city will be a forest of construction cranes.

And the new version of the LAPD HQ, much better than the old, and it will be a nice contrast to the caltrans building across the street. (love the "instatutional" cladding and lower floor indentation.)

However, I have only one question, that has been on my mind for several months, Does anyone have any idea or know what is going to happen with the 19 story, Sunset Vine tower, in Hollywood........????????
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Two more towers and a historically significant building saved! Towers designed by Thom Mayne!

Heralding a New Beginning

Historic Newspaper Building and Two New Condo Towers by Thom Mayne to Include Nearly 600 Units

by Kathryn Maese

The storied Herald Examiner Building, shuttered since the Hearst-owned newspaper folded in 1989, is being turned into a residential and retail complex with two towers designed by award-winning architect Thom Mayne.
Devin Pailet, a project manager with Urban Partners, is part of the team that is working with the Hearst Corporation to revamp the 1914 Herald Examiner Building. Photo by Gary Leonard.

Developer Urban Partners, which is working in tandem with property owner the Hearst Corporation, said plans are underway to restore and convert the 1914 landmark on the southwest corner of 11th and Broadway into offices and condominiums. As part of the mixed-use development, two new towers would rise on adjacent land owned by Hearst. A 37-story structure will likely feature 330 for-sale units at 120 W. 12th St., while a 23-story building at 1108 S. Hill St. will include 235 condos.

"Almost every block on 11th Street is in some state of adaptive reuse or new construction," said Dan Rosenfeld, an Urban Partners principal. "Clearly the market is moving in product absorption and location in favor of taking the next steps."

The striking Mission-Revival structure with its yellow and blue tiled domes, imposing tower and dramatic arches has been used almost exclusively for filming in recent years. The Examiner was built by the state's first licensed female architect, Julia Morgan, whose work on the project convinced media baron William Randolph Hearst to commission her to design his San Simeon estate.

Noted preservation architect Brenda Levin, who helped refurbish City Hall, the Wiltern Theater and Grand Central Market, will oversee a painstaking rehab of the building. Rosenfeld said the property has been well kept by the Hearst group, who retained the original maintenance crew following the newspaper's closure.

Ken Bernstein, director of preservation issues at the Los Angeles Conservancy, said Levin's presence bodes well for the project, and also makes for an interesting parallel with Morgan's work.

"[Levin's] an outstanding choice to bring new life to the Herald Examiner," he said. "There's also the symbolism of having one of the premier women in architecture today giving new life to Julia Morgan's creation."

Though Rosenfeld would not detail specifics on the development, city documents reveal that early plans for the historic building itself include 24 residential units, 23,650 square feet of retail space, and 32,670 square feet of offices. Original features such as the ornate street front windows, covered in the 1950s, will be brought back.

Making a Statement


The primary structure spans 100,000 square feet and housed the paper's entire operations, including the printing presses, and two 36,000-square-foot floors, each with 20-foot high ceilings. The second story is covered by a skylight, while the first level contains a large, ornate lobby.

West of the Herald Examiner on the same block, Urban Partners is building a 23-story tower that will include 5,900 square feet of retail and 422 parking spaces. The two buildings would be linked via a 13,500-square-foot courtyard or plaza landscaped with trees. An alley on the south separates the project from the SBC Tower, long known as the Transamerica Tower.

A block to the southeast, the second high-rise will include more than 8,000 square feet of retail and 550 parking slots.

Mayne, who will design the two towers, is head of the Santa Monica firm Morphosis and won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize this year, following the opening of his California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) District 7 headquarters at First and Main streets. Rosenfeld, whose firm developed Caltrans, said the new project will also make a statement.

"The design will be thought provoking, challenging and confident," he said. "It will be something that plays or appeals to a very discriminating niche in a design-conscious market."

Bernstein, who has seen the renderings and a scale model of the Herald Examiner project and the two new buildings, said Mayne's vision makes a "very strong, bold, new architectural statement."

"The Conservancy, as a historic preservation organization, does not typically engage in new architectural design review," he said. "While we're very supportive of the rehab, we have conveyed back to the project team that we want to reserve the right to comment further on the new project."

