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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:30 AM   #481
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Farmers Field A Done Deal: Time To Find A Team


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As of this morning, all the ducks are in order for the Downtown NFL stadium--Mayor Villaraigosa, City Councilmember Jan Perry, and reps for developer AEG held a fancy official signing ceremony for the city agreements at AEG's LA Live complex today. Now on to finding an NFL team--"discussions are going well, the mayor said, and AEG is still on track to announce a team, or possibly two, by March."
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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #482
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Beverly Hills Visitor Center now open:


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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #483
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:58 AM   #484
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Old October 25th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #485
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First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records



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Millenium Partners and Argent Ventures have released a website and the first big report (the draft environmental impact report) on Millenium Hollywood, their plan to put two big towers on either side of Vine Street by the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. The project was first announced a year and a half ago and the DEIR still presents only a conceptual plan, analyzing a theoretical project "as tall as 585 feet on the east side of Vine and 485 feet on the west side of Vine." (The idea is that the city can approve the theoretical guidelines and the developers will be able to build up to those limits.)



That caginess might have something to do with the opposition this project has faced--neighbors, specifically those in the Hills, are terrified of new towers and their potential impacts on traffic and views. Preservationists are worried that the much-beloved Capitol Records building will be eclipsed by its new, tall neighbors. Millenium, meanwhile, has secured support from Capitol Records and from Louis Naidorf, the staff architect at Welton Becket who designed the building--"Naidorf says he always expected Capitol Records to be surrounded by taller structures and that he is confident it will be able to hold its own," according to a press release (here's a video of him talking with project architect Bill Roschen).



The (conceptual!) plan is to build two towers on 4.47 acres "using the Capitol Records Tower as a centerpiece"; they'll hold "approximately 492 residential units, 200 luxury hotel rooms, 250,000 square feet of Class A office space including Capitol Records and the Gogerty Building, 35,000 square feet of restaurant space, 40,000 square feet of sports club use, and 15,000 square feet of retail space." Millenium Hollywood will also include about 2,000 parking spaces in eight levels of above-ground parking (in podiums at the bottom of the buildings) and up to three levels of below-ground parking. (The project will replace multiple surface parking lots.)





The new buildings will be designed by Gary Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects, but these renderings, like the rest of it, are conceptual. Landscape starchitect James Corner Field Operations (of New York's High Line and Santa Monica's Civic Center Parks) will design "extensive open space, street-level plazas, and enhanced pedestrian circulation encompassing approximately 25 percent of the entire site."

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According to the press release, Mayor Villaraigosa is on board with the project, although there's no word from the area's councilmember, Eric Garcetti (he's running for mayor, so maybe he wants to keep a low profile on something this potentially explosive). Public review on the DEIR officially starts on Thursday; the developers hope to start work on getting city approvals in early 2013.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #486
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Work Officially Begins At Wilshire Grand



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The 1952 Wilshire Grand hotel finally started for-real coming down today at a big press event at which officials "cut a ceremonial beam out of the building's iconic entrance on Wilshire Blvd." (The building's been closed since last year.) Korean Air is redeveloping the site with an enormous tower (scaled back from two towers)--it'll be 70 stories with a lobby on the top floor and have 900 hotel rooms, 400,00 square feet of office space, and "exciting new restaurants," according to a press release. Those 70 stories will make it second tallest [ex-spire] in Los Angeles only to the US Bank building. AC Martin is designing the building, but so far renderings are still pretty sketchy. Deconstruction should take about a year as the building is "dismantled piece-by-piece to allow for recycling of raw materials and [to] reduce traffic impacts to neighbors." The new Wilshire Grand is set to open in 2017.
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Old October 28th, 2012, 04:31 PM   #487
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HNTB unveils 'Ribbon of Light' concept for redevelopment of Sixth Street Viaduct in LA

A looping concept by global design firm HNTB has been chosen for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement in Los Angeles. The existing bridge connects downtown and Boyle Heights in LA and was opened in 1932. Stretching 3,500 ft, the bridge is in dire need of modernisation and HNTB will be providing the final design and construction support services. Construction of the redevelopment works is planned for 2015 with completion due in 2018.

