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Per Urbanize LA, Onni group is planning a redevelopment of the Wilshire Courtyard complex in Miracle Mile with a two-tower office complex that will include LA's tallest tower outside of Downtown.

A year-and-a-half after purchase the Miracle Mile's landmark Wilshire Courtyard office complex, developer Onni Group has submitted an application to the City of Los Angeles to add a pair of high-rise buildings to the site.

Located at 5700 Wilshire Boulevard, the property is currently improved with a pair of six-story structures containing more than 1 million square feet of rentable space. Onni, which reportedly paid $630 million for the 1980s complex, is seeking approvals to renovate the southern portions of both buildings while demolishing the Wilshire Boulevard frontage to make way for the development of two interconnected high-rise buildings containing 1.8 million square feet of offices and 117,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses. A full buildout of the plan would expand Wilshire Courtyard's occupiable square footage to 2.34 million.

Architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the proposed development, which would include a 35-story, 565-foot-tall building fronting Curson Avenue to the west and a larger 41-story, 655-foot-tall building facing Masselin Avenue to the east. New parking for over 2,600 vehicles would be built on seven levels at the foot of the towers, adding to a three-level, approximately 2,000-car garage that already exists beneath the property.

Renderings depict the proposed towers as contemporary high-rise structures, wrapped by glass curtain walls and connected by landscaped skybridges. Existing patios and landscaped courtyards would be left in place around the property, while the building's northern, western, and eastern street frontages would be activated by uses including a grocery store, a health club, and restaurant space.

Onni Group would require several discretionary entitlements from the City of Los Angeles prior to starting construction on the project, including the approval of a zone change and a master conditional use permit.

The proposed development, if completed, would result in two of the tallest buildings in Los Angeles outside of Downtown. [...]
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I live a mile and a half north of here, and I am absolutely pumped that Miracle Mile is going to have another major addition to its skyline, days after the latest news on 5411 Wilshire, just a few blocks to the East:



I know these developments have been in the pipeline for a bit, and hope that they aren't derailed by the pandemic, because with the La Brea and Fairfax D (Purple) Line stations coming online in a couple years, this area is primed to explode with new developments of this scale. I used to work in 5670 Wilshire, next door to the Courtyard, and was amazed by the unbeatable views in all directions, but felt that tower and 5900 (the two towers I think of as Honeycomb and Stripes) always stuck out so awkwardly. Plus walking around the area, even during the lunch crush, was exceedingly dull, and even moreso at night. But by 2030, the Miracle Mile could have a skyline more comparable to Koreatown or a linear Century City, and if the mix of uses is good (residential, office and retail; low, moderate and high-end pricepoints, etc.) this relatively sleepy stretch has the potential to come alive and become one of LA's most desirable places to live and work.

The next sites I'm really interested in are the NW corner of La Brea/Wilshire, directly above the subway entrance; the SW corner of La Brea/Wilshire, formerly a bank and now a Metro staging area; and the site directly above the Fairfax station at Orange Grove, which for one fleeting moment was rumored to be getting a Gehry-designed condo tower.
 

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As aquaticko pointed out in the Los Angeles Projects thread, the planned ~4600 total parking spaces (roughly 2600 in new parking podiums which can be seen in the renderings, on top of 2000 in the existing underground garages) is a ton. This building is roughly a half-mile from two major forthcoming subway stations at Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Brea, one of which is most likely going to be an interchange station with the Crenshaw North Extension, not to mention the existing rapid bus line on Wilshire, meaning this will be one of the most transit-accessible offices in all of Southern California.

Yamasaki's Century Plaza Towers are similarly scaled and they sit atop a roughly 5000 car garage, so it's not like this is out of keeping with other projects of the same size. But Century City was maybe the pinnacle of Midcentury "autopian" design; they certainly weren't planning that parking garage with an eventual subway to downtown in mind as an alternative.

As a commenter on Urbanize pointed out, the parking spaces in 5700 Wilshire will likely not just be for tenants, but also likely spillover parking for LACMA and the other museums across the street, and other buildings in the area. More to the point, this is likely the required amount of parking given current planning codes. My hope is that sometime between this current plan and its eventual start of construction, those codes are updated to reduce parking minimums, which will both lower the cost of construction and encourage office workers to utilize the new subway lines rather than bringing thousands of more car trips to this stretch of Wilshire.
 
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