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blackcat23
Feb 21, 2013, 1:01 AM
Vermont/Wilshire Towers. 12 floors up now.

http://i.imgur.com/nJoArCU.jpg?1

Some small apartment projects underway to the south

http://i.imgur.com/gvSkM4J.jpg?1

Valyrian Steel
Feb 21, 2013, 1:24 AM
I wish the Double Marriott in downtown would go up as quickly as those Vermont towers have been. :eek:

ConstructDTLA
Feb 21, 2013, 3:47 AM
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-millennium-hollywood-20130220,0,6352502.story
I know they will be downgraded, but still good news.

I hope this happens. !!

Kingofthehill
Feb 21, 2013, 6:22 AM
Some updates from the Wood Frame Mile (La Brea between Santa Monica and Fountain):

Santa Monica/La Brea (ex. Carl's Jr.) project
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8494536932_eff454aac6_b.jpg

The Courtyard at La Brea
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8385/8494537792_61fd5f18a6_b.jpg

La Brea/Fountain (ex. John's) project
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8493439695_8107f699f5_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8086/8493438563_2e111a5e23_b.jpg

Nearby:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8494541378_ffaaee9319_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8494540624_67fdb7e52e_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8494594512_2a06f0e7a4_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8493434997_653b502dc8_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8494536218_79161dbf58_b.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
Feb 21, 2013, 7:17 AM
nice!

IMBY
Feb 21, 2013, 7:41 AM
I wish the Double Marriott in downtown would go up as quickly as those Vermont towers have been. :eek:

As Oscar Wilde would say: When God wishes to punish you, he answers your prayers!:P

Marriott built 3 unsightly towers in Las Vegas, latest being Springhill Suites (part of Marriott) near the Convention Center. I was so excited seeing this latest one getting built, and then when finished, I wanted to shoot some paint balls at it. And the one at Paradise/Flamingo::yuck:

Marriott seems in a rush to build hotels all over the world, some 50? scheduled for Africa, and it's build-it-as-cheaply-as-possible, we need the money to keep expanding and expanding!

But let's hope the one being built downtown has some redeeming qualities to it. With balconies? Oh please!!! That might slow down its completion by a week or 2!!!

blackcat23
Feb 21, 2013, 7:54 AM
Williams & Dame are the developers of this project. Marriott has merely signed on to operate the hotel.

I don't think the architecture is a big deal. It's not ugly, and I wasn't expecting something groundbreaking for a 22 floor mid-priced hotel. I think it will acquit itself much better at night, just like the rest of the LA skyline.

colemonkee
Feb 21, 2013, 3:10 PM
I really like those last two projects, especially the 7530 one. I love the way they treat the solar panels. An artful way to incorporate a very functional feature.

brudy
Feb 21, 2013, 6:13 PM
I really like those last two projects, especially the 7530 one. I love the way they treat the solar panels. An artful way to incorporate a very functional feature.

Yeah, those are really cool. I haven't seen those before. They aren't on La Brea, are they?

ConstructDTLA
Feb 21, 2013, 6:28 PM
CicLAVia is going to the beach!! I hope you all are there supporting the anti-car movement.

http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/02/21/ciclavia-unveils-official-map-for-421-ciclavia-to-the-sea/

http://la.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/042113_map_8.5x11_FINAL-1.jpg

ChelseaFC
Feb 22, 2013, 3:42 AM
CicLAVia is going to the beach!! I hope you all are there supporting the anti-car movement.

Depends on what you mean by "anti-car". I sure as hell ain't riding a bike 20 miles to the beach cities.

Illithid Dude
Feb 22, 2013, 3:53 AM
Depends on what you mean by "anti-car". I sure as hell ain't riding a bike 20 miles to the beach cities.

Then don't. It's just a one day festival. No one is making you do it.


But yeah, I'm excited.

BrandonJXN
Feb 22, 2013, 4:38 AM
20 miles on a bike is nothing.

benji55545
Feb 22, 2013, 7:02 AM
20 miles on a bike is nothing.

Though the 20 miles uphill (granted, barely) to get home might be a little much for the casual biker.

