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Old August 28th, 2013, 06:36 AM   #661
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Boutique Hotel Making Its Way To North Hollywood



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Ikon Hospitality unveiled a plan to build a 43-room hotel on the site of shuttered restaurant Maximillian's, just west of Lankershim. Plans are still in the early stages, but NoHo Patch says they've already won support from the neighborhood council land use committee. Designed by Orange County firm nKlosures, the four-story hotel will have "luxurious modern accommodations with deluxe amenities that include private patios and a resort style pool." It will also provide space for local artists to display their work.


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Selma/Vine Mixed-User Has Massive Motor Court, Maybe a Gym



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As noted a few months back, a mixed-user for the southeast corner of Selma and Vine, first proposed seven years ago, is now back in play. Developer Camden has the project in plan check and Building Los Angeles believes work could start on the seven-story, 306-unit development before the year is out. Renderings from architect TCA (Chinatown's Jia apartments, Miracle Mile's 5550 Wilshire) show a large outdoor courtyard above the second floor, a hulking motor court entrance, and an Equinox on the first floor. No word on whether they're a real tenant or purely aspirational; Whole Foods was rumored to be part of the project during its first go-around. Right across Vine, work is supposed to start by spring on a long-stalled office building.
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Here's the Open New Look For Downtown's Macy's Fortress



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DTLA's '70s monolith mall now known as The Bloc (formerly Macy's Plaza) is getting a pedestrian-friendly makeover courtesy of its new owner, prominent developer Ratkovich Company. New renderings from its website show an open-air entrance on Seventh Street, similar to the new look at the Santa Monica Place mall, plus some of the changes coming to the center's office component. But what we don't see is what's planned, if anything, for Flower, Hope, and Eighth Streets, on the most egregiously anti-pedestrian sides of the mall. The Eighth side, across from an under-construction mixed-use tower, may be mostly a lost cause as it hosts all the delivery trucks, though one would hope they could throw in some windows or maybe an additional door. The Hope side includes the entrance to the Sheraton hotel, but could definitely use more sprucing to the south, while the Flower side is the most rife for sidewalk dining, windows, and additional entrances.










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500 Broadway Would Bring Apartments, Ton of Parking to Fred Segal Site in Santa Monica



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Arriving today: another project that wants to join Santa Monica's building boom along the coming Expo Line extension: it's 500 Broadway, with 250 apartments, nearly 40,000 square feet of groundfloor retail, plus "a streetscape of activated uses and enhanced open space," according to a rep for the project. And it'll include--500 feet from an Expo station--about 640 parking spaces on four subterranean levels (half for residential and half for retail). Designed by Hank Koning of Santa Monica-based Koning Eizenberg, the building will have a mix of affordable and market-rate units ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms. Developer Thomas Properties Group and the property owner filed a development application with the city just this week, and if it goes ahead, the project would knock out the eastern half of the pricey Fred Segal complex. But shoppers, don't rend your yoga pants just yet--500 Broadway now joins a long list of projects to be reviewed in the city, so your $100 t-shirts should be safe for a little while yet.
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Huge Mixed-User Planned For Joni Mitchell "Paved Paradise" Site



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They're paving paradise again: an application has been filed to demolish the large stripmall at the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights (with the Chase, McDonald's, et al), the site rumored to have inspired Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Developer Townscape Partners plans to build a huge mixed-use development with 249 residential units, 11,000 square feet of commercial space, and 849 parking spaces in buildings that would range in height from two to 16 stories. The residences will mostly be studios and one-bedrooms, plus 38 two-bedrooms and eight three-bedrooms; a total of 28 will be set aside for very low-income residents. Planned amenities include a pool, gym, library and recreation room. While the application refers to the units as apartments, the application also includes a request to create airspace lots so that they can be sold as condos. There will also be retail, a gym and supermarket, rooftop lounge and open spaces including a landscaped traffic island open to the public.

Townscape Partners (which is also behind the office-to-condo conversion of 8899 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood) bought the site last year. While a full environmental impact report is still due, they hope to start work next year and wrap up in 2017. Townscape's application is looking for approvals for (among other things) the use of affordable housing incentives, conditional use permits, and variances allowing a gym and dining above the first floor.








