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Old July 30th, 2014, 04:07 AM   #901
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Well, it looks like it's hunt'n season on parking lots in Downtown LA, the next few years will be very interesting.

"Everyone" wants to live in DT now, I remember the 80's and 90's, what a change. Love it.
What's great is nearly all the largest dead zones downtown are now going away (8th/Grand, Metropolis, Fig Central, 1200 Fig).
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Old July 30th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #902
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Good point. It is true that LA isn't more dense than European cities, but it is certainly dense for American cities when you compare it to the likes of places like Dallas, Indianapolis, or Phoenix.
well, and if those cities make the same change it will be good also, because no one knows when that city can become Detroit for example and maintain such a huge cities is not easy
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Old August 6th, 2014, 05:18 PM   #903
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DTLA's Soon-to-Open 8th+Hope Looks Good, Hides Parking



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There was a communal kvetch when prices were revealed for 8th+Hope, Wood Partners' 22-story mixed-user in South Park (one-bedrooms for $2,425 a month), but at least the rental tower is damn good-looking. Maybe most striking is the incredible way Atlanta architect Preston Partnership hid the parking podium, a feature currently marring aesthetics from downtown to Ktown. Are those live/work spaces above the ground-floor retail? Nope, they're parking levels! Bravo. The building, with pool, spa, theater, valet, and available "in-unit salon and spa services," starts leasing later this summer.











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Old August 9th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #904
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Gensler Goes Hollywood with “Vertical Campus”



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Hudson Pacific Properties is banking on the continued appeal of Hollywood office space with its Icon at Sunset Bronson Studios, a 14-story tower designed by Gensler. Targeting creative professionals, Icon reconfigured the suburban campus typology for an urban setting. Gensler associate Amy Pokawatana called the development a “vertical campus,” blending “work, relaxation, and recreation.” Part of a $150 million studio expansion, the project takes its cue from a six-story building the developer finished on the Sunset Gower Studios lot in 2008.



The building features five rectangular, stacked volumes, offset horizontally to create exterior terraces. The high-performance envelope alternates between glass curtain wall and precast panels to break down the scale and frame views to downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and the Santa Monica Bay. In addition to providing outdoor green space on multiple floors, the design incorporates flexibility and connectivity. Large floor plates and connections between floors allow for both open and traditional office layouts, said Pokawatana.

Icon is located near several historic Hollywood buildings, including its next-door neighbor, the Executive Office Building (EOB), once the headquarters of Warner Bros. The design is set back from Sunset Boulevard to provide views to the EOB, while the height of the tower’s first volume coincides with the older building’s eave-line. In addition, said Pokawatana, “White, precast, freestanding columns that front the tower are a modern nod to the historic colonnade on the EOB facade. Punched windows in the precast facade mimic the simple rhythm of the windows at the EOB.”

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Old August 9th, 2014, 05:36 AM   #905
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China developer buys Robinsons-May site in Beverly Hills

Establishing a major new beachhead in Hollywood, Wanda Group -- China’s largest commercial property developer and owner of the AMC theater chain -- said Friday it has bought the site of the former Robinsons-May department store in Beverly Hills and will invest $1.2 billion to build a mixed-use development on the plot. No sales price was revealed.

The company, which has been aggressively expanding overseas since its $2.6-billion deal for AMC in 2012, said the development would serve as its “first important step into Hollywood.” The company said it would set up a Los Angeles office to handle entertainment-sector investments -- including investment in local film production companies or global theatrical releases. The company’s New York office will be responsible for commercial-sector investments.

“The Los Angeles project is expected to aid in China’s entry into Hollywood’s film industry and generally promote Chinese culture abroad,” the company said in a statement. “The Los Angeles office will be able to leverage on Hollywood’s solid film industry resources to support the Group’s Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis and Qingdao International Film Festival projects in China.”
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Old August 12th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #906
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"6 to 26 story building" headed to La Brea and Hollywood

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Old August 12th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #907
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NIMBYs will never allow a 26-story building here.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 03:47 AM   #908
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No Fault Found Under Capitol Records and Double-Tower Site

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A NIMBY claimed recently to have seen with his own eyes a fault line in a photo of the site around the massive Millennium Hollywood dual-tower project, but a geological engineering consultant hired by developers Millennium Partners has actually done some digging now and says there are no active faults, everything's cool, build away, which is mighty good news for the enormously tall mixed-use development. The developers' press release adds there's no fault under the neighboring Capitol Records building either, or on "any property adjacent to or surrounding the Argyle/Yucca intersection and corridor to the south." That's a relief! These findings also contradict a map of the Hollywood Fault put out by the state, which, though preliminary, did suggest that there was an active fault running directly under the development (state law prohibits building close to a fault).

