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hi123
Feb 17, 2008, 8:52 PM
Hm... A new pic from the same angle from flickr:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2024/2271305585_9c8ea0c0dc_b.jpg

I see that there are actually 2 blueand whte cranes and one other one in here,
Is the second vlue and white crane also for the usla building ,or is it for something else?

gwyoung
Feb 17, 2008, 10:27 PM
The 2 blue and white cranes are for the UCLA reserach buildng. The third is setting up the kangaroo crane for the retirement home.

DowntownCharlieBrown
Feb 19, 2008, 12:32 AM
I noticed the Wilshire Center project is listed as 'Under Construction" but I never knew it had already broken ground.The last time was in the area the site was cleared off Can someone confirm?


Angelenic.com is reporting this one at the "site prep" stage. It may have stalled at this point. Let's watch this one for a few weeks and if no progress, I'll move it back to "approved".

hi123
Feb 19, 2008, 1:17 AM
Any renderings of what will replace the mann national threatre in westwood?

JDRCRASH
Feb 19, 2008, 5:38 AM
Angelenic.com is reporting this one at the "site prep" stage. It may have stalled at this point. Let's watch this one for a few weeks and if no progress, I'll move it back to "approved".

Does the glendale project I posted count? Or is this just an L.A. City-itself forum?

DowntownCharlieBrown
Feb 19, 2008, 5:50 AM
^Just in LA City. But if you do find something in LA City, be sure to post a rendering.



Any renderings of what will replace the mann national threatre in westwood?



No rendering, but Curbed LA reports the following:

Yup, it's a Mann hole. The former site of Mann National Theater on the corner of Lindbrook and Gayley Avenues in Westwood is now a construction site as the demolition of the theater leaves just a partial steel skeleton. In its place, "a one-story retail building with roof-top parking and solar panels" will be constructed.

Doesn't sound very interesting, only one story.

Echo Park
Feb 19, 2008, 6:08 AM
It's pretty unfathomable how in this current climate--in 21st century LA--that one story retail buildings are still being built. its not even a matter of taste really, its just terrible land use in a metropolis where developable land is scarce.

BrandonJXN
Feb 19, 2008, 6:19 AM
LA needs to pass some kind of ordanice stating that you cannot build anything under 10 stories. One story? Seriously?

DJM19
Feb 19, 2008, 6:20 AM
I agree, with very little choice in where you can build new constructions do to sheer lack of land, you would think people would try and make the most of what property they have. Thats the only way LA will urbanize. There does need to be an ordinance in some areas with a minimum number of stories. Maybe it will cause people to not build such sprawling buildings.

JDRCRASH
Feb 19, 2008, 5:00 PM
LA needs to pass some kind of ordanice stating that you cannot build anything under 10 stories. One story? Seriously?

Hehehe, even I know that that won't happen for a while.

Quixote
Feb 21, 2008, 4:05 AM
http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2352/2279429541_07b2c03d5b_o.jpg

Construction Watch: The Century and Its $27 Million Penthouse

By Dakota
February 20, 2008

Jean Nouvel's leafy blade (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2008/02/nouvel_report_2.php) isn't the only high-end project planned for Century City--construction continues on The Century, the 42-story, Robert A.M. Stern-designed building, a Related project that'll be topped off by a two story, five-bedroom unit listed for $27 million (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2007/11/yowzer_the_cent.php). Sadly, floor plans of the penthouse are only available to interested buyers, the plans protected to stave off the cat burglars, we imagine.

Yowzer! The Century's $27 Million Penthouse (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2007/11/yowzer_the_cent.php) [Curbed LA]

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2060/2280217210_258e124e5d_o.jpg

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2136/2280221690_2d3e808d77_o.jpg

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2129/2279424769_6f2ee8dd6b_o.jpg

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Source: Curbed LA (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2008/02/construction_wa_37.php?o=0)

BrandonJXN
Feb 22, 2008, 4:45 AM
Well..The Real World is coming back to LA. Go egg their house.

http://www.realworldhouses.com/rw20aerialimage.jpg

The 105,000 square foot, seven-story Columbia Square building is located within a 125,000 square foot complex in the heart of Gower Gulch, at the intersection of W. Sunset Boulevard and N. Gower Street. Columbia Square was designed by Swiss-born architect William Lescaze in the style of International Modernism and built over a year at a cost of two million dollars, more money than had ever been spent on a broadcasting facility at that time. Opening on April 30, 1938, Columbia Square was the home of CBS’ Los Angeles radio and television operations from 1938 until 2007.


The Square's original configuration included eight studios. Nearby, the Square's large auditorium was capable of seating 1,050 audience members. The complex included Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant and a branch of the Bank of America. On April 21, 2007, KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV left the building and moved their operations to the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, thus ending Columbia Square's status as a broadcast facility, one of a very few remaining in Hollywood.


The northeast corner of the complex was renovated for the filming of the series. For the first time ever, the Hollywood Real World House will be "green" including everything from solar energy solutions to bamboo flooring, recycled glass counters, some sustainable furniture and recycled vintage décor, energy star appliances, a solar heated swimming pool and energy efficient lighting. Columbia Square is located 24.3 miles from the Venice Beach House, used in the filming of the second season.


Columbia Square was acquired for $15 million by Sungow Corp. in 2003. In August 2006, the property was acquired by Las Vegas-based developer Molasky Pacific, LLC for $66 million. They plan to redevelop the 125,000-square-foot complex to continue to attract entertainment industry tenants. The mixed-use project valued at $850-million will take up an entire city block. The developers plan to restore the 105,000 square foot historic CBS building as creative office space along with an additional 380,000 square foot office tower, 400 housing units, 12,200 square feet of retail and a 125-room boutique style hotel. Groundbreaking is anticipated for 2009.

DJM19
Feb 22, 2008, 5:44 AM
they still make that show?

LAsam
Mar 1, 2008, 6:08 AM
From CurbedLA

Last night's town hall meeting for residents of the Southeast Valley was a barn burner, lasting until 9:00 pm or so. Congratulations to Councilwoman Wendy Greuel (CD2) for showing up at 9:30 after everyone had left. Smart move. We made it for the last part due to another Valley bitchfest meeting we had to attend. Much of what we did hear was from Councilman Tom LaBonge (CD4), who seemed rather subdued, and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who was all but frothing at the mouth with his nonsensical anti-development ranting. Good lord, it's hard to believe somebody hasn't kicked Zev back into whatever bureaucratic cubby hole he's been hiding in for the last decade. Isn't he partly/largely to blame for all the problems he's now complaining about?


