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Old February 29th, 2016, 04:13 AM   #1281
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West Hollywood Refusing to Let Metro Rail Pass It By
The city wants an extension of the Crenshaw Line, and they've got a plan to make it happen
http://la.curbed.com/2016/2/25/11110...etro-rail-plan
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Old March 1st, 2016, 11:37 PM   #1282
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Per Curbed today, Townscape Partnersand Frank Gehry have teamed up again, this time presenting a proposal to develop a huge mixed-use campus in Beverly Hills (on Foothill between Alden and Burton), which would include boutique office space, a hotel and a public park.

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Earlier this month, developer Townscape Partners and the architecture firm Gehry Partners presented an unsolicited plan to the Beverly Hills City Council to build a huge mixed-use campus that would include hip office space, a five-star hotel, retail, and a three-acre public park on about seven acres of land that is, for the most part, owned by the city (a small portion is privately held). The Beverly Hills Courier reports that the council is expected to approve an agreement at their meeting tonight that should help this unexpected and enormous project take a big step forward.

Starchitect Frank Gehry himself gave the presentation to the city council, along with Townscape Partners' cofounder. The team is asking that Beverly Hills give Townscape a 99-year lease on the property, which spans both sides of Third Street just east of Foothill Road, according to a staff report.

The proposed development would have about 500,000 square feet of office space geared toward entertainment, tech, and media tenants; 50,000 square feet of "neighborhood serving retail" space; 150 condos; an "elevated" three-acre public park with a dog park and a concert venue; and a five-star hotel with 180 rooms.

The northern side of the site (336 Foothill Road) would house everything but the hotel, which would go on the southern side (9268 Third Street). There'd be pedestrian bridges connecting the two parts, linking the hotel to all that shopping and open space and offices.

This land isn't empty, however—it's already occupied by "new shallow water wells, parking lots, Lakeshore Entertainment and the Magen David Temple," says the Courier. Part of the land is also already set to become BH's first dog park—an amenity that took years to finally get approved.

According to the Gehry/Townscape proposal: "It is critical that all of the other elements be a part of this synergistic environment in order to transform the hotel’s surroundings into a location suitable for a five-star product…. establishing a new office and residential population, all which is centered around the major public park, as well as the elimination of inferior uses that denigrate the area, will transform this part of town from its previous industrial roots into a completely reinvigorated part of Beverly Hills."

The plan also includes a headquarters for a "top tier talent agency or the corporate home office for a studio or production firm." For that building,

"[t]he design focus is centered on iconic exterior architecture, floor to ceiling glass, private controlled entrance and reception, and many great corner office exposures. This building will be the jewel box that any top tier entertainment firm will be thrilled to call home."

The BH City Council will consider a deal tonight to enter into an "informal review process" for the proposal, which means that the suggested project will be subject to community feedback and discussion in several public meetings. Public input, as well as a few other factors (we'll get to that in a minute), determine whether or not the proposal will get to the next phase, which would involve BH putting out a Request for Proposals for a project on the same site, in order to have a nominally competitive process to develop this public land.

The agenda item, which the Courier says is likely to be approved, calls for an informal agreement in which Townscape will give BH $1 million to fund some preliminary steps in developing the site. The money would go toward:

Determining fair market rent for the land
Various economic studies related to the proposed development
Land use planning studies
The costs of putting out public notices
"Certain legal and support staff overtime costs"
The cost of putting together an RFP (if it's decided that one should be created)

Once all the various studies are done, the results plus public comments would be handed over to the BH City Council to see if they want to move on to the next step and open the floor to proposals from other developers too.

Gehry and Townscape are working together right now on a similar project on the Sunset Strip, where their huge 8150 Sunset project will dramatically alter the landscape at the border of Hollywood and West Hollywood.










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Old March 2nd, 2016, 05:55 PM   #1283
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 08:44 PM   #1284
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So not huge news, but I was curious about the status of the Fairfax Theatre development at the NW corner of Fairfax and Beverly -- I drive by it every day, and I would love for that corner to get updated -- and the guys over at UrbanizeLA confirmed on Facebook for me that it's still alive. In fact, their LADCP documents just got updated last month.

An EIR is in progress, and hopefully we'll see movement before too long, leading to this...

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 06:31 AM   #1286
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Ports O' Call Village is set to get a $100-million makeover.

City officials and developers unveiled plans on Wednesday for turning the aging property into a hip destination with restaurants, an amphitheater and marketplace. The long-awaited redevelopment is seen as a key step in transforming San Pedro's once industrial waterfront into a regional destination that includes dining, music and tourist attractions — set to the backdrop of the nation's busiest port.

The new Ports O' Call, to be renamed the San Pedro Public Market, is set to open in 2020. The current fishing village will be demolished and replaced with 16 acres of restaurants, fresh markets, retail shops, and small offices.
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Tallest Tower in the West Will Have a Glass Slide Stuck to the Side of the 69th Floor
What's an observation deck without a "thrill factor"?
http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/1/111399...slide-skyslide
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Metro Gold Line extension tests San Gabriel Valley's support for transit
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Old March 6th, 2016, 05:49 PM   #1290
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Beverly Center to undergo $500-million renovation that will add upscale food and sunlight

The Beverly Center, a grand dame in Los Angeles retailing, is placing a $500-million bet on food and sunshine.

A sweeping renovation of the eight-story mall begins late this month and will feature skylights and a new, window-dotted exterior to open and freshen the 1980s shopping fortress.

Malls trying to keep up with the times are turning to food as a way to draw people, analysts said. The Beverly Center, as part of its revamp, will introduce nine new restaurants and a food hall to be helmed by celebrity chef Michael Mina.

"The food is the most dramatic," said William Taubman, chief operating officer of Taubman Centers. "We have been by far the weakest in food historically, and we will now become the strongest."

