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Old September 15th, 2007, 06:16 AM   #381
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The Downtown News quarterly update is available again.

Land of the Cranes

The Latest on the 157 Projects Transforming Downtown

by Evan George, Andrew Haas-Roche, Kathryn Maese, Jon Regardie And Anna Scott

Development Map Reality of the Downtown Los Angeles development scene part 1: Several lofty projects have died before they were born, the victims of poor planning, a lack of funding or something else.

Vista Hermosa. Photo by Gary Leonard.
Reality of the Downtown development scene part 2: For seemingly every project that has failed, at least two are moving forward. Just look, well, anywhere in Downtown. From City West to Little Tokyo to the Historic Core to South Park, old buildings are being refurbished and new ones are rising out of the ground. Thousands of construction workers are laboring on scores of projects worth billions of dollars. About a dozen cranes dot the skyline.

It's not just residential, either. While more than 40 condominium projects and about 30 apartment complexes are either under construction, in the planning stage or recently opened, Downtown is also home to 10 major civic developments, such as the LAPD headquarters and the Gold Line Eastside Extension. A dozen prominent business projects are underway or in the pipeline, including major renovations of the Wilshire Grand hotel and the 7+Fig mall. Then there are the cultural and entertainment developments, everything from the rise of L.A. Live to a new wing at the California Science Center.

In all, Los Angeles Downtown News is tracking 157 projects. Each of the following entries includes a grid reference to an updated, full-color Downtown Development map, which appears on page 28. (Some projects are beyond the map's boundary and are denoted by NA.)

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

Aikido Center

Construction is underway on an approximately 3,000-square-foot, ground floor rental unit at 1211 N. Main St., next to the Los Angeles State Historic Park, for the Aikido Center of Los Angeles. The martial arts school is currently housed in a temporary space at 929 E. Second St. School officials left their former home at 940 E. Second St., where it operated for 23 years, so the landowner could build a condo project. In exchange for the Aikido Center vacating the space while eight years remained on its lease, former landlord Barn Lofts LLP is paying for most of the construction of the new facility. The school expects to open in its new home by the end of the year. D2

Bridge Tavern

Bridge Tavern, the third Downtown Los Angeles venture by Elizabeth Peterson and Tony Gower (Bordello, Royal Claytons), is set to open in October. Located near the Los Angeles River at 1356 Palmetto St., the medieval-style English beer garden will feature a bit of Masonic inspiration (a fireplace from an old castle) with a Jimi Hendrix rock and roll twist. The massive beer menu will include more than 55 varieties on tap, as well as 60 wines and 40 bottled beers. The kitchen will produce comfort food and international small plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will also be live jazz. F6

Chester Williams Building

The adaptive reuse conversion of the 12-story Chester Williams Building at 215 W. Fifth St. received final city approval in August. Developer Fifth Street Funding, currently transforming the 1924 Arcade Building nearby, plans to build 74 fully finished rental units, which could eventually be sold as condos. Mideb Nominees Inc., which is developing the adjacent Jewelry Trades Building, is overseeing construction on the project. According to a Mideb representative, the building's unusually wide hallways will be preserved and the marble corridors fully restored. Construction is expected to begin in early fall with an opening in late 2008. C6

Good Samaritan Expansion

Good Samaritan Hospital is in the early stage of planning a seven-story, 150,000-square-foot building on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Witmer Street in City West. Estimated to cost $60 million, the facility will house an imaging center, a pharmacy, surgical suites and physician offices, said Good Samaritan Chief Financial Officer Alan Ino. The building will allow the hospital to increase staff and serve more patients. Architecture firm Ware Malcomb will handle the designs. NA

James M. Wood Apartments

The Single Room Occupancy Housing Corp. has secured funding for a $14 million, 53-unit development to house low-income, mentally ill tenants at 514 S. San Julian St. in Central City East. The non-profit developer expects to break ground in November, said SRO Housing Corp. Director of Planning and Housing Development Joseph Corcoran, and complete the building by March 2009. D6

Japanese Village Plaza Renovation

Japanese Village Plaza was sold by longtime owner Cathy Chang in July to American Commercial Equities, which plans to renovate the Little Tokyo outdoor mall in the next 12 to 18 months. Upgrades, expected to commence within six months, will include new signage, extensive landscaping, improved lighting, refurbishing vacant second-story office space, the addition of outdoor cafes and seating areas on the corner of First Street and Central Avenue, as well as improved lighting and signage in the plaza's parking structure, said architect Mitchell Sawasy. Mark Hong of CB Richard Ellis has been hired to handle leasing in the project that connects First and Second streets. D5


In July, apartment developer AvalonBay Communities Inc. announced the purchase of a 1.7-acre property at the southwest corner of Los Angeles and Second streets in Little Tokyo. Construction on a six-story, multi-family apartment complex is expected to begin in early 2008. The project, called Matsu, will include 8,500 square feet of retail space along Los Angeles Street, according to Chris Payne, vice president of development for AvalonBay. The parcel, which is entitled to hold 175 units of housing, is part of the long-planned Block 8 development. Last year, Related Cos. sold two of the four parcels on Block 8 to Kor Group and K. Hovnanian; the latter in turn sold the land to AvalonBay. Although the project is being designed to condominium specifications, the company will rent the units as apartments when they open, Payne said. D5

Union Lofts Restaurant

Restaurateur Los Feliz LLC plans to open an upscale restaurant and lounge in the Union Lofts, a 92-unit rental project at Eighth and Hill streets, in early 2008. Managing Principal John Valencia, who has done several projects in Miami's South Beach and Los Angeles, has signed a 10-year lease to occupy the 11,000-square-foot space in the former Union Bank building being transformed by Meruelo Maddox Properties. A 6,000-square-foot American fare restaurant will open in the former lobby while a 5,000-square-foot lounge is set to unfold in the old vault and safety deposit area. Many of the original design elements will remain, including the ornate ceilings and wall motifs from the 1920s and '30s. C7


655 Hope

Construction has begun on the $15 million adaptive reuse at 655 S. Hope St. in the Financial District, according to developer SECK Group, LLC. The 17-story building will feature 11 floors of residential space, with 80 live-work condominiums ranging from 600 to 1,268 square feet, including five two-story townhouse-style units with floor-to-ceiling windows and reflective glass. A roof deck entertainment zone with a wet bar will offer city views. The restaurant Qdoba is on the ground level. Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderberg is designing the remodel. Units could be available for occupancy next year. B7

711 N. Broadway

The $22 million conversion of the four-story BC Plaza office building will begin next fall, according to Bridge Residential Advisors' Jim Osterling. The rehabilitation will transform the Chinatown office structure into 53 housing units. The condominiums will range from $300,000 to $600,000. The ground floor would remain retail space with a new façade. C3

717 Ninth

Developer Meruelo Maddux Properties broke ground earlier this year on a 35-story project and is on schedule and on budget, according to spokesman Michael Bustamante. A glass curtain resembling a wall of water will clothe the high-rise. The first few floors have been framed and much of the parking structure has been completed at the two-thirds-of-an-acre site adjacent to the Ralphs supermarket. 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 effort. Completion is slated for mid-2009. B8

751 S. Spring St.

A plan for a 32-story tower at 751 S. Spring St. is headed to the Community Redevelopment Agency, confirmed a consultant at Craig Lawson & Co., who represents developer Spring Street Plaza LLC. The project would sit adjacent to the Chapman Building, a new Historic Core condominium complex, and would contain 257 for-sale units and 9,558 square feet of ground-floor retail space. C7

756 S. Spring St.

Construction is well underway on the 12-story edifice once known as the Great Republic Insurance Building, which is being transformed by Spring Main Development LLC. The project's architect, David Gray, said the market-rate, 72-unit condominium project is scheduled to open in early 2009. The average unit will be 800 square feet and will feature high-end flourishes such as glass tile in the bathrooms, hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. A rooftop gym and jacuzzi are also planned. The building is open on three sides - on Spring, Eighth and Main streets - and will allow ample light. A construction cost has not been announced. There will also be retail on the ground floor and parking for residents across the street. D7

808 N. Spring St.

Kor Group, which in 2005 purchased the 150,000-square-foot building at 808 N. Spring St. in Chinatown, has not announced any plans for the property. Kor paid $9.2 million for the structure and filed permits to turn it into as many as 123 lofts. The 10-story edifice is the tallest in Chinatown. C2

808 S. Olive St.

The New York-based Moinian Group, which is also developing the L.A. Central project in South Park, has preliminary plans to build a residential complex and a boutique hotel on the property, but has not solidified any details, said a spokesman for the company. The land currently holds a parking garage. C7

1010 Wilshire

The condominiums at 1010 Wilshire will go on sale this month, according to an official with developer Amir L, LLC. The 16-story adaptive reuse project in a former City West office building will hold 227 units. Killefer Flammang is the principal architect of the $150 million project, although Perkins + Will designed the interior public spaces and Bijan and Associates drew up the exterior skin. Construction is slated to wrap by October and the units will range from 800 to 1,200 square feet. Custom designed furniture is available to be purchased in the residences and they will include flat-screen televisions and LCD panels in the bathrooms. The rooftop features a swimming pool. A7

1027 Wilshire Blvd.

Amidi Real Estate Group and the Central City Development Group have announced plans for a 52-story residential tower at 1027 Wilshire Blvd. in City West. Hamid Behdad, the former city adaptive reuse czar and president of CCDG, said the project would include 402 condominiums. The construction price of the glass and steel tower is estimated at $380 million; the 522,000-square-foot development would hold 890 parking spaces. Project officials hope to break ground in the first quarter of 2008 and expect construction to last 36 to 40 months. A7

1133 S. Hope St.

According to the most recent information available, the project by Vancouver-based Amacon Group is in the planning stage. The developer said groundbreaking for the effort at 1133 S. Hope St. in South Park should happen within a year. Preliminary plans call for a 29-story building on what is now a parking lot across from South Group's Elleven, and a slender 25-story tower above a five-story parking structure with one level underground. The building would have 159 units, 250 parking spaces and 6,700 square feet of retail. An outdoor area with a pool would be on the podium level. Neighbors in the nearby Flower Street Lofts have protested the project, arguing that it would block views and hamper access. B9

2121 Lofts

The transformation of 2121 E. Seventh Place in the Arts District is nearly complete. The renovated compound of historic industrial buildings will boast 78 live-work spaces (59 lofts and 19 townhomes) in a 125,000-square-foot property. Move-ins for the townhomes could come this month, while the lofts will likely not be ready until the end of the year, according to a representative of developer Concerto Development. Architecture firm Killefer Flammang updated the existing units with new kitchens and amenities. The lofts and townhomes range from 750 to 2,100 square feet and include mezzanines, teak and lacquer cabinetry, 18-foot ceilings and industrial loading docks that have been turned into patios. The 28,000-square-foot grounds will include a dog park and an outdoor kitchen and spa. The first phase is on sale now and prices range from approximately $400,000 to $900,000. NA