Hollywood-based Historic Resources Group has been hired to ensure the new design will not have a negative visual impact on the structure.

Rosenfeld said while the project will have a "21st century quality," it will still fit with Morgan's vision. He noted that the block, along with the SBC building, will showcase decades of design - Morgan's early 20th century vision, William Pereira's mid-century modern edifice for Transamerica, and now Mayne's early 21st century imprint.

Close to Demolition


As the reuse of old offices, hotels and banks into housing has swept up Downtown Los Angeles in recent years, speculation began to swirl around the empty Herald Examiner building. Hearst Corporation received numerous calls from investors interested in buying the property; it selected Urban Partners a few years ago to help develop a plan for the site.

But the building's path wasn't always so clear. Bernstein said there was an effort in the early 1990s to demolish the building. At the time, Downtown and the rest of the country were in the grip of economic recession and the adaptive reuse trend was still years away.

"Hearst Corporation had considered all kinds of options, and one was demolition," he said. "The Conservancy pursued a National Register of Historic Places nomination and it was formally determined eligible. Hearst opposed its listing. The Conservancy is very heartened that they have joined forces with Urban Partners to give it a second chance."

The Los Angeles Examiner, which opened in 1914 and later merged with the Los Angeles Herald, for a time claimed the largest afternoon newspaper circulation in the country. The paper was a dominant news source in Los Angeles for decades, and engaged in a fierce rivalry with the Los Angeles Times. Eventually a number of issues, among them labor strife and competition from evening television news, forced the paper to shut down.

A public meeting and unveiling of the conceptual rendering and model is set for Sept. 8 at the Central Library. An environmental impact report will be completed Sept. 16.

Contact Kathryn Maese at [email protected].

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CRA Approves Convention Center Hotel

LA Live's $412 Million Tower To Break Ground by October 2006

by Kathryn Maese

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board last Thursday approved a $16 million loan to develop the 1,100-room Convention Center hotel. The green light is the final step before a City Council vote later this month.
The city last week approved a $16 million loan for the Convention Center hotel, a key element of the LA Live entertainment district. Rendering by Gensler.

The $412 million hotel is expected to rise on the west side of the Staples Center parking lot as part of the $1 billion LA Live entertainment district being developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The hotel has long been cited as key to reviving the city's flagging convention industry, which has plummeted from more than 30 major bookings annually to 14 this year.

The CRA approval caps a nearly 20-year planning process for the hotel that involved litigation from other hoteliers, disputes over the use of city funding and several stops and starts.

"The hotel has always been the focal point of our master plan," said Ted Tanner, AEG senior vice president of real estate. "Having important city action taken in moving this hotel forward is important for us to have comfort that our investment will be supported."

Pending Council approval, AEG plans to break ground on LA Live Sept. 15, and announce a number of major tenants for the 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

The first element of LA Live slated for completion is the 7,100-seat Nokia Theater. Construction of the headquarters hotel would start no later than October 2006, with completion in four years, according to CRA documents.

Designs by Santa Monica-based architecture firm Gensler show a sleek 55-story tower fronting Olympic Boulevard and Georgia Street. The crown of the edifice would act as a beacon to attract visitors, and would light up with different colors depending on the season. The Downtown hotel would provide easy access via a bridge to meeting space and ballrooms, as well as a link to the entertainment district plaza.

The architect is borrowing concepts from its recent design of the Hilton Americas Houston hotel, which serves that city's convention center, said Gensler Managing Principal Andrew Cohen. "This becomes the architectural icon of the project, especially from a long distance away."

The LA Live complex would surround the hotel with ballrooms for up to 4,000 people and 15 state-of-the-art movie theaters with thousands of seats. The biggest single theater will hold 700 seats, and Tanner said he wants to see a return of red carpet film premieres and events to Downtown.

Wolff Urban Management and Apollo Real Estate Advisors, who are developing the Hilton-operated hotel, will place about 110 high-end condominiums atop the structure. They will invest sale proceeds from the condos back into the building; construction of each room is estimated to cost $375,000.

