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Old April 5th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #561
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Ugh, to think what they eventually settled for.
True, far more elegant than the box that won, being design by a famous architect or not...
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Old April 12th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #562
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Century City Center Revived

Transit-friendly development in the works after 6 year hiatus.



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The Century City Center project is moving along again--it was approved in 2006 as a two-condo-tower-plus-office-building, then switcharooed in 2011 to a single office tower. JMB is developing the site and Johnson Fain designed the 37-story tower. The plans also include one- and two-stories of adjacent creative office space, a transit plaza, and mobility hub all at the corner of Constellation and Avenue of the Stars. Which, coincidentally, is the same corner where Metro wants to put the Century City station for the Purple Line subway extension. The draft environmental impact report circulated last month details the many transit-friendly features of the mobility hub, including "rental, storage, and changing facilities for bicycles as well as a car-sharing program on site ... [and] may also sell bus passes, promote carpooling and vanpooling, and may include ticketing facilities for the Metro Westside Subway Extension in the future." Metro would allow a subway entrance to be built directly into the site if it were funded by a private developer. That is, of course, assuming that Beverly Hills doesn't win one of its 47 or so lawsuits trying to force Metro to move the station to Santa Monica Boulevard.

There has been pushback against the project from a group called Save the Westside, which says it's collected 2,000 signatures opposing the project on density and traffic-generating grounds.






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Old April 12th, 2013, 05:11 PM   #563
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Thrilling New Views of Academy Museum's Great Glass Sphere



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After so many years of delays and switch-ups, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's movie museum is finally starting to roll--there's some pretty hot new action today in the form of new renderings/models of the building, which will include the existing 1939 May Company Building at Wilshire and Fairfax and a new glass sphere building that'll house a theater (on Monday it was announced that David Geffen had nabbed naming rights with a $25 million donation). The project is being designed by Renzo Piano, who designed the adjacent western portion of LACMA, and locally-based Zoltan Pali. It'll be 300,000 square feet in total and feature, per a press release:

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More than 30,000 square feet of flexible exhibition galleries - A 15,000-square-foot landscaped public piazza that will serve as a gathering space for visitors and connect the museum with the LACMA campus - Special event spaces for groups of up to 1,000 people and a rooftop terrace with views of the Los Angeles basin and Hollywood hills
The museum will host moviemaking labs, discussions, seminars, screenings, premieres, and multidisciplinary presentations "by artists, craftspeople and technologists illustrating the creative collaborations behind the movies" It's set to open in 2017 and is currently halfway to its $300-million fundraising goal. ·




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Old April 12th, 2013, 09:37 PM   #564
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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:53 AM   #565
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Its amazing how much is proposed and being developed now in the LA area... 2 years ago, i could count the projects on my hands, now.... there must be over 150 projects going or soon to be going all at once.

for the out of towners, the hottest areas are Downtown LA, Hollywood, Wilshire, Glendale, Santa Monica, Century City, Westwood, along the Expo Line and Long Beach and im only talking about large, mixed use projects and hotels. If you add in all the civic developments and the under 100 unit developments, there must be hundreds upon hundreds under construction. Truly a great time to live in LA and experience the change.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #566
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Fairfax Theatre Apartments Approved



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This morning the City Council gave its unanimous approval to the Fairfax Theatre project, which will see much of the old art deco theater on the corner of Fairfax and Beverly demolished and replaced with a five-story mixed-use development (we first heard about this project way back in early 2010; it was held up by preservationist opposition). The historic facade, marquee, box office, and terrazzo entry floor will be preserved and 71 apartments plus rooftop pool will be added to the site. The pool will be joined on the roof by solar panels, which will help the building attain LEED Silver certification, and the project will contribute to neighborhood beautification by burying the power lines that currently run in the alley behind the theater. The building permit application is in the works, and word from architect Howard Laks is that the project is scheduled to break ground next spring. As for the building's current retail tenants, a rep for the architect tells us that "the Fairfax Theater Residential Project's ownership team will be in discussions with each of the tenants at 7901 Beverly."
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Old April 17th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #567
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Playa Vista's Downtown (With Whole Foods) Starts Work



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Ceremonial hardhats were worn and lukewarm coffee was served yesterday as ground broke on the massive Runway mixed-use development in the massive Playa Vista planned community (and not even a year late). Developers Lincoln Property, Phoenix Property, and Paragon Commercial Group recently obtained a $150 million loan that enabled work to begin on the $260 million Runway--the developers are bullish on construction, saying in a statement that all 420 apartments, 35,000 square feet of office space, and 221,000 square feet of retail will be up and running in less than two years, with stores operating in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season. Speaking of retail, Johnson Fain is doing the design and a Whole Foods has already committed, as well as a movie theater, drugstore, vegetarian restaurant, and bank.


