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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:27 PM   #761
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Another New Look for Columbia Square?



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Work is already underway on Kilroy Realty's Columbia Square development, but that doesn't mean it's too late to change the project's design...again. Rios Clementi Hale Studios, one of three architectural firms collaborating on the project, recently posted updated renderings of Columbia Square to their website. While a PR representative for RCH has informed me that these plans are in no way finalized, the new renderings indicate that a redesign may be in the works for the project's 22-story residential tower. Gone is the boxy, minimalist high-rise unveiled earlier this year, and in its place an asymmetrical glass tower, featuring misaligned windows and vertical lines stretching the length of the building. RCH has designed the ground-up structures to mimic the architectural massings of the William Lescaze designed CBS Studios complex, with "shifted upper-stories to allow the buildings to adapt as they rise."
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Old December 19th, 2013, 04:09 AM   #762
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8th & Hope, Dec.12

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Old December 19th, 2013, 04:30 AM   #763
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Grand Ave. Project Dec. 15

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Old December 21st, 2013, 04:49 PM   #764
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Starchitect Cesar Pelli Will Redesign SaMo's Fairmont Miramar



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Santa Monica adds a third starchitect to its already blossoming collection today: Cesar Pelli, known locally for his massive Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, has been picked for the long-in-the-works redesign of the 86-year-old Fairmont Miramar Hotel. Pelli, whose most famous works include the two Malaysian towers that were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, is perhaps a provocative choice in a city where some residents are very loudly opposed to tall buildings blocking their views of the ocean. The latest designs for the $255-million makeover do call for replacing "two of the hotel's old buildings with three new buildings, including one that could rise higher than 300 feet," according to the Lookout News, but a rep tells us new plans will be released early in the new year. (Meanwhile, it'll be interesting to see what bombs rival Huntley Hotel lobs at the Fairmont in response to this news.) SaMo already has two other starchitecture projects in the works—a mixed-use behemoth from Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA and Ocean Avenue's towering art museum/hotel/condo complex by Frank Gehry.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #765
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Renaissance Hotel renderings revealed.

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Renaissance Hotel. 21-stories, 450 rooms with ground floor restaurant space.





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Old December 30th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #766
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801 Olive Street. 27-stories, 317 feet. Rooftop features a pool, fire pit, and encloused lounge/observation deck.

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Old January 4th, 2014, 05:11 AM   #767
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Old January 4th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #768
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One Santa Fe on Dec. 30:

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Old January 4th, 2014, 08:01 AM   #769
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Does the area south of Hope have a name ? I hope so.....
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Updated renderings of the Village at USC









The Village's full build out would contain over 2 million square feet of student housing, academic facilities and neighborhood serving retail.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 01:58 AM   #771
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New Wilshire Grand Renderings Show Sky Lobby And The Highest Rooftop Pool On The West Coast



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The 1950s-era Wilshire Grand hotel has been completely demolished and construction on its 73-story office/hotel/retail skyscraper replacement has begun (see last photo). Now we have new renderings (via broker/blogger Brigham Yen) of the tower by architect AC Martin—these have not yet been approved by developer Korean Air—including many of the seventieth-floor sky lobby, to which guests will shoot up in an express elevator before checking into their rooms (very Lost in Translation). The renderings show a spire that can change color to reflect holidays and observances, and a rooftop pool that will be the highest on the West Coast (an "outdoor living room" is also planned). The hotel will be four stars and have 900 rooms, run by an operator to be announced soon—choices have narrowed down to two; rumors indicate it'll be a Grand Hyatt or a Waldorf-Astoria (!!). The tower should open in early 2017.














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Old January 7th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #772
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Updated renderings for Village at USC


http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.c...pen-space.html
Whaaat? What is this? I really loved the initial project. Did they really approve this redesigned project? This looks so fake. I was looking forward to the project from the video... Plus, this one is far smaller than the initial plan.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 04:54 AM   #773
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I just got off the phone with John Eichler, Executive Director of Fig Central. He told me the project will finally commence construction between 5-6 months. He really gave me optimism and hope. The project is updating their fire safety code to meet the current standard since they were still using the same code they used from 6 years ago. The code has recently been updated but that would only take a few months, and after that the project would essentially be shovel ready with Oceanwide wanting to start once they get the greenlight. Oceanwide will be making slight changes to the design, but nothing major. The project will still retain it's basic amenities in terms of hotel rooms and residential units so we won't be seeing any downsizing or upscaling. He was giving his opinion and he is happy to be claiming the biggest project in LA. He said his is around 1.5 million square feet compared to Grand Ave. being around 1.3. He gave his opinion on the news of Metropolis today and he believes that Greenland are still about a year from construction based on the permits and approvals they have yet to recieve.