The $16 million city loan approved last week will help improve infrastructure around the hotel, such as streets, sidewalks and freeway access ramps. The city has also agreed to waive $4 million in development and permit fees. In total, the city will give the developer $82 million in public subsidies to help finance LA Live, including allowing the company to keep an estimated $62 million in bed taxes over the next two decades.

According to AEG, the project would generate 1,753 jobs, another 3,077 indirect jobs related to construction, and $151 million in wages.

But not everyone supports the project. Christopher Sutton, an attorney for the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, said the subsidy violates rules regulating the use of tax increment money in a redevelopment area - in this case the Bunker Hill Project Area.

"The Bonaventure opposes this subsidy and supports the investment in Downtown by private parties," Sutton said. "This subsidy is unnecessary, and has no rational connection to Bunker Hill or housing. It is simply money being given away."

Tourism officials said that having a major hotel within walking distance of the Convention Center would enable them to attract more trade shows. Councilwoman Jan Perry and a number of community groups also expressed support.

"The single biggest go or no-go for conventions are the number of hotels and their proximity to a convention center" said Michael Collins, executive vice president of LA Inc, the convention and visitors bureau. "L.A. ranks at the bottom of the list. The [Convention Center] hotel is being surrounded by a context and that will make it prosper."

Contact Kathryn Maese at [email protected].

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Another 200 Condos Slated for South Park

Meruelo Maddux Properties plans to turn a 30,000-square-foot South Park parcel it acquired in late July into a ground-up residential high-rise, a spokesman for the developer said last week. Plans for the land, at Ninth and Flower streets, call for a 37-story tower with 214 loft-style condominiums and 68,000 square feet of ground floor retail. A groundbreaking is scheduled for next spring. It marks the second high-profile move by Meruelo Maddux Properties in as many months; in July the developers paid $12 million for the Union Bank & Trust Company Building on Eighth and Hill streets and announced plans to turn that 12-story structure into 90 loft-style apartments by early 2007. The firm is run by John Maddux and Richard Meruelo; the latter is a sometime controversial land owner who recently prevailed in a legal tangle with the Southern California Institute of Architecture over ownership of the school's Arts District building.

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Big Projects Change the Face of L.A.

Explosion of Activity Will Result in Major Makeover

By ANDY FIXMER
Los Angeles Business Journal Staff

L.A. is undergoing a physical transformation on a level unseen since downtown’s forest of skyscrapers took root on Bunker Hill almost two decades ago.

But unlike the explosive commercial development of the late-1980s, today’s construction isn’t isolated to a single geographic area or a specific type of construction.

While L.A.’s sizzling residential market is attracting a flood of national builders, the Business Journal’s ranking of the 25 most expensive construction projects shows a broad range of activity.

Only one purely residential development, the $145 million Elleven and Luma condominium in downtown’s South Park neighborhood, made the list. The others are hospitals, public schools and massive transportation projects.

“There’s just been a whole bunch of big projects coming online at once,” said Ben Bartolotto, research director for the Construction Industry Research Board. “We are seeing, especially in the commercial sector, a large uptick after three years of decline.”

Hotel construction is up 33.9 percent, industrial building is up 17.5 percent and retail is up 20.3 percent. Meanwhile, reflecting a stubbornly high office vacancy rate, spending on office building projects fell by 26.2 percent. Century City’s 2000 Avenue of the Stars, at a cost of $300 million, is the sole office project ranked this year.

“We haven’t seen major new office construction,” said Con Howe, director of the L.A. city planning department. “The only really significant upsurge seemed to be Constellation Place in Century City.”

Esmael Adibi, director of the Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, said the construction industry accounted for 136,000 jobs in L.A. County last year – 5,000 more positions than in 2000, when the overall economy was roaring.

“For the past several years, construction activity has been the main engine of job creation in Southern California,” Adibi said. “We’re running at the same pace or slightly slower, but we expect job growth to be as strong or even stronger next year.”

Through July of this year, construction permits valued at $5.9 billion were issued for private residential and commercial projects in L.A. County, a 7.3 percent increase from the like period in 2004. Public works projects did show a decline from a year earlier.

