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Old August 19th, 2016, 01:17 AM   #1601
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Renovation Planned for Echo Park's Jensen Recreation Center

In Echo Park, Vista is restoring the Jensen Recreation Center at 1706 Sunset Boulevard as a mixed-use property featuring 46 residential units and pedestrian-oriented retail space. Ground-floor tenants in the 50,000-square-foot structure already include Sage Vegan Bistro and Blue Bottle Coffee, while a brewery concept from Sage is expected to launch in Fall 2016.

Built in 1924, the Jensen Recreation Center originally featured a bowling alley and a pool hall on its ground floor. Vista's upgrades to the building will add modern amenities to the residential spaces, while simultaneously restoring its historic elements.

Notably, plans call for the resurrection of the building's rooftop "Jensen Recreation Center," sign. With 1,300 light bulbs, it is billed as the last remaining articulated incandescent sign in the United States.
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Nice to see that the one nice building on Sunset in Echo Park is getting fixed up.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 05:49 PM   #1603
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Look Inside DTLA's Future Hoxton Hotel

Eight months after purchasing the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Railway for $30 million, British developer Ennismore has revealed details about its plan to convert the 10-story edifice into a boutique Hoxton hotel.

According to a presentation to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee, the London-based firm intends to convert the upper levels of the former office building into 164 guest rooms. Plans also call for multiple food and beverage venues, lounge areas, a spa, event space and a rooftop deck with a swimming pool and seating.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 12:01 AM   #1604
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Another Aerial Trip Through the USC Village
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Old August 20th, 2016, 12:15 AM   #1605
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Fresh Renderings for Culver City Office Complex

Culver City Creative, or C3 at Culver Pointe, is now under construction on a three-acre property at Hannum Avenue and Bristol Parkway. When completed, the speculative development will feature approximately 280,000 square feet of leasable office space.

The seven-story building, designed by the global architecture firm Gensler, is envisioned as a vertical creative office campus with high ceilings and adaptable floor plates. The official website notes that the building will offer seamless expansion to adjacent floors via mezzanine installation. Large, operable windows and balconies will allow for offices to open to the exterior, and link to an adjacent parking garage by two pedestrian bridges.

Renderings also portray a series of colorful panels along the exterior of the parking structure. The public art installation, known as Cirrostratus, is designed by Refik Anadol.

Plans call for numerous on-site amenities, including a open courtyard, a dog park, space for food trucks and a gym. Previous reports have stated that the campus will also offer complimentary Uber service to off-site destinations such as Playa Vista, Downtown Culver City and the Expo Line's Culver City Station.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 10:14 AM   #1606
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Long Beach sees PCH as a hub for denser, resort-style development, but residents are wary

For years, Long Beach has debated how to remake one of its busiest and most important crossroads.

The corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd Street is already home to two shopping centers and serves as the eastern gateway to the Alamitos Bay Marina and the beach communities of Naples and Belmont Shore. It’s also home to a sprawling wetlands dotted with oil wells.

Developers have long seen potential in the southeastern tip of Long Beach, but previous efforts to build condo towers and other developments have been pushed back by residents who like the area the way it is.

The future is likely to become clearer in coming months as Long Beach officials consider sweeping zoning changes that could pave the way for new residential units, retail shops and taller buildings.

The plan would allow for mixed-use developments along Pacific Coast Highway but also protect portions of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. The blueprint could be the first significant zoning change to the region since 1977, allowing for buildings of up to seven stories and significantly denser development.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 11:18 PM   #1607
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Here's when West Elm in downtown Palm Springs will open

In the spring of 2013, workers began the long-awaited job of dismantling the defunct Desert Fashion Plaza.

Now, more than three years later, the first building planned for the more than 15-acre redevelopment site is set to open. A new 8,500-square-foot West Elm furniture and housewares store will serve as the anchor for a new mixed-use three-story building on Palm Canyon Drive next to the Hyatt Palm Springs.

