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New Renderings for the 41-Story 8th & Figueroa Tower





Mitsui Fudosan America, the U.S. subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui Fudosan, is forging ahead with plans to construct a high-rise development at one of Downtown Los Angeles' most conspicuous parking lots.
Next week, MFA will provide the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council's Planning and Land Use Committee with an opportunity to review the proposed 8th & Figueroa development, which is named for its location at the northeast corner of 8th and Figueroa Streets in the Financial District. The project calls for replacing a longtime surface parking lot with a 41-story, 501-foot-tall building that would feature 438 residential units above 7,300 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 517 vehicles and 490 bicycles.
Architecture firm Johnson Fain is designing the project, which will dovetail with proposed and planned improvements to the public realm, such as the DOwntown Streetcar and the MyFigueroa streetscape improvement project. Plans also call for the construction of a new mid-block pedestrian crossing, which would provide easier access to the Figat7th shopping center directly across the street.
The tower itself is portrayed as a rectangular glass-and-steel structure, protruding above a podium structure that would feature parking and a landscaped amenity deck. All above-grade parking levels would be screened in accordance with the Downtown Design guidelines.
 

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It's nice, but surprisingly underwhelming in volume (or height for that matter), considering the location and surrounding properties. The 777 Tower across the street is around 225 feet taller (and nearly 30 years older) and Wilshire Grand is just northwest across the intersection. At least it's not like the 5-OH project where something amazing was replaced with.. meh.
 

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Fig & 8th Tower Moves Forward With Minor Tweaks

The City of Los Angeles has published the final environmental impact report for the Fig & 8th development, detailing minor changes to the proposed mixed-use tower.
The project, which is being developed by Mitsui Fudosan America, would replace a longtime surface parking lot at the corner of Figueroa and 8th Streets with a 41-story building 438 residential units, 7,493 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and parking for 517 vehicles within four subterranean levels and three above-grade levels.
According to the environmental report, revisions to the residential unit mix - which includes 80 studios, 264 one-bedroom units, and 94 two-bedroom units - and a reduction in the required amount of open space have reduced the total project size from nearly 482,000 square feet to under 425,000 square feet. Additionally, the height of the proposed has been increased from 501 feet to 530 feet to account for mechanical space at its roof level.
 

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L.A. City Council Green-Lights Eighth & Figueroa Tower




The Los Angeles City Council has signed off on a proposal from Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA) to construct a high-rise building across the street from the Figat7th shopping center in Downtown Los Angeles.

The project, which would replace a parking lot at the northeast corner of Eighth and Figueroa Streets, calls for the construction of a 41-story tower featuring 438 apartments - including studio, one-, and two-bedroom units - with approximately 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The proposed development would also create a mid-block crosswalk along Figueroa, providing a more direct pedestrian connection to the mall across the street.

The City Council considered two appeals of the project, which was approved in January by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.

The first appellant, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters echoed past arguments to the Planning Commission, alleging that the Eighth and Figueroa development's environmental impact report is flawed. A representative of the union urged the committee to delay the project to compel the use of prevailing wage labor. The appeal was denied in full.

Representatives of other labor unions, operating under the umbrella of CREED LA, spoke in favor of the Eighth and Figueroa development. CREED has previously appealed the project, but reached an agreement with MFA prior to the hearing and dropped its opposition.

The second appeal, which came from MFA itself, sought to overturn conditions of approval placed on the project by the Planning Commission.

The most tangible change to the project is to the design of the building's podium. In recent months, Commissioners have required project applicants to better conceal above-grade parking structures, particularly for developments at prominent locations on major thoroughfares. Architecture firm Johnson Fain responded by redesigning the podium of the Eighth and Figueroa tower with an enclosed glass system - consistent with the materials used on the building's main trunk - integrated with an array of LED lights.

Glass parapets have also been added to the tower's rooftop perimeter, allowing for an up-lit cornice which relates to the podium facade. Though this alteration does not provide a sculpted rooftop, as requested by the City Planning Commissioners, a staff report found that the design changes sufficiently comply with their instructions.
 

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Good question. Anyone know when and if the that's really happening and if they have gotten rid of the nondescript design? This one seems like it adds to the overall street scene.
 

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This revised design is better. I like that it has a hat.

Still think DT has more than enough blue-tinted glass curtain walls for the time being.
 

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looks like its a go.
 
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