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Old October 18th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #61
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Old October 19th, 2011, 03:05 AM   #62
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I will have to go up there and see that!
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Old October 19th, 2011, 08:51 AM   #63
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it will never happen. This city is in such bad shape right now, a tooth pick wont even get off the ground. very sad
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Old October 19th, 2011, 03:25 PM   #64
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I can't wait to see it rising.It may look even better than Beekman Towern in NYC.
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Old October 19th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #65
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That crane is for the Broad Museum.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 03:33 AM   #66
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there really is not a lot of money in LA for the size of the city, and most people up there pay way too much for their houses, part of the reason there is not a lot of money there, you do not have the same market in LA compared to NYC or Chicago, in those places you have your expensive areas but in LA it is like all over, even the mediocre and bad areas are still expensive.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 04:33 AM   #67
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Just to be clear, the crane is for the Broad museum, not the actual tower.

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Old September 16th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #68
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Financing Secured for Grand Avenue Apartment Tower
Related Eyes November Groundbreaking on 19-Story Project

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:40 pm
by Ryan Vaillancourt, Staff Writer


DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Grand Avenue project developer Related Companies has secured financing to build its planned $100 million apartment tower south of the Broad museum site.
The deal, which includes equity financing from the State Teachers Association of Ohio and a construction loan from Citibank, means there could be a groundbreaking as soon as November, said Bill Witte, president of Related California.
The timing is crucial because Related’s contract with the city and county joint powers authority that controls the land demands that the 271-unit apartment project start by October.
While that deadline comes one month before the expected groundbreaking, the securing of financing will likely give Related a few months grace period to start work.
The 19-story building was first proposed last year as a scaled-back version of the two 35-story towers that were originally approved for the site, which is known as parcel M. Currently used as a staging area for the Broad museum project, the plot south of Gen. Thaddeus Kociuscko Way is one of four parcels that comprise the Grand Avenue project.
The tower will be 20% affordable, with 54 units reserved for low-income residents. The affordable component will be funded in part by the $7.7 million that Eli Broad paid for the right to lease the land where he is building his $100 museum.
Miami-based Arquitectonica, which has a Los Angeles office, won a private bidding contest to design the building. Initial renderings feature a façade with a pre-cast concrete matrix that frames mostly square windows with loose, irregular lines. Some of the squares on the upper floors stretch off the top of the structure, leading to a visual effect of framing nothing but sky. It clearly references the Broad museum design by the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Plans for the rest of the Grand Avenue project are uncertain. Related has a separate February deadline to break ground on what is known as parcel Q, the site across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall. That is where the firm originally dreamed up a $1 billion mixed-use complex with two Frank Gehry-designed towers, a luxury hotel and a massive shopping complex.
Witte said the firm will soon begin discussions with Grand Avenue project stakeholders about potential development alternatives for the site, though he declined to discuss concepts that Related may be considering.
“We don’t intend to show up in February and ask for an extension without spending time talking to people about what our thoughts are,” he said.
Completion of the parcel M tower, he said, is slated for late 2014.
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Old September 18th, 2012, 05:09 AM   #69
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Nice to see this project getting back off the ground.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 10:04 AM   #72
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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:37 PM   #73
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Huge Grand Avenue Development Might Be On Its Death Bed


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At midnight tonight, the latest agreement to build the enormous Grand Avenue project around Disney Hall will expire, and last week the Grand Avenue Authority "unanimously rejected the conceptual plan for the $650-million project," reports the LA Times. Wrangling between the city/county-run authority and developer Related Cos. has been going on for nearly a decade--plans for an assortment of hotel rooms, condos, retail, and restaurants have been delayed and reimagined over and over, although one single apartment tower managed to break ground late last year--and most recently Related said it was working on a scaled-back plan that would no longer include the original Frank Gehry-designed buildings. The latest vote could kill the project altogether, at least with Related at the helm. (Happily, the county did manage to get Related to pay for the huge Grand Park, which opened last fall, although that could also put them on the legal liability hook.)

Members of the authority "said they did not see how [the latest plans] would be a high-caliber project for Grand Avenue." County Supe Gloria Molina disliked the "boxiness" of the design, and said of one piece on Grand Avenue, "There's nothing there that lends itself in any aspect to a design that promotes any kind of pedestrian activity, any street activity or anything ... It is still a continuation to me of the fort-like conditions down Grand Avenue."