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Old September 4th, 2013, 01:55 AM   #668
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More Renderings and the New Hollywood Skyline With the Hollywood Palladium Double Tower Project



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As the environmental impact report for the proposed Hollywood Palladium Residences gets underway, we found a few more project renderings to share. Also included is an outline of the ever-burgeoning Hollywood skyline, which puts the project's two 28-story towers in the context of the neighborhood's existing and proposed buildings. What are the odds NIMBY lawyer extraordinaire Robert Silverstein--most recently behind the second lawsuit against the nearby Millennium Hollywood--has this drawing taped to a dartboard in his office? Also found in the notice announcing preparation of the EIR are renderings of the three courtyards planned as publicly accessible space in the project. If all goes according to plan, the project will bring 13,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail, either 598 or 730 residential units (depending on whether a hotel component is included), and up to 820 bike stalls to a surface parking lot behind the Palladium Theater. As part of the deal, the property owner would also apply for historic status for the streamline moderne 1940 venue.
See more renderings on the LA Curbed website http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...er_project.php
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Old September 6th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #670
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142 Condos and Townhouses Proposed For University Park





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A draft environmental impact report for a big new condo/townhouse development proposed for University Park south of Downtown is making the rounds. Oak Village would replace a commercial catering facility and parking lot with 134 condos in two buildings plus eight three-story townhouses in four additional buildings. One, two, three, and four-bedroom units would range in size from 700-2,100 square feet, and the project includes long and short-term bike parking plus 320 subterranean spaces for cars. The site is in the (no doubt exhaust-laden) shadow of the 10 freeway in a historic preservation zone and near the 20th Street Historic District and Mortuary Row on Washington Boulevard, which sounds like some macabre neighborhood nickname but actually refers to the more than two dozen mortuaries found there between the 1920s and 1950s.
Alternatives to the plan include a 111-unit version with a maximum height of 55 feet (as opposed to the proposed 65 feet), and one that conforms with the South LA general plan with a four-story commercial/retail building, parking lot, and 40-unit residential building with subterranean parking. While the DEIR is making the rounds now, this is not a new project; the architectural drawings are from 2008 and letters from concerned community members (and one supporter, that we found anyway) were written in 2009. Anastasi Development Company, the developer, is asking for the property to be rezoned (from commercial, multi-family residential, and parking) and for a density bonus to build more than 111 units in exchange for including 11 very low-income residences. It'll be interesting to see if these units do end up as condos and not apartments. The rental rate in the neighborhood is currently over 92 percent.
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NIMBYs Attack!

Neighbors Not Happy About New Historic Filipinotown Apts



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Last month came word of a trio of projects that would bring 188 new apartments to Historic Filipinotown along Temple Street. This week comes the backlash. The Eastsider has the report from the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council planning and land use committee, which apparently went long and complainy. One attendee called a 69-unit building "atrocious" and added that "I would not want to live in it. I would not want to look at it." Others worried over what the projects would do to parking in a neighborhood where competition for spots is already tight, and hoped the projects--which meet or exceed city requirements--would add further off-street parking. The lack of retail also drew fire. One building has a whopping 500 square feet of commercial space planned, but another devotes its ground floor space to pedestrian-unfriendly parking. Developers have been drawn to Temple because it's zoned for larger buildings, and its well-located to catch the Silver Lake overflow. It's also already seen a measure of gentrification, thanks to bars like 1642, across the street from one of the projects. And irony of ironies, the owner of 1642 is one of the projects' opponents.
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Grand Ave. Apts rising:

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Midrise Roundup:

Eagle Rock Project "Raping Hillsides"?



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When developer Stan Fargeon proposed building eight houses behind a gate at the top of a hillside Eagle Rock street back in April, the neighbors freaked the hell out. They did not like: the design ("they're not the kind of homes that are in that area"), the time it would take to build them ("for how many years will the construction go on?"), the increased traffic they would bring ("congestion related to parked cars--which will only get worse"), and our favorite, the defilement of Mother Nature ("our hillsides are going to be raped"). Since then, feelings have gone from icy to merely very cold. Architect Steve Brabson of Franklin Studios tells us the project team offered to make a few tweaks, but most of the original variances they requested still stand.


Larchmont Mixed-User Bringing 84 Apartments, Trees, Possible Urban Plaza to Area



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The northern tip of Larchmont Village, at Melrose and Larchmont, is getting a new 84-unit mixed-user called the LC. At a recent land use meeting for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, developer California Landmark showed-off new renderings for the under-construction project that show "anondized aluminum panels on the front face," Larchmont Buzz reports. Landmark is also proving themselves mensches, putting $100,000 toward beautification efforts around the project including new trees on Camerford, El Centro, and Melrose. They're also considering asking the city not to widen the street in front of the LC--apparently something typically required by the city--and instead create a 25-foot wide area between the project and Melrose that would constitute an "urban plaza" for hanging out.