Barker Block

The first residents began moving into the 297-unit, $75 million Barker Block - which occupies an entire block of 19th-century industrial buildings - in the spring. Other phases of the project will arrive in the future, and developer Kor Group recently announced that the Westside restaurant Urth Café will open an outlet in the project. The Arts District compound 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 multi-level ceilings in some units, as well as large windows with views of the Downtown skyline or the Los Angeles River. 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 $400,000. F6

Barn Lofts

Construction has begun on this adaptive reuse project, said Mark Borman of developer Barn Lofts LLP, which is turning the 39,000-square-foot brick warehouse at 940 E. Second St. into 39 market-rate condominiums. All units in the former Spreckels Brothers sugar beet warehouse will be three-story, loft-style townhomes with two and a half bathrooms, two bedrooms and roof decks. Units will range from approximately 1,300 to 2,600 square feet. Interior parking will run through the center of the project with residences on either side. Construction will be complete by the fourth quarter of 2008, Borman said. F5

Brockman Building

Developer West Millennium Group has completed the $35 million conversion of the 12-story, 1921 Beaux Arts structure at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. The 80 lofts range from 850 to 2,280 square feet and start at $459,000. There is currently an interest list, and sales will begin after the first of the year. The building, at 530 W. Seventh St., boasts a fitness center, underground parking and security. Units feature high ceilings, exposed brick walls, hardwood flooring, designer appliances, European bathroom and kitchen fixtures and marble and granite countertops. Penthouses include rooftop decks. Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market is slated to open on the ground floor by mid-2008 and will be open from 6 a.m. until late evening. Santa Monica-based Donald Barany Architects designed the project. C7

Chapman Lofts

The Chapman Building, at Eighth Street and Broadway, is scheduled to reopen this month. The $30 million adaptive reuse project is transforming a 13-story, 94-year-old Jewelry District edifice that once housed garment manufacturers. Architect Wade Killefer is designing the restoration that will maintain the original historic hallways lined with marble. The building will also keep its original decorative façade, doors, columns and window trim and create a rooftop garden. The residences range from 600 to 1,300 square feet and prices start around $300,000. C7

City Front Place

Developer Dennis Needleman's plan to build condominiums above a strip mall at 530 E. Washington Blvd., just south of the Fashion District, is on hold, according to his office. The Community Redevelopment Agency approved the plan to 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. Yung Kao of Alhambra-based Architech Group is handling the designs. NA

City House And The Olympic

The Titan Organization plans to break ground in the first quarter of 2008 on an 800,000-square-foot complex on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard. The $500 million development would hold two buildings: the 60-story City House, which would have a classic design and include 180 units, and the contemporary, 49-floor Olympic. Residences in both structures, designed by Robertson Partners, would start at 1,200 square feet and $700,000. The towers would rise on a 58,000-square-foot lot that currently houses the former Grand Avenue nightclub - which now holds a music venue called Crash Mansion. The company purchased the property for $30 million. C8


The foundation has been poured and construction has resumed on developer Sonny Astani's three-tower project at Figueroa and Ninth streets. The 348-unit first phase of the South Park development, which had stalled as Astani sought funding, will include a 30-story tower and a seven-story loft building, and 27,500 square feet of retail. It is expected to be finished in May 2009. A second 30-story tower will break ground by July 2009. Altogether, the project will create 619 market-rate condominiums ranging from 750 to 2,325 square feet. The buildings will wrap around a courtyard holding a 2,510-square-foot park. B8

E2 Lofts

Crews are ready to begin the conversion of a two-story brick warehouse into condominiums at 941 E. Second St. in the Arts District. Entitlements and designs have been approved, though the project is awaiting financing, according to RTI Properties' Michael Donavan. The $16.5 million development would hold 23 industrial lofts from 831 to 1,620 square feet. Prices would start at $455,000 and go up to $985,000 for 15 top-level lofts with individual private gardens. The 33,654-square-foot building would also feature two retail spaces on the ground floor, a rooftop garden, barbecue area and a fitness center. F5

Eighth And Grand

Designs for a $500 million project proposed for a parking lot at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue should be complete by the end of the year, said a spokesperson for developer Astani Enterprises. The project is at least 18 months from breaking ground; it would feature more than 875 units and 36,000 square feet of retail. It is expected to grow in three phases. C7

El Dorado

Work is moving ahead on developer Downtown Properties' plan to turn a former hotel at 416 S. Spring St. into 65 condominiums. Units in the 12-story building will range from 850 to 1,700 square feet and start at $400,000. Construction started early this year. Each condo will feature at least one balcony, while penthouses will have private rooftop gardens. Built in 1913, the 12-story structure will feature Italian-designed kitchens and bathroom cabinets. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. D6

Fourth And Alameda

Developer Peklar Pilavjian expects to break ground on 52 artist-in-residence lofts at Fourth and Alameda streets in December. The $30 million Arts District project will be housed in a five-story, 67,000-square-foot, 1923 structure that was once home to the Bekins storage company. Condominiums will range from 650 to 2,400 square feet, and the project is expected to open in late 2008, Pilavjian said. There is no timeline on a potential second phase of construction, which would create a ground-up residential building on the side of the lot fronting Alameda. E5

Giannini Building

According to the most recent information available, Metcom Management plans to convert the 12-story Giannini Building at 649 S. Olive St. into 100 to 120 live/work condominiums ranging from studios to two bedrooms. Plans also call for retail on the basement, ground floor and mezzanine levels - possibly to be filled by one big box store - and a rooftop gym and swimming pool. Metcom Management bought the Giannini Building nine years ago. C7

Glass Tower Condominiums

Construction could begin by the end of the year on a 25-story, $60 million ground-up residential tower at 1050 S. Grand Ave. Owner and developer Amir Kalantari said the glass-clad building would hold 128 high-end condominiums from 850 to more than 3,300 square feet. Units would sell for $400,000 to $3 million. Kalantari said the venture would take two years to complete. C8

Hai Wei Terrace

Developer Kim Benjamin is drawing up plans for a project at Figueroa Terrace and College Street. The 102-condominium Hai Wei Terrace will rise on a hill overlooking Chinatown. Ten percent of the units will be reserved as workforce housing for local firefighters, police officers, health care workers and LAUSD employees. Plans also call for an exercise facility and a rooftop deck. The development will cost up to $35 million, Benjamin said. The units will range from around 800 to 1,400 square feet and many will be set up for families. B3

L.A. Lofts

Groundbreaking on a 25-story, 250-unit condominium tower in South Park has been pushed back to early next year, a spokesperson for developer Venice Investments said. The 250,000-square-foot, ground-up project on Hope Street between 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard is designed by Killefer Flammang Architects and would have 10,000 square feet of retail and 400 parking spots. The company previously developed the Packard Lofts. B8

Lucas One

Hi Point Development LLC will break ground by early next year on a seven-story complex at 1135-1147 W. Seventh St. The City West project would have 117 condominiums and 7,500 square feet of commercial space. There will be studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments with dens, as well as a gym, pool and spa. A7

Mill Street Lofts

Developer Linear City is working on a 16-story, ground-up condominium project in the Arts District that it hopes to open in mid-2009. The 113-unit, 132,000-square-foot development at 673 Mateo St. would include a landscaped park with a swimming pool, spa, fire pit, fountains and dog run. Units would range from 550 square feet to 2,400 square feet and each one would include a balcony. The two Mill Street buildings are being designed by Behnisch Architects. Marina Del Rey-based Cunningham Group is the construction architect. Linear City also developed the nearby Biscuit Company Lofts and the Toy Factory Lofts. E5


Only a handful of the 190 one- to three-bedroom lofts remain, according to Pulte Home Corporation's Marketing Manager Suzanne Finne. The new five-story, ground-up condominium complex at 629 E. Traction Ave. in the Arts District should be ready for move-ins by the end of November, said Finne. Units in the project designed by Togawa Smith Martin Residential range from 662 to 1,500 square feet. The 235,000-square-foot development will include a fitness center, outdoor fireplace, pool and barbecue area, as well as a water feature. E5

Park Fifth

Groundbreaking is slated for first quarter 2008 on what is expected to be the tallest residential structure in the West, on a nearly half-block parcel bounded by Fifth, Olive, Hill and the Subway Terminal Building. Park Fifth will feature a 76-story tower and a 43-story tower, connected by a 15-story residential bridge. In addition, two 14-story mid-rise structures will surround a plaza. The project across from Pershing Square will create 732 condos starting at $500,000. The largest will be a two-story penthouse up to 3,000 square feet with a 1,200-square-foot patio. Capital Partners, Africa Israel and Namco Capital Group, along with development partner Houk Development Company, are in negotiations with a five-star hotel operator to run a 216-room hotel. The split-level sales center opens in October. Leo A Daly is the local architect, while New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects is handling the overall design. C6

Roosevelt Lofts

The Roosevelt Lofts is scheduled to open by the end of the year, and more than half of the 222 units have been reserved, said director of sales April Fissel. Developer Milbank Real Estate Services has released units in the second phase of the $80 million conversion of the 1925 building at Flower and Seventh streets. The structure will boast 24-hour valet parking, a concierge, a rooftop pool with cabanas and a fireplace, gourmet kitchens, a fitness center and a business lounge. Prices start in the mid-$400,000s and go to more than $1 million. Each residence will include a temperature-controlled compartment to store a case of wine. Architecture firm Killefer Flammang is designing the conversion of the 16-story former office building. La Salsa, a sushi restaurant, a coffee shop and an upscale restaurant are slated for the ground floor. B7

Rowan Lofts

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the adaptive reuse project that is converting the 1912 building at Fifth and Spring streets into 206 live/work units. Roughly half of Downtown Properties' Rowan Lofts have been pre-sold and a grand opening is in the works for the end of 2007, said project manager Bill Stevenson. 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 areas and a 10,000-square-foot private park. D6

SB Main

The renovated 12-story, 1920s building containing 190 condominiums will open in approximately six months, said developer Barry Shy. Shy purchased the Historic Core property 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 units will start at $400,000. The project will feature a rooftop pool, spa, gym and ground-floor retail. D7

SB Manhattan

Barry Shy is turning a 122,000-square-foot former office building at 215 W. Sixth St. into 198 condominiums. The project is scheduled to open this month. Units are slated to range from 600 to 1,200 square feet and have metallic lacquer cabinets, granite slab countertops and washers 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 that has yet to be leased. Units start at $350,000. C7

SB Spring

SB Spring will turn a 200,000-square-foot, 12-story building at 650 S. Spring St. into 190 condominiums, said developer Barry Shy. Formerly part of the Spring Street Plaza site that Shy purchased for $75 million, the development is currently in the application process, though Shy expects construction to be complete in June 2008. The building will feature a rooftop pool and a gym. D7

SB Tower

The 19-story building at 600 S. Spring St. in the Historic Core is scheduled to open in about 18 months with 230 for-sale units, said developer Barry Shy. The adaptive reuse project is on the block bordered by Sixth, Seventh, Spring and Main streets, along with the SB Spring and SB Main structures. The condominium complex will have a rooftop pool and spa. Units will start at $400,000. D7