Zev gained a few rounds of applause for his paraphrasing of the famous pornography quote from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, stating that he knows what an obscene development is when he sees it - even when he sees the rendering. He also stated his opposition to the development of the Universal City Red Line station by Thomas Properties for NBC as it's currently proposed - being too tall and dense. Like the recent LA Weekly article, Zev managed to repeatedly take slaps at the City's Planing Department, referring to them at one point as "Ivory Tower planners."

We spoke with several people in attendance afterwards about what we missed, including a member of a Valley neighborhood council. Apparently, some poor sap from the MTA spoke and was hissed and booed unmercifully for allowing dense transit oriented development (TOD) around the metro stations. Zev later ridiculed TOD, noting that parking reductions for transit oriented development, specifically the Universal Red Line/NBC development, was dumb because not everyone will take the subway to work. The audience applauded, Zev smiled. By the end of the night, the once packed ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Studio City was largely empty, with a few blue-hairs and no-hairs remaining. Congrats to Zev Yaroslavsky for wrapping up the old, white NIMBY vote so early in his quest to become our next Mayor. :koko:

edluva
Mar 1, 2008, 10:48 AM
^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.

:tup:

LAsam
Mar 1, 2008, 4:52 PM
^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.

:tup:

This seems to be the typical chicken and the egg argument. Should we start developing TOD in anticipation of a transit infrastructure, or should we wait a lifetime until we have legitimate transit before we develop TOD? From what I've seen so far, the demand seems to be in place for TOD, when looking at the success it has had in Pasadena and Hollywood. Not to mention the projects starting up in the SGV in anticipation of a Gold Line extension. I'm a firm believer in economics, and if there is demand for this type of development, we should supply it. Especially because it pushes the city towards a more sustainable development model.

JDRCRASH
Mar 2, 2008, 4:02 AM
Zev Yaroslavsky for Mayor? :maddown:

LAofAnaheim
Mar 2, 2008, 7:42 AM
^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.

:tup:

edluva...LA needs to develop; we cannot remain stagnant. But the question is, "where do we develop?" Shall we continue with suburban developments in Las Lomas or Santa Clarita, or start building smartly in the City of Los Angeles. If so, it's inefficient to build single-family tract homes anymore. Development has to be focused on our existing or future rail corridors. North Hollywood/Universal City both have Metro stations, it makes sense to develop dense around the stations. Granted, not everybody will use Metro Rail, but the option is there. In my bldg, couples can go with only 1 car; which would be infeasible in Las Lomas, but doable when Metro can be your other option.

But, I agree that development has to be smart. Why are high/mid rises being built in South Coast Plaza? That makes no sense. There's tons of room for development in El Segundo, yet the Metro Green Line stations are surrounded by parking lots and suburban office malls; that's where density development would be good.

Development is also good b/c LA NEEDS more tax dollars. We have too much space taken by freeways/parking garages that prevents LA from collecting more revenues.

NYC2ATX
Mar 2, 2008, 8:34 AM
Well..The Real World is coming back to LA. Go egg their house.

HEY! I like that show lol.

Question for anyone out there: Was something demolished to building The Century tower?

BrandonJXN
Mar 2, 2008, 6:28 PM
^ The St. Regis Hotel
http://st-regis-hotel-los-angeles.visit-los-angeles.com/St-Regis-Los-Angeles-Exterior.jpg

dktshb
Mar 2, 2008, 6:47 PM
^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.

:tup:

Building TOD's on what little mass transit we have is still better than the alternative. The only porblem is that it won't be affordable to the people who use the transit already.

Echo Park
Mar 2, 2008, 10:47 PM
STEVE LOPEZ
Finally, the masses are roused by rampant development
March 2, 2008

Roy P. Disney, who has lived all his 50 years in Toluca Lake, didn't mince words about what he believes will be the fate of thousands of poor souls living in the southeast San Fernando Valley.

"Our neighborhood will be obliterated," he said as we pulled into the Holiday Inn parking lot in North Hollywood, where a crowd was gathering to speak up against several proposed mega-developments in Universal City and the area just to the north.

Disney, a private investor and a great-nephew of Walt Disney, tossed another dagger as he parked his car.

"Developers' money," he declared with an icy glare, "is like heroin to politicians."

When we walked into the hall, a greeter asked Disney, who was wearing a suit and tie, if he was a developer.

"No, I'm not," Disney answered glibly. "Why, because I'm dressed so well?"

In the rear of the room, developers had set up models of their projects, which include residential units, offices and retail. In all, seven developments are planned for a four-mile stretch on or near Lankershim Boulevard. Everything is still subject to review by local officials, but if approved as is, it adds up to 5,500 new homes, millions of square feet of commerce and tens of thousands of parking spaces.

To Disney, it sounds like a disaster in an area that's already a traffic mess.

I reminded him that California is expected to grow by 6 million people over the next 20 years, and they've got to live somewhere.

Of course they do, Disney said, insisting he's not against development. What annoys him, he said, is the historic lack of planning vision and the absence of a coherent transportation plan in Los Angeles.

He is not alone. In the latest sign that Angelenos have had it with traffic and the leadership vacuum, several hundred people turned out at the meeting. And most of them seemed to believe that their city officials are on course to alter the very look and feel of Los Angeles, that they've all bought into the idea of more density and taller buildings, even if nearby residential neighborhoods are transformed for the worse.

As Roy Disney asked:

"Who voted for this?"

The restless crowd at Thursday night's meeting was rallied by the neighborhood councils of Greater Toluca, Greater Valley Glen, Valley Village, Studio City and North Hollywood, and some of them couldn't resist sharing their thoughts on a large blank notepad that asked a simple question:

"What Is Your Vision?"

Gary Mogil of Studio City grabbed a Sharpie and gave it a workout.

"We don't need any 37-story buildings to block our sun and views," he wrote. "If you want this, move to New York."

Karen Beatton, also of Studio City, was next to grab a pen.

"Keep the personality of our neighborhood," she wrote. "Do not overflow our streets, parking lots, lines in stores. We're already gridlocked."

When the panel discussion began, Terry Davis of the Toluca Lake Neighborhood Assn. noted the absence at the meeting of anyone representing developers for two of the largest projects in the Universal City area.

I think I heard some hissing, and there should have been boos for the L.A. city Planning Department as well. Top officials invited by Davis blew off the meeting.

Two developers who did show, Allen Freeman of JSM Cos. and Cliff Goldstein of J.H. Snyder, looked a bit like captured soldiers brought before an inquisition. Each took pains to emphasize how thrilled they've been to work with the community in designing mutually beneficial projects


"We believe our community needs new housing, and we believe the best place to put it is near transit," Freeman said.