Despite the proud proclamation in a release from MillHoll developers that "now [residents and area workers] have definitive proof that no active faults exist on this site" or at the three other sites at the intersection of Argyle and Yucca Street, the state is holding off on making any such declarations or changing its map. (The consultant also studied and exonerated the 6230 Yucca site, where developers have been trying to build a mixed-user with condos for more than seven years.) The geology firm has so far only released a summary of its findings, so the state will want to look at the full report (out later this month) before accepting this study as gospel, according to the LA Times.

The final, official fault map is expected to be ready sometime later this year. The LA Department of Building and Safety will ultimately decide if the MillHoll study was comprehensive enough, if the findings are indeed conclusive, and whether or not the 35- and 39-story towers planned for the site can be built. This is just one of many hurdles the Millennium project has faced; it's also been vehemently opposed by the locals.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #909
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I guess I don't know that much about properly building a structure around a fault, but if a building is close enough to a fault that people have to do a study to see if it is actually on the fault then should it be built? What is the different effect during an earthquake for a building that is directly over the fault versus very close to it? Wouldn't they both suffer extreme damage and make construction unwise?
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Old August 14th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #910
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Over the past several weeks, Barry Shy has submitted plans for the four mixed-use developments he announced last summer. Here's what we know so far:
  • 939 Broadway - vacant 12-story building (1924) next to the Ace Hotel becoming 160 apartments above seven ground-floor retail stalls
  • 955 Broadway - parking lot at Olympic/Broadway, to become a 15-story, 185,000 sq ft tower
  • 920 Hill Street - parking lot to become a 32-story tower with 239 residential units, parking garage and five ground-floor retail stalls
  • 601 Main Street - corner of 6th/Main, also called SB Omega, 38-story tower with 452 condo units, 858-stall parking garage, 15 ground-floor retail stalls

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Old August 15th, 2014, 12:03 AM   #911
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All sounds great. Hopefully the designs are compatible or complimentary to the surrounding buildings.

My one worry is the main street project. Its a very large lot so a 38 story tower is only taking up probably half of the lot at most. He could fit 3 towers there easily, but im guessing were getting a huge parking structure on the remainder of the lot?
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All sounds great. Hopefully the designs are compatible or complimentary to the surrounding buildings.

My one worry is the main street project. Its a very large lot so a 38 story tower is only taking up probably half of the lot at most. He could fit 3 towers there easily, but im guessing were getting a huge parking structure on the remainder of the lot?
I believe the project will have a parking podium that fills the bulk of the lot, with upper levels set back from the street. On the bright side, if what I heard a few months ago is still true, the podium will be wrapped with residential units along Main and 6th.

Since most new projects will have significant on-site parking for the near term future, and fully subterranean garages are cost prohibitive, this is the best solution for the time being.
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Old August 15th, 2014, 01:22 AM   #913
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I guess I don't know that much about properly building a structure around a fault, but if a building is close enough to a fault that people have to do a study to see if it is actually on the fault then should it be built? What is the different effect during an earthquake for a building that is directly over the fault versus very close to it? Wouldn't they both suffer extreme damage and make construction unwise?
There are construction techniques you can use to make structures resistant to all but the most extreme, most unlikely degree of shaking, even at relatively close distances to a fault. Directly on a fault, however, there isn't much you can do when the ground a building sits on literally moves in two different directions at once, regardless of its seismically sound construction.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 02:41 AM   #914
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I believe the project will have a parking podium that fills the bulk of the lot, with upper levels set back from the street. On the bright side, if what I heard a few months ago is still true, the podium will be wrapped with residential units along Main and 6th.