JDRCRASH
Feb 22, 2013, 3:32 PM
20 miles on a bike is nothing.

Agreed. Every summer, I bike with a bunch of my friends along the San Gabriel River from Irwindale to Seal Beach, and that's like 30 miles. And I'm not really much of a regular bike rider.

blackcat23
Feb 23, 2013, 12:59 AM
Blvd 6200 starting to make the slow climb out of the massive cement pit

http://i.imgur.com/OQTILL8.jpg?1

Old Spaghetti Factory Tower

http://i.imgur.com/vzm7aKw.jpg?1

Across Sunset, the Emerson College building

http://i.imgur.com/F1oTB84.jpg?1

blackcat23
Feb 23, 2013, 1:01 AM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/samos_fairmont_miramar_reno_could_include_21story_tower.php

SaMo's Fairmont Miramar Reno Could Include 21-Story Tower

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013_02_miramar.jpg

by Neal Broverman

The planned redevelopment of the historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica has morphed--earlier plans called for the renovation and expansion of the hotel, with the Miramar's current 10- and 12-story towers replaced by new 11- and 12-story towers; now the owners want a four-story building, a six-story building, and a 21-story tower with new hotel rooms, condos, and groundfloor retail (both versions will renovate the Miramar's historic Palisades building), reports Santa Monica Patch. MSD Capital LP, the owners, say the Art Deco structure will "barely be visible" from many points in the city and will not restrict too many ocean views. They also argue that the tower doesn't make the project more dense, but simply redistributes the mass. If approved, the 261-foot tower would be Santa Monica's second-tallest. SaMo's vociferous neighborhood groups are massing in resistance, and they'll be joined by Councilmember Kevin McKeown, who previously voted against starting negotiations for the project's development agreement (he was outvoted 1-6).

Muji
Feb 23, 2013, 1:09 AM
Great updates, blackcat!:tup:

Kingofthehill
Feb 23, 2013, 2:16 AM
It's great to see those sections of Hollywood chugging along. No pics on hand, but the SLO development at Melrose just east of Wilton has cleared their site, and is now moving at full steam.

StethJeff
Feb 23, 2013, 9:10 PM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/samos_fairmont_miramar_reno_could_include_21story_tower.php

SaMo's Fairmont Miramar Reno Could Include 21-Story Tower

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013_02_miramar.jpg

by Neal Broverman

Wow, love it.

mdiederi
Feb 25, 2013, 9:43 PM
Lately I've been crossing the Gerald Desmond Bridge a lot and I keep seeing more and more cranes and activity on the east side for the new replacement bridge. Haven't had time yet to get down below the approach to take photos of the construction, but mostly it's still just pilings and drilling and stuff like that. Ground breaking was back in early January and construction will continue for at least four more years. At 500 feet tall the new towers will be 135 feet taller than the Vincent Thomas Bridge towers on the other side of Terminal Island, and it will also include a bike and pedestrian path across it. It will also allow newer taller ships to pass below the bridge. In March last year a container ship was scheduled to dock at a terminal north of the bridge, but the ship was too tall to pass and had to dock at a different terminal. This will be the first true long-span cable stayed bridge in California.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v120/mdiederi/buildings/Gerald%20Desmond%20Bridge/ReplacementRendering-1_zps842c4e97.jpg
Courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.
http://www.newgdbridge.com/gallery/press_photos.asp

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v120/mdiederi/buildings/Gerald%20Desmond%20Bridge/ReplacementRendering-4_zpsb731d40d.jpg
Courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.
http://www.newgdbridge.com/gallery/press_photos.asp

blackcat23
Feb 26, 2013, 1:12 AM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/expoadjacent_sepulvedapico_mixeduser_will_have_1795_parking_spaces_transit_concierge.php#more

Expo-Adjacent Sepulveda/Pico Mixed-User Will Have 1,795 Parking Spaces, Transit Concierge