Shy Barry Tower II

Developer Barry Shy is seeking city approvals to build a 35-story, ground-up structure that would hold 700 live/work condominiums. The building at 601 S. Main St. would rise on what is now a parking lot and would complement several adaptive reuse building transformations he is developing on the same block. Plans call for the tower to hold two tennis courts, a pool and spa. Shy said construction should begin in mid-2008 and take two years. D7


The 23-story Evo is under construction; it is developer South Group's third building in the South project. The $160 million, 720,000-square-foot complex at 12th Street and Grand Avenue is expected to be complete in late summer 2008. The 311 condominiums with studio and one- to three-bedroom floor plans range from 730 to 3,500 square feet and will be priced from the high $500,000s to more than $3 million. The interiors will include modern elements and designer fixtures and the project will boast a sixth floor terrace plaza with a lap pool and outdoor kitchen, and a lounge with a viewing deck, outdoor fireplace and fitness center atop the 23rd floor. Like its sister buildings Luma and Elleven, Evo is expected to earn a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. C9

South Figueroa

Portland-based South Group plans to break ground this year on South Figueroa, formerly known as Jardin. The development includes two luxury condominium towers at 624 W. 12th St. and 1200 S. Figueroa St., and future plans for a third tower at 1241 S. Flower St. South Figueroa's condominiums will include high-end amenities such as hardwood floors, decks and balconies. It will also offer secured parking for residents and ground floor retail. GBD Architects and TVA Architects Inc. will collaborate on the design of the high-rises, which like other South Park projects by South Group will be built to green LEED certification standards. No opening date has been announced. B9

Washington Mutual Building

Developer Kim Benjamin recently submitted an adaptive reuse application to the city to transform the Washington Mutual building at 315 W. Ninth St. into more than 100 condominiums. The project would also create 40,000 square feet of retail, office and restaurant space. Benjamin hopes to receive approval in the next six months and break ground by the end of 2008. C8

Witmer Tower

There is no timeline for a 40-story condominium tower planned for 1247 W. Seventh St. in City West. The project is currently in the entitlement stage, said Amir Seilavi of Hi Point Development LLC. The building would have 33 stories of residential units above seven levels of parking and feature 198 for-sale units, approximately 7,700 square feet of retail, a full gym, a spa and a rooftop running deck. A7

Zen Tower

Designed by Skidmore, Owens & Merrill, the slender, 50-story glass tower is expected to break ground in January 2009, said a spokesperson for developer Kawada Company of America. The Asian-inspired residence will feature 330 soft-loft condos (66 will be workforce housing) and an 8,000-square-foot retail space with an upscale mini-mart and a sports cafe and lounge. Located at the northeast corner of Second and Hill streets, Zen Tower will be among Downtown's tallest high-rises. A 10-story podium level would house 700 parking spots and would be topped by a two-story, 60,000-square-foot fitness center and pool. C5


308 E. Ninth St.

The once-delayed transformation of a warehouse at Ninth and Santee streets in the Fashion District is proceeding and is expected to be complete by summer 2008, according to architect David Gray. The eight penthouses, all of which are two stories and include a landscaped rooftop garden, will feature large industrial windows, exposed ceilings and raised platform sleeping areas. The five-story building is 73,000 square feet and will house 38 loft apartments. The construction price has not been announced and rents have not been determined. The developer is South Park Group. D8

717 Olympic

Houston-based Hanover Company has topped out on construction of the 26-story tower at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in South Park. Interior construction is now proceeding. The project broke ground in late 2005 and move-ins could begin next spring, said a Hanover representative. RTKL Architects is designing the development that will create 151 one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartments averaging 1,061 square feet as well as two-level penthouses. Amenities will include an Internet cafe, a coffee bar, a rooftop pool and a fitness center. B8

810 S. Spring St.

Developer National City Towers' adaptive reuse of a 12-story former bank building in the Historic Core is slated to finish by first quarter 2008. The 135,000-square-foot project, which has been estimated at $17 million, will include some 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 edifice's historic attributes, including its elaborate façade and lobby and the first-floor's gold leaf embossed ceiling. The ground-floor retail space, which features a 22-foot-high ceiling and high arched windows, will likely hold a restaurant, said Gray. D7

Alexandria Hotel

Amerland Group is halfway done on a renovation of the Alexandria Hotel at 501 S. Spring St. The San Diego-based developer purchased the residential hotel last year for $30 million and is rehabbing the 463 rental units. The Community Redevelopment Agency gave Amerland $35 million in tax-exempt bonds and a commitment of $11.9 million from the Bunker Hill Trust Fund to preserve at least 130 units for very low-income residents. Amerland is sprucing up the structure and will market the apartments to a diverse range of people working in Downtown, according to Jules Arthur, an Amerland partner. The developer plans to install kitchenettes in each unit and refurbish the hallways and common areas. Crews have finished work on the first three floors and are moving up, while some current tenants reside in temporary rooms. The ground floor bar, Charlie O's, is under new management. The Downtown Comedy Club, which was in Charlie O's, has moved to the ballroom. C6

Artisan on Second

Developer Trammell Crow Residential is proceeding with the 118-unit complex at Second and Hewitt streets in the Arts District. The $47 million development, originally planned as condominiums, should be complete by early 2008, according to Kim Paperin, managing director of the project. However, she said the apartment designation could change again depending on shifts in the housing market. The 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. Amenities will include floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies and a furnished and landscaped sky deck, which will overlook the pool and courtyard. E5

Bixel Court

A five-story townhome and apartment complex has risen on the site of a former parking lot at Fifth and Bixel streets in City West. The $24 million project by Bixel Court, LLP broke ground last year and framing for the entire building is complete. Construction is expected to wrap by April 2008, according to Donna Lai, chief financial officer for the project. Designed by Downtown-based Birba Architects, the 80-unit rental complex will include five townhouses, 14 studio lofts and 61 one- and two-bedroom units. Amenities include a 1,500-square-foot gym with a 50-foot lap pool, and two levels of subterranean parking. Lai said the pool is already constructed. A6

Canvas L.A.

The contemporary 204-unit ground-up luxury apartment complex on a former parking lot in City West is rising quickly, and balconies have begun to appear. Rental units in the five-story structure will range from 500-square-foot studios to 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom residences. Rents will range from $1,800 to $5,000. The project also includes 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Thomas P. Cox is designing the effort that could wrap by November. B5

Coronita Family Apartments

Construction crews are moving forward on a $7.5 million affordable housing complex at 204 Lucas Ave., according to Meta Housing Corporate Marketing Coordinator Nancy A. Morris. The City West development, expected to be complete by November, includes 21 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging from 637 to 1,007 square feet. The four-story building will include subterranean parking, a central laundry room, a resident community room, a barbecue area, a courtyard and limited access gates, said Morris. A5

Coulter And Mandel Buildings

Crews are finished with the residential units in the Coulter and Mandel buildings at 500-518 W. Seventh St., said developer George Peykar. The project is awaiting final inspections. Lofts will range from 950 to 2,500 square feet and five two-bedroom apartments will range from 2,300 to 3,000 square feet; all residences will feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, appliances and other condo-style finishes. There is also one 3,200-square-foot penthouse. Peykar expects move-ins to the 128,000-square-foot building, which he purchased in 2003 for $8 million, by October, though he said he is still determining rental rates. Street-level retail space at Seventh and Olive streets will include a 7-Eleven, a food court and an upscale restaurant. C7

Jewelry Trades Building

Transformation of the Jewelry Trades Building at Fifth and Hill streets into 65 loft apartments is more than half complete, according to developer Mideb Nominees Inc. Crews are now finishing the electrical and plumbing work for the residential conversion, said the company's Greg Martin. The nine-story, 1913 property next to the Alexandria Hotel will boast one- and two-bedroom units and rent for more than $2 a square foot. The terra cotta-colored exterior and Renaissance-influenced façade are also being restored. Originally, a first-floor corridor with walls of marble and glass opened to storefronts while high-end retailers took up levels three through nine. Christopher Compton Architects is overseeing the renovation, which is expected to finish by the end of the year. A Rite-Aid opened on the ground floor in April. C6

Judson C. Rives Building

Flatiron Development is working on an $11 million renovation of a 10-story former theater and office building at 424 S. Broadway. Work will wrap in October, according to architect and developer David Gray; he said crews are hanging drywall and finishing the historic restoration of the lobby, maintaining its mix of marble and metal vaulted ceilings. The 60-unit adaptive reuse project employs historic tax credits. The 74,000-square-foot development will include a refurbished glass canopy, landscaped rooftop gardens and a jacuzzi. Plans also call for new balconies overlooking Broadway and the building's courtyard. The project has 60 parking spaces and rents will be $1,100 to $3,400. C6

JW Apartments

The 61-unit affordable housing project at 1328 and 1405 James M. Wood Blvd. is slated to open by December and owner 1010 Development is accepting applications, said a company representative. The $20.5 million City West project encompasses two towers on either side of the street. The north tower is roughly 80% complete and the south building is 50% done. The 58,000-square-foot JW Apartments 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. Pasadena-based Ken Kurose Architects is handling the design, with Ruiz Brothers overseeing construction. NA

Metropolitan Building

Completion of the adaptive reuse project at 315 W. Fifth St. has been pushed to fall 2008, according to the project's architect, El Segundo-based Rockefeller Partners Architects. South Broadway, LLC is converting the 10-story Metropolitan Building into 84 live-work apartments. The Beaux Arts-style structure will have residences on floors three through nine. Apartments in the 163,000-square-foot edifice will range from approximately 650 to 1,500 square feet. Three penthouses will range from 1,200 to 2,300 square feet. The ground floor will remain a Fallas Paredes department store though the storefront will be modernized. C6

Northwest Gateway

A $70 million, mixed-income housing complex is rising on a former train yard at Second Street and Glendale Boulevard. Development company Essex is the lead in the project, while Meta Housing is a partner in the deal. Meta Corporate Marketing Coordinator Nancy A. Morris said the five-story building will include 277 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments between 527 and 1,820 square feet. The project will include 57 affordable units and will house 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, and was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument by the Cultural Heritage Commission. Completion is expected in early 2008. A5

Orsini II

The 566-unit luxury apartment complex at 550 N. Figueroa St. is partially open with move-ins underway, even as construction continues on one of the wings. About 60 tenants have taken up residence and another 30 have signed leases, according to a representative of developer G.H. Palmer Associates. The ground-up project is the second phase of the three-part Orsini development. It includes a swimming pool, sun deck, spa, gymnasium and a basketball court. A pedestrian bridge over Figueroa Street, which connects it to Orsini I, was raised earlier this year. Rents for studio apartments start at $1,250 while two-bedroom units go for $1,725. B4

Orsini III

Plans to convert the northeast corner of Figueroa Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue into an eight-story complex of 210 luxury apartments were shot down by the Community Redevelopment Agency in August. However, developer G.H. Palmer Associates still expects to proceed with this third installment of the Orsini. According to a company representative, the project could again go before the CRA for approval by November and construction could begin immediately if approved. The site includes the popular Original Texas Barbecue King stand, whose owner is in talks to relocate to the ground floor of Orsini II. B3

