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Old January 17th, 2013, 09:19 AM   #501
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Old January 17th, 2013, 09:21 AM   #502
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MLK Medical Center Master Plan Approved



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The County Board of Supervisors approved the new master plan for the Martin Luther King Medical Center Campus yesterday. And hey, look at that: it was MLK's birthday, to boot. The plan was developed by architecture firm Gensler and focuses on wellness and preventative health measures in general. It's not actually binding in any way, but it does set out a vision for the troubled hospital's 42 acres of county-owned land and its surrounding community. The plan envisions the site's organizing principle to be a so-called "Wellness Spine" of walking and biking paths, meant to promote active lifestyles. In addition, the plan promotes a new mental health urgent care center, mixed-use health retail space, medical office space, and a retirement community. In the wider community the plan recommends school-based health clinics, community gardens, and parks. The old MLKMC was shut in 2007 due to a whole host of problems--so many problems they got a five-part series in the LA Times. A new hospital and outpatient facilities are scheduled to open next year.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 06:09 AM   #503
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Grand Avenue Developer Ditches Gehry Project, Will Start With Just One Residential Tower


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Wave goodbye to the pre-bust-era, Frank Gehry plans for the Grand Avenue megadevelopment. They are dead.

Developer Related Cos. has been pushing this project back for years and years now (because it involved money from the now-dead Community Redevelopment Agency, the developer has to report to and meet deadlines from a joint powers authority)--it was originally approved in 2007 and was supposed to include a huge Gehry-designed hotel, housing, and retail complex, in addition to the Grand Park (opened last fall). Related finally broke ground on the first building, a 19-story apartment tower designed by Arquitectonica, just last week, but It's been clear for a while now that that the larger plan is dead.

Now they're finally ready to move ahead with a new plan: They'll begin work on Parcel Q, across from Disney Hall, reports the Downtown News, but, since they're unlikely to get financing on a huge megadevelopment, "the company will propose moving forward first with a residential tower on a portion of the site, likely near Second Street and Grand Avenue. The rest of the property would be developed in later stages, adding different uses according to evolving demand."

It's not clear what even that first tower will look like yet, although 20 percent of its units will have to be affordable. The building "could go taller than 19 stories ... and the firm is considering a hybrid building that would blend condominiums on the upper floors with apartments in the rest of the structure." Gehry's contract with Related "expired years ago," and they say they've not reentered talks with him, so we also don't have any idea who will design the tower.
As expected, the Gehry condo tower dies a death in the land of the value rental.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #504
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very few projects for a city so large and important
Do you know how big Los Angeles is? There are projects going up all over the city. And the city is quite enormous.



A smattering of stuff going on in LA:

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And this is from SSP from about a month ago.

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We some beautiful crisp, clear weather yesterday, so I did a little photo expedition up La Brea Ave, through Hollywood, and down to Koreatown yesterday. Here we go...

Wilshire at La Brea

Looks like they're still on the 2nd floor. Progress has been a little slow...then again, this is a massive project.

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La Brea & 4th

Anyone know what these projects are? Looks like the one on the SW corner is well under way, and the one on the NW corner of the intersection hasn't begun yet. Maybe there are no plans at all, and they're just using the NW corner as a staging area for the project on the SW corner?

NW Corner

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SW Corner

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CVS (Wilshire & 3rd)

Moving up La Brea, I noticed that the CVS across the street from the Trader Joe's is really coming along.

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Romaine & La Brea

According to Curbed, this project is strictly going to be office space now. The new renderings don't look great. Its a shame they plan to cover up so much of the old building. This could have been a much better adaptive reuse than its turning out to be.

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Formosa South at the Lot

I accidentally stumbled across this project. New "creative" office space on Formosa, just south of Santa Monica Blvd.

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Santa Monica & La Brea

It was difficult to get a good shot of this development, but I tried from the Best Buy/Target shopping center across the street.

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Fountain & La Brea

It looks like this project is really coming along- 4 stories now. It really makes this stretch of La Brea feel more filled in.