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/Rendering3.jpg

by Eve Bachrach

Casden West LA, the controversial and huge mixed-use development planned to replace the cement at Sepulveda and Pico, is up for a Planning Commission vote this week. And despite having several unmitigatible impacts (air quality, noise, traffic, etc.), staffers are recommending that the commission approve the project, with a few modifications (pdf). According to the staff report, any one of the benefits of the project--new job, more senior housing, increased density around the Expo Line--would be enough to outweigh the concerns. So what is being built? The total number of apartments is up 100 to 638--including 71 set aside for "very low income" seniors--but the total retail square footage is down about a third to 160,000, including a grocery store. And this transit-adjacent project is due to get 1,795 parking spaces on six underground levels. However, there will be several concessions made to transit-friendliness (in addition to the project's location near the future Sepulveda station of the Expo Line):

-- A redesign to allow direct pedestrian access from the transit plaza to the grocery store and planned big box retailer, and better pedestrian access from Pico
-- On-site bike sharing and car sharing facilities
-- 84 bike parking spots
-- Transportation awareness-raising kiosks scattered around the site
-- A transit "concierge/coordinator"
-- Transit incentives and free/discounted Metro Passes will be provided to residents and employees by the developer

In addition to changing the mix of retail and residential space and improving pedestrian access to the site, the four buildings planned have each dropped about 10 feet in height.

The amount of parking is obscene.

202_Cyclist
Feb 26, 2013, 2:27 AM
The amount of parking is obscene.

Agreed, the amount of parking is grotesque. Not to play city-vs-city but there was a 65-unit mixed-use apartment building next to one of our metro stations in DC that was approved last summer with zero off-street parking. Depending on how much these units are rented for, the building above next to the Expo. Line should have 0.5 to 1 parking spaces per unit.

Easy
Feb 26, 2013, 3:03 AM
Agreed, the amount of parking is grotesque. Not to play city-vs-city but there was a 65-unit mixed-use apartment building next to one of our metro stations in DC that was approved last summer with zero off-street parking. Depending on how much these units are rented for, the building above next to the Expo. Line should have 0.5 to 1 parking spaces per unit.

It has an inordinate amount of parking because it has 160,000 square feet of retail. Probably too much, but 600 spaces would be far too few.

No parking is obviously rare for LA, but Santa Monica did approve a 56 unit building next to the Expo terminus with no parking.

blackcat23
Feb 26, 2013, 3:49 AM
One of the comments on the Curbed article points out that the Wilshire Grand (all 1100 feet of it) will have 635 fewer parking spaces than the Casden development.

The Expo/Sepulveda station is already going to be a park-and-ride, too.

Agreed, the amount of parking is grotesque. Not to play city-vs-city but there was a 65-unit mixed-use apartment building next to one of our metro stations in DC that was approved last summer with zero off-street parking. Depending on how much these units are rented for, the building above next to the Expo. Line should have 0.5 to 1 parking spaces per unit.

A few months back, the city approved a new specific plan for the area northeast of downtown in which parking minimums were eliminated altogether. Instead, developers can decide based on market conditions. Of course, we're talking about a less wealthy/more transit dependent part of LA.

It will be a while before parking becomes optional for the wealthier/auto dominated westside. Once Expo reaches Sepulveda, hopefully we'll see further shifts in attitude.

Another positive development from the past month or so was the new ordinance which allows bike parking to be substituted for auto parking. Not sure how much that substitution will be utilized in the near future, but it's step in the right direction.

Easy
Feb 26, 2013, 3:57 AM
One of the comments on the Curbed article points out that the Wilshire Grand (all 1100 feet of it) will have 635 fewer parking spaces than the Casden development.


Yeah that was a good comment by DistrictDirt. But to be fair people tend to use mass transit more for commutes to and from work than they do for trips to Target and the grocery store. I don't mean to defend the obscene number of spaces planned, but a quadruple digit number of spaces doesn't surprise me.

benji55545
Feb 26, 2013, 9:23 AM
True, that is a ridiculous amount of parking. But why does it bother you all if it's going to be all underground?

Easy
Feb 26, 2013, 11:46 AM
True, that is a ridiculous amount of parking. But why does it bother you all if it's going to be all underground?

LA's plan includes allowing increased development density around rail stations with the idea that those areas can handle the extra density because of the option to use rail. Allowing such large amounts of parking is the opposite of what they are supposedly trying to achieve. This seems like more parking than a development away from rail would even need.