Piero II

Plans have not changed for developer G.H. Palmer Associates' 340-unit apartment complex on Sixth between Bixel and St. Paul streets in City West. Construction on the project is slated to begin in the fall, said a Palmer representative. A pedestrian bridge over St. Paul will connect a rooftop swimming pool deck to the already open Piero complex. Piero II was scaled down from its original design for 600 luxury units. Last year the city ruled that the project must include an affordable housing element; the matter is the source of ongoing litigation. A7

Rosslyn Lofts

San Diego-based developer Amerland Group is set to close escrow soon on the building at 111 W. Fifth St., formerly known as the Frontier Hotel. The for-profit developer of affordable housing plans to renovate the structure and recently received $8 million from the Community Redevelopment Agency to maintain affordable rents at the residential hotel. The former owners, Rob and Joseph Frontiera, had begun converting the building into upscale apartments on a floor-by-floor basis, but the conversion was halted in December by the CRA. Under the new agreement, floors 10 through 12 can remain luxury apartments, but levels three through nine will be regulated as low and moderate-income housing. Renovations could start as soon as this fall, depending on funding, and finish within a year, the developer recently said. D6

San Pedro Apartments

Related Cos. is pouring the foundation for its San Pedro Apartments, a six-story, 230-unit luxury apartment building on Second and San Pedro streets. The development broke ground in April and is slated to open in spring 2009. Thomas P. Cox Architects is designing the project. Related's Rick Westberg said the development will feature a street-level promenade, two-way street and landscaped pedestrian pathways as well as two rooftop decks, a clubhouse, a fitness center, pool deck and business lounge. Most of the units will be market rate, although 20% will be reserved for affordable housing, Westberg said. The building is the first phase of a Little Tokyo site known as Block 8 that will be developed into four separate projects, two of which Related sold to other developers. D5

Sixth Street Lofts

Long project delays due to a contractor switch on the adaptive reuse project in the Arts District ended earlier this month, said developer Howard Klein. Work by Gluck Construction is now underway on the conversion of a row of brick-clad warehouses at 1291-1333 E. Sixth St. into 63 live-work units and at least two retail spaces. The project will be comprised of apartments ranging from 600 to 1,800 square feet, along with multiple courtyards and open green space. The building is being designed by Seattle-based Tony Bell Architecture. Move-ins are slated for spring 2008. Klein, who owns the nearby Factory Place Lofts, is currently in the entitlement stage for an additional 42 lofts at Factory Place. F6

Title Guarantee Building

The 74 loft-style rental units are available for leasing, and occupancy in the $35 million renovation is slated for this month, said developer Daniel Swartz, who in 1983 purchased the 12-story building, once home to the Spanish language daily newspaper La Opinión. Swartz said units will range from 800 to 4,000 square feet and will feature 10- to 14-foot exposed concrete ceilings. The one- to four-story apartments will rent for $2,000 to $12,000 a month. Architecture firm Killefer Flammang designed the project; the 1930 building was originally designed by John and David Parkinson. The new Park Fifth complex will rise immediately west of the historic building. C6

Union Lofts

Meruelo Maddux Properties has nearly finished a $17 million conversion at 760 S. Hill St. in the Jewelry District. The building should be ready for move-ins by winter, said company spokesman Michael Bustamante. Designed by Santa Monica-based Killefer Flammang Architects, the project is updating the brick and terra cotta structure - once the headquarters of the Union Bank and Trust Company - creating 92 loft-style apartments from 700 to 1,900 square feet. Retail space is planned for the ground floor and restaurateur Los Feliz LLC has inked a deal to open an 11,000-square-foot upscale restaurant and lounge in the building. Meruelo Maddux acquired the 12-story edifice for $12 million from Heisman Co. C7

Union Point

Crews broke ground early this year on an $8 million, 21-unit affordable housing complex at 420 Union Drive, between Fourth and Sixth streets in City West. West Los Angeles-based Meta Housing is developing the three-story, ground-up structure of two- and three-bedroom units between 800 and 1,050 square feet, said the company's Nancy A. Morris. The site will also include a courtyard, laundry room, a community room and a barbecue/picnic area. Morris said construction is slated to wrap in October. NA

Yale Terrace

The 55-unit affordable housing complex Yale Terrace, being built by Advanced Development and Investment in coordination with the Community Redevelopment Agency, is 75% complete, according to a CRA spokeswoman. The Chinatown project on Yale between Alpine and Ord streets features mostly family housing, including 18 three-bedroom units and 37 four-bedroom residences. The complex, which will include 10,000 square feet of space for social service, educational and after-school programs, will be complete by November. C3


Blossom Plaza

Developer Bond Companies aims to transform the site of the former Little Joe's restaurant at 900 N. Broadway in Chinatown into a mixed-use project called Blossom Plaza, which will connect the Chinatown Metro Gold Line station to Broadway. In January the Community Redevelopment Agency approved preliminary plans and $15 million in funding for the project. The $146 million development will hold two residential towers, designed by Nakada & Associates, with 169 condominiums, 43,000 square feet of retail space and a 344-car garage; roughly half of that will be available for public, paid parking. The development will also include an 18,000-square-foot plaza for cultural events. The project, which is in the final design phase, still needs approvals from the city, and construction is expected to last 30 months, according to the CRA. C2

Capitol Milling Building

Developer Steve Riboli said earlier this year that plans are complete for the mixed-use project at the Capitol Milling Co. building, a former grain mill and silo at 1231 N. Spring St. However, no date has been set for groundbreaking. The development is expected to include a 60,000-square-foot structure with 40 apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail. A public space would link the project to the nearby Blossom Plaza. John Deenihan, a principal with Downtown-based Rothenberg Sawasy Architects, will handle designs. The Capitol Milling Building would become the southern anchor of the Riverview Project at the Cornfield, a four-phase development on a triangular piece of land stretching from College Street to the Los Angeles River. Overall, the project would include up to 300 residential units. The Riboli family also owns the San Antonio Winery north of Chinatown. C2

Chinatown Gateway

Plans for the 321,000-square-foot Chinatown Gateway at Broadway and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue are being finalized for building permits. The project was approved by the Community Redevelopment Agency in April and construction could begin in the first quarter of next year. The proposed five-story, mixed-use effort comes from Chinatown Gateway LLC, comprised of partners J.B. Allen Realty Inc., Delia LLC and Equity Residential. Plans call for 280 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and 20,000 square feet of retail. Thomas P. Cox Architects is handling the designs. The project at the southern edge of Chinatown would include 588 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. C3

Grand Avenue Plan

Developer Related Cos. expects to break ground on the $2 billion project by the end of the year, later than a previously announced target of October. The project will run along the top of Bunker Hill and ultimately create 2,600 housing units; 449,000 square feet of retail; and a 50-story high-rise and 25-story tower, both designed by Frank Gehry. The development would also include a five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, a high-end grocery store and a health club. A complete schematic design for a 16-acre park to span from the Music Center to City Hall is expected by the end of this year, and construction will begin next year, according to a Related Cos. spokesman. Related will reserve 20% of the residential units for affordable housing, and 30% of the construction jobs have been promised to local workers. The city approved waiving future hotel bed taxes; city officials have said this could equal more than $60 million over the life of the project. B5

Herald Examiner Building

The mixed-use project at the former home of the Herald Examiner newspaper at 11th Street and Broadway in South Park is still in the approvals stage. Developer Hearst Corp. expects to bring the deal before the City Council in November, said Marty Cepkauskas, director of real estate for Hearst Corp. Plans call for 40,000 square feet of office space, 20,000 square feet of retail and a 10,000-square-foot health club in the lot's historic, Julia Morgan-designed Broadway building. The project would also include two housing towers: a 24-story, 268-unit structure on the former press building site on Hill Street, which has been razed; and a 37-story, 319-unit high-rise at 120 W. 12th St. Architect Brenda Levin is overseeing the rehab of the historic building, while Thom Mayne's Morphosis will design the new towers. C9

L.A. Central

The L.A. Live adjacent mega-development by New York-based Moinian Group, once termed Figueroa Central, has been re-tagged L.A. Central. Current plans call for a 54-story and a 40-story tower. The condominium complex, which still requires City Council approval, would include approximately 860 lofts, townhomes and penthouses. The development is priced at more than $700 million, according to Oskar Brecher, a Moinian representative. He said the project at Figueroa and 11th streets would also feature 223,000 square feet of retail space, including a high-end grocery store, restaurants and a health club, as well as a boutique hotel boasting 222 rooms. Rather than include on-site affordable housing, Moinian is setting aside funds for as many as 172 units of low-income housing elsewhere, Brecher said. B9


Ground was broken this summer on the $125 million complex on the northeast corner of Fourth and Main streets. The project should be finished by early 2009, said developer Saeed Farkhondepour. The development will include 200 rental units that average 800 square feet, plus 750 parking spaces and ground-floor retail. Farkhondepour said retail on Los Angeles Street will blend with the Toy District-style stores in the area, while the Main Street side of the project will feature shops and restaurants. M2A Architects is handling the designs. D6


Located one block north of L.A. Live on a site bounded by the 110 freeway, James M. Wood Boulevard and Eighth and Francisco streets in South Park, the approximately $1 billion project has been in the works for more than a decade. Los Angeles-based IDS bought the Metropolis project in 2005. The CRA has approved the effort and the developer expects to break ground by the first quarter of 2008. The first phase of the project will be on a 1.83-acre site and include 360 condominiums in a 33-story tower. The second phase will create a 42-story tower with 388 condominiums. The third phase would add a 480-room hotel along with 88 residential units, and the final phase would produce a 32-story office tower. No timing has been announced for the final three phases. Metropolis will include 46,000 square feet of retail, to be spaced out between all four phases, and a five-level above-grade parking structure. Gruen Associates and Arquitectonica are working on the design plans. B8

Pacific Stock Exchange

Plans for a massive, 870,100-square-foot development around the Pacific Stock Exchange building on Beaudry Avenue are being reworked, according to developer Delson Investment Co. The adaptive reuse project was expected to create 685 condominiums atop more than 50,000 square feet of retail with three separate structures built in three phases. That plan called for an 18-story addition of 729,000 square feet to the existing Stock Exchange building at Third Street and Beaudry Avenue. Nadel Architects is still involved, but Delson has yet to finalize the new plan. A5

Santee Village

The final phase of developer MJW Investments' Santee Village, a 780,000-square-foot, nine-building project on the block between Los Angeles, Maple, Seventh and Eighth streets, is currently for sale. The Santee, the Cornell and the Eckhart total 216 units and share a courtyard, rooftop pool and cabana lounges. Construction is complete and move-ins for the units, which range from 700-square-foot studios to 2,000-square-foot penthouses, could begin in October, said Robin Horowitz of MJW Investments. The 64-unit Textile Building came online last year and is sold out. Phase one of the mega mixed-use project, Santee Court, opened as rental units more than three years ago. D7