Braun could have been referring to both the efforts to lure West Elm – itself a part of the larger Williams Sonoma umbrella – or the lengthy process to get the building designed and approved. At 53 feet tall, the structure quickly elicited gasps from the community as its steel-framework began going up about a year ago, with many saying the building was a towering presence on a street accustomed to low-scale development. Some of the harshest critics even wanted it torn down and the process begun a new.
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Old August 21st, 2016, 11:27 AM   #1608
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Go inside the downtown Palm Springs project: See what's happening behind the fence

If you thought the "Forever Marilyn" statue was a goldmine for Palm Springs hash-tagged selfies, just wait until the Kimpton Hotel's new rooftop pool deck opens, with its astounding views of the mountains and Palm Springs neighborhoods.

The hotel and surrounding buildings fronting North Palm Canyon Drive are part of a massive $400 million renovation of downtown where the former Desert Fashion Plaza shopping mall once stood.

Braun earlier this week provided a tour of the as-yet-unfinished six-story building. One of the most impressive features of the hotel is its roof deck, which includes two bar areas, a meeting space and a small kitchen. The entire roof, with its 360-degree views of the downtown Palm Springs and beyond, is devoted to usable space.

When the Kimpton hotel begins operation in roughly March or April 2017, it will open with all of the surrounding new streets and parking.

The downtown project is the outcome of hundreds of public meetings for any number of building approvals -- and seemingly countless changes to those approvals. The development will include some 900,000 square feet of buildings arranged around new streets, paseos, piazzas and other public gathering spaces like a new 50,000-square-foot public park fronting the Palm Springs Art Museum. There will also be more than 1,200 parking spaces -- many of them underground.

Construction on the hotel began in May 2015. It marks the first large, full-service hotel to be built in downtown Palm Springs in decades, and has been anxiously embraced by the region’s tourism industry for providing numerous, new high-quality rooms near the Palm Springs Convention Center.

"A new hotel with a nationally recognized brand is always nice to add to the inventory," said James Canfield, executive director of the Palm Springs Convention Center. "Kimpton brings a positive reputation for quality and service and fits nicely with our existing convention hotels.

And the Kimpton is likely to increase the city's competitive edge when it comes to attracting conventions.

"For the convention center, the availability of quality rooms within 'walking distance' is an important component of a competitive bid," Canfield added.

In addition to the Kimpton, here are the latest projected launch dates for the rest of the downtown Palm Springs redevelopment project.

Block A (West Elm building)

Use: Commercial/Retail/Residential

Stories: three; 53 feet tall

Square footage: 52,158

Original completion date: First quarter 2015

New completion date: Autumn 2016



Block B

Use: Commercial/ Retail

Stories: two, 38 feet tall

Square footage: 35,000

Expected completion date: Unknown, due to legal challenges



Block B1

Use: Virgin Hotel

Stories: six; 69 feet tall

Square footage: 112,000, 142 rooms

Expected completion date: Unknown, due to legal challenges



Block C Multiple Retail and Restaurant Spaces

Use: Commercial/ Retail

Stories: one; 28 feet tall

Square footage: 45,000

Expected completion date: Summer 2017, with tenants opening in third and fourth quarters



Block C1

Use: Kimpton Hotel

Stories: six; 74.5 feet tall (89 feet at the top of the elevator shaft)

Square footage: 123,000; 154 rooms

Original completion date: February 2016

New completion date: April 2017


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Old August 21st, 2016, 06:40 PM   #1609
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California Incline in Santa Monica set to reopen Sept. 1

The California Incline in Santa Monica is scheduled to reopen Sept. 1 — just in time for the Labor Day Weekend.

The beloved landmark — which connects the beach with the bluffs and offers exceptional coastal views — will reopen with a daylong pedestrian party after 17 months of closure.