The food hall, to be called the Street despite its location on the top-floor terrace, will offer 15 to 18 concepts from different chefs, Mina said. Possible options, he said, include a ramen bar, a poke bar and an eatery with barbecued meats from around the world.

"People are more educated than they have ever been about food," said Mina, who is also working with Taubman to bring food-hall style dining to a Hawaii shopping center. "They are demanding higher quality than they have ever demanded, especially people shopping in places like the Beverly Center."
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Here's the exterior from that same article.

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UrbanizeLA has a great scoop on a proposed 134 Freeway cap in downtown Glendale! What is this, the fifth cap park proposal (101 in Hollywood, 101 in DTLA, 110 in DTLA, 10 in Santa Monica and now 134 in Glendale)? Let's start actually getting some of these built.

Here's a shot I thought particularly interesting, where they're planning to include access to a freeway grade BRT or LRT line:



Click through to the Urbanize article or to the Space 134 page for many more slides.
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And per Curbed, the Beverly Hilton is proposing to consolidate its two-tower condo plan into a single, 26-story Robert A. M. Stern tower, with the remaining space turned into a large public garden with "Tavern on the Green-inspired" indoor/outdoor restaurant.

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...Alagem would like to combine the condos into one, 26-story building along Santa Monica Boulevard, so that there can be room for a 1.7-acre open space—"a green buffer with a beautiful and expansive garden at the gateway to Beverly Hills," he tells the Courier—on the site of the shorter building.

The tower would be designed by Robert AM Stern and the garden would be by landscape architects SWA and include a restaurant, according to a promotional video for the plan.

This version wouldn't add any units to the project, it would just stack them on top of each other. And as an added bonus, says the Courier, "The proposed change also streamlines access to the site by eliminating an entry and exit point along Merv Griffin Way while likely slimming down the resulting traffic."

Less gridlock is great, but a 26-story tower is pretty tall for BH. The Waldorf Astoria, which will be built right next to the Hilton, will only be 12 stories. Alagem's planning to put the new plan on the ballot, so that, much in the way that Bev Hillsers decided on the original proposal back in 2008, they can have their say on this new plan too.
Here's the video of the presentation, which mostly makes an effort to obscure any view of the tower. Unlike BH voters, however, I am actually looking forward to the skyline impact such a tower would make, in particular that it would help connect the Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood skylines.





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Old March 8th, 2016, 01:54 AM   #1294
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UrbanizeLA has a great scoop on a proposed 134 Freeway cap in downtown Glendale! What is this, the fifth cap park proposal (101 in Hollywood, 101 in DTLA, 110 in DTLA, 10 in Santa Monica and now 134 in Glendale)? Let's start actually getting some of these built.

Here's a shot I thought particularly interesting, where they're planning to include access to a freeway grade BRT or LRT line:



Click through to the Urbanize article or to the Space 134 page for many more slides.
If this happens, I predict a development boom all along it!!!
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Agreed! If you flip through the slides, I think that's what Glendale is counting on. I'm very curious if anyone has tried to calculate how much a plot's value would increase by capping over an adjacent freeway.

In other news, it's a big day for mall renovations. Apparently the Westside Pavillion is getting in on the craze, per Curbed today:

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Now the mall remodel bug is spreading west. According to Los Angeles Business Journal, the Westside Pavilion is also looking to change it's image with an extensive renovation. The 31-year-old shopping institution is in the planning stages of a project that will knock down its fronts walls completely, opening its ground-level stores to Pico Boulevard pedestrians.

The Westside Pavilion has seen a dip in business over the years, even losing one of its flagship stores—Nordstrom's will soon be leaving Westside Pavilion for Westfield Century City, another mall undergoing a massive remodel. With the opening of a new Expo Line station just blocks away, the Westside Pavilion is using the Nordstrom's vacancy as an opportunity to adapt to a new generation of pedestrian shoppers.

Final plans for the new Westside Pavilion have not been made public, but the mall has been consulting with community leaders on potential redesign ideas. They include: incorporating more glass walls to open the space to natural light, converting the third floor into creative office space, and expanding the parking garage structure up to the second level. There have also been hints that a Whole Foods could take over the Nordstrom's space.
No renders yet, and it sounds like it's early days. But good news, nonetheless. This stretch of Pico has so much going for it (the Wellesbourne, Gulp, and it may be my sentimental attachment but I think La Serenata's some of the best Mexican food in town) but pedestrian activity is discouraged by the massive blank walls of the Pavillion. This will be even more essential now that larger numbers of people will be arriving on foot, via the new Expo station.
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Residential tower planned at large Wilshire/Hoover lot

31 stories, 644 apartments, 13,200 sq. ft. of retail space.

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Maybe in 20 years, Downtown and Koreatown will have a single, unified skyline. Wilshire seems as good, and as likely, a street as any in the city to be host to the LA skyline.
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Concrete Core Tops Out at Wilshire Grand Center

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Turner Construction workers were joined by officials from project architects AC Martin Partners in celebrating the accomplishment, which took 744 days to achieve after the foundation pour began. The final steel beam was also lifted into place, scrawled with the signatures of workers and dignitaries. The long-standing tradition of placing a tree atop the last beam — a rite traced back to ancient Scandinavia — was observed during the ceremony.

The Wilshire Grand Center towers above its neighbours, image by HunterKerhart
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Renderings for City West's Sapphire Development

Two seven-story buidlings with 369 apartments and 22,000 sq. ft. of retail space, designed by Steinberg Architects. Developer is Jade Enterprises.

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Freeway caps are a fantastic idea for Los Angeles. The city badly needs to get rid of all this Athens Charter functional segregation and car-centered 60s style junk.

Hamburg in Germany is actually doing this already, btw. Check it out here.
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