Sustainable levels
In last year’s ranking, a project with a $56 million budget could have secured a spot in the top 25. This year’s floor is more than double that: $117 million.

Part of the increase can be attributed to a steep rise in the cost of materials such as steel, concrete and timber. Wages for contractors also have gone up, along with increased demand for firms and workers with construction experience. Still, Bartolotto said those hikes only reflect about 8 percent of the project’s increased price. “It’s a function of the economy growing and coming back and stimulating job growth and stimulating expansion,” he said.

New regulations have also driven construction activity. Because of strict new seismic codes, hospitals are being built in nearly every corner of L.A. County, with Kaiser Permanente alone spending in excess of $1.5 billion on new facilities.As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $2 billion building initiative, two high schools made the ranking: Central L.A. Area New High School No. 10 ($138.6 million) and Central L.A. Area New High School No. 1 ($127.3 million).

The Metro Orange Line Rapidway, a $323.6 million project connecting Warner Center in Woodland Hills to the Red Line subway station in North Hollywood, will be a major addition to the San Fernando Valley.

In North Hollywood, construction has begun on the $180 million mixed-use project called NoHo Commons, which will have 438 apartments, 292 lofts and 60,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. In Westlake Village, billionaire David Murdock is building the $206 million Westlake Wellness Center Hotel & Spa, a 267-room hotel and conference center.

Several projects on the Business Journal list – including the $868.8 million extension of the Metro Gold Line into East Los Angeles – have completion dates that are more than three years out, signaling the heightened building activity won’t fade any time soon.

“Right now this level of activity seems sustainable,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “There’s just a lot of stuff going on.”

Among large-scale projects, Anschutz Entertainment Group is beginning work this month on a $1.2 billion retail and entertainment complex – including a 1,100-room hotel and a 7,000-seat live theater – surrounding the Staples Center. And the MTA is starting construction of the $680 million Mid-City/Exposition Light Rail Transit Project, a 9.6-mile line running between downtown and Culver City.

Further out is the $1.8 billion Grand Avenue project, a massive residential, retail and office development that includes a 16-acre public park. Work also is expected to begin on the scaled-back modernization of Los Angeles International Airport.

Though bigger-ticket items garner the most attention, it’s the smaller construction projects that have driven growth. “Frankly, the face of city is being changed by hundreds and hundreds of small projects rather than a number of big institutional projects,” Howe said.

The constant level of work has kept construction workers steadily employed. When projects end, workers have been able to easily jump to a new site. So far, Bartolotto said there hasn’t been a labor shortage, though some specialized trades – such as electricians and welders – are stretched thinly.

“It’s always been an issue, having adequate supply of skilled labor,” he said. “It becomes more serious when you have upticks in activity like we’re having now.”
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Press Release Source: AEG

AEG Breaks Ground on $1 Billion Sports and Entertainment District
Thursday September 15, 3:21 pm ET
Announces Addition of New Business Partners, Including: ESPN, Regal Entertainment Group, The Conga Room, GRAMMY(R) Museum and Hilton Hotels

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke was joined by elected officials, business leaders, and new business partners for the official groundbreaking of l.a. live, a more than $1 billion, 4 million square-foot Downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district. Located adjacent to STAPLES Center, the l.a. live project, considered the largest development in Los Angeles' history, will be host to an exciting mix of venues and facilities.
"On behalf of AEG and all of our partners, we are here today to break ground for the largest and most important development in the history of Downtown Los Angeles, l.a. live," said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG. "This project is real, this project is happening and this project is important. l.a. live will give Los Angeles the ability to attract the best and most important events for our city."

"Most importantly, our company's investment of nearly $1 billion coupled with an additional $3.5 billion commitment from the other private investors in l.a. live and the surrounding downtown residential district has brought this city a fully privatized, fully financed and fully entitled development. A $4.2 billion development that does not require any public subsidy," Leiweke added.

