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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #521
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Sunset & Gordon Project Lifts Off



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You may recall the site at the corner of Sunset and Gordon was the site of the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant, which despite a long history of producing spaghetti dinners for the masses failed to earn high praise on Yelp (actual review: "It's ASS. There's just nothing more to say. ASS"). The site was originally purchased by Gerding Edlen in 2006 and later entitled for the project under construction today, but Gerding Edlen went into default on its loan following a drawn out lawsuit with the infamous La Mirada Homeowners Association of Hollywood and their attorney Robert Silverstein. The project was shopped around before landing in the lap of CIM Group in 2011. In 2012, the Old Spaghetti Factory building, a historical remembrance of mediocre food and 1940's Hollywood, was demolished despite original plans to incorporate the entire structure into the new project. Now only a couple of key pieces of that building will be included in the new building. At its completion the Sunset Gordon project will include a 22 story tower with 301 dwelling units, plus 40,000 square feet of retail and office space. All appears to be on schedule for a possible opening in 2014.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 08:55 PM   #522
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Old February 20th, 2013, 04:22 AM   #523
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Developer Planning 22-Story Tower at Fourth and Broadway

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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Izek Shomof, a veteran developer in the Historic Core known for turning around old buildings, is working on what would be his first ground-up project.

And he’s thinking big.

Shomof is working on a plan for a 22-story high-rise at Fourth Street and Broadway. The developer last week closed escrow on a deal for the site on the southeast corner of the intersection. He declined to disclose what he paid for the property, but said it cost more than $10 million.

The site is currently a one-story retail building with parking on the roof. The rooftop parking has long been used for outdoor movie events and was home to the Devil’s Night Drive-in.

The plans for the site are preliminary and could change, but Shomof is bullish on the residential market in the area. At his three Historic Core apartment complexes — Premiere Towers, Spring Tower and City Lofts — “we have no vacancy,” he said.

At 22 stories, Shomof’s project would be the first Historic Core development that the city would require be built with steel and concrete. Most residential projects in Downtown have involved mid-rise, wood-framed structures.

City code requires developers to switch to steel and concrete for buildings more than 75 feet tall. Most new construction stays below that threshold because wood framed structures are less expensive to build.

Shomof isn’t the only developer planning a Historic Core high-rise. Barry Shy is looking to break ground on a 40-story tower at Sixth and Main streets by the end of the year.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #524
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His first ground-up project, I bet he can do it.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:56 PM   #525
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I'm ready to build any of them!... The Wilshire in particular!
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Old February 21st, 2013, 02:01 PM   #526
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Oops: Neighborhood Council Must Revote on Huge, Controversial Wyvernwood Redevelopment


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Last month, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council shocked and amazed when they approved plans to raze the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments complex and build 4,400 residential units on the site. Well, now that decision has been annulled and they're going to have to shock and amaze all over again on February 27 (or not!). It seems that when attendees arrived at the scheduled venue for the last neighborhood council meeting they found the doors locked, and so the meeting was moved to a nearby Buddhist Temple. But the last-minute venue switch meant that the NC was unable to give the appropriate 24 hours notice of the change, so all items from the meeting have been annulled, reports Boyle Heights Beat. Opponents of the Wyvernwood redevelopment haven't stopped campaiging, so it will be interesting to see if the "no" camp will be able to pick off any board members in the revote.

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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:14 AM   #527
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Geoff Palmer Planning Two Huge Broadway Buildings -Ditching Faux Italian Look


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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Developer Geoff Palmer has built more Central City apartments than anyone else, but the man behind the Tuscan villa-inspired complexes such as the Medici and Orsini has stayed on the outskirts of Downtown.

Until now.

Palmer, who heads the firm G.H. Palmer Associates, has partnered with parking lot giant L&R Group on a plan to develop a massive, two-building complex that would straddle Olympic Boulevard at Broadway. Part of the project calls for a 10-story, 439-unit apartment building on what is now a surface parking lot between Broadway and Main Street, just north of Olympic. It would rise directly across from the future Ace Hotel, which is under construction inside the United Artists Theater building.

The second edifice is envisioned as a six-story, 247-unit structure that would rise on the lot on Broadway just south of Olympic Boulevard. It would require the demolition of a small building that now fronts Olympic Boulevard. Palmer intends to connect the two addresses via an elevated pedestrian bridge, a design element common in his other projects, according to plans filed with the city.

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Old February 23rd, 2013, 01:32 PM   #528
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Nice to see some mid-raise blocks rising up in downtown - it really needs a more dense structure to liven up the streets. This city needs more 10-story buildings built in groups and less luxury apartments rising up along Wilshire.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #529
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Universal Studios Expansion In The Approval Hunt



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As the massive NBCUniversal expansion plan approaches its final approval, the company is making one last attempt to sweeten the pot. The company has now offered to throw in an additional $150,000 for traffic mitigation in Burbank, the Burbank Leader reports. This is on top of the $3.6 million NBCUni has already agreed to spend on traffic improvements in the area impacted by the studio expansion. The city will be allowed to figure out how to spend the money, and "some ideas floating around include implementing permit parking, installing speed bumps, putting up signage or constructing curb extensions." The project, which includes new studios, two new hotels, an expansion of the Universal Studios theme park, and CityWalk, in addition to community benefits such as an extension of the LA River bike path and transportation upgrades, is due to go before the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission next week; it's already jumped all the necessary city hurdles.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #530
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Wilshire La Brea Filling Out






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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:19 AM   #531
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Expo-Adjacent Sepulveda/Pico Mixed-User Will Have 1,795 Parking Spaces, Transit Concierge



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Casden West LA, the controversial and huge mixed-use development planned to replace the cement plant at Sepulveda and Pico is up for a Planning Commission vote this week. And despite having several unmitigatible impacts (air quality, noise, traffic, etc.), staffers are recommending that the commission approve the project, with a few modifications (pdf). According to the staff report, any one of the benefits of the project--new jobs, more senior housing, increased density around the Expo Line--would be enough to outweigh the concerns. So what is being built? The total number of apartments is up 100 to 638--including 71 set aside for "very low income" seniors--but the total retail square footage is down about a third to 160,000, including a grocery store. And this transit-adjacent project is due to get 1,795 parking spaces on six underground levels.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:23 AM   #532
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Redevelopment rumored At May Co. Bldg.