University Gateway

Developer Urban Partners plans to break ground next summer on a $135 million project that would house 1,600 USC students in a 421-unit apartment complex at Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard. The privately financed development, just east of the Shrine Auditorium, would also feature 83,000 square feet of ground-floor retail including a bookstore; a restaurant and a fitness center; and 770 parking spaces on site and another 440 at a USC-owned lot a block away. The project has been delayed for two years due to various legal challenges filed by competing developer Conquest Student Housing. Earlier this month, Urban Partners and USC together filed a lawsuit against Conquest. The case is expected to go to trial within 18 months. F9

Vibiana Place

On Aug. 30, developers Tom Gilmore and Richard Weintraub celebrated the replacement of the 3,500-pound cupola to the bell tower of the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral. The building at Second and Main streets, converted for $8 million and now called Vibiana, is used as a performing arts and special events venue. The developers are moving forward with the addition of a state-of-the-art finishing kitchen and other amenities to the property, as well as the transformation of the former rectory into a restaurant and guest facility. Plans are also underway for a mixed-use high-rise on a lot just south of the former cathedral, which was once the headquarters for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, but was closed after suffering damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. D5


Civic Center Fire Station No. 4

A two-story fire and paramedic station at First and Alameda streets is 87% finished, according to LAFD officials, and the building may be completed ahead of schedule. With framing and all mechanical work done, crews are putting finishing touches on the interior. The 40,000-square-foot station will include a handball court, two bays for firefighting vehicles and a hose tower, and is expected to open by next summer. The station 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. Next door a second phase of the project, an emergency operations center at 500 E. Temple St., is more than halfway complete. That 82,000-square-foot structure will house police and fire dispatch centers, and will replace emergency communication facilities in City Hall East. Originally estimated at $23 million, the project's cost has risen slightly due to change orders, but fire officials could not give an exact projection. GKK Dommer and Fluor/HOK are the architects, and Amoroso is the contractor. E5

Exposition Light Rail

Crews began heavy construction in August on the Metro Expo Line, a $640 million project, which will connect Downtown to Culver City. In early September, full funding for the project was approved by state officials. Digging is expected to take 18 months and will produce a trench that is 2,700 feet long and 25 feet deep. The eight-mile light rail line remains without a designated color. It will share two stops with the Blue Line and will add eight more stations. The project is a joint venture of FCI Construction, Inc., Fluor Corp. and Parsons Corp. A second phase of the project that would extend the Expo Line to Santa Monica is in the planning stage. NA

Federal Building

Seismic upgrades continue on the Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles St. in the Civic Center, said Gene Gibson, regional public affairs officer with the General Services Administration. This is part of the first phase of a $90 million renovation. Improvements will be conducted in several phases, keeping the more than 8,000 employees of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the building throughout construction. The overhauls include new fire safety systems, ceilings, energy-efficient lighting, signage, security systems, elevators and the removal of hazardous materials. The work could take four years. D4

Federal Courthouse

The second phase of a 1 million-square-foot courthouse at First Street and Broadway in the Civic Center is still awaiting bidding, said Gene Gibson, regional public affairs officer of the General Services Administration. The new facility would hold 41 courtrooms, judges' chambers and office space for federal agencies. The project on a 3.6-acre site will need to make adjustments for budget constraints; initial bids came in well over appropriations, forcing officials to explore new alternatives, including asking Congress for more funds, said Gibson. The project, next to City Hall, originally budgeted at $314 million, will need to be repackaged, Gibson said. The old state office building on the site has been demolished. C5

Gold Line Eastside Extension

Metro's Gold Line extension from Downtown to East Los Angeles is 60% complete with much of the heavy street-level construction underway, said an MTA spokesman. Retrofitting of bridges, widening of streets and installing overhead power lines has begun. Track construction is ongoing from Alameda and First streets into Boyle Heights. The $899 million light rail will extend the Gold Line from Union Station across the 101 Freeway, creating eight new stations and culminating at Atlantic Avenue. Officials expect to complete the project in 2009; they estimate the extension could carry 23,000 riders a day by 2020. D4

Hall Of Justice

The inside of the earthquake-damaged Hall of Justice, at Temple and Spring streets in the Civic Center, has been cleared of debris, while designs to upgrade the facility are being drawn. The Board of Supervisors will soon analyze a new cost estimate before the project can move forward, according to John Edmisten, a division chief in the county's Chief Administrative Office. The County Board of Supervisors must approve each phase of construction separately. The project has previously been estimated at up to $200 million. C4

LAPD Headquarters

The police headquarters that broke ground in January is now 35% complete, keeping the project on time and on budget, according to the Bureau of Engineering. A $231 million, 10-story replacement for Parker Center, being constructed by Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba, is rising south of City Hall where crews are now erecting steel frames. It is part of a three-phase project expected to cost about $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. 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

Los Angeles River

A landmark effort to clean and green 32 miles of the Los Angeles River has moved into the implementation phase; the City Council approved the Los Angeles River Master Plan in May. The city's Planning Department is currently drafting a River Improvement Overlay with design guidelines and recommendations for development within half a mile of the river. Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a feasibility study for ecosystem restoration. Projects that have been announced with the help of state bond money are moving forward, including the building of bike paths near Elysian Park. Of the five "Opportunity Sites" the revitalization effort features, three will be in and around Downtown: the new state park at Taylor Yard, the Chinatown area and the Industrial District. The plan will be implemented as funding becomes available. NA

Los Angeles State Historic Park

A park planned for the site long known as the Cornfield has entered the conceptual design phase. San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates is holding public meetings and finalizing designs for the 32-acre site between Broadway and North Spring Street. The team, which includes Silver Lake-based architect Michael Maltzan, submitted a concept that included a large field flanked on one side by wetlands and landscaping and on the other side by a fountain-filled plaza. The plan also incorporated several bridges that would provide access to the park from Chinatown and Elysian Park. Now the team is preparing for final, technical drawings in January, a process that could take 18 months, said Sean Woods of the California Parks Department. Woods said funding is currently being assessed and a "significant portion" of the $400 million provided by Prop 84 has been identified for the park. A 12-acre portion of the park is currently open. C1

Metro Detention Center

Crews for San Fernando-based Bernards Construction surpassed the 50% completion mark in August and have begun pouring the roof deck of the Metro Detention Center, a 512-bed facility just north of Parker Center at Los Angeles and Temple streets. The foundation, basement and first floor of the 160,000-square-foot structure were finished earlier this year, said Mike Bernards, the project manager. The five-level $74 million effort, designed by HOK Architects, will include an underground floor for offices. 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


Ambassador Hotel Schools

Construction of the multi-school campus on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel west of Downtown began in June. A community park will be delivered first in fall 2008, said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Plans call for an 825-seat school for kindergarten through third-grade students; the $60 million facility is scheduled for completion in spring 2009. Plans also call for a 1,400-seat school for fourth through eighth graders and a 2,150-seat high school; those schools are estimated at $175 million and are slated to open in 2010. 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. NA

Cathedral High School

Cathedral High School will hold an official opening for its new gymnasium on Nov. 8, although the facility will be in use by late October, said Brother John Montgomery, the school's principal. Long Beach-based Kluger Architects designed the two-story gymnasium, which will allow students of the all-boys Catholic school to participate in 11 sports. The building uses split-face concrete blocks and a red tile roof to match other structures on campus, and will feature several labs, including one for computer design, as well as a gym with weight facilities, team rooms, lockers and a film room. The 1940s gym was torn down to make way for the current project. Montgomery said the original $14 million campaign to build the one-acre, 48,000-square-foot gym and science building for 630 students was expanded to $17.6 million. The project also includes a renovation of the school's stadium and the installation of an all-weather synthetic football/soccer field and track; construction on the latter will begin in late October with a projected opening of spring 2008. C1

High School For The Visual And Performing Arts

Construction on the LAUSD's new High School No. 9, also known as the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, is 55% complete, according to an LAUSD spokeswoman. The 238,000-square-foot campus at 450 N. Grand Ave., which broke ground in 2006, is designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au and HMC. 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. The budget is $208 million and completion is expected by the end of 2008. C4

Los Angeles Trade-Tech College

In June, L.A. Trade-Tech broke ground on the 29-acre community college's south campus. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees awarded a $77.8 million contract toward the $227.6 million renovation of the campus at Washington Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Crews are nearly finished moving a ramp that led to a rooftop parking lot, providing room for a new entrance. The project includes an athletic field, a student services building, a technology building and a utility structure. Construction of a $6 million Child Development Center is halfway complete and should wrap in the fall. NA

USC Health Sciences Campus

USC is looking for a developer to build the USC BioMedTech Park, a 100,000-square-foot building that will accommodate multi-tenant bioscience companies. The school recently opened the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower, a 10-story, 172,000-square-foot structure, dedicated to cancer research; it houses office space, laboratories and a burgeoning stem cell program. Meanwhile, design work continues on the 80,000-square-foot Broad Institute for Integrative Biology and Stem Cell Research on San Pablo Street. It will be the third new research building this decade on the campus northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Construction of the LAC+USC Medical Center Replacement Facility continues and is on schedule to open to patients in the second quarter of 2008. Also under discussion is the creation of a new Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute building. NA

USC University Park Campus

The $23 million facelift of Webb Tower will open shortly. The project includes seismic and electrical upgrades as well as a 1,200-vehicle parking structure. Work is also nearing completion on phase two of the Parkside Residential College, a 143,000-square-foot center that will house 440 students. School officials said construction on a 130,000-square-foot building for the College of Cinematic Arts is scheduled to finish by late 2008. Work is also proceeding on the 8,000-square-foot Technical Theater Laboratory for the School of Theater. Overall, USC has committed nearly $300 million to construction projects on its University Park campus. F9

Vista Hermosa

A high school on the 24-acre plot at First and Beaudry streets is rising quickly and the concrete buildings got a wash of color this summer. Crews are nearing completion on parts of the main building's interior, including some classrooms. They have completed structural steel installation, roof work, replacement of the deteriorated sprinkler system from previous buildings and drywall installation, and are currently framing the cafeteria and multi-purpose buildings. The City West campus will have classrooms serving 2,100 students in three buildings, and a separate 500-seat academy will hold a 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 late 2006 and is expected to be complete within the next few months. The budget is $197 million. With earlier costs factored in, the development will total more than $350 million. A5


Angels Flight

John Welborne, president of the non-profit Angels Flight Railway Foundation, said the opening of the tiny funicular that connects Bunker Hill to the Historic Core has been pushed back as late as December. In January, Welborne had publicly stated that the train, closed since a fatal accident in 2001, would open at the end of summer. The manufacturing of a new drive system - part of a final phase of the railway's $2.6 million renovation - could be complete by October. Welborne said he is in talks with the California Public Utilities Commission, which must approve the train before it reopens. The project has been delayed for years and repeated announced reopening dates have not been met. C6