At the groundbreaking, Leiweke announced several new, major l.a. live business partners:


* ESPN will create a regional headquarters and sports entertainment venue
in a unique 120,000 sq. ft. broadcast studio that will be the home for
a number of live and taped programs. Included in this building will be
the ESPN Zone -- a multi-level restaurant, sports bar, and game area.
An approximately 10,000 sq. ft. radio broadcast center is also planned
for live radio in an adjacent building.

* Regal Entertainment Group will develop a 90,000 sq. ft. cinema complex
with 3,700 seats and featuring digital sound, stadium seating, and
state-of-the-art projection systems. This flagship theater will serve
as a new venue for movie premieres and special screenings.

* The GRAMMY® Museum will be housed in a 28,000 sq. ft. space designed
for a permanent display of music genres and the science of recorded
music as well as new interactive presentations recognizing past and
president GRAMMY® winning artists.

* The Conga Room will bring to l.a. live the club's world-renowned Latin
music and culture. Over the years, The Conga Room has showcased many
top Latin entertainers, including Celia Cruz, the Buena Vista All
Stars, Andy Garcia presenting Cachao, and Carlos Santana. The new
facility at l.a. live will be two stories, featuring a 6,500 sq. ft.
ground floor restaurant and radio broadcast facilities and a 9,200 sq.
ft. live entertainment and nightclub space upstairs.

* Gladstone's 4 Fish, Junior's Deli Boys, Il Moro, Katsuya, and New
Zealand Natural will provide a variety of established dining
opportunities for l.a. live visitors. Agreements with P.F. Chang's and
French 75 are in the final stages of negotiations.

* Hilton Hotels will operate the Los Angeles Convention Center
Headquarters Hotel, a four-star facility with 1,100 guest rooms,
approximately 160,000 sq. ft. of meeting, ballroom and amenity spaces,
parking, retail, and other guest services. The signature beacon of the
district at approximately 50 stories in height, the hotel's main lobby
will open onto Olympic Boulevard and facing the Central Business
District.

Upper floors will house luxury suites to accommodate visiting sports
teams, headline performers, and upscale guests. The hotel will also
include up to 111 fully serviced luxury condominium units on the top
floors offering 24-hour valet and concierge staff, food and room
services, and other amenities. The 1.1 million sq. ft. hotel will be
developed by Wolff-Apollo and designed by Gensler.

The hotel is expected to significantly boost efforts to attract key
conferences, exhibitions, conventions and corporate meetings to the
convention center, strengthening the entire Los Angeles region's
tourism and new business opportunities. City general funds will not be
used to finance the hotel's development.
"Sports and entertainment often converge in the diverse city of Los Angeles and establishing a major presence there is a very positive step in the long-term growth of our company," said George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks. "Originating more programming and extending our brand with an ESPN Zone will create a stronger ESPN. Given the success of our past collaborations with AEG and the scope and promise of l.a. live, we are eager to expand our L.A.-based operations."

"Regal Entertainment Group is excited to be part of such a major development that will certainly transform and energize downtown Los Angeles. The new Regal Cinemas l.a. live Stadium 15 will be a flagship theatre for our company that will benefit from being part of this new entertainment community. Regal looks forward to working with our studio partners to host world premieres and special events at this dynamic new location," said Mike Campbell, CEO, Regal Entertainment Group.

"Diversity is the lifeblood of our vibrant city. The Conga Room is proud to partner with l.a. live to showcase its unique brand of Latin American culture and music," said Jimmy Smits, co-owner, The Conga Room.

"Hilton is pleased that we have been selected to manage this new hotel, particularly since it is located in our corporate back yard. Hilton's reputation for excellence in managing convention center hotels throughout the country is unmatched and we look forward to working with AEG, Wolff-Apollo and the City of Los Angeles as this exciting project progresses," said Ernest Wooden, Jr., Senior Vice President - Hilton/Doubletree Operations West, Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, and Mexico, Hilton Hotels Corporation.

"Great cities attract great conventions and visitors. This Hilton hotel and l.a. live will establish Downtown Los Angeles as a world class destination. Our team is absolutely committed to bringing this hotel to life and transforming Los Angeles into one of the most attractive destinations for conventions in the nation," said Lew Wolff, Chairman and CEO, Wolff Urban Management, which is co-developing the Los Angeles Convention Center Headquarters Hotel.