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Old October 15th, 2013, 04:16 AM   #74
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Grand Avenue Project Parcel M Tower progressing:



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Related California's revised plan for Phase I of the Grand Avenue Project was soundly rejected last month, but other parts of the slow moving mega development are still pressing forward. Kitty-corner to the Phase I site, Parcels M and L have two landscape shifting projects under construction. Work on the Arquitectonica designed Parcel M Tower, which broke ground in January, has now progressed to the lucky 13th floor. When completed in late 2014, the $120 million development will contain 271 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space within 19-stories.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 04:50 AM   #75
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there really is not a lot of money in LA for the size of the city, and most people up there pay way too much for their houses, part of the reason there is not a lot of money there, you do not have the same market in LA compared to NYC or Chicago, in those places you have your expensive areas but in LA it is like all over, even the mediocre and bad areas are still expensive.
Why is it so?
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Frank Gehry will return to the Grand Avenue project.

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Old November 25th, 2013, 03:48 AM   #78
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Report: Gehry's New Grand Avenue Plans Are Best Yet

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Architect Frank Gehry is about to present yet another plan for the huge redevelopment of Grand Avenue on Monday, according to blog LA Cowboy.

Developer Related Cos.' latest development agreement with the joint powers authority that controls the Grand Avenue Project ends on January 20, so the timing sounds right. Gehry designed the original GAP about a decade back, but following years of delays and rejiggering, was taken off the project earlier this year.

Just last month, County Supervisors rejected designs by another architecture team for the avenue's Parcel Q, calling them uninspired. The project has its groove back with Gehry back on board, says Westwater, who saw renderings of the architect's plans: "Rather than having the entrance to the public courtyard being two narrow passageways on either side of [a proposed] apartment building, the entire public plaza now sweeps out to the street--and the sidewalk--it all but physically pulls pedestrians off the sidewalk and into the space." The plans include landscaping and lighting elements meant to bridge wide-ass Grand Avenue.

A hotel is definitely in the works--we already know SLS is sniffing around Bunker Hill. All in all, Westwater says Grand Avenue 87.0 is a win: "The design is both striking and simple at the same time. It looks like nothing ever built in LA and yet still feels very much like an LA building."
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Frank Gehry's Grand vision to go before project committee


Architect Frank Gehry's design for a Grand Avenue retail, hotel and residential complex across from Walt Disney Concert Hall will be submitted Monday.



by Christopher Hawthorne

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Frank Gehry and Related Cos. have kissed and made up. Now we'll see if city and county officials bless the reconciliation.

After soliciting plans from other architects in recent months, Related has put Gehry back in charge of the design team for a $650-million retail, hotel and residential complex on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. On Monday the New York-based developer will submit a new proposal by Gehry's firm to the committee overseeing the project.

Gehry's design is significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture than designs for the site by the firms Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, chair of the committee, blasted in September as bland and uninspired. It calls for a stacked collection of shops and restaurants forming a U-shaped plaza directly across from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The development will be crowned by a pair of towers, one holding a 300-room SLS Hotel and the other filled with condominiums and rental apartments. A series of terraces, restaurant patios and pool decks, many of them generously landscaped, cascades down along Grand facing the concert hall.

Related now hopes to build the project in a single phase rather than constructing the residential tower first. Construction is pegged to begin in 2015 and finish by 2019.

The new version is simpler and more efficient than Gehry's original scheme for the site, which first surfaced in 2006. Boxy towers step up from a jumble of forms at ground level, replacing the wavier, more fluid forms of the earlier design. The residential building, the taller of the two towers, includes an open-air garden serving as a sky lobby for the condos on its top floors....

The hotel may include a flexible, black-box theater and auditorium space, at 1st and Olive, that would serve as a nightclub two or three nights a week as a venue for chamber music and other performances on other evenings.

Updating an idea that goes back to the earliest plans for Disney Hall, Gehry hopes that the images of concerts inside the Disney Hall auditorium can be projected from the Related complex onto the Grand Avenue facade of the hall.

Perhaps the most intriguing wrinkle in the design is how it relates to the architectural form and character of Disney Hall. From the earliest stages Gehry has cast the new construction as something of a foil to his concert hall.

Where Disney Hall sits in the middle of its full-block site, radiating energy outward, the new complex would put its buildings along the perimeter, wrapping around an interior plaza and collecting or mediating that energy.

In this version those ideas are strengthened and clarified. There is now a sense that the plaza will be shaped as a reflection or negative version of Disney Hall itself, as if the Related development were a quarry out of which the shiny, jewel-like concert hall had been plucked.
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