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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:38 PM   #681
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Why is it scheduled for so far out in the future?
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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #682
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Here's the New Look For the Sunset|La Cienega Megaproject



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Demolition has already begun to make way for the huge (and hugely delayed) Sunset|La Cienega hotel/residential/retail development in West Hollywood. And now we finally have a better idea of what the project's four buildings (two for hotels, two for residences) are going to look like, courtesy of new renderings from the Architect's Newspaper. The two 10-story hotel buildings on the eastern half will have 296 rooms and were designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; across the street, will be 190 residences in two eight-story buildings, the product of a SOM/Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects collaboration.

As A/N writes, all four buildings will be "set back and slightly rotated to form large entries and view corridors. On either side of La Cienega, the towers are unified by ground floor retail and integrate public terraces with gardens and outdoor amenities designed by landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer + Associates."
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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #683
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Lack of political support?

Huge Grand Avenue Development Might Be On Its Death Bed


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At midnight tonight, the latest agreement to build the enormous Grand Avenue project around Disney Hall will expire, and last week the Grand Avenue Authority "unanimously rejected the conceptual plan for the $650-million project," reports the LA Times. Wrangling between the city/county-run authority and developer Related Cos. has been going on for nearly a decade--plans for an assortment of hotel rooms, condos, retail, and restaurants have been delayed and reimagined over and over, although one single apartment tower managed to break ground late last year--and most recently Related said it was working on a scaled-back plan that would no longer include the original Frank Gehry-designed buildings. The latest vote could kill the project altogether, at least with Related at the helm. (Happily, the county did manage to get Related to pay for the huge Grand Park, which opened last fall, although that could also put them on the legal liability hook.)

Members of the authority said they "did not see how [the latest plans] would be a high-caliber project for Grand Avenue." County Supervisor Gloria Molina disliked the "boxiness" of the design, and said of one piece on Grand Avenue, "There's nothing there that lends itself in any aspect to a design that promotes any kind of pedestrian activity, any street activity or anything ... It is still a continuation to me of the fort-like conditions down Grand Avenue."

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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #684
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Wilshire LaBrea Project Nearing Completion...And the Reviews Are Not Good

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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:53 PM   #685
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Megatoys Project Back as Rentals to Pedestrianize Arts District



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As its insane gentrification marches on, the Arts District is getting a little less warehousey and a lot more apartmenty. Joining the under-construction, long and lanky One Santa Fe, which is bringing 430 apartments to the east side of the neighborhood, and Legendary Development's 472 planned units on East Third Street, is the Megatoys project on Garey Street between First and Second Streets, back from a four year slumber. Approved back in 2009 and then put on ice, the project was slated to replace the Megatoys warehouses with a six-story, 320-condo development flanking Garey Street. Megatoys has moved their operation down to Commerce, and the LA Times says the warehouse is now being demolished, but for apartments, not condos, and the design by Togawa Smith Martin is looking a bit different this time around, too. A good thing, since back in 2009, neighbors found an old design "cringe"y.
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Old October 1st, 2013, 04:55 AM   #686
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I'll add one more review: I'm over there there regularly whether driving to work or karaoke-ing at Little Bar (I was just on the next block an hour ago paying $200 for a new car key, because that's the world we live in now), and I can say, it's much worse than it even looks in those photos. The La Brea side is maybe passable, but the more prominent, "grain silo" Wilshire side is comically hideous. Like, literally the only good thing I can say about it, is that sometimes when I drive by, I get a little laugh when I'm in a shitty mood.

It's stunning to me that someone once stood on that spot, with art deco gems stretching as far as the eye can see, and decided "A barn on top of a cruise ship plastered with the most forgettable beige stucco I can find is the design direction for me."

In short, I hope it burns down.
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Old October 1st, 2013, 06:43 PM   #687
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Huge Grand Avenue Development Might Be On Its Death Bed


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Not so much lack of political support, but the inability of Related to create a new design for the project that meets the standard of the Grand Avenue Authority.
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Old October 4th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #688
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Old October 4th, 2013, 04:48 AM   #689
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Old October 4th, 2013, 04:56 AM   #690
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Mixed-Use Development for Blue Line Adjacent Parcel



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Yesterday, the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee posted a presentation from the developers of the Grand Metropolitan, a mixed-use project intended for a parking lot near the Blue Line's Grand Station. Let's check out the details:

233 W Washington Blvd

The proposed Grand Metropolitan project calls for the demolition of an existing surface parking lot...to construct a 7-story, 95'9" (maximum) high mixed-use building consisting of 160 residential units (136,603 sq. ft) over approximately 24,000 square feet of ground floor retail with 2 subterranean parking levels.
The 24,000 square feet of retail seeks to take advantage of this area's ample pedestrian activity. The adjacent train station, LA Trade Tech College and the Metropolitan Courthouse result in steady foot traffic along Washington Blvd for much of the day. The right type of store(s) could thrive in the ground level commercial space.