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Old April 20th, 2013, 05:01 AM   #568
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Hollywood's Columbia Square Downsized and Ready to Go



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You'd have to sleep under a rock in Topanga Canyon to not know that Hollywood is on fire right now. Add the Columbia Square project to the list of big new projects moving right now: it's set to start work in a few months. The redevelopment of the historic CBS Studios on Sunset was originally approved back in 2009 with a controversial 28-story tower (that height now looks like nothing compared to the two towers of the proposed Millennium Hollywood project). Developer Kilroy Realty Group acquired the project last fall and changed up the plans--when completed the new Columbia Square will feature a 22-story residential tower with 200 apartments, 33,000 square feet of retail, three renovated historic structures, two new office buildings totaling more than 330,000 square feet of space, and four and a half levels of underground parking (more than the city requires). Maybe it's the plentiful parking, but Kilroy says the community is supportive. That goodwill likely helped things move quickly.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:59 PM   #569
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Broad Museum April 21:

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Old April 23rd, 2013, 07:15 PM   #570
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Century City's 40-Story 10000 Santa Monica Site Getting Active



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It's been quiet on the eastern tip of Century City since Miami-based developer Crescent Heights announced more than two years ago that it plans to build a residential tower at 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, the site of a former Jean Nouvel-designed project. But now fancy tarps surrounding the 2.4-acre site indicate work is imminent, judging by pictures from Skyscraper poster Slipperydog (we're awaiting developer confirmation). The tarp's sexy lady says to expect 40 stories and 283 glass units (in 2011, we heard they'd go for around $1.5 million each). From what we knew back in 2011, there's no retail planned for the tower, which placated the traffic-wary neighbors.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 09:56 AM   #571
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Looks like Onni really are bullish about Downtown.

Developer Looks to Add Four Towers

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LOS ANGELES-A $100-million, 33-story mixed-use high rise apartment tower currently under construction in the downtown area may be joined by four similar multifamily towers. The four additions would make the potential downtown development total over a half-billion dollars.

Developer Onni Group of Canada, which is building the under-construction mixed-use tower at 888 Olive, is in the entitlement stage of developing the four additional mixed-use towers for the downtown area.

Apriano Meola, VP for U.S. operations for Onni Group, confirmed the plans to GlobeSt.com, saying the developer is planning four other mixed-use residential towers at other sites downtown that will be similar in size and scope to the one currently being built at 888 Olive. One of the earmarked sites is near the current development at 888 Olive. The other is near Staples Center, Meola says.

"You see the opportunity with downtown L.A. in the transformation going on with restaurants and shops starting to open up," says Meola. "It really is starting to evolve into a livable city."

The project already underway is 888 Olive, a 303-unit, luxury high-rise apartment tower that will be one of the tallest buildings in the downtown Los Angeles historic district. The project is located on the corner of South Olive Street and West Ninth Street, a site that includes the 12-story Pacific National Bank building, built in 1926 and now known as the Coast Savings building.

No time frame was given for the start of the four other towers. Meola says Onni is "just hiring architects now" for the other two sites. The entitlement process for the other sites makes it likely that the 888 Olive project will be finished first, he says.

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Old April 25th, 2013, 11:56 PM   #572
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Look who just bought downtown!

Brookfield Office Properties Acquires MPG

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LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2013) - Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (NYSE: BPO) (TSX: BPO) today announced that its affiliates have entered into a definitive merger agreement with MPG Office Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MPG) pursuant to which a newly formed fund ("DTLA Holdings") controlled by BPO will acquire MPG. DTLA Holdings will own both BPO's existing downtown Los Angeles office assets and all of the assets of MPG. The transaction is contingent upon several conditions, including the approval of MPG's common stockholders and receipt of certain consents from MPG's lenders.

