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Towering Mixed-Complex Planned at 1111 Sunset Boulevard







The Downtown high-rise boom is finally ready to spread north of the 101 Freeway trench.
The developer team behind 1111 Sunset Boulevard has unveiled design concepts for the 5.5-acre site that once served as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Water District. The ambitious development - slated for one of the few large parcels remaining within the Central City North community plan - calls for a mix of residential, retail and creative office uses, in addition to open space and a boutique hotel designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
Los Angeles-based development firm Palisades is planning for 778 residential units - including a mix of market-rate and affordable housing - in a mix of high-rise and low-rise bungalow style buildings that are compatible in scale to the adjacent neighborhood of Victor Heights. Along Sunset Boulevard, neighborhood-serving retail space will be accessible via a sloping walkway that evokes William Pereira's original design for the campus. The new buildings are interspersed with two acres of open space, featuring terraces, gardens, courtyards and water features with views of the Downtown skyline.

 

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I am a big fan as well. Moderate density, aesthetics and function come together like a tech campus; private control makes for easier security, plenty of parking and open space.
 

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http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-sunset-mwd-20180111-story.html

A very good article that sets out many interesting things about the project:

- significant new housing
- transforming part of Sunset into active retail
- a neighborhood that will gentrify very quickly; push-back from current residents?
- hotel by world class architect
- two high rise that could change the whole look of Sunset in that area
- a design for a 60 ft. slope that promises pass-through access on all sides

A really interesting set of issues that will be fun to watch workout.

I wonder if Dodger Stadium is thinking about what they can do?

Some transit in the are might be in line.
 

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But it should be noted that the urbanists hate this for all the open space, parking space, access to light and walkways and such where more housing could have been. Makes you think about how anyone can be so confused about what "livable" really means.
...did I miss something? Who said that?
 

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New Details for the Three-Tower 1111 Sunset Development
Mixed-use project to rise around the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District.


by STEVEN SHARP on May 21, 2018, 9:00AM
The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has published an initial study for the towering 1111 Sunset development, offering up new details on the proposed three-tower project just north of Downtown Los Angeles.

Palisades, the Los Angeles-based firm behind the project, hopes to construct a mix of residential, retail, and creative office uses on parking lots surrounding the William Pereira-designed MWD campus, as well as a boutique hotel. A full buildout of the project would result in up to 778 residential units - 76 of which would be restricted affordable housing units - with 98 hotel rooms, 48,000 square feet of offices, 95,000 square feet of commercial uses, and 1,631 parking spaces in a seven-level, partially subterranean garage.

The project's residential uses will be concentrated at the eastern and southern corners of the project site, adjacent to existing multifamily residential uses. Plans call for a pair of high-rise buildings, one designed by SOM, and the other by Stanley Saitowitz of San Francisco-based Natoma Architects.

Tower A, to be located toward the Beaudry Avenue side of the property, would feature 431 residential units within a 49-story, 572-foot-tall structure. Tower B, featuring 262 residential units, would stand 31 stories with a maximum height of 408 feet above grade.

Additionally, 26 low-rise buildings would rise around the bases of each tower. The two-to-four-story structures, each featuring two-to-eight residential units, would also include small yards and street-fronting entrances.

The Sunset Boulding, to be located along Sunset Boulevard, would consist of a 17-story, 211-foot-tall tower featuring 98 hotel rooms and ancillary uses. It is being designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma as a project gateway, featuring an entry staircase, a dedicated drop-off and pick-up area, and water features reminiscent of the former MWD Campus.

The Sunset Building would be flanked by three low-rise commercial buildings, oriented towards Sunset Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue, which would feature a combination of retail and office uses. They would similarly be designed in a fashion reminiscent of the historic MWD buildings, featuring outboard columns, sun screens, and extended slabs with occupiable outdoor spaces.

The existing and future buildings will be interspersed with landscaped courtyards and walkways, designed by James Corner Field Operations. The project site plan opens the once closed-off MWD campus to the street with a new staircase that would provide access to the site's central retail area from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and White Knoll Drive.

Construction of 1111 Sunset is anticipated to be completed in 2028, pending approvals by the City of Los Angeles.






https://urbanize.la/post/new-details-three-tower-1111-sunset-development (more details/renderings at the link)

2028?! :gaah: Hey, it'll look great for the Olympics! Anyways, this is my favorite project in DTLA (or DTLA adjacent if you prefer) for both aesthetic and urbanist reasons, so build build build! :cheers:
 

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https://urbanize.la/post/new-details-three-tower-1111-sunset-development (more details/renderings at the link)

2028?! :gaah: Hey, it'll look great for the Olympics! Anyways, this is my favorite project in DTLA (or DTLA adjacent if you prefer) for both aesthetic and urbanist reasons, so build build build! :cheers:
One of my favorites too, but 10 years out? I won't hold my breath that this will ever be built. The whole world can change in that amount of time, especially the building market. And isn't the Water Department on the other side of the freeway? I may be confused.
 

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How long did they decide on, and then build .. The Hoover Dam?
Looked it up, and that project, from authorization to completion,
took two years less than this project.
 

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How long did they decide on, and then build .. The Hoover Dam?
Looked it up, and that project, from authorization to completion,
took two years less than this project.
Unfair comparison. :lol:

First, Hoover Dam was built with free (government) money with no care if it made sense or not; it was simply intended to provide work and stimulate the economy.

Second, it was built in the 1930's. There weren't environmental, local resident review, safety laws, multi-agency reviews or bribes to be paid (on government jobs; private jobs still needed to feed the politicos).
 

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One of my favorites too, but 10 years out? I won't hold my breath that this will ever be built. The whole world can change in that amount of time, especially the building market. And isn't the Water Department on the other side of the freeway? I may be confused.
The great DWP (City of Los Angeles) HQ building by A.C. Martin is on the other side of the freeway next to the Music Center.

This one is MWD by William Pereira and isn't bad. But not in the same league as the DWP.
 

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I'm just saying, if this had been China the
construction would have been half completed
before the renders had come out.
But let's compare just to other cities who have
no problem putting up what they have to in order
to house their citizens (taxpayers) so that they
can expand their revenue base.
They don't WAIT 10 years after a proposal.
 

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Three-tower 1111 Sunset development inches forward


After three years of quiet, a proposal to redevelop the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) with a trio of high-rise buildings has taken a key step forward: the release of the project's draft environmental impact report.
Palisades, the Los Angeles-based real estate development firm which controls the nearly six-acre property at 1111 Sunset Boulevard, is seeking approvals to build a project which could include housing, office spaces, retail, and a new hotel. Multiple iterations of the proposal are being considered for construction, including a mixed-use alternative which would include:
  • 737 one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings - including 76 affordable units;
  • a 180-room hotel;
  • up to 48,000 square feet of office space; and
  • up to 95,000 square feet of general commercial space.
An alternate "no hotel" scenario also being considered by Palisades would remove the 180-room hotel from the project, replacing them with 90 additional residential units. The environmental impact report will also study other options, such as a reduced-density alternative or building offices in lieu of housing and a hotel.
 
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