Few could argue with the concept, and I certainly don't. Some of these projects offer elements of exactly what's desperately needed in Los Angeles: jobs, homes, shopping and entertainment in walkable proximity, and built along major transit lines.

But this was a sophisticated audience, and people were quick to note that even "transit-oriented" development was certain to increase traffic. Why else would more than 30,000 parking spaces be built into the seven projects, and why aren't local officials demanding that developers do more to alleviate traffic?

Revved-up residents peppered developers -- and, later, public officials -- with questions about variances and "entitlements" that might be granted, allowing builders to exceed limits on height, square footage, etc.

"What is the cumulative effect on traffic?" demanded Diann Corral, who pointedly reminded developer Freeman that he has proposed three 27-story buildings and several other smaller buildings in one corner of North Hollywood.

"This is, in my opinion, 10 times what's allowed there," said Lisa Sarkin.

When MTA official Alexander Kalamaros described the agency as "master developer" of one of the projects, Deuk Perrin said maybe the MTA should just stick to transit. Did the agency really need to be a party to over-developing the neighborhood, someone else asked.

"Well, I don't know what you mean by over-development," Kalamaros said.

Howls and groans.

"That's cause for ridicule?" Kalamaros asked.

Maybe it is and maybe it isn't, but members of the audience insisted it's ridiculous to consider a cluster of humongous developments when there's virtually no money available for more transit or to update the poorly designed 134-101 freeway interchange.

What that means, of course, is that you don't have to live in the Universal City area to have a stake in this. If the projects all go through, what's now merely a traffic headache will become a full-fledged migraine.

Late in the evening, L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky rode in on white horses and played the audience like pros, telling people just what they wanted to hear.

The projects are too big, and with scant public money for transit and road improvements, they said. Developers are going to have to scale back on size.

Yaroslavsky accused City Hall of rolling over for developers, something he himself was often accused of in the days of mega-development on the Westside.

"Do you trust them?" I asked Roy Disney as he leaned against a wall near the back of the room, taking it all in.

Yes, he said. But not entirely.

It was all very refreshing, if you ask me.

For far too long, the masses napped while Los Angeles was plundered. They're awake now, grouchy and suspicious, and ready for a fight.

Echo Park
Mar 2, 2008, 10:58 PM
^This whole argument is just one major headache. NIMBYs, developers, the MTA and the city coucil all have valid arguments in the fight for development space, but the rhetoric is so hyperbolic and politically charged that these self-interested groups are putting the city in a gridlock--literally and figuratively. I understand NIMBY's worries over mega developments when those towers are going to be inhabited by folks who dont care about mass transit like the ones who already live in similar TODs in downtown and Pasadena. They are going to add more cars in a corner of the valley that is notoriously congested. But it's quotes like the person in the column who complained that the towers were going to block his sunshine and that anyone who disagrees could move to New York. I could, in turn, tell this asinine idiot to move to Phoenix if he wants his sunshine, but how does that move the discussion? Do you see what I mean? In a perfect world, these developers and NIMBYs would unite and DEMAND a real comprehensive mass transit system to satisfy all parties. Of course this won't happen. NIMBYs won't be happy until they've reverted the nations second largest metropolis back to field of ranches. And if they still complain despite having a real transit system, then we can tell them to pack their bags and go fuck off to Phoenix.

DJM19
Mar 3, 2008, 5:13 AM
This NIMBYism is kinda scaring me. Maybe their numbers were insignificant but articles like this can sway opinion as if it were some noble fight. >.<

It is amazing how theres is practically a galaxy's distance between what NIMBY's think about this...and what SMART people think about this. These projects are amazing! NoHo should feel so lucky to even get them! How ungrateful! How short-sided! How aggravating!

LAofAnaheim
Mar 3, 2008, 4:08 PM
Courtesy: http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_8433270

Culver office tower clears panel
By Kristin S. Agostoni Staff Writer
Article Launched: 03/02/2008 11:39:19 PM PST


A developer planning a 13-story office tower near the busy intersection of Centinela Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard has cleared its first hurdle, despite concerns the building will worsen traffic tie-ups and block views from the Westchester Bluffs.

That refrain will likely get louder this spring as the towering Entrada office complex heads to the Culver City Council for approval.

The city's planning panel discussed the issue late Wednesday and into the early morning before an audience of mostly Westchester residents.

The 342,000-square-foot building is planned just inside Culver City's southwestern boundary - not far from the San Diego (405) Freeway - and would rise on a parking lot next to the Radisson Hotel. At its highest peak of 220 feet, Entrada would dwarf the adjacent 114-foot hotel building.

Centinela Development Partners has penciled in nine levels of parking - two underground - for a total of 1,248 spaces, and plans to blanket the roof with solar panels.

The company hopes to create a synergy between the Radisson, which it also owns, and the offices, said Lisa Gritzner, a Centinela Development spokeswoman and executive vice president with the government relations firm Cerrell Associates.

"We look forward to bringing this project to the people of Culver City," she said.

After weighing the proposal last week, the planning panel approved a site plan and parcel map and recommended the council approve a height exception. Those motions passed 4-1, with Commissioner Andrew Weissman dissenting, said senior planner Sherry Jordan.
The environmental review won unanimous approval, she said.

David Rockwell, commission vice chairman, said the panel's decisions were also based on a directive that the developers stick to a transportation management plan.

That means tenants of the complex will have to encourage or offer workers incentives to car pool and use public transit, Rockwell said. If benchmarks aren't met within a certain time frame, "there are some financial penalties," he added.

"These things are always a question of balance," Rockwell said, acknowledging the heavy traffic around the site, which is not far from the busy Promenade at Howard Hughes Center and Westfield Fox Hills mall.

"When do you say, enough is enough? Or when do you say, we need to have this office project and put the burden on the developers to kind of neutralize these impacts?"

Based on traffic concerns cited by Culver City and Los Angeles city and county officials, Gritzner said the environmental review studied 33 intersections and identified fixes for all but one - Sepulveda Boulevard and Howard Hughes Parkway, where morning rush-hour traffic is still an issue. In one case, she said, the developer will install a new left-turn lane at a cost of $1 million.

But some say it's unreasonable to move forward even if one intersection remains a problem.

Playa del Rey resident Nora MacLellan, a new addition to the Westchester-Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council, said she believes the panel unfairly weighed economic benefits over traffic concerns.

"Culver City is basically thumbing their nose to the city of Los Angeles," she said.