This is it guys. By summer we should be seeing LA Live's neighbor rise

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http://www.globest.com/news/12_768/l...uy-341382.html

Well, let the good new keep rolling in! GlobeSt verifies the Downtown Examiner's rumor from a few months back: Forest City has purchased the two parcels at 11th/Hill and 12th/Broadway formerly associated wtih the Herald Examiner project.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 04:55 AM   #774
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4 More highrises for Downtown LA from Onni Group

50 stories, 28 stories, and 2 unknown

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Old January 9th, 2014, 06:41 AM   #776
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S. Korea tycoon has high hopes for L.A. hotel project
The chairman of Hanjin Group dismisses suggestions that it may be a bad time to build the 73-story Wilshire Grand Hotel, saying the U.S. economy will improve.
By Hugo Martín
4:56 PM PST, January 8, 2014

On a honeymoon trip to Southern California in 1974, Yang-ho Cho and his new bride drove into downtown Los Angeles only to get lost among the dark, empty industrial buildings and shuttered shops.

Cho remembers he could find no one on the streets to ask for directions to his hotel.

Nearly 40 years later, Cho is heading the development of the tallest building west of the Mississippi, a $1-billion downtown hotel complex that no one will have trouble finding at night.

It represents only the latest investment of major South Korean capital that Cho has helped bring to Southern California as chairman of Hanjin Group. The Korean conglomerate operates a business empire with $36 billion in assets among its 23 subsidiaries, including the flagship Korean Air Lines Co.

Korean Air is the third most popular foreign airline at Los Angeles International Airport and the fourth largest cargo carrier at Los Angeles International Airport. It was the third airline to bring the massive A380 jet to LAX.

Hanjin Shipping Co., another subsidiary, is the largest container shipping line at the port of Long Beach, the nation's second busiest port behind the port of Los Angeles. Hanjin has expanded the size of its operation there by more than six times over the last few decades, operating out of a 375-acre terminal under a 25-year lease with the port.

Combined, Cho's companies employ about 1,000 full-time workers in Southern California and will have an additional 1,750 employees once the hotel project is completed. Construction of the hotel will employ 11,500 workers over the course of the project, scheduled to open in 2017.

Cho's friends and business partners attribute his financial commitment to the region to his deep ties to Los Angeles, a place he calls his second home.

"No one has been more important to building a relationship between Korea and Southern California than Chairman Cho," said Bill Allen, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

The new hotel project, to replace the demolished Wilshire Grand Hotel, comes at a difficult time for the Hanjin. Heavy losses at its shipping company prompted Korean Air to loan Hanjin Shipping about $141 million to ease the company's liquidity shortfall.

The demand for cargo shipping is "stagnant," partly because of a rise in protectionist measures by governments aiming to stimulate domestic economies, according to a recent report by the International Air Transport Assn., a trade group for the world's airline industry.

Cho shrugs off suggestions that it may be a bad time to erect a 73-story hotel complex with 900 rooms and 30 floors of office space. It represents the first time new high-rise office space has been built in downtown L.A. in nearly 25 years.

"I have a vision that the U.S. economy will improve and this is the best time to invest," he said.

The project also reflects the philosophy of the chairman's father, Choong-hoon Cho, who founded the Hanjin Group in 1945, which the son took over after his father's death in 2002.

"Create a new market, differentiate don't imitate existing markets," Cho recalled his father telling him.

Cho grew up in Incheon, where his playground was the parking lot for his father's burgeoning transportation business. He attended boarding school in the U.S., returned to South Korea to earn an engineering degree from Inha University before his father sent him to USC to earn a master's degree in business. He later earned a doctorate in business administration from Inha University.

He remains a member of the board of trustees for USC, where all three of his children earned degrees.

Cho said planning for the long term is important, but he has little tolerance for delays.

In 2005, he met then-newly elected Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, telling him Korean Air needed specially designed gates to bring the A380 to LAX. If the airport could not accommodate the big plane, Cho said, he would reroute the flights to San Francisco.

LAX now has 13 gates that can accommodate the massive plane, including nine at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Villaraigosa describes Cho as "honest and humble" but said he also pressed the mayor to eliminate any delays in getting the hotel project through the city's approval process.

"My relationship over the years had everything to do with how quickly we tried to move that project along," the former mayor said.

Cho describes Los Angeles as "the center of culture and education and the gateway to the U.S.," but he has been critical of LAX, complaining that it takes too long for arriving passengers to retrieve their bags and check out of the aging facility. He said passengers can zip through Incheon International Airport, just outside Seoul, in about half the time it takes to get through LAX.

