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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:14 AM   #781
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Staples-Adjacent Parking Lot To Sprout Two 36-Story Towers


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Fig Central has already eaten up a parking lot directly across from Staples, and down in the Historic Core, the glittery Topaz apartments are set to go up where a Joe's Parking lot was. The latest parking casualty is the Joe's Parking lot at Twelfth Street and Figueroa, just southeast of the Staples Center, which sold to three local mystery buyers (one is rumored to be David Y. Lee, head of one of SoCal's largest corporate landlords) for more than double what Joe's Parking parent company L&R paid for it back in 2010, according to the LA Times. (The actual price they paid is also shrouded in mystery.) UPDATE 3:57 pm: Building LA reported yesterday that the developer submitted plans late last year for "two 36-story towers, connected by a retail/parking podium." The land already has approvals for two residential high-rises (35 and 27 stories), 648 residential units (either condos or apartments), and 40,000 square feet of groundfloor retail, but the new owners might try to get city approval to use more of the total development space (863,000 square feet) space for a hotel and more retail, says an advisor to the seller.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:23 AM   #782
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Hollywood's Dream Hotel Returns Bigger and Better



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Multiple high-rise projects next to the Capitol Records Building were dealt a setback this week courtesy of the California State Geological Survey, but other Hollywood developments continue to make progress despite persistent NIMBY pushback. Near the intersection of Cahuenga Boulevard and Selma Avenue, plans for Los Angeles' first Dream Hotel are officially back in motion. To make that news even sweeter, Five Chairs Development has asked the city for a series of zoning variances which would allow them to increase the project's size. Revised plans for the Dream Hollywood call for a 10-story, 182 room hotel, featuring commercial space at street level and a 65-vehicle subterranean parking structure.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 05:32 AM   #783
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Whoa. That's a nice design. I wouldn't mind seeing more buildings that look like that. Minus the palm trees, of course.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:19 PM   #784
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It's SoCal...we gotta have palm trees. They are in our DNA!
I agree that it is a nice design...flashy but not gaudy.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 02:15 AM   #785
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Frank Gehry's Big New Grand Ave. Plans Get Their First Approval



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For more than a decade, the huge, multi-use Grand Avenue Project has been stuck in the fetal stages (except for one lone tower). But now things have finally started to move on the hugely ambitious plan to put residential, retail, hotel, and public space on Parcel Q, across Grand from Disney Hall. That got moving again last year when starchitect Frank Gehry, who designed the original plan, was taken off the project and the new plans (from Gensler and Robert AM Stern) were very firmly rejected by the LA County Supervisors (the word "uninspired" was used.) After that, Gehry was pulled back in to save the day and boy, did he ever. People have been calling the latest plans the best yet and the supes officially agreed today, with nothing but good things to say when they signed off on Gehry's designs today. They called them "exactly what we need" and proclaimed that this design will shake up the street in the best way possible, according to the LA Times. The County Supervisors' approval means that there's just a couple more steps (approval from the Grand Avenue Joint Powers Authority next week and a renewed development agreement by January 21) before the $750-million complex can get into the environmental review phase, one of the most significant hurdles on the ever-lengthening road to completion.



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The most recent designs show two high-rise towers—a 37-story residential tower (with a twenty-eighth-floor skydeck and pool!) on the corner of Second and Olive and a 25-story SLS hotel/office building closer to First Street—plus a pedestrian-inviting public plaza, all arranged like "boxes of presents stacked under a Christmas tree."






















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Old January 16th, 2014, 09:51 AM   #786
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Grand Avenue's Parcel M Tower


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Old January 18th, 2014, 12:00 AM   #787
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Hollywood's Residences At Columbia Square Will Be Super Fancy And Half Extended-Stay



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We're going to have to wait until 2016 to see the residential units at the mixed-use, high-end Columbia Square at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood, but developer Kilroy has at least painted a picture of a pretty swanky place to live or rent. That's right—half the units in the striking, 200-unit, 20-story residential tower (meet The Residences at Columbia Square) will be posh rentals, and half will be fully-furnished, extended-stay hotel rooms with decorative flourishes by maximalist designer/former Top Design judge Kelly Wearstler, and aimed at luring industry-types away from long-term hotel stays. There will also be four penthouses with 14-foot ceilings and "terraced plunge pools."

Just beware of those pesky NIMBY quakes!
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Old January 18th, 2014, 03:47 AM   #788
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It's giving me an OCD seizure. I cannot take that cladding.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 06:53 PM   #789
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A toddler with enough blocks to play with could have 'designed' this mess. What an incredible eyesore this will be.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:58 PM   #790
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A toddler with enough blocks to play with could have 'designed' this mess. What an incredible eyesore this will be.
Dont you think it would be wise to wait for the actual renderings instead of the massing to critique the project?
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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:44 PM   #791
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This design makes a lot more sense when you view it as the antithesis to his other building across the street LCIII.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 12:57 AM   #792
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This design makes a lot more sense when you view it as the antithesis to his other building across the street LCIII.
You mean beautiful versus ugly in every imaginable way?
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It's literally just a model made out of wood blocks. How about waiting for some actual renderings before passing judgement?
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Old January 19th, 2014, 05:11 PM   #794
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You mean beautiful versus ugly in every imaginable way?
You obviously didn't read the article
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Old January 19th, 2014, 09:00 PM   #795
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It's literally just a model made out of wood blocks. How about waiting for some actual renderings before passing judgement?
Because no facade can make up for that massing. What a hack
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:11 AM   #796
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You sound like a fun guy to hang out with.

Anyway, a couple new renderings were released for 801 Olive.





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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:17 AM   #797
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It's literally just a model made out of wood blocks. How about waiting for some actual renderings before passing judgement?
That's Gehry's processs. Unlike most architects, he creates a model first then 3D scans it to scale up the dimensions to produce the working drawings. The final product will be a knockout regardless of what the haters think.
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I think this is the one where I really "got" what Gehry is trying to do here. The way the aperture between the towers relates to Disney Hall is really striking. This will be an oft-photographed view from Grand Park.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:24 PM   #799
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