“Our new California Incline is not only a feat of modern engineering, it’s the fruit of great human effort, sure to be with us for some time to come,” Curtis Castle, a civil engineer with the city’s Public Works Department, said in a prepared statement. “Hundreds of individuals worked on this project day and night for 17 straight months.”
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Old August 21st, 2016, 11:27 PM   #1610
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First Look at Reseda Boulevard Project

Harridge Cadillac Group, which purchased a former car resale center at 8350-8340 N. Reseda Boulevard last year, plans to redevelop the approximately 3.3-acre site with a multifamily residential units, single-family homes and commercial space.

Along Reseda Boulevard, plans call for the construction of two low-rise buildings featuring 79 apartments, 10,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 175 parking spaces. The twin-four story structures would offer a mixture of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, as well as roof terraces and amenity rooms.

The back of the property, fronting Canby Avenue, would be developed with a 61-unit small lot subdivision. Houses would come in a variety of floor plans, each featuring a two-car garage.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 09:15 PM   #1611
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Hawaiian Gardens’ $90 million casino project nears completion

Earthy colors such as sandstone, amber and terra cotta set the tone inside The Gardens Casino, a Southland gambling destination on the verge of completing a $90-million transformation.

The project, which attracted a visit from Gov. Jerry Brown nearly three years ago, has been called a renovation effort but may be more accurately described as a construction project.

When the governor stopped by in December 2013, the Carson Street venue was known as Hawaiian Gardens Casino, where players sat at card tables beneath a giant white tent.

At the time, the renovation project was expected to cost $45 million. Casino general manager Ron Sarabi said during a Friday tour of the venue the scope of the project got bigger and bigger as work went on.

“A little but here, and a little bit there, and the project added up to $90 million,” he said.

The new casino is a 200,000-square-foot building where 5,000 to 7,000 people can gamble at more than 300 tables, according to a casino announcement. A grand opening date has yet to be scheduled.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 09:26 PM   #1612
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Subway turnback, Airport Connector receive state cap-and-trade funds

A new transit station that will help passengers quickly reach LAX terminals and a project to allow more frequent Red/Purple Line subway service were awarded a combined $109 million in state cap-and-trade funds, the California State Transportation Agency announced earlier this week.
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Stagecoach, the biggest country music gathering in the world, is going on tour

Ten years after launching the Stagecoach Country Music Festival as the country counterpart to the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert city of Indio, Goldenvoice is launching a touring version that will spotlight up-and-coming country acts. Many have been or will be featured at what has become the biggest country music gathering in the world.

First, the tour is expected to further extend the Stagecoach name beyond Southern California, and it also aims to deepen the promoter’s relationships with many of the acts it books year in and year out.

“What happens,” Vee told The Times, “is that these artists come in for Stagecoach, and we work very closely with them for several months, really get to know them and then when the festival ends, we have to say ‘Bye guys, we’ll see you again maybe in four or five years.’ We are just looking for a way to stay in business with them and keep working with artists longer than Stagecoach weekend.”

In 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available, Stagecoach was the third-highest-grossing festival in the world, grossing $21.9 million over three days, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. That was behind Coachella, by far the biggest festival of all, which grossed $84.3 million over six days, and Outside Lands in San Francisco, which pulled in $24.3 million, also over three days.

Total attendance last year was about 216,000 counting daily attendance of 72,000, according to Goldenvoice. Still, Goldenvoice officials aim to push those figures even higher in years ahead.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 05:58 PM   #1615
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Ports O’ Call will be torn down this fall, paving the way for big makeover
The kitschy waterfront is slated for a huge redevelopment

The first phase of demolition work on San Pedro’s once iconic Ports O’ Call Village was given the go-ahead Thursday by port officials.

Work is expected to begin in November, paving the way for the eventual redevelopment of the outdoor shopping attraction that was built in the 1960s and enjoyed decades of popularity before falling on hard times.