Others are upset over Entrada's height, which Jordan said is more than triple the 56-foot allowance outlined in city codes. But city officials can make exceptions for projects in certain redevelopment areas, including the land where the tower is planned, she said.

"We're not opposing a 56-foot-tall building. It's the fact that they're seeking three times that amount is crazy," said Westchester Bluffs resident Lorie Alexander.

The Radisson, while tall, "doesn't pierce the horizon" when she looks outside, she said.

And then there's the look of the building, which one commenter picked apart on the Web site www.westchester

parents.org: "It's ugly. Like a giant, melting ice cube."

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, another opponent, said he plans to reach out to Culver council members in the coming weeks. (Jordan said the council could take up the issue April 14.)

"My constituents contacted me several months ago. We've been to several meetings on this," Rosendahl said. "Of course, they're Culver City, so they can take me with a grain of salt."

But he sees conversation as the key to easing gridlock on the Westside - with the city, the county, which is managing growth in nearby Marina del Rey, and neighboring communities such as Culver City.

"The communication and coordination of the communities is essential," Rosendahl said. "We need to sit together as a team."


So, it's only 6 floors of actual office floors with 9 floors of parking!!! And employees will be encouraged to use public transit? Why bother? You have 1,200 + spaces; is it worth somebody to take a bus [I don't think Expo Line will be nearby] to get there when there is 1,200+ PARKING SPACES AVAILABLE. This is an a** backward mentality "let's provide ample parking, but oh yeah, we would like you to take public transit".

SD_Phil
Mar 3, 2008, 5:19 PM
^Frankly I'm surprised that a building like that is even potentially profitable!

colemonkee
Mar 3, 2008, 7:14 PM
There won't be rail service anywhere close to this development. And that area is pretty bad for traffic. But maybe we need the traffic situation to get that even worse to get the general public behind spending the money on a useable rail network.

Also, something tells me that the 13 story figure isn't the total of office and parking. At 220 feet, that would be an average floor height of almost 17 ft, including parking levels. Unless there's a very high lobby floor and a significant crown, there has to be more than 13 total levels above ground.

JDRCRASH
Mar 3, 2008, 7:22 PM
I hope they don't scale back the $3 Billion NBC Universal Expansion project; it's future KNBC 4 HQ looks sooo high-tech and New York'ish.

DowntownCharlieBrown
Mar 3, 2008, 9:31 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2306/2100706253_3c7c4f7bc9_o.jpg
Photo: LA Times

From Curbed LA
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2008/03/construction_wa_46.php?o=0

There's a flurry of activity at the Pacific Design Center, the office tower/mega-showroom for furniture design in West Hollywood. Cesar Pelli's RedBuilding—the Return of the Jedi in his PDC structure trilogy—has its tarps and crane up (all red, of course). Construction workers are scurrying around as well. WeHo News reports all these workers are union folk and that the RedBuilding—expected to open next year—will create 1,933 new construction jobs, 2,691 permanent jobs, and bring in $735,000 in new tax revenue for WeHo. All this good news is a bit marred by the fact that the fountain on the side of the PDC's blue building has gone missing. Any hot tips?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2283/2307846079_43d6e6352f_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2354/2308651624_0de13338c0_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3040/2308651554_5dcb2a2c03_o.jpg
Photos: Curbed LA

The Model:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/2308685018_2103cd4949_o.jpg
Photo: Ryan Gierach

http://www.red-building.com/

colemonkee
Mar 3, 2008, 11:07 PM
^ Awesome. I've been waiting for this one to start.

StethJeff
Mar 4, 2008, 6:04 AM
Now THAT is a building that I'd be excited to see get built! :tup:

Something like that needs to get built near the Staples Center/LA Live area.

San Frangelino
Mar 9, 2008, 8:25 PM
Here's a rendering of the recently approved Verdugo Gardens Project in Downtown Glendale.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/2322157984_30dbcfd3c2_o.jpg

Source:http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/dev-svcs/Verdugo_Gardens_Final_EIR.asp

LosAngelesSportsFan
Mar 9, 2008, 8:47 PM
an unbelievable change from the current situation on that corner. i cant wait till its built.

JDRCRASH
Mar 11, 2008, 4:21 AM
Now THAT is a building that I'd be excited to see get built! :tup:

Something like that needs to get built near the Staples Center/LA Live area.

SOME stuff like that being built west of Downtown. But your right, it would look very attractive to have more geometric buildings like that.:D

Edited

JDRCRASH

DJM19
Mar 11, 2008, 5:54 AM
I dunno how well that red building would fit downtown.. Maybe just outside of it. Its the best building of the bunch.

milquetoast
Mar 11, 2008, 6:48 AM
Looks like a Ferrari :)

StethJeff
Mar 12, 2008, 6:47 AM
Alot of that kind of stuff is being built west of Downtown. But your right, it would look very attractive to have more geometric buildings like that.:D

:koko:

Dude, NOTHING like that red building is being built downtown or even west of downtown. There may be some cool buildings being built out there but nothing that even comes close to the above building.

StethJeff
Mar 12, 2008, 6:50 AM
I dunno how well that red building would fit downtown.. Maybe just outside of it. Its the best building of the bunch.

i can kind of see it playing off of the geometric accents of the Staples Center - but i agree that it wouldn't fit in the historic core or some other parts of downtown.

JDRCRASH
Mar 12, 2008, 3:29 PM
:koko:

Dude, NOTHING like that red building is being built downtown or even west of downtown. There may be some cool buildings being built out there but nothing that even comes close to the above building.
:koko:
Not true, at least not in my opinion. The NoHo project to me has the same style.

JRinSoCal
Mar 12, 2008, 8:55 PM
That Red Building is SEXY!

StethJeff
Mar 13, 2008, 8:26 AM
:koko:
Not true, at least not in my opinion. The NoHo project to me has the same style.

DUDE - you do understand how geography works, right? noho is nowhere near downtown. that is totally irrelevant to what i'm talking about. read my posts.

:rolleyes:

JDRCRASH
Mar 13, 2008, 2:53 PM
It is relevant, because it's northwest of Downtown. You were not just speaking about Downtown, you were talking also West of Downtown.

Technically, NW is the same as W.

You read your OWN posts.;)

BrandonJXN
Mar 13, 2008, 4:34 PM
Dude like totally NoHo is like ya NOT anywhere close like to downtown. Like fer sure.

JDRCRASH
Mar 13, 2008, 4:43 PM
:dunno:

Umm, read my post above man.