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Blvd 6200

Still working on the foundation, but I'm just glad its finally underway. Can't wait to see how Hollywood Blvd looks when the density finally extends past Argyle.

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Emerson College

I haven't walked past this stretch of Sunset in awhile, I was shocked to see how far along the Emerson College project is.

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Sunset & Gordon (Spaghetti Factory Project)

Right across the street is the Sunset & Gordon project. They're just ramping up it seems. Can't wait to see this block with a new 18 story mini tower.

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Southwestern Law School Housing (7th and Westmoreland)

The Vermont (Wilshire & Vermont)

And finally, the Ktown projects. The Vermont continues to move along at a brisk pace. I tried to get some new angles for you guys.

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Southwestern Law School Housing

The project appears to have topped out. Maybe we'll see some cladding soon?

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That's it for now. Happy holidays guys!
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Old January 26th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #505
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Old January 26th, 2013, 02:47 AM   #506
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i´ve never seen that way of constructing bigger buildings here in germany. sometimes we "maybe" use a wooden construction for single family homes but usually it is some kind of stone, modern bricks, concrete, expanded concrete, prefabricated houses, or just some other modern building materials...wooden houses are usually seen as a more environmentally way of living, very green...alternative...with a solar panel roof. at least in the bigger cities it is very unusual...just here in the berlin districts of MITTE and KREUZBERG some greens startet building partly wooden apartment houses...usually investors have some problems with the fire insurance which makes the whole building more and more expensive...
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Old January 26th, 2013, 08:03 PM   #507
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I could be completely off course, but I wonder if earthquakes have anything to do with the choice of wood over some masonary material or these smaller projects.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 09:03 PM   #508
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soup: very nice and comprehensive listing. I feel like I don't even need to look around when I'm in LA in a couple of weeks!

And, of course, there's the valleys, SaMo, Glendale, etc.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #509
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Major mixed-use plan announced for fashion district downtown




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Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a 3.3-million-square-foot development that would bring a college, hotel, offices and apartments to the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles.

The owners of about three blocks' worth of faded commercial properties hope to build a project valued between $500 million and $1 billion called the City Market of Los Angeles. It would rise in an area that once housed wholesale produce businesses and is now home mostly to garment industry shops and warehouses

City Market is in early stages of seeking approval for the project from city officials, which could take more than a year. The boundaries of the proposed 10-acre development are roughly San Julian and San Pedro streets between 9th and 12th streets.

As planned by the six property owners led by Peter Fleming, City Market would hold a campus for one or more private colleges, 945 units of new housing, 210 hotel rooms and more than 500,000 square feet of creative offices, stores, restaurants and entertainment uses.

“With new academic facilities, creative office space, residences, hotel rooms, restaurants, nightspots, and event and exhibit spaces, the project seeks to become a globally recognized destination,” said Fleming, chief executive of City Market.

Some existing buildings would be reused and others would be razed, said architect Douglas Hanson, design partner at Smart Architecture. The usable existing buildings would probably be developed first but the sequence of development would follow market demand.

“Ideally, we would all love to have the school there as the first phase,” Hanson said. It would probably be a private postgraduate institution focused on fashion design.

It could take as long as two decades to complete the project, he said.

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Old January 29th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #510
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Groundbreaking Begins: Onni Group’s New 32-Story 888 Olive Tower in Downtown LA





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Better late than never right? What was supposed to be a “Dec 1, 2012″ groundbreaking for Vancouver based Onni Group’s 32-story apartment tower at 9th and Olive has been delayed until now, almost two months later. A reader sends in this photo from today that shows construction activity has now finally begun in earnest for the 888 Olive tower. Fencing has been put up around the perimeter and construction equipment and crews were spotted on site performing pre-construction work.

The new tower when completed will have 283 units for rent (potentially more than 400 new residents added to the downtown population) and a whopping 11,000 square feet of commercial retail space on the ground floor that could help activate the intersection substantially, while also helping to connect the southern part of the Historic Core to South Park and the Financial District.

