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Old April 2nd, 2014, 04:23 AM   #841
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First Look at 34-Story Tower Planned For Wilshire/Barrington



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Tonight, the persnickety planning and land use management committee of the West LA Neighborhood Council takes up the issue of the proposed 34-story tower at Wilshire and Stoner Avenue (near Barrington) in Brentwood. The project from developer California Landmark has a lot going for it: it's on the site of an abandoned Pavilions grocery store; it includes a one-story, Wilshire-facing retail building (replacing part of a surface parking lot); and the design is, well, inoffensive, judging by these renderings from the developer. What might scare the PLUM committee is, of course, potential TRAFFIC! generated by people traveling to and from the tower's 376 units and 4,700 square feet of commercial space, but maybe they'll be reminded that residential buildings produce less traffic than an equivalent office tower or shorter retail building. California Landmark also did a pretty nice job at the nearby (and very pricey) the bw mixed-user, which opened last year just up the block, at Wilshire and Barrington, replacing an empty lot.




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Old April 2nd, 2014, 05:57 PM   #842
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Didn't they intend a far more interesting and bigger tower for the Wilshire lot?
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A New Look for the Former James Hotel Site at Sunset/Hilldale



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We never thought we'd see forward movement on the long-languishing James Hotel project (now referred to as 8950 Sunset) near Hilldale and Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip, but it looks like we were wrong. According to Wehoville, the project (in the works since 1999, when it was the Hotel Astra) has a date with the WeHo Design Review Subcommitee this week to see if these latest designs—which include shrinking the hotel down to 165 rooms instead of the once-proposed 195, plus four residences, a redesigned rooftop deck, and restaurants space—will get the go-ahead.




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Old April 8th, 2014, 12:48 AM   #844
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looks pretty badass honestly. That will definitely work well in Hollywood
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Old April 11th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #845
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First Look at the Bev-Hilton-Adjacent Waldorf Astoria Project



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Since Beverly Hills narrowly passed a 2008 measure clearing the way for a new hotel and two residential towers near the Beverly Hilton, there's been almost no actual movement on the project. Well, the wait is over and things are finally coalescing for an insanely glamorous, over-the-top, 12-story Waldorf Astoria hotel that should open in just three years, according to the LA Times. Now that neighbors have been mostly placated about traffic concerns (all those Saudi princes will take the 720, right?), city officials just need to approve final designs before construction can begin. The $500-million project (that number includes the condo towers) comes from Beverly Hilton owner Beny Alagem, who bought the hotel from Merv Griffin in 2003. Just the Waldorf will cost north of $200 million and require the demolition of the building that once housed Trader Vic's.

The two condo towers, including one possibly rising to 18 stories (very tall for BH), will have a combined 110 units. The towers will be built after the hotel is finished and require the demolition of the Hilton's Oasis Court, the Lanai guest room buildings by the pool, and the south parking structure.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #846
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CABAZON OUTLETS: Grand opening of Desert Hills Premium Outlets

The Simon Property Group which owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail properties in North America, Asia and Europe and has $1.1 billion in redevelopment and expansion projects in the works at 25 properties in the U.S., Asia and Mexico counts the Desert Hills expansion as one of its finest finishes.

“This is our Woodbury Common of the West Coast,” said Coleen Conklin, senior vice president of marketing for the premium outlet division of Simon Property Group in Indianapolis, comparing the desert site to its center in Central Valley, N.Y., one of the most successful in the nation.

The expansion, which grew the center from 130 to 180 stores, attracted high-end newcomers such as Ted Baker London, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Valentino and Calypso.

“The heft of stores we're bringing to this property is pretty impressive,” she said. “Alexander McQueen, Belstaff and Helmut Lang are brands that do not have a single outlet store yet in the U.S., so it's very exciting.”
Expansions of the existing stores are equally dazzling: Burberry is adding its “gold” line. Guess Factory Store is moving to a bigger site. And Prada, Coach and Georgio Armani are all adding space.

Simon's Cabazon center and its neighbor Cabazon Outlets, a line-up of 20 stores directly east of Desert Hills operated by Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach, attracts I-10 drive-by tourists, day-trippers from Greater Palm Springs, Orange County, the Los Angeles Basin, Arizona and Nevad

“Asia is a hugely important market,” said Conklin, and tour groups from China have increased by nearly 50 percent in the past year.

Desert Hills, which generated $3.1 million in sales tax revenue in 2013 –

$13 million over five years – was among several Simon outlets earmarked for expansion in 2012.

In August 2012, Desert Hills was considered a high performer with sales approaching $1,000 per square foot, compared with the average $562 per square foot reported by Simon.

Les Morris, a spokesman for Simon Property Group, said redevelopment has concentrated on premium outlets – and better luxury brands – because the demand is there.