JDRCRASH
Mar 13, 2008, 4:46 PM
9900 Wilshire: Beverly Hills Weighs In On Richard Meier's Green Building

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, by Dakota

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2008/03/set721576041063.php?o=0

Blog Beverly Hills has the latest on 9900 Wilshire, the Richard Meier-designed, gold-Leeded green proposed condominium development between Santa Monica and Wilshire Blvds that is now before the Beverly Hills city council. In a clever fashion, the blog posts about the news in anticipation of the city council approving the project and doesn't guess locals will embrace the project: "Of course, for BH residents, the Candification [Candy & Candy is developer] of 9900 Wilshire means that City acreage which previously had been accessible to the general public will now be largely private grounds. ....Beverly Hills is and should continue to be a cosmopolitan, welcoming meeting-place. How appropriate then is it to have at our gateway a symbol of closure with its “For Residents Only” and “Do Not Enter” signs? Perhaps “the LA Country Club Towers” would be a better name for the 9900 project." Originally the project was slated to have 252 condominiums, and these renderings, which have been around for a while, may have changed

Echo Park
Mar 13, 2008, 6:02 PM
Dude like totally NoHo is like ya NOT anywhere close like to downtown. Like fer sure.

Dude, read his post. W is technically NW. And blue is technically red. Get with the program, man.

BrandonJXN
Mar 13, 2008, 6:56 PM
Dude, read his post. W is technically NW. And blue is technically red. Get with the program, man.

I'm like totally buggin. I though red was Office Depot and up was 54.

Whoa

/Keanu Reeves

DowntownCharlieBrown
Mar 13, 2008, 7:22 PM
[SOME stuff like that being built west of Downtown. But your right, it would look very attractive to have more geometric buildings like that.:D

Edited

JDRCRASH

West - The Red Building is in West LA. So when you say “some stuff West of DT” you’re implying it’s closer to DT? People don’t think of N. Hollywood as west of DT.
Stuff - implies that there is more than one.
Being Built - NoHo project is a proposal and is currently not “being built”

See how your choice of words has made your post confusing?

Originally Posted by JDRCRASH

That's nice.

But regardless, notice how I said "I THINK". I've learned to properly use the right vocabulary for people to understand what I’m saying.


You’re still leaning and I am saying this to help you. I’ve noticed you have been doing a lot of posting lately all over the SSP site, and often your post have inaccurate information, or are unclear, or you have mis-quoted someone, or taken information out of context. Then the post is inevitable followed by several posts going back and forth where the other forumers try to correct you and you fight them.

Please slow down with your posts. If you’re answering a post, read it carefully before answering. If you don’t know something or not sure, don’t post anything. If someone else has the correct info, they’ll post it.

And don’t feel you need to exaggerate. Remember your original post said “A lot of stuff like that is being built… “

Please don’t respond to this, just take it in.
Hope this helps.

BrandonJXN
Mar 13, 2008, 7:24 PM
^ :worship:

JDRCRASH
Mar 13, 2008, 7:29 PM
West - The Red Building is in West LA. So when you say “some stuff West of DT” you’re implying it’s closer to DT? People don’t think of N. Hollywood as west of DT.
Stuff - implies that there is more than one.
Being Built - NoHo project is a proposal and is currently not “being built”

See how your choice of words has made your post confusing?




You’re still leaning and I am saying this to help you. I’ve noticed you have been doing a lot of posting lately all over the SSP site, and often your post have inaccurate information, or are unclear, or you have mis-quoted someone, or taken information out of context. Then the post is inevitable followed by several posts going back and forth where the other forumers try to correct you and you fight them.

Please slow down with you posts. If you’re answering a post, read it carefully before answering. If you don’t know something or not sure, don’t post anything. If someone else has the correct info, they’ll post it.

And don’t feel you need to exaggerate. Remember your original post said “A lot of stuff like that is being built… “

Please don’t respond to this, just take it in.
Hope this helps.

Thanks.

yeah215
Mar 13, 2008, 7:30 PM
I'm like totally buggin. I though red was Office Depot and up was 54.

Whoa

/Keanu Reeves

:previous: I'm getting really tired of all of these comments. It really isn't necessary and doesn't move the conversation along. There is no need to be snarky or nasty. Normally, I try to ignore all of this, but it really getting to point where this forum (and especially the Downtown LA forum) is about making fun of people and bickering, rather than Los Angeles development. I would appreciate it if we could stay on track and remain cordial.

JDRCRASH
Mar 13, 2008, 7:31 PM
^
Ah if only that were the case!:jester:

BrandonJXN
Mar 13, 2008, 8:34 PM
:previous: I'm getting really tired of all of these comments. It really isn't necessary and doesn't move the conversation along. There is no need to be snarky or nasty. Normally, I try to ignore all of this, but it really getting to point where this forum (and especially the Downtown LA forum) is about making fun of people and bickering, rather than Los Angeles development. I would appreciate it if we could stay on track and remain cordial.

Meh..you are just jealous because your milkshake doesn't bring all the boys to the yard. :boogy:

But you're right. I'll be good.

I actually have a question: What is the status of Madam Taussad's (sp) wax museum on Hollywood and Orange? Is that under construction or prep work or what?

Echo Park
Mar 13, 2008, 9:26 PM
:previous: I'm getting really tired of all of these comments. It really isn't necessary and doesn't move the conversation along. There is no need to be snarky or nasty. Normally, I try to ignore all of this, but it really getting to point where this forum (and especially the Downtown LA forum) is about making fun of people and bickering, rather than Los Angeles development. I would appreciate it if we could stay on track and remain cordial.

Yeah good to see you doing your part in moving the discussion. by dwelling on the topic even further.

SO ANY1 KNOW THE STATUS OF 3 CAL PLAZA

edluva
Mar 14, 2008, 1:16 AM
West - The Red Building is in West LA. So when you say “some stuff West of DT” you’re implying it’s closer to DT? People don’t think of N. Hollywood as west of DT.
Stuff - implies that there is more than one.
Being Built - NoHo project is a proposal and is currently not “being built”

See how your choice of words has made your post confusing?




You’re still leaning and I am saying this to help you. I’ve noticed you have been doing a lot of posting lately all over the SSP site, and often your post have inaccurate information, or are unclear, or you have mis-quoted someone, or taken information out of context. Then the post is inevitable followed by several posts going back and forth where the other forumers try to correct you and you fight them.

Please slow down with your posts. If you’re answering a post, read it carefully before answering. If you don’t know something or not sure, don’t post anything. If someone else has the correct info, they’ll post it.