Westwood Mixed-User Could Replace Stumpy Retail Block



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Local management and development company Halco is proposing a new mixed-user on mostly commercial-only Westwood Boulevard, according to paperwork filed by the planning department. Located near Santa Monica Boulevard and Westwood Boulevard, in an area sometimes referred to as Little Persia or Little Tehran, the project would replace a row of one- and two-story brick retail buildings and make way for a five-story mixed-user with 71 units, a childcare facility, and about 6,200 square feet of retail.
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Veteran Developer Planning 40-Story Tower for Historic Core



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Joseph Hellen, a longtime Downtown landowner who in recent years has created nearly 300 apartments by turning century-old buildings into housing, has what he considers to be the perfect addition to the Historic Core: a 40-story residential tower that would rise between his Spring Arcade Building and the Alexandria Hotel.

The concept of erecting a steel and glass high-rise amidst mid-level early 20th structures might strike some as architecturally jarring, but the 87-year-old Holocaust survivor believes this is a defining time for Los Angeles, and if it wants to be considered a “world class city,” he said, it should exhibit world-class high-rises.

During an interview last week in the offices of his Central City real estate and development firm, Downtown Management, Hellen described how he has scrapped various plans for the site that had been considered over the past eight years. In August 2012, he envisioned a 12-story apartment complex on the property in the 500 block of South Spring Street.

Instead, he has hired a new architecture team, Martinez + Cutri Corporation, which has worked up renderings for the mammoth structure that folks are more apt to see in South Park than the Historic Core.
“It is a show building for Los Angeles,” said Hellen, who spends most of his time in Melbourne, Australia, and travels to Downtown to oversee his business interests a few times a year.

Preliminary cost projections for the Spring Street apartment project’s basic core and shell are $120 million, with the likelihood of a much higher price tag depending on the quality of the residential finishes, Hellen said. The company is looking to create 252 units, which will be built to condominium specs, though the plan is initially to market them as apartments.

Known for financing his buildings out of his own pocket, Hellen said he is not seeking a construction loan at this time, and plans to use existing resources to fund the project.
The high-rise, which Hellen is calling the Stationer’s Building for the former stationery business that once occupied the now parking lot, will offer approximately 12,000 to 15,000 square feet of ground floor retail, along with six levels of parking. The rest of the structure would be residential.

A timeline for the project has not been announced. The development needs to secure entitlements from the city.

Hellen said he suspects he’ll keep the Stationer’s name for the building, In his past Downtown adaptive reuse projects, the Spring Arcade, Jewelry Trades and Chester Williams buildings, he has also utilized the historic monikers.
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Hellen is not the only Downtown real estate veteran looking to go tall in the heart of the community. Izek Shomof, an early adaptive reuse developer who turned several old Spring Street buildings into housing, is working on creating a 22-story tower at Fourth Street and Broadway with about 400 units. Barry Shy, who has created hundreds of apartments in former Historic Core office structures, has plans for SB Omega, a 40-story tower that would rise at 601 S. Main St. It would have 350 apartments.

Although 14th District City Councilman José Huizar has not yet seen the latest concept design for Hellen’s Spring Street tower, his spokesman Rick Coca said Huizar is “generally supportive of more high-rises being built.” Huizar last week introduced a motion intended to incentivize high-rise development and hotel uses in Downtown.

“The towers in Downtown define the city’s skyline, a landmark in the region and around the world,” Huizar stated in his motion.

Some in Downtown circles have worried that a rush of six- and seven-story apartment structures now in development could imperil a chance to increase density by building high-rises in one of the few Los Angeles communities that generally supports taller projects. In a recent Los Angeles Downtown News story, Shomof pointed out that as high-rises inch skyward, that can equate to more units, which add up to a better return.

That’s certainly what Hellen concludes.

“When you have a [40-story] building, you can break even in less than five years,’’ he said.

Hellen acknowledges that it may take a decade for the real estate community to recognize that he and other developers are on the ground floor of Downtown’s high-rise movement. He said he’s not worried about others eventually catching up.
It looks as if us forumers aren't the only ones concerned about all the low-rises being planned and built. It is reassuring that developers are aware of the negative trend as well, and some are aiming to build higher.
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CAA Death Star and Century Plaza Towers Up For Sale For $2 Billion


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The Gibson at 7th and Arizona

A new residential development underway in Santa Monica.

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New design for the Grand Avenue project across from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Phase 1A: 48-story/485 foot tall tower, designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects. 380 rental units, 31,000 sq feet of commercial space, 400 parking spots. Price tag: $160 million

Groundbreaking scheduled for March 2015, completion in Sep. 2017

Not clear if this is the final design, but the renderings are labeled "RAMSA"





Phase 1B: 250 key hotel tower/option for 50 condominiums above. 141,000 sq feet of commercial space, including a supermarket. Diagram shows a 41 story/453' tall building. Without the condos, that drops to 24 floors/283 feet. Price looks to be approx. $490 million.

Groundbreaking scheduled for Sep 2017, completion in June 2020

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