If construction continues forward as projected, 888 Olive will be completed in late 2015/early 2016.
This will be the tallest building under construction in Los Angeles (at least until the second half of the year).
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Old Koreatown Mixed-Use Tower Plans Back at 25 Stories



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Oh look, yet more development proposed for the area aroundthe Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown (formerly the Ambassador Hotel)--and this one's a biggie. Developer Colony Holdings is reviving a plan to build a mixed-use apartment tower on Catalina Street just south of Eighth. Back in 2009, the City Council rejected plans for a 35-story tower with 270 units, groundfloor retail, and 663 parking spaces, according to CoStar (basically they thought it was wrong for the relatively low-/mid-rise neighborhood). Now Colony has submitted new plans for a 25-story tower with 227 units, 3,600 square feet of retail, and 500 parking spaces on six levels. According to the plans (pdf), the tower would have 185 two-bedrooms and 43 three-bedrooms ranging from 1,008 to 2,608 square feet, plus balconies. There would also be open space on a fifth-floor podium level. The City Council only has until February 27 to make a decision on the tower.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 05:50 AM   #512
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Watch out people! The City of Los Angeles lifted the ban on high towers in Hollywood, I am most excited about this, since developers will hopefully flock to make their lasting mark with outlandish attention grabbers; at least that's what I suspect, it's Hollywood.
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With regards to the wooden buildings, seems very similar to how we do things down here in New Zealand. Concrete and brick doesn't tend to perform very well in earthquake conditions - as many of us from Christchurch are now painfully aware. Also, wood is cheap :P
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Watch out people! The City of Los Angeles lifted the ban on high towers in Hollywood, I am most excited about this, since developers will hopefully flock to make their lasting mark with outlandish attention grabbers; at least that's what I suspect, it's Hollywood.
Hooray for Hollywood!

But wait, there's more:

South Park Tower Developer Planning Two More Towers Nearby


888 olive, first of three towers for Onni Group

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Is LA the next Vancouver? Erm, probably not, for a lot of reasons. But there does seem to be a lot of Vancouverian development action going on around town, with one developer going so far as to say that "the wave of commercial development spreading across downtown appears similar to the transformation of urban Vancouver that took place over the last 15 years." Last week brought news that that developer, the Vancouverite Onni Group, broke ground on a 32-story residential/retail tower in South Park, and today the LA Times reports that they've got two more like it up its sleeve. The Onni Group is looking to build two additional towers, one next door to 888 Olive and a second at Twelfth and Flower, near the Staples Center. Onni owns the land it plans to develop, but the projects are only in their infancy--no architects have been hired yet.
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New Renders Released: Wilshire Grand To Be Tallest In The West, End The Era Of Flat-Tops In LA



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The Wilshire Grand is comin' for you, US Bank Tower--today developer Korean Air is unveiling its final plans for the 70-story tower (which is already under construction; demolition on the old Wilshire Grand began last fall) and turns out it'll be 1,100 feet tall including its spire; the US Bank is a puny 1,018 feet. That will make Wilshire Grand the tallest building on the West Coast. Our world is tilting off its axis just a little today. Furthermore, it'll be LA's first tower since 1974 built without a flat top.

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The Wilshire Grand will also be a gamechanger in the skyline department--it's Downtown's first modern tower to be built without a rooftop helipad, meaning it won't have to have a flat roof. (It'll have a smaller helipad on the sail part.) Downtown's unfortunate shaved-off look is the result of a 1974 fire safety ordinance, but according to Yen, "The change was allowed by the LA Fire Department due to new advances in building technology involving the structure's elevator shafts to be reinforced within a concrete core, which actually elevates the fire safety standard making the building even safer in emergency situations."






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the Vermont Rising High


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http://www.ckcps.com/ckc_project_the_vermont.html
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Glendale To Get 235 Luxury Apartments



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And Glendale's housing boom rolls on. A six-story, 235-unit apartment building is in the works for North Central Avenue, overlooking the gentle curves of the 134 freeway. Developed by Mill Creek Residential, this is actually a scaled-down version of a pre-recession project from another developer that called for 22-story tower of condos on the site. Mill Creek plans to build a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, including two-story penthouse units, on the full-block site. Units will range in size from 600 to more than 1,400 square feet.
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