Since most new projects will have significant on-site parking for the near term future, and fully subterranean garages are cost prohibitive, this is the best solution for the time being.
well, that is better than just a parking garage.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #915
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Renderings Revealed: New Trio of High-Rises Coming to Historic Core in Downtown LA

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Designed by Downtown LA-based David Takacs Architecture, the trio of high-rises (more detailed info below) will be spearheaded by downtown developer Barry Shy who pretty much owns at least half of the residential buildings along Spring Street (SB Tower, SB Manhattan, etc.). The three towers, which will all have two-bedroom units available, will each have their own distinctive look. According to architect Takacs, all three are currently in the process of getting entitled. The goal the developer is striving for is to break ground on all three buildings at around the same time, which is hopefully sometime in late 2015/early 2016.

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SB OMEGA

Height: 390 feet
Stories: 38
Units: 452
Retail: 25,000 SF
Parking: 858
Bike Stalls: 524
Trees: 119





THE BROADWAY LOFTS

Height: 166 feet
Stories: 15
Units: 163
Retail: 4,600 SF
Parking: 219
Bike Stalls: 198
Trees: 46





HILL TOWER LOFTS

Height: 340 feet
Stories: 33
Units: 239
Retail: 5,400 SF
Parking: 328
Bike Stalls: 267
Trees: 60





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Old August 20th, 2014, 07:04 PM   #917
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They aren't stunning but they are nice enough! I like anything that brings people downtown and hopefully makes it more lively.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 05:40 PM   #918
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Work Begins to Put Huge Park on Top of the 101 in Hollywood

I would love to see this highway cap project really happen!



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Get excited Hollywood, because you are one step closer to having a huge park on top of the 101 Freeway. Friends of Hollywood Central Park, the group spearheading the plan, has finally gotten started on the first official step—environmental review process—according to a statement: "This brings us one big step closer toward achieving the long-held dream of building this much-needed park in the heart of Hollywood," says the executive director. The 38-acre park would run over about a mile of highway, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Bronson Avenue, and hopefully "create a street-level urban park that reunites communities separated by the Hollywood Freeway more than sixty years ago."

The notice about the environmental review says the park will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with potential features including "pedestrian meadows, small retail facilities (such as bike shops, seasonal markets, and art galleries, restaurants, an amphitheater, a community center, playgrounds, dog parks, and interactive community areas." Development of the park is expected to go in phases, from north to south, starting above Sunset with "an amphitheater, parking, terraces, restaurants, a bed and breakfast inn, a grass area, and a dog park." Whoa.

The environmental process kicks off on September 6 with a public scoping session to collect ideas on what people want to see reviewed. Getting the park to this step in the planning process (still early) has taken years, but now that it's begun, the EIR process is expected to be finished by 2015, at which point a plan will be presented to the public for review. It's been a while since there was any news on the other freeway cap park on the 101, in Downtown ...
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Old August 24th, 2014, 06:32 PM   #919
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More renderings of Hollywood/La Brea, via Curbed.

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Prominent L.A. developer to build unconventional office at Playa Vista

Robert F. Maguire III, a prominent developer who helped shape L.A.'s skyline in the 1980s and '90s, is back.

Maguire led development of several of the city's best-known office buildings including U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest structure in Southern California. Now, at 79, Maguire says he is gearing up to develop again.

He plans to build an unconventional office at Playa Vista, the expansive former headquarters site of aviation titan Howard Hughes that has become a magnet for so-called creative firms such as YouTube.

The monolithic granite and glass towers Maguire built for corporate titans of the late 20th century are not attractive to technology, entertainment and digital media firms now leading the region's economic recovery, he says.

"Smart companies want innovative space," he said. "Conventional office space is going to have a hard time competing."

The Playa Vista office market is roaring, in part because the tech-centric Westside, sometimes known as Silicon Beach, is running out of space.

"Santa Monica is full," Maguire said. "The obvious replacement for major tenants is Playa Vista."

His plan is to build an office called WE3, which would be the third building at an office campus called Water's Edge at the intersection of Lincoln and Jefferson boulevards. Maguire has held part interest in Water's Edge since he built it in 2002.
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