"The one time I did meet with Chairman Cho, he was very clear that LAX needed to modernize — and to do so quickly," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports.

As for the Wilshire Grand Hotel complex, Cho said the project is on schedule and on budget. He expects the hotel to open in 2017, at a time when the U.S. economy is expected to be thriving and the demand for hotel rooms and office spaces will be strong.

It's a project that reflects his business philosophy.

"We are looking for the long term, not short term and then get out," Cho said.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 05:04 AM   #777
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Dodgers unveil more upgrades to home stadium
Expanded entries, new concessions, bullpen overlook among enhancements
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com | 1/7/2014 7:33 P.M. ET

1. Expansion of the entries at the Field Level, enabling all fans with Pavilion, Dugout, Field, Loge and Club tickets to enter the convenient entrances on the north side of the stadium. Also to be added are new team stores and concessions and memorabilia to celebrate the team's history.

2. Seating and lounging areas at bars and drink rails overlooking the bullpens in the outfield.

3. New food services with outdoor grills and specialty fare such as Tommy Lasorda's Italian and hot-off-the-grill BBQ, areas where the Hall of Fame manager and other former players will spend time with fans.

4. An expansion of the popular Reserve Level "La Taqueria" stand near the kids play area at the left-field Reserve entry.

5. Relocating the visiting team clubhouse to an area near the visiting team dugout at field level so that all visiting team areas are in a single new area adjacent to the batting tunnel, conditioning room and training area built last winter.

6. Continuing work on the upgrade of the electrical infrastructure that supports the 1962 stadium, designed to improve safety and provide fans with better technology.

7. Enhancement of the ballpark's landscaping by the club's full-time arborist that will result in three times as many trees in the outfield as before. The display of the famed "Three Sisters" behind the left-field bullpen will remain.

Dodger Stadium led Major League Baseball in attendance in 2013 with 3,743,527 fans.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 11:16 AM   #778
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Hollywood developments straddle earthquake fault, new maps show

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New state geological maps released Wednesday show several major developments planned in Hollywood are much closer to an active earthquake fault than Los Angeles city officials have said.

The draft maps chart the course of the Hollywood Fault, which runs from Atwater Village and Los Feliz, through a booming section of central Hollywood and west along the Sunset Strip.

The maps create a zone of generally 500 feet around the fault, and state law requires any new development within the zone receive extensive underground seismic testing to determine whether the fault runs under it. The law prohibits building on top of faults.

The rules, which will take effect when the state formally adopts a final version of the maps this year, will affect future development in two fast-growing areas: Hollywood north of Hollywood Boulevard and West Hollywood along Sunset Boulevard.

Los Angeles city officials acknowledged in November they have been using outdated fault maps. They didn't realize their error until Times reporters pointed it out to them, and they have since begun using newer maps.

Developments in the state’s preliminary earthquake fault zone include the proposed Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project, the sprawling Blvd6200 development now under construction, and a planned apartment complex on Yucca Street.


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no repercussions for projects under construction such as BLVD 6200... also, these are preliminary. Developers will dig down into their land to see if there is any evidence of faults... from what i understand, the development needs to be 50 feet away from the fault. For a project like the Millennium, the lot is large enough that it can be moved around to make it work
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Lets all live in fantasy land for a minute and pretend all these developers will stick to their schedules... If so, we could see all these breaking ground in Downtown LA by the end of 2014 (or early 2015)

1) Fig Central - 51 (575 feet) and 37 (455 feet)
2) Jamison Site - 36 and 36
3) Metropolis Phase 1 - 38 and 19
4) Marriott Hotel - 22
5) Mack Urban Phase 1 - About 45 Stories
6) Onni Twin Towers - 30 - 35 Stories Each
7) Onni Olive Tower 2 - 50 Stories
8) Onni Hope Tower - 28 Stories
9) 8th and Olive - 27 Stories (317 Feet)
10) CIM Park Tower - 39 Stories
11) Herald Examiner Towers - 2 Towers at...
12) 4th and Broadway - 34 Stories
13) Barry Shy - 40 Stories
14) Shomof Tower Spring - 40 Stories
15) Vibiana Lofts - 9 Stories (123 Feet)
16) 916 Hill Street (Barry Shy) - 21 Stories
17) Olympic and Broadway (Barry Shy) - 13 /20 Stories
18) GH Palmer Broadway - 10 Stories

Potentially 23 towers breaking ground this year to go along with all the 7 story mix uses and the 5000 + units under construction now.. Definitely the biggest boom in Downtown LA history if all goes to plan

Another 10 - 15 towers breaking ground in various other areas of LA as well. Century City and Hollywood in particular will see plenty of action too
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