"As one of the most recognizable brands in the entertainment business, the GRAMMY Award is the premier symbol of musical excellence for consumers around the globe," said Neil Portnow, President, The Recording Academy. "We are thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with our friends at AEG and look forward to being a part of expanding L.A. as the entertainment capital of the world!"


Other key components of the entertainment district include:

* NOKIA Theatre, a 7,000-seat live performance venue that in addition to
being a stunning new concert facility will also become the permanent
home of numerous awards shows and special events;

* A 40,000 sq. ft. open-air plaza designed to accommodate broadcast
events, large celebrations, outdoor concerts, and festivals. The plaza
also will serve as the primary limo drop off and red carpet zone for
major events;

* An interactive museum that will include permanent displays as well as
regularly updated interactive exhibits featuring nominees from the
awards shows held at the surrounding facilities;

* 5,300 new parking spaces will be added to supplement the existing
parking supply servicing STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention
Center;

* Numerous high-end fine dining, casual and ethnic restaurants as well as
nightclubs, coffee shops, and bistros which will provide a rich mixture
of high quality food and settings, providing visitors with a true
"Taste of L.A.;"

* Building space earmarked to host a major food brand. The four-level
building will include restaurants, a unique marketplace, cooking
classes with celebrity chefs, culinary retail, food channel
broadcasting, thematic/educational attractions, research and
development kitchens, corporate offices, and garden terraces; and

* 4,000 residential apartments and loft condominiums within three blocks
of the sports and entertainment district are under construction or in
the planning stages.
"We are grateful for the leadership of Jan Perry first and foremost, along with City Council President Alex Padilla, the entire City Council, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and so many more of our City's officials who have remained committed to making l.a. live a reality," said Leiweke.

"Today Los Angeles is reaffirming its position as the entertainment capital of the world. l.a. live will bring a vibrant sports and entertainment district to Downtown Los Angeles with exciting new places for families to dine and watch a movie, concert or game. The entire City of Los Angeles will benefit from the thousands of jobs it will create and billions of dollars it will pump into our local economy," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"The l.a. live sports and entertainment district is a boom for our local economy and the world-class facility will continue downtown's unprecedented revitalization efforts," said State Senator Gil Cedillo, who represents the area where the project will be developed.

"l.a. live's restaurants, theaters, landscaped courtyard, and media headquarters are certain to continue our efforts to reinvigorate our city center and make it an even more attractive destination for tourists and local families alike. Additionally, the project brings a wealth of quality job opportunities and profound economic development to the South Park neighborhood, surrounding areas, and the city as a whole," said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who represents the 9th Council District where the project will be located.

"There is no more defining influence on the future of Downtown L.A. than the l.a. live development by AEG," said Mark Liberman, president & CEO of LA INC. The Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It presents LA with the promise of a wholly new and exciting visitor destination in the center of the second largest city in the country. Our industry is eager to work closely with AEG, its partners and the City to make the vision presented today a reality. There's no hiding the fact that what we've seen today can be a convention sales organization's dream come true."

The sports and entertainment district will be developed over an eight- to 10-year timeframe.
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From the Los Angeles Times:

A very large devlopment area that'll really be cool to watch grow.

Here are two pictures of exactly how large the LA Live complex will be in relation to the area. In fewer words, what's there now:

Directly in front of the Staples Center looking north:


A shot clearly showing where the Nokia Theatere and the hotel/condo tower will be (Large parking lot in front of Staples)
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From SSP:

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First pics as I waited to get in. View down 11th Street:



Met Lofts:



Holiday Inn:



A couple shots of Staples:





Some shots of the fantastic model they had of the area after LA Live and other things get built:











Ceremonies:



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More ceremonies, the actual groundbreaking, lots of confetti:







FIDM Tower rendering:



Hilton rendering:



Olympic/Figueroa rendering:



Some close-up shots of the model:









Drawing:



VR/Multimedia presentation (sorry 'bout the blurriness!):

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Old September 16th, 2005, 10:28 AM   #34
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More about LA Live and ESPN.