202_Cyclist
Feb 26, 2013, 2:53 PM
True, that is a ridiculous amount of parking. But why does it bother you all if it's going to be all underground?

Abundant parking, especially if it is free or under-priced undermines transit ridership and encourages more driving. People who live or work within 1/4 mile or 1/2 mile of a rail station have fundamentally different travel patterns and much lower car-ownership rates than the rest of the population. If you reduce the cost of parking, on the other hand, people will drive more.

Transit Oriented Development’s Ridership Bonus: A Product of Self-Selection and Public Policies
http://www.uctc.net/papers/765.pdf

Are TODs Over-Parked?
http://www.uctc.net/papers/882.pdf

Second, underground structured parking is very expensive, with estimates of this costing $30,000 - $50,000 per space. This limits the affordability of the housing.

Third, having this much parking will encourage the developer to design the building around vehicle access instead of around pedestrians (see page 5: http://shoup.bol.ucla.edu/People,Parking,Cities.pdf).

In DC, there is a similarly large retail building in Columbia Heights that is directly across the street from one of the rail stations on the Green line. Entire floors of the parking garage go unused most of the time.

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/878/entire-level-of-dc-usa-garage-has-never-been-used/

BrandonJXN
Feb 28, 2013, 2:38 AM
Look at what's going on down in Redondo Beach.

From Curbed:

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013.02_redondo.jpg
http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013.02_redondo.jpg

The listening sessions on the Redondo Beach waterfront regeneration are over, and developer CenterCal is ready to start talking. This past weekend, CenterCal revealed the initial plans for their vision of the revamped pier and waterfront area. The concept was designed to bring more locals down to the pier, refurbish buildings, and plan for rising water levels, says the Daily Breeze. While the plans released are still just conceptual, CenterCal CEO Fred Bruning says the eventual designs will be "open, inviting and green," and minimally ocean-view-blocking. The latest plans for the redevelopment include:

-- A market hall
-- Local shops and restaurants
-- Water features
-- Boutique hotel with beach access
-- 600 to 800 seat theater for movies and live performances
-- Renovated Seaside Lagoon, a heated saltwater pool next to the ocean, which would keep it open year-round
-- Better bike and pedestrian access to the waterfront

A representative of a group called Residents for Appropriate Development sounded cautiously supportive of the project--Nadine Meiser said she liked the family-friendly plans, but that she and fellow RAD members were concerned that their ocean views be protected, and want to see a 3D model to check sight lines before backing the project. The Redondo Beach City Council will vote on the preliminary concept next month.

Valyrian Steel
Feb 28, 2013, 3:44 AM
Selma and Vine Mixed-User in Hollywood Back From the Dead

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/selma-and-vine-large-01.jpg


Everyone hop in the DeLorean and lets take a trip back to 2006, a magical time before our brows were troubled by recession, and everyone was following a hot lead about a new Whole Foods coming to Hollywood. The market was to be part of a large mixed-use development at 1540 North Vine Street (at Selma), which our new mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa was touting as one of his wins in his second year in office. And then ... nothing. Until now! Word on the street is the project, designed by TCA Architects and developed by Camden Development, has risen from the dead. The rendering above is a bit out of date, but the most recent information we can find is that project will have around 300 market-rate apartments and groundfloor retail, taking the place of the surface parking lot on the southwest corner of Selma and Vine.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/selma_and_vine_mixeduser_in_hollywood_back_from_the_dead.php

BrandonJXN
Feb 28, 2013, 4:19 AM
^ Awesome! Hollywood is on fire right now.

blackcat23
Feb 28, 2013, 5:22 AM
I was thinking about the Selma/Vine project when I walked past there last week, and here we are. Very welcome news.

I wonder when we'll see movement on the proposals for the two opposite corners on Selma and Argyle.

Illithid Dude
Feb 28, 2013, 10:52 AM
Why is TCA physically unable to create quality architecture?

colemonkee
Feb 28, 2013, 2:55 PM
^ Seriously. They're Public Enemy #1 when it comes to banal stucco Type III design. What's even more frustrating is that they seem to win every single development bid in LA at the moment. Reeeeeeally hoping that moment comes to an end soon.