“Desert Hills is one of our most productive centers in the Premium Outlets' portfolio,” Conklin said. “It generates more than $1,300 a square foot in sales.”
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 08:12 PM   #847
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The 17-store Cabazon Outlets is also gearing up for expansion. Owned by Craig Realty Group, the shopping center is going through the design review process with Riverside County to add 80,000 square feet of 25 additional stores and surface parking. Major brands there include Columbia Sportswear, Puma and Adidas.

Cabazon Outlets has leased out space to retailers and plans to start construction early next year, said Steven Craig, president and chief executive of Craig Realty Group.

Desert Hills is one of the top five performing centers out of 66 premium outlet centers owned by Simon Property Group, officials said Thursday. It ranks among those in Orlando, New York City, Hawaii and Las Vegas.

Every year, 9 million visitors flock to Desert Hills Premium Outlets, and 25 percent to 30 percent of them are international visitors. The shopping center generates sales of about $1,300 per square foot, Simon Property officials said.

About 40 percent of sales taxes in unincorporated Riverside County are generated by Desert Hills Premium Outlets and the nearby, smaller, Cabazon Outlets.
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New California botanic garden celebrates native conifers and plants
The nonprofit Wildlands Conservancy's Southern California Montane Botanic Garden is set to open May 10.
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May 3, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Reporting from Oak Glen, Calif.—

Protecting the beauty and biodiversity of landscapes is a life's work for men like David Myers. If the lanky naturalist takes you sightseeing, you'd best wear sturdy boots.

Myers, 62, is executive director and a co-founder of the nonprofit Wildlands Conservancy. The sightseeing on this day will be of the organization's new garden, one of the largest in the United States dedicated to native conifers and plants.

The Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, which opens May 10, is designed to be a haven for tourists and a center for education programs promoting the protection of the region's flora and fauna.
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One of the most sought-after real estate parcels in downtown Los Angeles is a carwash — and it's been sold for an estimated $25 million.

Purchased for $525,000 in 1980, the Downtown Car Wash across the street from L.A. Live was bought by a local developer who plans to build a high-rise hotel-and-residential complex at the busy crossroads of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street.

During the carwash's more than three decades of operation, its surrounding neighborhood has undergone a dramatic transformation that has left the sprawling one-story business looking out of place, like a go-cart among sleek race cars.

The intersection was once on the edge of the city's business center, but it is now in a key link between the booming new neighborhood around Staples Center known as South Park and the financial district.

"This is a Los Angeles real estate trophy," said buyer Ben Neman, a longtime downtown landlord, "and we want to make it a much better trophy."
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Dunno if it was featured here already, but this LA construction blog got quite some coverage:

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New carpool lane on northbound 405 finally set to open
MARTHA GROVES, MATT STEVENS

After countless delays, cost overruns, gridlock gripes from Tesla's Elon Musk and a phenomenon known as "Carmageddon," officials Friday will finally unveil on the 405 Freeway the nation's longest continuous carpool lane.

The opening marks a milestone for L.A. commuter culture and the notorious 405, the nation's busiest urban interstate highway. The full carpool route runs for 70 miles from southern Orange County to near the northern tip of the San Fernando Valley, matching the existing carpool run on the southbound side.

Transit officials expect commuters to save at least 10 minutes per trip during peak hours on the new 10-mile stretch of carpool lane. In theory, the shift of high-occupancy vehicles to that lane should also help solo travelers roll more smoothly.

The 405 carries about 300,000 vehicles a day, a number that the Federal Highway Administration expects to grow by nearly 50%, to 447,000, by 2025.

The $1.1-billion 405 construction project has been the most challenging of a series of carpool lane projects that Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority have undertaken. Workers also are in the process of adding a lane along the 5 Freeway in Southeast L.A. and through the San Fernando Valley. The hope is for the 5 to one day have a continuous lane from San Clemente into Santa Clarita, except for a 4.5-mile stretch around downtown L.A.

Combined, Southern California has 950 miles of carpool lanes, with 70 more miles under construction. An additional 58 miles are in the design stages.

Each HOV lane in L.A. County carries 3,100 people in 1,300 vehicles per hour, said Carrie Bowen, director of the California Department of Transportation's District 7.

That means a single carpool lane carries about double the number of people as a regular lane. And officials expect those carpool lane numbers to grow as the network expands and ever-worsening traffic induces more commuters to share rides.
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Dream Hotel Hollywood looks pretty interesting:
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According to Gray Construction, the Dream Hollywood broke ground in March, with work set to wrap up in September 2015. 10-stories/125 feet tall, 182 hotel rooms. Designed by Killefer Flammang.