And don’t feel you need to exaggerate. Remember your original post said “A lot of stuff like that is being built… “

Please don’t respond to this, just take it in.
Hope this helps.


sheesh take it easy on him! he's trying really hard, doing lots of research, to make coherent, relevant comments

dktshb
Mar 14, 2008, 2:19 AM
Well there have been a few people asking for some Hollywood updates and since most LA forumers seem to be hanghing out in the City Compilations section I decided to post them here.  Not much:

The Madrone:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood011-1.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood012-1.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood030-2.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood029-1.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood026-2.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood022-1.jpg

PaliHouse:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood021-1.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood019-2.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood018-1.jpg

The Jefferson:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood017-1.jpg

Old Hamburger Hamlet:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood015.jpg

Madame Tussaud & H&H remodeling to look old industrial:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood008-1.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood004-1.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood005.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood002.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/Hollywood003.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
Mar 14, 2008, 3:27 AM
thanks! great job. its exciting to see Hollywood coming back strong.

Echo Park
Mar 14, 2008, 3:31 AM
thanks dktshb. good to see hollywood still moving along considering dtla is slumping a bit.

JDRCRASH
Mar 14, 2008, 4:23 AM
Yeah good to see you doing your part in moving the discussion. by dwelling on the topic even further.

SO ANY1 KNOW THE STATUS OF 3 CAL PLAZA


It's :ancient: and dead since 1993.

milquetoast
Mar 14, 2008, 6:55 AM
So that old stuff is actually new stuff. Interesting :)

LAMetroGuy
Mar 19, 2008, 11:11 PM
IDS Plans $115M Office Tower
By Bob Howard

http://www.globest.com/newspics/los_700corporatepointe.jpg
Image Source: http://www.globest.com/

CULVER CITY, CA-IDS Real Estate Group plans a $115 million office tower on a 3.3-acre site that the Los Angeles-based developer has acquired at the Corporate Pointe office campus. The project will be a 12-story, 277,607-sf tower that will be designed to meet what IDS calls "a burgeoning demand from companies desiring an affordable Westside Los Angeles presence."

Called “Corporate Pointe Tower,” the new project will be built at 700 Corporate Pointe within the 1.6-million-sf, eight building Corporate Pointe campus, which is located just off the 405 Freeway. According to David Saeta, senior vice president of IDS, the company acquired the property at the end of 2007 and has secured all entitlements and approvals for the class A tower, which will be designed to LEED Silver standards by Gene Watanabe of Gensler. No date has been set for construction of the project.

Saeta cites the Lower Westside submarket as "one of the most dynamic real estate submarkets in Southern California with over $2 billion in capital committed to projects within one mile of Corporate Pointe." Among them is Westfield’s one-millionsf Culver City Plaza shopping center, which is currently undergoing a $188 million expansion and renovation including 332,600 sf of new restaurants and shops.

According to Steve Walbridge of Cushman & Wakefield, who represented IDS in the land purchase along with Eric Olofson, the Culver City submarket has emerged as a strategic and affordable Westside option. He points out that rents in the submarket typically average several dollars per sf per month less than rents at similar projects farther north.

dktshb
Mar 21, 2008, 2:37 AM
Not sure of the name of the project but someone wanted an update of this project too so here it is:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a28/dktshb/centurycity013.jpg

Now everybody can see our gas prices too.

SantaCruzGuy
Mar 21, 2008, 3:26 AM
L.A. City Council rejects massive Las Lomas development
In a split vote, the panel halts its review of the 5,553-home project near the 5 and 14 freeways. Some council members fear a lawsuit.
By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
1:11 PM PDT, March 20, 2008
A divided Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to halt its review of the 5,553-home Las Lomas project, dealing what could well be a fatal blow to the mega-development planned for north Los Angeles County.

"This project would have put 15,000 cars a day in an already heavily impacted area," said City Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley. "The people of L.A. said we can't take that anymore. We're tired of it.":yes: :tup:

FOR THE RECORD:
Las Lomas project: An article in Thursday's Section A about the Las Lomas housing development identified Santa Clarita resident Diane Trautman as a city councilwoman. She is a candidate for City Council.
The 10-5 vote, which instructed the Planning Department to stop processing the application, represented a huge victory for Smith, who had argued that the council had no need to review a project that would flood the region with traffic and yet is outside city limits.

The decision also reflected the heightened anxiety over growth and traffic felt by some of the city's elected officials, who almost never issue an outright rejection of a development proposal.

For weeks, Las Lomas Land Co. had been waging an uphill battle to keep the project viable, arguing that Los Angeles should process an environmental impact report and then annex the firm's land from unincorporated Los Angeles County. The company said it had spent $20 million since 2002 trying to get its project approved.


I cut the article short...you get the point... WOW LA... I guess they are beginning to finally see the big picture on suburbs...

dktshb
Mar 21, 2008, 3:35 AM
:previous: That's great news! :banana:

WonderlandPark
Mar 21, 2008, 3:38 AM
If only we could stop Santa Clarita from buildings its project three times as large as Los Lomas planned for behind Magic Mountain.

dktshb
Mar 21, 2008, 3:46 AM
:previous: What project is that and why would anybody think that they could possibly sell those homes in this current market.

Echo Park
Mar 21, 2008, 3:47 AM
^don't forget centennial, landmark, vista canyon, skyline ranch, anaverde and ritter ranch. so many projects underway threaten to destroy the last truly rural areas remaining in LA county and promise to clog the 5 and 14 freeways

WonderlandPark
Mar 21, 2008, 4:26 AM
Like the Irvine Co. developers are in it for the long term, so a 2-3 year recession is nothing. I am not sure whether the 50K resident thing is part of Newhall Ranch or not, but basically Ventura Co. is throwing a shit storm because everything behind Magic Mtn all the way to the Ventura Co. line is to be in this project. But 50K homes out there will suck hard if they do build it out that large.

Even more worrisome is what Tejon Ranch has in store for the Antelope Valley/Gorman. The 5 is already thick over the grapevine. The Tejon Ranch project will ground that to a halt. That is a key commercial lifeline to the LA metro. Clogging that will suck bigtime. Hell, there are already commuters from Bakersfield to the Valley already.

But the thing behind Magic Mtn. is well covered in the Ventura Press, I just don't have the proposal or a link in front of me. This has been going on for a while now, though.

JDRCRASH
Mar 21, 2008, 3:03 PM
:previous: That's great news! :banana:

Unfortunately nearby projects like the Centennial Project which will contain 20,000 houses are going as planned.....