California Science Center

The museum's $165 million World of Ecology expansion is well underway. The concrete has been poured and the structure is rising. The wing will add 170,000 square feet of space to the Exposition Park museum and will host exhibits that demonstrate principles of ecology. The expansion, set to open in 2009, will combine aspects of aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and science centers. It will feature interactive exhibits and will include 250 species of plants and animals. F10

Central Avenue Art Park

The city still plans to create a three-acre art park on the block bounded by First, Judge John Aiso, Temple and Alameda streets, but must await the construction of a new police headquarters parking facility, said city Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller. The bidding package for the replacement parking and formal designs for the art park are still being drawn. The site, which is the current police parking lot, remains roughly a year from being transformed. D4

Echo Park Pool

Construction continues on the $4.8 million swimming facility at 1410 Colton St. in City West. The renovations by the Department of Recreation and Parks are scheduled to be complete this fall, said project manager Cathie Santo Domingo. The year-round, heated, indoor pool will feature a new roof, electrical system, locker rooms, bathrooms and showers and be accessible to the disabled. The upgrades are designed by West L.A.-based Frank R. Webb Architects. NA

Football Stadium

Although the National Football League supported the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission's NFL 101/201 event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in July, the league and the city remain far apart on the effort to bring a team back to the 1923 venue in Exposition Park. Former City Councilman and current state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas began the attempt in the mid-1990s, and Eighth District City Councilman Bernard Parks has helmed the effort in recent years. Designs presented to the NFL show a 67,000-seat stadium with about 180 luxury suites; converting the historic venue and maintaining elements such as the peristyle have been estimated to cost around $800 million. In April, plans to temporarily convert the Coliseum for the 2016 Summer Olympics were halted when the United States Olympic Committee chose Chicago over Los Angeles as the U.S. nominee. The currently 90,000-capacity stadium continues to host USC football and other occasional events. NA

Imaginasian Theater

The transformation of the former Linda Lea theater at 215 S. Main St. is more than 50% complete. The $3 million ImaginAsian Theater will be a modern one-screen movie house that will show first-run and classic Asian films, Bollywood hits and other movies. Crews are currently working on the interior, according to the developer, Costa Mesa-based Cinema Properties Group. In March, all but the exterior walls of the rundown 1924 theater were demolished. Hodgetts + Fung Associates is designing the sleek, glass and steel, cube-shaped project set to open this fall. The venue is slightly less than 10,000 square feet and will have stadium seating for 265, a small eatery and space for community meetings. D5

L.A. Live

The first phase of the $2.5 billion sports and entertainment district adjacent to Staples Center is set to open with the debut of the Nokia Theatre. The 7,100-seat facility will host its first concert Oct. 18, and will feature state-of-the-art acoustics and "intimate" sight lines - no seat will be further than 210 feet from the stage. The theater is part of the Nokia Plaza, a 40,000-square-foot open-air space that will be the central meeting place of L.A. Live. It will include Club Nokia, a 2,400-seat standalone venue for musical acts and cultural shows. Later phases will offer restaurants, retail, a 14-screen Regal Cinema, Lucky Strike Bowling Center, the Conga Room nightclub and a 54-story Convention Center headquarters hotel. Among the restaurants that will occupy the project are The Farm of Beverly Hills, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Rosa Mexicano, Yard House, Katsuya and a new concept from Wolfgang Puck. The entire 27-acre project is scheduled to wrap in 2010. B8

Los Angeles Theatre Center

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is slated to reopen Oct. 25, said Lori Zimmerman, general manager of the Latino Theatre Company, which in 2005 won a 20-year contract from the city to operate the venue at 514 S. Spring St. The LTC has overseen a $4 million transformation of the Historic Core space that is turning the aging structure into a three-theater venue with new seating, lights and other amenities. John Sergio Fisher has handled designs and Cushman & Wakefield is the project manager. The plan will also create a new home for the Latino Museum of History, Art & Culture in the lobby and basement, and there may be a patio cafe. Opening festivities are expected to be announced shortly. D6

Million Dollar Theatre

The $1 million-plus refurbishment of the historic theater at Third Street and Broadway is nearly complete and the venue is expected to reopen by the end of the year, said theater manager Robert Voskanian. Already completed upgrades include replacement of the carpet and drapes, electrical repairs, repainting and a freshly tiled lobby. Restroom improvements remain on the to-do list. Built by Sid Grauman and opened in 1918, the theater seats more than 2,000 people; the refurbished venue will host film screenings, movie premieres, stage performances and concerts. C6

Natural History Museum

The Exposition Park museum is in the process of restoring and seismically strengthening its original home, a 1913 building designed by Hudson & Munsell. The $84 million transformation will include the installation of new exhibits in its historic rotunda as well as in portions of the adjacent 1920s building. The project will also restore the 1913 edifice's architectural details including terra cotta gargoyles, florid plaster ceilings, ornate stained glass skylights and mosaic tile floors. The adjacent structure will also be groomed and seismically strengthened. The restoration is expected to take a little more than a year, said a museum spokeswoman. The project will use private and public funds. E10

Regent Theatre

Construction is expected to begin this year on a makeover of the venue at 448 S. Main St., according to a spokesman for developer Gilmore Associates. Renovations should be complete by early 2008. Gilmore Associates last year signed a long-term lease for the 10,000-square-foot Historic Core property, which will host live music, a bar and a restaurant. The theater has recently been open for some concerts during the monthly Downtown Art Walk. D6

Variety Arts Center

Developer David Houk is working to restore the Variety Arts Center at 940 S. Figueroa St. He plans to turn the 1924 theater and event space, which he purchased from Anschutz Entertainment Group, into a modern facility that produces new plays and musicals. The $10 million restoration will include reseating the 1,000-capacity main theater, cleaning the ornate ceiling and modernizing the electrical and HVAC systems. The former club space will also be redone as a private dining club. Houk, the former owner of the Pasadena Playhouse, plans to move his offices and theater company into the location once the project is complete. He said he is continuing to work on financing for the renovation, which he hopes to complete sometime next year. B8


Bottle Rock

South Park's Met Lofts at 11th and Flower streets will house a 4,000-square-foot wine bar called Bottle Rock. The combination wine shop, tasting room and small plates cafe has its flagship establishment in Culver City. The lofty interior is expected to draw the Staples Center crowd as well as residents of the 264-unit complex. Customers can sip their wine along with cheese, charcuterie, panini and chocolate. The project recently received approval and is expected to open by February. B8

Chaya Brasserie

According to the most recent information available, Chaya Brasserie, a high-end Asian fusion restaurant with glitzy locales in Venice and Beverly Hills, plans to open in City National Plaza. The restaurant is expected to arrive next year and occupy 7,000 square feet inside the twin 51-story black granite office towers at Fifth and Flower streets. Chaya is known for its Italian, Japanese and French cuisine. B6

Church & State

Restaurateur Steven Arroyo said his 70-seat eatery on the ground floor of the Biscuit Company Lofts will open in mid-November. At 3,000 square feet, the former Nabisco factory loading dock in the Arts District will retain many of its original elements including the brick floors and copper doors. The French brasserie will serve traditional favorites such as steak frites and oysters, and will offer beer and wine (a full bar is planned later). Church & State will be open daily for dinner and weekdays for breakfast and lunch. Arroyo brought L.A. the popular tapas eatery Cobras and Matadors and Silver Lake's Malo. NA

Crocker Club

A new bar and lounge is expected to open by November in the basement of the Spring Arts Tower at 453 S. Spring St. Vincent Terzian, CEO and president of Hollywood-based Five-Five Endeavors, said patrons will enter the speakeasy-themed nightspot through a hidden door and mingle in the basement's vault. The 6,000-square-foot space, which could serve as a private members club, will be a casual bar and lounge with a 1920s feel; Terzian is refurbishing the original Italian marble, mosaic tile floors, and oak and maple touches. It is named after a former tenant of the 1914 building, the Crocker Citizens National Bank. The club will open with an extensive specialty drink list that will include old-fashioned cocktails. C6


Nightlife duo Elizabeth Peterson and Tony Gower plan to embark on their fourth Downtown project - previous venues were Bordello, Royal Claytons and the soon-to-open Bridge Tavern. Harlem would unfold in the San Fernando Building at Fourth and Main streets in a 13,000-square-foot space. Peterson said the design phase for the planned speakeasy will get underway in spring 2008. D6

La Porta

Currently used for art exhibits and filming, the lofty space at the southeast corner of Fourth and Spring streets in the Continental Building is slated to become a Spanish tapas restaurant called La Porta. The split-level, lounge-like establishment would be developed by Gilmore Associates. No starting date has been announced. C6

Mercury Liquors

Developer Andrew Meieran said the transformation of a former bank vault in the basement of the Los Angeles Trust and Savings Bank Building at 215 W. Sixth St. could be complete by the end of the year. Construction still hinges on the completion of condo conversions taking place in the building above. The project would create an 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

Origami Bistro & Bar

From the owner of Valencia's Origami Bistro, the Downtown Los Angeles version of the restaurant is set to open in late January, said owner Brian Lee. The 3,300-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Douglas Building at Third and Spring streets will feature a full sushi bar and a martini lounge. Lee said the cuisine will focus on Japanese tapas, also known as izakaya, with appetizer-size Japanese fusion dishes. The modern Asian decor will use smooth lines, natural elements such as a pebble wall, and black Indonesian bamboo. C5

Tranquility Base

This lunar-themed restaurant on the ground floor of the Sky project at 801 S. Grand Ave. is set to hold a grand opening in mid-November, said restaurateur David Tardif. The 3,166-square-foot American cuisine establishment will change with the seasons, from the California-style tapas menu to the wine to the decor. The casual-chic lounge will include oversized chairs and couches, and a 50-seat patio with a fire pit. C7


611 W. Sixth St.

Developer 611 W. Sixth Street LLC and New York-based Chetrit Group are in the final design phase for what would be the largest adaptive reuse project in the city, according to a representative for the developer. Once the tallest building in Downtown Los Angeles, 611 W. Sixth St. is slated to become a hub of more than 500 residential and commercial condominiums. The first 15 floors would be transformed into 135 office condos while 402 live/work units are planned for floors 16 to 42. The 620-foot tall edifice also includes 712 parking spaces. Architecture firm Epstein ISI will handle the conversion. B7

7+Fig Renovation

New York-based Brookfield Properties purchased the 7+Fig mall last year and is still working on plans to expand and renovate the mostly outdoor shopping center, said a spokesman for the developer. Brookfield is preparing a complete repositioning of the mall at Seventh and Figueroa streets, including an expansion of more than 150,000 square feet. In the meantime, the company is working to bring new restaurants to the food court level. New stores could include a big-name home outlet, said the company official. B7

At&T Center Renovation

The building at 12th and Olive streets in South Park has a new lobby and a food court with recently opened tenants including Starbucks, Subway and Trimana Express. The center also holds a FedEx/Kinko's. A Robeks and Japanese restaurant Mitaki are under construction. A second phase of upgrades, still in the design stage, will likely start by the end of the year and could take up to a year to complete, said a spokesman for owner LBA Realty. LBA purchased the 32-story high-rise for $130 million. During the summer, the longtime top-floor restaurant was closed to make way for office space. William Pereira's iconic edifice, long known as the Transamerica Building, was updated earlier this year with modern metal panels and a glass curtain wall. C9

