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The long-stalled and once-controversial redevelopment of the Century Plaza Hotel and property in Century City is back on:

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Huge Makeover at Historic Century Plaza Hotel Begins in March



A major update and expansion for Century City's storied Century Plaza Hotel was approved back in early 2013, but work will only finally get started on March 1, 2016, developers announced yesterday. The project will remodel the 1966 hotel, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, pare its rooms down to 394 from 726 and add 63 new residences. But that's just the start: developer Next Century associates will also add two 46-story residential towers behind the hotel, an open-air lobby, public plazas and fountains, and a massive outdoor garden that extends more than two acres. The garden will be flanked by 100,000 square feet of restaurants and retail.

The two towers behind the hotel were a "late-in-the-game addition" to the project that spared the crescent-shaped hotel from demolition (it was one of Reagan's Western White Houses while he was in office and Nixon celebrated the moon landing there). The Pei Cobb Freed-designed towers will have a total of 290 luxury units between them. A press release maintains that saving the hotel by adding the towers was a compromise so successful that the project "was unanimously approved without any public opposition."

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The $2.5-billion Century Plaza renovation will officially begin on March 1, when the hotel will close. Hyatt, which operates the Century Plaza, will be leaving, though it's not been announced who will take their place. (When the hotel renovations are complete, the Century Plaza will be a five-star joint.) Next Century expects the whole thing to be complete in early 2018.




 

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The long-stalled and once-controversial redevelopment of the Century Plaza Hotel and property in Century City is back on:

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Huge Makeover at Historic Century Plaza Hotel Begins in March
So the pool area disappears and two high rises replace it; is that the new pool up on the roof?

I suppose there is retail hidden between the towers and hotel. The vehicle entrance in the front becomes a retail and lounging area as well? I don’t see the gardens; the north end already has more green than is shown in the renderings but there do seem to be more walkways.

The lobby is already glass on the front and most of the back so looks like not too much change to accomplish that.
 

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The current renovation of the Century Plaza Hotel involves turning its 724 original guest rooms being turned into 394 larger guest rooms, but 63 residential units as well? Why does the renovated Century Plaza Hotel have to contain residential units if they are already developing two residential towers (with 290 condominium units) behind it? I don't know what kind of sense that makes.
 

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^^ Finally! I've been waiting for the next big thing to hit Century City since the RAMS condo tower went up years ago. I just have to ask...

Anyone else see the frog?
Oh, yes, yes, I think we all do....

I think what we should do is put you on a double dose of your meds for a few days and see how that works out.
 

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I just don't get the height restrictions there. Every single building is the same height. That offers no interest or takes away interest in the overall skyline. I also assume the flat roofs are no longer required there. Let's hope to see some creativity in that arena as well.. CC can be so much more.
They're imposed by the FAA. We're stuck with them until Santa Monica Airport gets shuttered.
 

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And the hotel operator is... Fairmont. [A bit disappointing if you ask me; I was personally rooting for a St Regis.]

Press blast below. Opening 2018.

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to manage Century Plaza Hotel in LA

23 Jan 17 - Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, now part of the AccorHotels Group, and Next Century Associates today announced the signing of definitive agreements for the revitalization and management of the historic Century Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Century City in Los Angeles.

The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and every United States President since its opening in 1966. The hotel is currently undergoing a meticulous restoration and is slated to re-open as Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles in 2018.

The addition of a landmark hotel in a strategic US market supports AccorHotels' goal of brand growth and expansion, particularly in the luxury space. The signing of this project follows AccorHotels' 2016 acquisition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, along with sister brands Raffles and Swissôtel, which broadened the company's luxury hotel offerings and footprint in North America.

"Fairmont is honored to become the manager of the historic Century Plaza, and along with Michael Rosenfeld and the entire team at Next Century Associates, we look forward to the rebirth of this iconic property," said Kevin Frid, chief operating officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. "The Fairmont brand was born in California in 1907 and now, after more than a century of building an international portfolio of award-winning properties, we are thrilled to return to our roots and expand our presence in the Southern California region. Fairmont Century Plaza is an important project, not just for the city and region, but for our globally-recognized brand as well."

The approximately $2.5 billion mixed-use redevelopment project includes approximately 394 guestrooms and 63 branded residences within the original iconic building, along with two new 46-story luxury residential towers with 290 luxury residences and approximately 100,000 square feet of boutique high-street shopping and expanded parking facilities.

Originally designed by Minoru Yamasaki, Fairmont Century Plaza will be transformed by world-renowned architecture firms Pei Cobb Freed, Gensler and Marmol Radzinger and the internationally acclaimed design group Yabu Pushelberg. The team will revision the hotel's renowned lobby, connecting it to a series of public plazas and fountains with two-acres of open space and gardens, surrounded by restaurants and retail boutiques.

The beloved Los Angeles landmark resides on a six acre site within one of the most prominent neighborhoods in the world. Built on the former backlot of 20th Century Fox Studios, the hotel faces the famous fountains at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard. The property is surrounded by over 10 million square feet of class 'A' offices, residences, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues, and is adjacent to Beverly Hills, one of the highest grossing retail areas in the United States.

Fairmont is expanding its strong partnership with Woodridge Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based multi-disciplined real estate development and investment company. The two companies have enjoyed success together at Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii.

"We are excited to make history in Los Angeles with the rebirth of the Fairmont Century Plaza," said Michael Rosenfeld, CEO of Woodridge Capital Partners. "Woodridge and Fairmont have built a strong relationship over the years, with properties that have performed at the highest level in their respective markets. We look forward to establishing a new level of luxury for residents and visitors of Los Angeles to cherish and enjoy."

"Our team is also very excited that Fairmont is now part of AccorHotels as this adds tremendous value on a number of fronts," added Rosenfeld. "Fairmont Century Plaza will now have the ability to tap into an increased loyalty base and wider distribution network, and through this larger stage we will be in an extraordinary positon to showcase the hotel to even more luxury travelers in the United States and abroad."

Source: http://m.hospitalitynet.org/news/4080549.html
 
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