JDRCRASH
Mar 21, 2008, 3:07 PM
^don't forget centennial, landmark, vista canyon, skyline ranch, anaverde and ritter ranch. so many projects underway threaten to destroy the last truly rural areas remaining in LA county and promise to clog the 5 and 14 freeways

Right, and I remember a recent quote in the article in the Latimes that had mentioned it. The guy said something like this, "if this project goes as planned, nothing will stop Los Angeles from becoming a vast, broken metropolis from Bakersfield to Tijuana."

............that should pretty much set the alarm off for nearby residents that more traffic and less open space is on the way.

dktshb
Mar 22, 2008, 2:32 AM
Damn, I'm all depressed now... ignorance to these sprawling projects is bliss.

JDRCRASH
Mar 23, 2008, 2:06 AM
Like i've said before, unless something like the High-Speed Rail project is built, Suburban projects such as the ones mentioned, and to a certain degree, Suburbia ITSELF, will die and fade away.

What also encourages the urban movement is focusing on rail construction, something that Orange County has been lacking, except for the Metrolink.

StethJeff
Mar 23, 2008, 5:10 AM
Like i've said before, unless something like the High-Speed Rail project is built, Suburban projects such as the ones mentioned, and to a certain degree, Suburbia ITSELF, will die and fade away.


:sly:

DJM19
Mar 23, 2008, 4:29 PM
I think he means, If rail is built, suburbia will die away.

JDRCRASH
Mar 23, 2008, 7:19 PM
:sly:

:sly:

JDRCRASH
Mar 23, 2008, 7:22 PM
I think he means, If rail is built, suburbia will die away.

No, that rail would greatly encourage suburb growth, especially in the Central Valley.

yakumoto
Mar 23, 2008, 9:42 PM
Maybe if LA encouraged infill housing there would be less demand to build in those outlying areas.

StethJeff
Mar 23, 2008, 10:21 PM
Like i've said before, unless something like the High-Speed Rail project is built, Suburban projects such as the ones mentioned, and to a certain degree, Suburbia ITSELF, will die and fade away.

What also encourages the urban movement is focusing on rail construction, something that Orange County has been lacking, except for the Metrolink.

why are you so convinced that suburbia will die when it has been going on strong and continues to do so? even though those large developments in santa clarita are being blocked, the fact that developers wish to build them proves that there is a huge demand for that type of housing.

with plenty of abundant cheap land available in this nation, no need to work in financial centers, and millions of americans wanting to buy land, i don't see why suburbia has any reason to die.

not everyone commutes to a shiny building in dtla.

JDRCRASH
Mar 24, 2008, 6:18 PM
not everyone commutes to a shiny building in dtla.

No, but they should!:D

And not everyone wants to spend $60-and-up to fill their gas tanks.:no:

While I like the idea of having a 200+MPH mode of transportation from L.A. to SanFran, we also have to keep in mind that there will also be stops in the San Joaquin Valley, such as Fresno, Bakersfield, etc. Because of that, I can assure you that that will spark development on a whole new level.

See, think about it, if people out there will be willing to make a 3 hour commute from one end of "SanSan Megalopolis" to the other; then its common sense that people halfway or less that distance will not mind making a 1 1/2 hour commute to any of the Major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Anaheim, etc.

StethJeff
Mar 25, 2008, 8:37 AM
No, but they should!:D

And not everyone wants to spend $60-and-up to fill their gas tanks.:no:

While I like the idea of having a 200+MPH mode of transportation from L.A. to SanFran, we also have to keep in mind that there will also be stops in the San Joaquin Valley, such as Fresno, Bakersfield, etc. Because of that, I can assure you that that will spark development on a whole new level.

See, think about it, if people out there will be willing to make a 3 hour commute from one end of "SanSan Megalopolis" to the other; then its common sense that people halfway or less that distance will not mind making a 1 1/2 hour commute to any of the Major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Anaheim, etc.

you still haven't addressed why you think that suburbia will die and fade away.

DowntownCharlieBrown
Mar 25, 2008, 9:20 AM
Like i've said before, unless something like the High-Speed Rail project is built, Suburban projects such as the ones mentioned, and to a certain degree, Suburbia ITSELF, will die and fade away.




In my opinion, high speed rail and suburbia are not tied together. I don't believe a high speed rail line between SF and LA, or even San Diego is being designed to handle daily work commuters, and the cost to ride it will also make daily commute prohibitive. ( It will be designed for longer travel, like taking a plane.) If and when one line is built, most suburbans in the LA region won't be anywhere near a station to have any effect on suburbia thriving or dying in the LA region. Metrolink and expanding light rail is tying LA suburbs together for more than a high speed line ever will.

JDRCRASH
Mar 25, 2008, 3:21 PM
you still haven't addressed why you think that suburbia will die and fade away.

Apparantly you haven't fully read my post.....

And not everyone wants to spend $60-and-up to fill their gas tanks.

And thats not to say suburbia will never be still alive to a CERTAIN degree. Once more production of electric-powered cars dominate the automobile industry, there will still be those who refuse to acknowledge the long commute from their home to their job.

But by that time, Downtown will probably have already started gaining more momentum in the long process of reviving the Urban Core.

JDRCRASH
Mar 25, 2008, 4:31 PM
Last stage set to start on NoHo Commons

By Sue Doyle, Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 03/24/2008 09:20:29 PM PDT


NORTH HOLLYWOOD - City officials broke ground Monday on the third and final phase of the $375 million NoHo Commons project, designed to transform the heart of town into an upscale commercial development with retail, entertainment and residential space.

Spanning three acres at the corner of Lankershim Boulevard and Weddington Street, the final part of the project will cost $79.4 million and will include a seven-screen Laemmle movie theater, a 700-space parking garage, an 182,000 square-foot office building with retail and the relocation of the historic Phil's Diner from Chandler Boulevard.

"NoHo Commons is nothing less than a blockbuster hit," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning.

Bulldozers will start digging in 90 days for the multistory project, with doors expected to open around December 2009.

Already, the NoHo Commons project has attracted a number of new businesses to the once-overlooked area. Nearby streets are now lined with small cafes and their latte-sipping hipsters, yoga dens and eclectic eateries.

A joint deal between Los Angeles-based developer J.H. Snyder Company and the city's Community Redevelopment Agency, the large-scale project sits near the North Hollywood Metro station for the Orange and Red lines.

"This is a victory day," said Bruce Ackerman, vice chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency board. "This is really the rebirth of a region we highly hold up to the rest of the world."