Specifically, Thursday’s motion approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners directs the Harbor Department to demolish 92 mostly vacant marina slips at Berths 80-83 and tear down the building at 950 Sampson Way that provides utility service to the existing marina. Redevelopment plans call for retail, dining, entertainment and other attractions under the banner of the San Pedro Public Market.

The demolition, which includes removal of deteriorating floating docks, is important for the construction of the promenade that will provide a walkway along the water. The work also is needed to make way for the creation of a town square at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard.

Only four slips remain occupied in what was called the San Pedro Marina, which was taken over by the port earlier this year.

Inside the port, 3,721 boat slips remain.

A $150 million proposal to make over the 30-acre Ports O’ Call by the LA Waterfront Alliance was approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners in May.

Eventually, all of the buildings are expected to be demolished. The popular San Pedro Fish Market will remain in its current space until a new structure can be built for the restaurant. Other tenants also could remain in the new development.
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First look at huge apartment complex planned for LA River

A developer wants to tear down a warehouse on the Los Angeles River, on the border of Atwater Village and Glassell Park, to build 419 apartments, a project the architect envisions as a gateway to 18 acres of green space.

"We want to give it some life," Mark Motonaga, a partner with Rios Clementi Hale Studios, told Curbed.

The complex is proposed at 2750 West Casitas Avenue, right next to the 2 freeway. Casitas is one of just two access points onto the Bowtie Parcel, a former rail yard purchased by the state in 2003 that has since been turned into a venue to camp and make art.

The apartments, 35 of which would be reserved for tenants with lower incomes, would be on the east side of the river, in five-story buildings that form a triangle shape. A parking garage would serve as a buffer between the units and the freeway. Plans call for 39,600 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, likely to translate into restaurants and a community center for artists.
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Banc of California snags naming rights for L.A. Football Club soccer stadium

When the Los Angeles Football Club takes the field in its new Exposition Park stadium in 2018, its home pitch will bear the name of an Irvine bank some Angelenos might not have heard of.

Yet the scope of the 15-year deal that the Banc of California announced Tuesday with the Major League Soccer expansion franchise goes far beyond the typical naming-rights agreement.

Not only will the lender have a branch on site, but it will serve as the bank for the team and its affiliated nonprofit foundation. Moreover, it has already participated in a $180-million syndicated loan with other banks funding stadium construction — and it plans to lend to the project’s minority subcontractors.
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Rams expand Coliseum capacity for Dallas, Seattle games

Due to high ticket demand for those games in particular, the Rams will make seats available in areas of the Coliseum they originally planned not to sell — mostly the upper level corners.

The preseason opener against Dallas on Saturday, the first NFL game in Los Angeles since 1994, could wind up drawing a crowd close to the stadium’s capacity of 91,000. The club has made several thousand extra tickets available this week on Ticketmaster.com.
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2024 Summer Olympics | Games of the XXXIII Olympiad - Candidate Cities
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USC and UCLA athletes score 30 medals at Olympics

USC and UCLA-affiliated athletes scored a total of 30 medals at the Olympics in Rio, with Trojans bringing home the most at 21, university officials said Monday.

Athletes with ties to USC won nine gold medals, five silver and seven bronze, according to the university, which noted that a Trojan has won a gold medal at every Summer Olympics since 1912. A total of 44 current, former or incoming USC students competed in Rio, the most of any U.S. university.

The games featured 36 Bruins, with eight of them winning a total of nine medals, including six gold. Gymnast Madison Kocian won two medals — a gold in the team competition and silver on the uneven bars. Five current or former Bruins won gold medals as part of the U.S. women’s water polo team, while freshman soccer player Jessie Fleming won a silver medal as part of Team Canada and 2015 graduate Karsta Lowe won a bronze with the U.S. women’s volleyball team.

According to UCLA, 424 Bruins have made 687 Olympic appearances since the university was founded in 1919, and there has been a Bruin in ever Olympics since 1920 with the exception of 1924. A UCLA-affiliated athlete has won a gold medal in every Olympics in which the United States has competed since 1932.
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