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Old October 4th, 2013, 04:59 AM   #691
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Old October 4th, 2013, 05:03 PM   #692
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Meet Bike-Friendly Mixed-User G12, Headed For South Park



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It's 2007 all over again: South Park is HOT. Earlier today we heard of a giant villagey development proposed for the DTLA 'hood and now prolific developer Sonny Astani is making in-roads on an adjacent project. Astani bought part of the parking lots that the project will sit atop in the fall for $29 million and now he and the company that owns the rest of the parcel have flipped it for $45 million to an Arizona-based real estate private equity firm, which will build an eight-story, 640-unit project with Astani's help, beginning in January. Described as a double building in earlier reports, the development--called G12, for Grand and Twelfth--will have 640 units and 40,000 square feet of retail. Astani's folks tout in a release that G12 will be the first major project in LA with more bike spaces (740) than car (595).
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Old October 4th, 2013, 05:05 PM   #693
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Ready-Made, Millennial-Friendly Village Slated For South Park



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As new projects have popped up in the Arts District, Historic Core, and North South Park every week or two, things all seem to have gone very quiet in the just-recently booming South Park area near LA Live. Now comes word in the LA Times of a major development gearing up at Pico and Grand, where there were once plans for a 21-story tower. Developer Mack Urban just bought a six-acre site from Evoq Properties for $80 million and hopes to build "about 1,500 apartments in a yet-to-be-named community dotted with small parks and linked by public walkways and alleys." And maybe a hotel.
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Old October 5th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #694
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With this new 6 acre highrise village, g12, the desmond adaptive reuse, LA Central, the new Marriott that starts construction early next year, the Onni group towers and Metropolis, South Park is BOOMING
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With this new 6 acre highrise village, g12, the desmond adaptive reuse, LA Central, the new Marriott that starts construction early next year, the Onni group towers and Metropolis, South Park is BOOMING
Very interested to see who it is that winds up buying the LA/Fig Central lot. I know some aren't a fan of the design, but it will really go a long way towards tying the LA Live area together. Hopefully we get some news on the car wash lot and the Pico/Figueroa parcel soon.
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Old October 5th, 2013, 02:31 AM   #696
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Yup, agreed with LA Central. The great part is that if the news about 10 foreign cash buyers was accurate, then they will be looking at similar lots in the area. The Car wash Lot is very intriguing to me. That could be a very interesting 50+ story tower due to the small size and shape of the lot
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Old October 5th, 2013, 05:02 AM   #697
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Where is the car wash lot located?
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Old October 5th, 2013, 05:21 AM   #698
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it's next to Hotel Figueroa and the corner of Fig & Olympic.
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Old October 11th, 2013, 09:02 PM   #699
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New Renderings Revealed For Downtown LA's Macy's Fortress Makeover



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Downtown LA's The Bloc (formerly known as Macy's Plaza or Macy's Fortress) is set to begin its huge makeover in the first few months of 2014, and developer Ratkovich Company has just released new renderings showing, as promised, a much more pedestrian-friendly building in place of the existing brick fortress.

The $160 million renovation will turn The Bloc into the largest single mixed-use property in the city, with a renovated 485-room Sheraton, 750,000-square-foot luxury office tower, and more than 400,000 square feet of retail and outdoor space that "will provide a curated experience of local boutiques, artisans, premier retailers, and restaurants." Ooh, curated. Work should be done in the fall of 2015.






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Old October 15th, 2013, 04:18 AM   #700
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Grand Avenue Project Parcel M Tower progressing:



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Related California's revised plan for Phase I of the Grand Avenue Project was soundly rejected last month, but other parts of the slow moving mega development are still pressing forward. Kitty-corner to the Phase I site, Parcels M and L have two landscape shifting projects under construction. Work on the Arquitectonica designed Parcel M Tower, which broke ground in January, has now progressed to the lucky 13th floor. When completed in late 2014, the $120 million development will contain 271 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space within 19-stories.
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