What I do hope happens with this development is that the Whole Foods is still part of it. Taking the Red Line to Hollywood/Vine and walking a block and a half will be so much easier than the trek out to Pasadena.

DistrictDirt
Feb 28, 2013, 5:13 PM
Why is TCA physically unable to create quality architecture?

I agree for the most part but I do give them credit for going "all-in" on streamline moderne with 5550 Wilshire.

http://tcaarchitects.com/wp-content/themes/tca/assets/images/portfolio-arch-projects/5550-wilshire/5550-wilshire-large-01.jpg
Source: TCA (http://tcaarchitects.com/5550-wilshire/)

DenseCityPlease
Feb 28, 2013, 6:02 PM
No need for a prolonged introduction here but I would just like to thank all of you for your ongoing coverage of development in Los Angeles. Having followed SSP since 2006 without ever posting myself, at least until now, the opinions and contributions of every forumer on this site are greatly appreciated. With that out of the way let's move onto business.

While the evolution of DTLA has been thrilling to witness I find the urbanization of the region at large to be in many ways far more interesting. People like to point out the enormity of the metropolis in describing how transit will never sufficiently tie the region together, but the city can more accurately be envisioned as a dozen or so (increasingly) dense, (potentially) walkable nodes. Based on this recent barrage of development, it seems like Hollywood is lining up to be the second most prominent node.

Certainly there are more jobs, wealth, and political power in say Santa Monica or Century City, but neither of these communities seem to have quite the same urban potential due to density restrictions (in the case of Santa Monica) and mid-century urban planning (in the case of Century City). When you add to that the fact that Hollywood is linked to DT through an already existing and increasingly popular subway line, unlike the westside nodes, and has a relatively central location within the city it would seem to be running away from the competition.

With that being said Expo phase II to Santa Monica will, I believe, be the real game changer in the operational dynamic of the metropolis. It will be at this point that Metro Rail comes of age and begins a slow but permanent transition in the eyes of the average Angelino from a system for transporting only car-less riders to as system for transporting middle class voluntary riders. Of course this has already become a reality to a certain extent but, at least for people who don't tend to pay attention to such things, I think it's safe to say perception lags behind reality. However as soon as Expo II opens and images of trains full of business people in suits and teenagers going shopping and families headed to the beach become imprinted in the consciousness of the public, a monumental shift will have occurred. Arty twenty-somethings and commuters from the Valley will have paved the way when all is said and done, but nothing says PR like westsiders riding Metro Rail.

I'm reminded of a forumer on the Washington, D.C. page who described a similar transition with regard to metro system ridership occurring during the 1990s in that city. 15 years later commuting via rail in Washington is a given, an obvious fact of life for all but the elite. Imagine if Los Angeles were on the cusp of just such a change in the transportation dynamic of the city...

SLO
Feb 28, 2013, 6:14 PM
Look at what's going on down in Redondo Beach.

From Curbed:

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013.02_redondo.jpg
http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013.02_redondo.jpg

Very nice, Ive been keeping up on Redondo, I lived in Redondo as a kid for 3 years. I really hope it becomes a great destination. I like the connecting bridge and the new lagoon. I'd love to see a little more development on the pier like the old days....

202_Cyclist
Feb 28, 2013, 6:37 PM
DenseCityPlease--- I think you assessment is pretty much right on. I think LA is a bit similar to DC, being a multi-nodal area. If LA can continue to create dense, walkable, nodes and connect these by rail transit, Southern California will be doing very well.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Feb 28, 2013, 6:55 PM
No need for a prolonged introduction here but I would just like to thank all of you for your ongoing coverage of development in Los Angeles. Having followed SSP since 2006 without ever posting myself, at least until now, the opinions and contributions of every forumer on this site are greatly appreciated. With that out of the way let's move onto business.

While the evolution of DTLA has been thrilling to witness I find the urbanization of the region at large to be in many ways far more interesting. People like to point out the enormity of the metropolis in describing how transit will never sufficiently tie the region together, but the city can more accurately be envisioned as a dozen or so (increasingly) dense, (potentially) walkable nodes. Based on this recent barrage of development, it seems like Hollywood is lining up to be the second most prominent node.