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There's a juicy rumor going around that developers Shahram and Shahriar Afshani--who were behind the NCT Lofts Downtown-- are joining forces with Macfarlane Partners to redevelop the huge California Broadway Trade Center building at Eighth Street between Broadway and Hill in the Jewelry District, reports Downtown Examiner. Originally built in 1908 as Hamburgers Department Store, the May Company took it over in the 1920s, though it's been more recently home to dozens of individual retail stalls. The building is now owned by the Afshani brothers who, if the rumors are true, plan to bring a hotel, apartments, and revamped retail space to the one-million-square-foot site, which runs all the way between Broadway and Hill.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #533
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Old February 27th, 2013, 06:50 AM   #534
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This will be a massive game changer for the area. Broadway from 8th to 9th is doing well and there are 3 new ground up residential projects less than 2 blocks from here.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 09:09 AM   #535
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Frank Gehry Designing Hotel Tower and Art Museum For SaMo



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Whoa: starriest starchitect Frank Gehry is designing a 22-story tower on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, according to plans submitted today. The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that the tower will house a 125-room hotel and 22 condos, plus two stories of retail and restaurants, and a three-floor subterranean parking garage with 460 spaces. But wait! There's more. A 36,000-square-foot art museum, incorporating two landmarked structures, is planned for next door. Finally, there are also plans for a separate apartment building on Second Street to meet the project's affordable housing requirement (and replace 19 rent-controlled units that would be lost to the development). The project is being developed by M. David Paul Associates--which owns the site--and the Worthe Real Estate Group. *The tower would not actually be taller than the 21-story building recently proposed for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel site--despite having one more story, it would come in about 18 feet shorter.

The wavy 244-foot tower would be set back from the street, behind the planned retail component. The all-white design is meant to "play off of other prominent Santa Monica buildings, and attempt[s] to marry an art deco feel with Gehry's distinctive style." The developers spent six years cooking up the $72 million project, though the plans did not include a museum until two years ago. That would mean its addition came not long after Santa Monica finally lost its dream of becoming home to The Broad museum, which, while originally planned for SaMo, announced it was headed Downtown in 2010.

The Ocean Avenue Project now joins a long list of projects awaiting development agreements in Santa Monica, but the developers are hitting the ground running. The first community meetings are expected to be held in March.
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Can't get enough Marriotts?

Marriott Tower Planned Next to Double Marriott in South Park

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For years there were rumors of a Hard Rock or a hip Ian Schrager hotel or something like that for the area around LA Live in South Park. Instead, they built a Marriott (the JW Marriott/Ritz tower), and another couple Marriotts (the under-construction Courtyard/Residence Inn across the street), and now hey look, another Marriott is coming! It was announced this morning that LA Live developer AEG and double-Marriott developer Williams/Dame & Associates will be building a Renaissance Hotel (a Marriott brand!) on the northeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Georgia Street, right next to the Courtyard/Residence Inn project. The hotel will have 450 rooms and, according to the LA Times, "will be more than 20 stories tall." A press release says "The approximately $200M project is anticipated to begin construction in first quarter of 2014 and completed by early 2016." Meanwhile, the Courtyard/Residence Inn hotel is slated to open in July 2014. The city and Downtown boosters have been dying for new hotel rooms around the Convention Center, so we're sure the latest Marriott will make everyone very happy (and maybe even a little tax-break-hand-out-y).
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The Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar Loop is Officially a Go

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Updated 3/7: The Downtown streetcar is getting its finances all lined up: the City Council approved an operational plan today that commits up to *$294 million of Measure R transportation tax money over 30 years to cover the operation and maintenance of the system. Which means? The streetcar is happening, people (almost)! The vote also instructed the Department of Transportation and Bureau of Engineering to work with LA Streetcar Inc. and Councilmember Jose Huizar's office (whose district the streetcar primarily runs through) to report back with a project management plan in 30 days. The two city departments were also instructed to look into the feasibility of a wireless streetcar, like the one in Bordeaux, France.

The streetcar will be a four-mile fixed rail line that will run on city streets in a loop from the Civic Center to the Convention Center, running down Broadway through the Historic Core before heading into the Fashion District and South Park, and hitting the Financial District on the way back--it'll travel on Broadway, Eleventh, Figueroa, Seventh, and Hill. Half the cash for construction of the streetcar will come from the local tax Downtown voters approved in 2012, and today's vote also authorized LADOT and Metro to start applying to federal programs for the other half. Update: This is the last piece of the streetcar puzzle--Councilmember Huizar will be headed to DC soon to try to drum up the cash. The environmental review is currently underway, and the project still needs to be fully designed and engineered. If all goes according to plan, construction could start in late 2014 and the streetcar could be operational by 2016.
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for me LA is really disasappointing. Last time I ve been there was 1991 and it seems nothing has changed since then.
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