Convention Center Hotel

A 54-story structure housing a JW Marriott Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences will be the focal point for L.A. Live. Groundbreaking for the $900 million Convention Center headquarters hotel, which will contain 1,000 rooms, took place in June, signaling a three-year build-out. The Marriott's rooms will comprise the bulk of an L-shaped structure that will anchor the base of the glass-clad tower housing the Ritz, and will feature the largest ballroom in the city at 3,000 seats. The Ritz-Carlton (Marriott owns the Ritz) rooms will start on the 27th floor. More than 200 Ritz-Carlton condos will fill the upper reaches of the building. B8

Embassy Hotel

A planned conversion of the former Embassy Hotel and Theater at 851 S. Grand Ave. into the trendy Gansevoort West has been called off. Earlier this year, developers WSA Management and the Chetrit Group broke ties on the project. WSA, the company behind the Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan and the Gansevoort South in Miami, will not be involved, said a company spokesperson. New York-based Chetrit Group has not announced new plans for the Embassy site. C8

L.A. Fashion Center

The main structure of the 560,000-square-foot garment industry center at 1458 S. San Pedro St. has been completed and an opening is slated for the end of the year, said an official with developer Los Angeles Fashion Center, LLP. Almost three-quarters of the 196 for-purchase retail spaces and showrooms for wholesalers and manufacturers have been sold at an average price of $700,000. The units average 1,200 square feet. FedEx and UPS facilities, a food court and a bank will round out the development, also known as LA Face. E9

Louie Restaurant And Market

The Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market in the refurbished Brockman Building at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue is scheduled to open in mid-2008. The gourmet grocer and restaurant will be housed in a 10,000-square-foot space below the Brockman's 80 condominiums (where renovations are underway). The market will be open from 6 a.m. until late evening, and will offer items including homemade baked goods, sauces, soups, European pastries, organic vegetables, sustainable seafood and fresh pizza. C7

Maguire Office Tower

Maguire Properties is talking with several potential tenants of a proposed 50-story building, but no deals have been announced, and a groundbreaking will not occur until the high-rise is 40% to 50% pre-leased, said the company's Peggy Moretti. The building at Seventh and Figueroa streets overlooking the 110 Freeway would be a 1 million-square-foot structure that exclusively serves the office market. Once construction begins, it is estimated to take 36 months. No time goal has been set for the groundbreaking, said Moretti. The building being designed by Richard Keating of Keating/Khang would be the first new office tower in Downtown in more than 15 years. Maguire Properties is headed by Robert F. Maguire. B7

Marriott Hotel Renovation

According to a spokesman for the Los Angeles-based Namco Capital Group, there is no start date yet for the $30 million planned hotel renovation, which is expected to take 18 months. Improvements for the 1983 hotel will include a redesign of the lobby, new high-end eateries, upgraded banquet rooms, lighting and room improvements, and the addition of a spa. The hotel will continue to operate under the Marriott name. Namco Capital purchased the 469-room Downtown Marriott through its subsidiary, LA Hotel Venture, in March. B6

Orchid Hotel & Restaurant Oh!

A stylish 68-room boutique hotel targeting the business traveler is set to open at the end of the month, said General Manager Rebecca Sanares. Located at 819 S. Olive St., the 1920s hotel was developed by the O Hotel Group; renovations took more than two years. Room amenities include executive desks, high-speed Internet, flat screen plasma TVs, ergonomic chairs, an MP3 hookup and six pillows from which to choose. The common areas feature modern design elements, dark wood, earth tones and Restaurant Oh!, which is located in the lobby and seats 60. The restaurant will serve Mediterranean tapas by chef Corey Locker. A health spa is set to open in spring 2008, while a basement lounge is expected to debut later this year. The Orchid Hotel is the first of several planned for the region. C7

Stanford Regency Plaza

Developer KI Group has been working on permits and plans for a 400,000-square-foot wholesale condominium complex at 810 E. Pico Blvd. The project, priced slightly more than $30 million, would create 150 units from 1,000 to 2,500 square feet that would sell for $900,000 to $1.3 million. Excavation of the site began early this year. Architecture firm MAI is handling designs. KI Group officials have set an anticipated opening date of late 2008. NA

Wilshire Grand Hotel Renovation

A new state-of-the-art ballroom level at the hotel at 930 Wilshire Blvd. has been finished. The $50 million, multi-phase project has seen the renovation or creation of several ballrooms, along with more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space, according to hotel spokesman Marc Loge. The next phase, which will begin in December, includes remodeling all 900 guest rooms, followed by a remake of the hotel's lobbies and common areas. The overhaul is being designed by Long Beach-based architect Concepts Four. The renovation was spurred by the development of L.A. Live a few blocks south. B7


Donald T. Sterling Homeless Center

Real estate mogul and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling announced in April that he had purchased land at the corner of Sixth and Wall streets in Skid Row. Sterling said he intended to move forward with a $50 million homeless center. According to the most recent information available, partners and service providers are still being sought and no specific plan has been submitted to the city. Sterling has said he wants the building to include a medical and legal center as well as a homeless court. NA

First United Methodist Church

Three proposals for a $60 million mixed-use development at 1010 S. Flower St. that would include the First United Methodist Church are currently under consideration. A trio of developer and architect teams, whose names have not been released, entered a competition earlier this year and a winning design could be picked as soon as this month. According to a consultant for the church, the designs could include a mixed-use office and apartment building, a residential condominium complex or an extended-stay hotel tower. No matter what is selected, the new development would include a 500-seat auditorium, classrooms, offices and a sky chapel for FUMC. A proposal for a smaller project was scrapped two years ago due to lack of funding. Burbank-based BTG Advisors is helping the church pick a developer and an architect. No timetable has been announced. B8

Homeboy Industries

Construction on the new Homeboy Industries headquarters at Alameda and Bruno streets in Chinatown is complete and staff is moving into the building. A grand opening is planned for Oct. 2, according to a spokeswoman for the pioneering gang prevention entity. 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. Homeboy's silk-screening facility may also move once a second phase of the building is complete. Homeboy, led by Father Gregory Boyle, has long operated in Boyle Heights. C2

House Ear Institute

The new Wallis Annenberg Research Center at the House Ear Institute is complete and a grand opening will take place in mid-November, said spokeswoman Christa Spieth Nuber. The 25,000-square-foot addition, a wing for hearing health research, is part of a larger campaign. Architects Perkins & Will handled the designs of the $45 million project and the contractors are Rudolph and Sletten. The development, at Alvarado and Third streets west of Downtown, received a $10 million donation from the Annenberg Foundation. NA

Inner-City Arts

Construction on a $9 million complex for the Skid Row nonprofit has begun, with demolition of an existing warehouse in August and initial construction in September, said Sharyn Church, deputy director of Inner-City Arts. Plans by architect Michael Maltzan for the facility at 720 S. Kohler St. include space for a new ceramics complex, a library and a $3 million community theater; the latter will create costume and set design shops and a green room, and will enable Inner-City Arts to significantly increase its drama program. It will also provide a venue for student and professional theatrical and musical productions. Santa Monica-based landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power is overseeing a children's garden. E7

LAC + USC Medical Center

Construction is 97% complete on the $820 million, 25-acre facility at Merengo and Chicago streets northeast of Downtown. The project, once slated to open this summer, is now expected to be complete by December, with move-ins scheduled for spring 2008. The 600-bed development includes a seven-story outpatient structure, a five-story diagnostic and treatment building and an eight-story inpatient tower. 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. NA

Little Tokyo Recreation Center

Plans are still in the works to create a community center with a four-court gym that would serve as a premier martial arts venue, said Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Bill Watanabe. Watanabe said the city recently acquired the last major parcel of land for police and public parking structures on Los Angeles Street between Second and Third streets. The LTSC is discussing options with city officials to build the recreation center on top of the proposed parking structure. Plans call for a 3,000-square-foot facility that could host community events and basketball and volleyball tournaments. D5

YWCA Job Corps Campus

The YWCA of Greater Los Angeles is still waiting on an agreement with the federal government before moving forward with a campus expansion. A groundbreaking was held in 2006 for the $52 million Job Corps Campus in South Park, but the Department of Labor has not given final approval for funding, said spokeswoman May Chen Tham. The plans call for a 154,000-square-foot project at Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street with 200 rooms for students and an intake center, cafeteria, library, and medical and dental centers that will serve 1,200 students annually. The seven-story steel and glass structure designed by Jenkins, Gales and Martinez Architects would put the YWCA Job Corps under one roof, rather than on two satellite campuses, said Tham. C8


Colburn School

In late August, the Colburn School opened the doors on a $120 million expansion. The project at 200 S. Grand Ave. provides on-campus dormitories for the Conservatory of Music and allows for Colburn to add about 1,000 students. The 326,000-square-foot development features a 12-story building, a central plaza, and new recording and rehearsal facilities. The Bunker Hill project also holds a state-of-the-art auditorium, which will host concerts and programs open to the public. Downtown-based Pfeiffer Partners handled the designs. C5

Emerald Terrace

Residents have already moved in and now developer Meta Housing is planning a grand opening for a $25 million, four-story complex at 1345 Emerald St. in City West. The 98,000-square-foot project features 85 units from 700 to 1,000 square feet; the building holds 149 adults and 143 children. The vanilla, blue and gray structure has a main courtyard, patio furniture and playground equipment. Rents run from $348 to $961. A5


Developed by Holland Partners, a 208-unit apartment complex opened this summer at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Bixel Street in City West. A 108-unit structure fronts Wilshire Boulevard while a second 93-apartment building is set back from the street. A 7,000-square-foot retail collection is planned, with a Starbucks already signed. Units range from 600 to 1,250 square feet, though most average about 1,000 square feet. Starting rents for one-bedrooms are $1,708, two-bedrooms begin at $2,540 and three-bedrooms are $3,000 and up. There is also a 20% affordable housing component. A7

Market Lofts/Ralphs

The much anticipated Ralphs supermarket debuted in July, and the Market Lofts atop the grocery store opened last month. Lee Homes and CIM Group partnered on the project that includes 267 condos and retail at Ninth and Flower streets. It is the second phase in CIM Group's five-phase, $500 million South Village project. The 50,000-square-foot Ralphs marks Downtown's first new full-service grocery store in more than 50 years. The Fresh Fare concept features gourmet offerings such as wine, cheese and olive stations, a deli, florist and a pharmacy. Also coming to the street-level retail space are a Quiznos, Coldstone Creamery, Robeks and a UPS store. B8

Milano Lofts

The project from developer Izek Shomof, formerly called the Delano Lofts, opened in May and is approximately 90% leased, with rents ranging from $1,400 to $3,400. The $11 million adaptive reuse effort at Sixth Street and Grand Avenue features 99 luxury loft units on 13 floors, from 600 to 1,600 square feet, with two levels of underground parking holding 30 spaces. There is also a fitness center and an outdoor deck. Ground floor retail includes the Yorkshire Grill and Carl's Jr. Signage reflecting the building's new name should be in place by the end of next month, said Shomof. C7