The ‘Ribbon of Light’ concept flows in leaps and bounds down the length of the existing Sixth Street Viaduct and draws on the form of other Los Angeles River bridges. Alongside the concrete structure, HNTB’s plans include a new Viaduct Park and an Arts Plaza, increasing the amount of green space in the area and creating a wider platform for public art. Easier bike and pedestrian access are also on the cards as is access to the Los Angeles River.

HNTB Vice President and Los Angeles Practice Leader Gene Bougdanos details: “We’re honoured to have the opportunity to create a new icon that helps the City of Los Angeles address the need for urban parks and smart, sustainable development. The new Sixth Street Viaduct is a rare transformative opportunity for this community that will improve mobility, enhance safety, stimulate investment and offer people a place to gather, recreate and connect.”

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Old October 28th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #488
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That's going to be amazing! I think there's a 'twin' in Dubai.
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Old October 28th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #489
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That's going to be amazing! I think there's a 'twin' in Dubai.
Absolutely, that bridge looks very impressive !
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Old October 29th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #490
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Splendid design. Great views of the CBD/skyline as well!
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Old January 6th, 2013, 01:16 AM   #492
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The Broad Museum Tops Out



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Old January 6th, 2013, 05:23 AM   #493
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very few projects for a city so large and important
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Old January 6th, 2013, 10:28 AM   #494
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Work has begun on the Grand Avenue Rental Tower next to the Broad Museum


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Old January 7th, 2013, 03:08 AM   #495
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Revised Federal Courthouse Design Underwhelming



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Very big news for the long-languishing dirt lot at First and Broadway: today the US General Services Administration finally announced the winner of its competition to build a federal courthouse at the site. It's Skidmore, Owings & Merrill! (*Their San Francisco and Los Angeles offices will work together on the design.) SOM beat out Yazdani Studio and Gruen Associates, Brooks + Scarpa and HMC Architects, and NBBJ Architects. Officials have been trying to build a new courthouse on the site (former home of the Junipero Serra State Office Building) for years--old plans called for a larger building designed by architects Perkins + Will--and earlier this year, despite furious opposition from a Central Valley congressman, the GSA scaled down the specs and decided to move ahead. They now intend to build a 550,000 square foot "sustainable, cost-effective, state-of-the-art court facility" with 24 courtrooms, 32 judges' chambers, and 110 parking spots, according to the Downtown News. Design work will start right away and construction could begin in the third quarter of 2013. The building should be finished in 2016.
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9900 Wilshire Back On Again



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The condo development set to replace the long-empty Robinsons-May building on the western edge of Beverly Hills is back! Again! With some small changes! When we last heard from this project in 2010, its British owners Candy & Candy had been foreclosed on and the property had sold to Hong Kong-based private equity group Joint Treasure International Ltd. The Richard Meier designs for the 235(ish)-unit building are still in play, too, and largely unchanged it looks like, though a number of small changes to the plans were approved last week by the Beverly Hills community development director. Beverly Hills Patch caught the project on the city council's study session agenda--councilmembers reviewed the revised plans and approved the development director's approval.
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Could have also been this. Proposal by Yazdani Studio/Gruen Associates.





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Old January 16th, 2013, 09:56 AM   #500
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Century Plaza's Two-Tower Makeover is a Go in Century City



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Another bust-era project is alive and well and passed the City Council today: the long-planned redevelopment of Century City's crescent-shaped Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel won unanimous approval this very morning. Developer Next Century Associates plans to put up two residential towers designed by Pei Cobb Freed, add a 100,000-square-foot retail and restaurant plaza, renovate the 1966 hotel, and create more than two acres of public open space on the six-acre site. The hotel will end up with 394 rooms and suites and 63 "luxury" condos (Marmol Radziner is handling preservation work). The towers--a late-in-the-game addition to prevent demolition of the Minoru Yamasaki-designed hotel--will each be 46 stories and have a combined 290 units. The compromise that saved the hotel was so successful that the project "received universal support with no public opposition," according to a press release.

Two more tall towers in Century City is pretty interesting, but the most compelling part of this project is the public space (Rios Clementi Hale is the landscape architect), which will extend out to Avenue of the Stars in an attempt to make notoriously-un-pedestrian-friendly CC a little more pedestrian-friendly. The plans also incorporate a proposed future station for the Purple Line extension (that's the extremely controversial one that'll send the route under Beverly Hills High).

Construction is set to start in early 2014.

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