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Inside South Park's Brand New Double Marriott Hotels



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The latest two hotels by LA Live, a combined Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn, officially opens on June 1. The 901 West Olympic blog, which seems to solely track construction on the 392-room project, has a sneak-preview. The interior design is mostly predictably bland, but the 1,000-square-foot plaza facing the corner of Olympic and Georgia is outfitted with a pretty nice art installation. Likewise, the pool is cute, with cabanas and some killer views of Downtown.






















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888 Olive getting glassy:


Construction Watch 2014, 888 Olive by STERLINGDAVISPHOTO, on Flickr
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Are there any plans or current projects to redevelop/revitalize/renovate the old downtown of Los Angeles, with its Beaux Arts and Art Deco gems?

I was really shocked last summer to still see it in such bad decay.
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Are there any plans or current projects to redevelop/revitalize/renovate the old downtown of Los Angeles, with its Beaux Arts and Art Deco gems?

I was really shocked last summer to still see it in such bad decay.
Check out the City of LA's Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

Also see the LA subforum's Broadway Revitalization thread, although this particular thread hasn't seen much attention in a while since many of the component projects and proposals have their own threads.
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http://thesource.metro.net/2014/06/0...n-master-plan/



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Metro unveils bold proposal to modernize downtown's Union Station

A completed master plan for the station's 47 acres is scheduled to be sent to the Metro board for approval in September.

Anchored by the original Spanish-style terminal, the plan calls for a hotel, office towers, a residential complex and a high-speed rail station on the east side of Vignes Street.

The centerpiece of the modernization is a palatial concourse beneath the tracks of the platform area, which will have to be elevated to make room. The concourse will feature retail shops, cafes and snack bars.

Outside, the Patsouras Transit Plaza will be moved from its location in front of Metro's headquarters to the east side of Union Station, where passengers will be able to make their bus and train connections more conveniently.

Union Station will be preserved, but substantial landscaping and changes are proposed for the area in front of the terminal and Alameda Street.

A small parking lot will be replaced with a civic plaza, and Alameda will be reduced from six to four lanes and lined with trees. In addition, the end of Los Angeles Street across from the station will be turned into a cul de sac.

For those who prefer alternative forms of transportation, the plans include pedestrian walkways to and from the station as well as facilities for bicyclists such as bikeways, racks and storage areas.
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L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office has identified the first 15 areas to be targeted in his initiative to revitalize dozens of neighborhood streets.

The goal of his "Great Streets" program, the mayor has said, is to make streets more pedestrian-friendly and attract businesses. The mayor's staff said Monday that $800,000 has been initially budgeted for the project.

The first 15 that will be formally announced Tuesday morning include one in each council district:

District 1: North Figueroa Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 60
District 2: Lankershim Boulevard between Chandler and Victory boulevards
District 3: Sherman Way between Wilbur and Lindley avenues
District 4: Western Avenue between Melrose Avenue and 3rd Street
District 5: Westwood Boulevard between Le Conte Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard
District 6: Van Nuys Boulevard between Victory Boulevard and Oxnard Street
District 7: Van Nuys Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and San Fernando Road
District 8: Crenshaw Boulevard between 78th Street and Florence Avenue
District 9: Central Avenue between MLK Boulevard and Vernon Avenue
District 10: Pico Boulevard between Hauser Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue
District 11: Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard
District 12: Reseda Boulevard between Plummer Street and Parthenia Avenue
District 13: Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue & Gower Street
District 14: Cesar Chavez Avenue between Evergreen Avenue and St. Louis Street
District 15: Gaffey Street between 15th Street & the 110 Freeway
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Work Starting on Fashion District's Gamechanging City Market



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Just last month we got our first peek at HansonLA's renderings for the roughly 10-acre, $1-billion Fashion District megaproject City Market, which is expected to take 20 years to complete. But! Phase one, City Market South, is already on the way, according to a release from City Councilmember Jose Huizar, which says that "[c]onsruction for City Market South is expected this June with projections for the site to be operational by the summer of 2015." This phase will reuse 75,000 square feet in existing buildings and create creative office space and "gourmet retail offerings" that will cater to the "workers, shoppers, food lovers, and artisans" who will inevitably be drawn to the site.




City Market South sits on the southern end of the whole property (San Pedro and San Julian between Eleventh and Twelfth Streets) and includes eight warehouses. As noted by the LA Business Journal, many of the warehouses have those handsome industrial-chic details that can be seen in a lot of successful Arts District spaces, like "bow-truss ceilings, concrete floors and other popular architectural details."


The developers plan to spend more than $10 million on the first phase of the project. Financing has been lined up and City Market South is expected to be ready for office move-ins in about a year. Restaurants and shops will come about six months after that, if all goes according to plan. Fleming is hoping to have final approvals for the entire huge City Market project and have a "master developer in place" before the year's end.
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