ESPN Plans Studios Next to Staples Center
# It expects to produce live shows in facility that will be part of the AEG entertainment complex.

By Greg Johnson and Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writers

ESPN, the cable television sports giant, expects to dramatically bolster its Southern California presence by building a television and radio production center and an ESPN Zone sports bar and restaurant in the downtown entertainment district that AEG has proposed for a parking lot next to Staples Center.

ESPN announced plans for the $100-million, five-story building Thursday, minutes before Los Angeles officials joined AEG executives in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the LA Live sports and entertainment district.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined other speakers in praising AEG's vision for the sports and entertainment complex.

Villaraigosa said the development, which will include a 1,000-room hotel, restaurants, retail shops, a 7,100-seat live theater and a 15-screen movie complex, was proof of Los Angeles' being the "creative capital of the country and the entertainment capital of the world."



The ESPN facility, when completed in 2009, will produce live and taped programming for the network's growing family of sports channels. The 70,000-square-foot television production facility will include two state-of-the-art, high-definition television studios.

ESPN eventually will add West Coast on-air talent and beam broadcasts live from downtown Los Angeles to the rest of the world.

"This is a big day for our company," said George Bodenheimer, president of both ESPN Sports and ABC Sports and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks. "An expanded base in Los Angeles will help fuel our overall long-term growth."

ESPN has a relatively small presence in Los Angeles, where it operates a regional sales office and a news bureau. ESPN also manages the X Games competitions from an office in Los Angeles and operates an ESPN Zone restaurant in Anaheim.

Most of the company's programming is produced in studios at its headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and studios in New York. ESPN uses Southern California studios to produce talk-show host Jim Rome's "Rome Is Burning" and the new "ESPN Hollywood" show.

The ESPN television studio will remedy what Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of privately held AEG, has described as a glaring absence of live television stemming from "the content and entertainment capital of the world."

Leiweke praised ESPN for agreeing to build its West Coast regional headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

Bodenheimer said it was "premature" to say what programming would be produced in Los Angeles.

The two studios that will fill 70,000 square feet should be able to accommodate a variety of programming, including some of the network's signature "SportsCenter" shows.

Bodenheimer also said the Southern California center would play a significant role in producing content produced for ESPN Deportes, the company's Spanish-language sports channel.

Some in the television industry had expected ESPN to move into Burbank, where parent company Walt Disney Co. has its headquarters. ESPN Senior Vice President Bob Eaton said that the network chose the downtown studio so it could "benefit from all of the excitement you're going to see at Staples with LA Live."

To that end, a roof-top camera will provide scenic shots of the downtown Los Angeles skyline to the north, while studio windows will turn the adjacent Staples Center and the soon-to-be-built entertainment complex into live background sets — in much the same way that television studios in New York use Times Square as a scenic backdrop.

The ESPN Zone restaurant and bar that will be incorporated into ESPN's downtown location will put the company in direct competition with Fox Sports, which operates a Fox Sports Grill and a regional television studio inside Staples Center.

According to Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio, ESPN's arrival will not affect either of those locations, and the studio will continue to host the nightly "Southern California Sports Report."
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Old September 16th, 2005, 12:38 PM   #35
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wow Los Angeles is amazing!!!!!! I love this city
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If LA Live looks this good, imagine what grand Ave will look like!
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If LA Live looks this good, imagine what grand Ave will look like!
what is Grand ave? a new project? Could u show me some pictures please? thanks
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Lookes very nice LA!

keep up the good work
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here is the link to this quarters update on all the projects in DT LA. These are mostly residential, and mostly conversions of old historic buildings, and included are details about the 50 or so towers going up in LA. Most are midrises from 15 - 55 stories,

http://www.downtownnews.com/articles...t/estate02.txt
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Basically, the area around the Disney Hall on the other side of downtown is going to look extremely different in 5 years. Frank Gehry (The architect who designed the Disney Center) is going design a 55 story skyscraper. Here..I'll find a model of all the devlopment around that area:

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