Pan American Lofts

After several months of delays, residents began moving in last month to the 111-year-old former office building at Third Street and Broadway. Developed by Urban Pacific Builders, the $20 million project includes 40 condominiums ranging from 660 to 1,250 square feet and encircling an inner courtyard. Most units have exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows. The 6,400-square-foot ground-floor retail space will contain an existing wedding chapel and apparel business; plans have not been announced for the remaining street-front space. C5

Riordan's Tavern

Opened last month, former Mayor Richard Riordan's new restaurant and bar at 875 S. Figueroa St. (adjacent to The Original Pantry Café, which Riordan also owns) features warm brick walls, tin ceilings and about a dozen dark wood booths and tables. A cozy bar to the right of the entrance provides plenty of old school libations, with icy martinis at the ready. Clusters of pictures featuring the former mayor during and before his City Hall tenure dot the walls and casual lighting gives off a warm glow. Televisions tuned to sports channels hang on the walls. The small menu features mostly surf and turf items, a handful of salads and a sandwich carvery. B8

Santee Court Parking Garage

In May, a 420-space parking garage opened at 636 S. Maple St. in the Fashion District. The seven-level facility holds 120 spaces for residents of MJW Investments' Santee Court; the other 300 slots are open to the public and cost $3 a day. The project took nearly three years to complete and is built atop an MTA bus holding station. D7

SB Lofts

Developer Barry Shy has begun leasing the SB Lofts at 548 S. Spring St., and about 30 people have moved into the Historic Core complex. The $26 million conversion, originally intended as condominiums, features 184 apartments with retail on the ground floor. The units, which feature raw concrete floors, exposed steel and high ceilings, range from 600 to 1,200 square feet with rents from $1,200 to $2,500. D7


The second phase of Portland-based South Group's South project opened in June and about 90% of the 236 units have sold, according to a spokeswoman for South Group. The $80 million development at 11th and Hope streets is a 19-story tower and is only the second residential building in Downtown to earn a green certification as a LEED building. The project includes penthouses, two-story townhomes, and one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts ranging from 750 to 3,400 square feet. Amenities include hardwood floors, built-in kitchens, designer fixtures, balconies and a plaza pool deck shared with Elleven, the first South development, which opened in 2006. B9

Takami Sushi & Elevate Lounge

This $5 million restaurant and lounge, developed by Downtown Entertainment Group, opened Aug. 18 for dinner (the lounge debuted Aug. 10). The Tag Front-designed space features windows that wrap around the 6,000-square-foot space atop the entire 21st floor of the 811 Wilshire Building. The ultra modern venue is designed with an indoor-outdoor effect, with glass dividers that slide inside pockets in the walls to expose the patio. B8

Teramachi Senior Housing

All 127 condominiums have been sold in the $42 million, 1.6-acre project at Third and San Pedro streets in Little Tokyo. According to a spokesman for developer Tibold Construction, however, buyers include some investors and 15 to 20 units are expected to become available in the coming months. The four-story, modern building features high ceilings, a pool, a Zen garden, a koi pond in the center courtyard and a public kitchen and lounge on each floor. Some units include large decks, skyline views and soaking tubs. The project was designed by VTBS and includes three retail units on the ground floor, which house a social services center, a hair salon and a book store. D5

USC Credit Union Headquarters

The four-story, 45,000-square-foot Italian-style building at 3720 S. Flower St. is complete and has received a temporary occupancy permit. The $15 million project near USC will house a retail branch of the credit union and a workshop facility on the ground floor by October. Various school departments and the credit union's administrative offices have already moved in to the upper floors. Del Amo Construction was in charge of the brick veneer and red clay-roofed structure, which was designed by Frank R. Webb Architects. F9
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OK, so according to what i'm reading here, the City House, and the Olympic are still a go..! several 30+ floor residential towers in the south park, and historic core, up for approval. And last but not least, the Zen tower to start in January, 2009. (I sure hope that was a misprint, and meant to be Jan. 08.!!?)
"The last of the true industrialists" !!!!!

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Old September 16th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #384
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I heard they were using this helicopter to fight fires in northern Cal last weekend so they postphoned until today. They were also lifting some other large crates to another rooftop.

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I was also at the Kings open house so I decided to take some picts around Staples. Enjoy!

Hanover- A little bit more of the green tarp is coming off in the second picture.

L.A. Live
Looking down Fig

Nokia Plaza

ESPN Building


L.A. Central Site

Ritz Residences Showroom

New AT&T Sign
Far from basic.

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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:15 AM   #385
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Far from basic.

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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:40 AM   #386
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is that a concrete slab? shouldn't there be like pylons and stuff first? or did I just miss that?

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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:49 AM   #387
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The Ritz (and Concerto) are weird. They put the cranes in first, then a slab of concrete, then pylons.

Just as long as it gets built. No matter what the method.
Far from basic.

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Old September 20th, 2007, 06:31 AM   #388
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LA is booming! I love the new projects!
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Old September 24th, 2007, 03:46 AM   #389
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These were taken today, Sunday, September 23rd.

Working on the 19th floor, so 4 more to go.

All three South buildings from 12th and Flower. From this angle, Evo should be just taller than the AT&T Center when it's topped out. Frank L. Robinson building demolition in the foreground.

LA Live
Just one shot here, looking down Figueroa. Ritz Residences picture in the appropriate thread.

Hanover Tower
The crown is slowly getting finished off.

A close-up of the exterior cladding. From what I could tell, it looks like a combination of painted concrete and stucco. I'll wait until it's finished to fully render a judgement, but I don't have high hopes.

717 Flower
Working on the 5th floor. It's already starting to make it's presence known from Figueroa.

LAPD Headquarters
This one shot up in no time. Already working on the 6th floor.

The crane arm has been dropped down because someone snuck into the site at night and started playing with the crane, as well as making off with some electrical equipment. Ironic that the building that's supposed to be the most secure in this building boom is the one with the worst security.

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Old September 24th, 2007, 04:13 AM   #390
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Originally Posted by Threehundred View Post
The Ritz (and Concerto) are weird. They put the cranes in first, then a slab of concrete, then pylons.

Just as long as it gets built. No matter what the method.
This method of foundation engineering is known as a "mat" foundation, where the actual foundation is just a large and thick concrete slab, in some cases the columns would have "sockets" below the slab, and in other cases the sockets would be connected together with concrete "floorbeams" or "straps", however in these cases its just a slab, which is a common foundation system in Los Angeles, for buildings under 35 floors, (weight is also a factor)

The largest building that i've personally seen with a standard mat foundation in LA is the 54 story 777 tower, this mat is 11' 6" thick.

The 48 story Citigroup tower at 5th and Flower, has a socketed mat with straps, and a main slab thickness of 10' 4".

The US bank tower is also on a mat, (socketed) this one almost 19' thick.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 05:56 AM   #391
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A few construction photos I took this weekend to add to LAofAnaheim and Colemonkee's shots. A couple shots are similar to what they posted, but:

LA Live / Nokia Theater & Plaza
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Chick Hearn Court getting repaved in foreground:
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LA Central Site
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Market Lofts Coffee Bean - Opening Soon
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717 Ninth
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LAPD Headquarters
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Here's a little somethin' I whipped up in my spare time. This is what the Los Angeles skyline will look like once Park Fifth, LA Live, Concerto (tower one), Hanover (wasn't topped off in the original photo), and LA Central are completed. The heights are a bit off, but the overall impact on the skyline is more or less the same.

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The Hanover Tower/717 Olympic's green construction tarp is coming down:

More photos at angelenic here.
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October 5, 2007

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Well, woke up so late for school that my school day went a little different...

717 Ninth: now working on the 6th floor.

UPS store at Market Lofts:

Hanover: doesn't look as bad as you think.


AT&T Center: New windows?


Figueroa Central: nothing yet*, notice the Hanover.

LA Live:

ESPN Bldg: notice the cladding.

Nokia Theatre: notice the screens.

Grand Av project or ?

LAPD: just skyrocketted!

Cought my attention:
"I'm an LA guy, can't help it." -- Tiger Woods
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Beautiful city that never sleep!
Be cool, humble, and smart!!!!
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Yes it really is a beautiful city

And always interesting unique
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Just got back form Seattle

And decided to take a walk downtown - being very excited to be back in LA. (Im never leaving again). Anyway while up in Seattle I started to think that Seattle had more skyscrapers than LA and was bigger because I kept looking at LA skyline photos and they seemed to0 pale by comparrison. Boy was I wrong. One building in DT LA takes up about four blocks of DT seattle. And the buildings are so monumental. Alone and towering so individual. But what really struck me other than how cheap the food is at the central market (about Two pound of salmon w/brocolli and cabbage from the Hawaiian Stand for 3.50. Grapes 50 cents a pound and two pounds of asparagus for one dollar!) was how monumental the new buildings are but that they are more like sculptures. Not stuck next to anything just freestanding works of art. When I got to the new Police headquaters I felt like I was in heaven. The way it sits next to the Morphisis Transpotation building like two massive art pieces and next to that is the Great LA Tmes building and the landmark City Hall across the street and then the magical Disney concert hall on top of the hill so proudly. Then over the tops of other buildings Id see other buildings sticking out all from different periods of history, from mosaic domes to boroque towers it seemed so european. But what really got me was the view space in between the PH and the Trans Bldg of St Vibianas Bell tower chiming through against this beige pale blue sky it was magnificent, precious, world class. As I walked up the street towards the library (4th I think) I looked back at the alley of old sandy colored buildings lining the street lit by this beautiful sandy blue sky making everything so three dimensional and I was struck by the exact -to the tee colors of a Caneletto. I began to realize that the newer buildings are glorifying the architecture around them by bringing them out of a too long hidden light. I think once park fifth is completed and The grand avenue project is finished there will be a major international focus onto downtown Los Angeles bigger than we have realized. Part of the fun were tourist pulling over in cars asking how to get to certain locations. I never really saw much of that down here before when I lived here it was always really local.
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definitely, things are changing for the better. I believe that once the Ritz gets to about 30 stories tall, the people will really take notice. Also, according to AEG rep Tim liewikie, There are 3 new hotels that will be announced for the LA Live area and they will be made public soon. Add in Park Fifth, The grand and all the adaptive reuse, were looking good. Also, all the new investment into the area is forcing owners of older buildings to clean them up and fix them up as well as invest new money in the area.

Im my opinion, the most important development for Downtown in the future is the Broadway Initiative as well as the Downtown Connector. Both are very necessary and will alter the area forever.
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Our lady of the angels

what do you think of the Cathedral. The low sloping ceiling really bothers me - shouldnt it soar- it closes in the space makes it look smaller I mean if your gonna build the largest cathedral in America shouldnt you at least go for it. It just doendt seem magnificent. When I walk in I dont feel inspired I keep looking for ways to justify it.
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i actually liked the cathedral and the different look of it. its different and amazing in its own way.
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