Last June, the second phase of the project brought 292 lofts, a HOWS supermarket, a bank, a mobile-phone store and several restaurants. Six months earlier, a 438-unit, mixed-income residential-rental project was erected.

Of the 730 new housing units in NoHo Commons, 143 are set aside for low- to moderate-income residents, according to Community Redevelopment Agency officials.

Recognizing the historic ticket booth still standing at El Portal Theater, Marilyn White-Sedel pointed to where shops once stood 51 years ago when she first shopped on Lankershim Boulevard.

Witnessing weathering and neglect of the area over time, the Studio City woman is pleased to see it proudly stand once again.

"The revitalization is fine," said Sedel. "It was going downhill."

JRinSoCal
Mar 25, 2008, 8:09 PM
^I can't remember what the NoHo Commons project looks like. Can someone post a pic or rendering please?

Steve2726
Mar 25, 2008, 8:59 PM
:previous:
This is from the developer, not sure how current it is:

http://www.jhsnyder.net/jhs/featured_project_detail/noho_image2.jpg

www.jhsnyder.net

Mofles
Mar 27, 2008, 7:23 PM
Does someone know any information (pictures, etc..) about "The Century"
How is it progressing?

Steve2726
Mar 27, 2008, 9:08 PM
Does someone know any information (pictures, etc..) about "The Century"
How is it progressing?

The Century has it's own thread here:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=130790

DowntownCharlieBrown
Mar 28, 2008, 2:04 AM
Koreatown Update from Angelenic.com


http://www.angelenic.com/construction-coverage-koreatown-round-three/#more-489

The Gardens at Wilshire Center

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2103/2367934612_087110a780_o.jpg
Credit: Fridayinla

The six-story mixed-use apartment complex at Wilshire and Hobart is scheduled to open later this spring. Gardens at Wilshire Center will offer 159 rental units with one, two and three bedroom floor plans. The ground level will contain 7,500 square feet of retail space.

According to the project’s website, building amenities include gated parking, two courtyards, swimming pool and Jacuzzi spa, gas barbeques and picnic tables, state-of-the-art fitness center with sauna, business center, and a rooftop deck with a screening room.

Developer Mac Chandler tells angelenic the project’s initial retail tenant should be executing a lease early next month.



Kenmore Tower

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3175/2367099635_8e3ed49c32_o.jpg
Credit: fridayinla


A new eight-story residential structure is under construction on Kenmore north of 6th Street. SLAB Architecture designed the project which will contain 42 luxury units ranging from 1,360 to 1,960 square feet. Excavation work on site looks to be complete, but little progress has been made since December.

Construction is planned for completion in 2009.


Solair Wilshire

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2347/2367099847_c8cea2171f_o.jpg
Credit: fridayinla

Solair Wilshire located on the northeast corner of Wilshire and Western has completely topped out, and the structure’s glass curtain wall is now being applied on all sides of the residential tower.

The project’s ancillary retail center designed to front the Metro Purple Line station, broke ground several weeks ago. A total of 40,000 square-feet of commercial space is planned for the development. No tenants have been announced.

Solair Wilshire will be completed by late 2009.

Mofles
Mar 28, 2008, 7:47 PM
The Century has it's own thread here:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=130790

Thank you

colemonkee
Mar 30, 2008, 3:12 AM
Took the Red Line (which was packed!!) to Amoeba to load up on some music today and thought I'd drop a little Hollywood update on ya...

W Hollywood

Looking south from Hollywood

http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5981/whollywood200803293xa5.jpg

Mmmmmm. Red dress. Argharghargh!!!

http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/9750/whollywood200803292ut7.jpg

Looking south from Vine

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2718/whollywood200803291zj6.jpg

Looking north from Selma and Vine

http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/3581/whollywood200803294ul4.jpg


Sunset & Vine

I think those panels in the center ruin the design. It'll look even worse with giant ads. Unless it's the girl in the red dress. :naughty:

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/9600/sunsetvine200803293ah7.jpg

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/3777/sunsetvine200803292in6.jpg

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/4523/sunsetvine200803291sx9.jpg

LAsam
Mar 30, 2008, 4:39 AM
Construction update + Battlestar Gallactica... what more could we ask for?

Steve2726
Apr 11, 2008, 4:01 PM
From Today's L.A. Times-

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bevhills11apr11,1,6668664.story

Excerpt-

Beverly Hills approves condo project
A $500-million condo-hotel plan may also win City Council passage. Many residents are concerned about traffic congestion.
By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 11, 2008

To the dismay of residents wary of overdevelopment, the Beverly Hills City Council has approved a high-rise condo and retail project for the eight-acre site of the defunct Robinsons-May department store.

What's more, the council is expected Tuesday to approve an ambitious $500-million proposal by the Beverly Hilton to add condos and the West Coast's first Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to the mid-century Hilton's fabled site. The two projects would be next-door neighbors at Wilshire and Santa Monica, one of the busiest intersections in the region.

The 9900 Wilshire project would include a small amount of retail and restaurant space and 235 ultra-luxury condo units in two buildings -- one beginning at nine stories and stepping up to 13 and the other starting at 13 stories and rising to 15.

Candy & Candy, a London-based firm known for building "super-premium" residences, bought the property a year ago for $500 million from New Pacific Realty, a Beverly Hills firm that had paid $33.5 million just three years earlier. New Pacific was planning to spend $500 million to redevelop the site with a number of environmentally innovative elements.

http://www.9900wilshire.com/

Echo Park
Apr 11, 2008, 4:25 PM
Man i wish we could reclad every 60s modernist atrocity in the city.

JDRCRASH
Apr 11, 2008, 5:03 PM
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Echo Park
Apr 11, 2008, 5:48 PM
^Steve2726 just posted that.

JDRCRASH
Apr 11, 2008, 6:08 PM
^Steve2726 just posted that.

:doh:
I'm such a :dunce:

BrandonJXN
Apr 11, 2008, 6:42 PM
http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/3777/sunsetvine200803292in6.jpg

This picture makes me lol.

Echo Park
Apr 11, 2008, 7:30 PM
Would have been hilarious if there was a porky little kid in the pic rather than captain beefhead there.

JDRCRASH
Apr 11, 2008, 7:44 PM
Would have been hilarious if there was a porky little kid in the pic rather than captain beefhead there.

:lmao:

DowntownCharlieBrown
Apr 11, 2008, 9:30 PM
On the first page, 9900 Wilshire moved to "approved". :)

I moved Wilshire Center and Hotel Emhurst back down to "approved. :( I believe these two are stalled at "site prep" and are most likely stuck due to the credit crunch. If anyone sees movement on these, let us know.