"This proposed transaction provides the opportunity to combine and operate a sizeable portfolio of the highest quality assets in a major U.S. gateway city," said Dennis Friedrich, chief executive officer of Brookfield Office Properties. "Downtown Los Angeles has all the attributes of a dynamic urban market, including modern transportation infrastructure, a growing residential population and access to a diverse labor pool."

DTLA Holdings will be sponsored and managed by BPO, which will own approximately 47% of the fund and include institutional partners who will hold the remaining approximately 53% interest. At the closing of the merger, it is expected that the fund's portfolio will consist principally of seven class A office properties, totaling 8.3 million square feet. The assets are:

•Bank of America Plaza (BPO)
•601 S. Figueroa (BPO)
•Ernst & Young Tower (BPO)
•Wells Fargo Tower (MPG)
•Gas Company Tower (MPG)
•KPMG Tower (MPG)
•777 Tower (MPG)


Under the newly formed fund, BPO's investment in the Downtown Los Angeles office market will be converted from an 83% interest in three office properties to an approximately 47% interest in an expanded portfolio of seven office assets.

The fund will also acquire two additional assets in Downtown Los Angeles: [email protected], BPO's newly redeveloped retail complex, as well as a strategically located development site.

BPO's contribution to DTLA Holdings will total approximately $550 million, which consists of equity in its existing Downtown Los Angeles assets totaling $410 million as well as an additional investment of $140 million. The institutional investor partners have collectively pledged approximately $600 million to DTLA Holdings. The $1.15 billion committed to the fund provides sufficient available cash to cover anticipated future capital required by the underlying portfolio for capital expenditures, leasing costs and refinancing needs.

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DTLA's Rialto Theater In Re-Release...As Urban Outfitters



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The rumors of an Urban Outfitters moving into the historic Rialto Theatre on Broadway have been revealed to be true--the retailer confirms to Curbed that a lease has been signed. The Philly-based chain plans to restore the "longest existing historic marquee in Los Angeles, while rebuilding and adapting the building's interior." The fully-functioning store will open by the end of the year and feature a "concession stand-inspired cash wrap with glass fronts and tops, a projection screen, steel mesh stairs and exposed wood truss structure." The 9,830-square-foot movie theater was built in 1917, but fell on hard times before DTLA began getting its groove back in the past decade. The addition of Urban Outfitters is part of the city's 10-year Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which aims to bring the theater-lined street back to its glory days of the early-twentieth century. It's been gaining some major speed with the addition of new restaurants, hotels, retail, and a coming streetcar.
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Broadway is on fire! in 3 years it will be unrecognizable in a good way
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It will make Broadway a more urban and vibrant place.
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What other notables are happening on Broadway?
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Multiple new retail options, streetcar, total redoing of the streetscape, new restaurants, majority of the theaters are being rehabbed into clubs, performance halls, etc Ace hotel, 20+ story new tower....
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And Acne Studios is opening it's largest store in the world at the ground floor of the Eastern Columbia (over 5,000 square feet).

http://la.racked.com/archives/2013/0...owntown_la.php
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642 Apartments Planned Near Good Samaritan in City West

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The Downtown News reports that Holland Partners will break ground in 2014 on a new residential development just down the street from their recently-completed 1111 Wilshire. The whole thing was delayed by (what else?) both the recession and legal challenges, but things are moving now on the project, which will convert a 1927 medical building into 42 residential units, and build another 600 units on the site across the street from Good Samaritan Hospital. 2014 may still be a ways off, but it looks like Holland Partners have already started pulling permits. Crappy pedestrian access into Downtown doesn't appear to be holding the burgeoning City West neighborhood back.
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Sixth Street Bridge Replacement Bringing Upgrades All Around



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Last week the city presented the latest on the Sixth Street Viaduct project, which will replace the ailing 1932 bridge with a swoopy, "iconic" design by HNTB, and add public park and plaza spaces, as well as pedestrian and bike paths. The design process is just kicking off, so the first big plans are for upgrades at 20 nearby intersections (work will start in spring 2014). According to the Downtown News, "The targeted intersections will be in the Arts District and in Boyle Heights, along Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Alameda streets, Whittier Boulevard and Central Avenue" (check out the map above for specifics). The team is also starting to think about public art, and seem to be leaning in the "bright lights" direction. Demo on the bridge is slated to start in fall 2014 and the new bridge is supposed to be finished at the end of 2018




























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