Certainly there are more jobs, wealth, and political power in say Santa Monica or Century City, but neither of these communities seem to have quite the same urban potential due to density restrictions (in the case of Santa Monica) and mid-century urban planning (in the case of Century City). When you add to that the fact that Hollywood is linked to DT through an already existing and increasingly popular subway line, unlike the westside nodes, and has a relatively central location within the city it would seem to be running away from the competition.

With that being said Expo phase II to Santa Monica will, I believe, be the real game changer in the operational dynamic of the metropolis. It will be at this point that Metro Rail comes of age and begins a slow but permanent transition in the eyes of the average Angelino from a system for transporting only car-less riders to as system for transporting middle class voluntary riders. Of course this has already become a reality to a certain extent but, at least for people who don't tend to pay attention to such things, I think it's safe to say perception lags behind reality. However as soon as Expo II opens and images of trains full of business people in suits and teenagers going shopping and families headed to the beach become imprinted in the consciousness of the public, a monumental shift will have occurred. Arty twenty-somethings and commuters from the Valley will have paved the way when all is said and done, but nothing says PR like westsiders riding Metro Rail.

I'm reminded of a forumer on the Washington, D.C. page who described a similar transition with regard to metro system ridership occurring during the 1990s in that city. 15 years later commuting via rail in Washington is a given, an obvious fact of life for all but the elite. Imagine if Los Angeles were on the cusp of just such a change in the transportation dynamic of the city...

Welcome to the Forum and very well put. I agree with your assessment and i truly believe LA is going to be a much different (and better) animal in 10 years

SoCalKid
Mar 1, 2013, 1:42 AM
I'm not quite sure if this is appropriate for this forum, but since Metro has been talked about in the last few posts.... Have you guys seen this proposal?? I know it's a long shot but this would be enormous!

From Curbed:


[QUOTE= Prepare to completely lose your shit, North Centralians: former deputy mayor and City Council District 13 candidate Matt Szabo has revealed his transportation vision for the area (Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, and Elysian Valley, more or less) and it's everything you've ever dreamed of. Seriously. Everything. Here's the short version, via his campaign website: "The plan, titled 'This Could Be Us: A Public Transit Vision that Works,' calls for a rail line along or under Sunset Boulevard, connecting Hollywood to Silver Lake, Echo Park, Dodger Stadium and Downtown L.A.; a street car connecting Atwater Village to Elysian Valley, Elysian Park and Downtown L.A.; and a subway extension connecting the Red Line in Hollywood to the future Purple Line in Century City, with a subway stop at the Hollywood Bowl." Here are the smelling salts. We'll meet you down below for details.

Here's what Szabo's calling for:
-- A Pink Line running from the Purple Line in Century City, along Santa Monica Boulevard, to the Red Line in Hollywood, with an extension up to the Hollywood Bowl.
-- A Sunset Line connecting Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Downtown--it'd be "a rail line along or under Sunset Boulevard with a stop at Dodger Stadium."
-- A freaking streetcar along Riverside Drive connecting Atwater, Elysian Valley, Elysian Park, Chinatown, and Downtown; it'd hook up to the Downtown streetcar.
-- To "aggressively advance" the Hollywood Central Park, which would cap the 101 Freeway in Hollywood with 44 acres of green space.
-- To take down the wire around the Silver Lake Reservoir and increase its public space, particularly after it goes offline as a drinking water source.
-- To get the concrete out of the LA River and "to create more natural, accessible public green space for pedestrians and cyclists" around it.[/QUOTE]

SoCalKid
Mar 1, 2013, 1:47 AM
I'm struggling with posting a quote from outside the forum, but you get the idea!

NYC2ATX
Mar 1, 2013, 2:32 AM
I'm not quite sure if this is appropriate for this forum, but since Metro has been talked about in the last few posts.... Have you guys seen this proposal?? I know it's a long shot but this would be enormous!

Vote that guy into the Mayor's seat IMMEDIATELY. Like now. :cheers:

Illithid Dude
Mar 1, 2013, 2:36 AM
22 story tower designed by Frank Gehry planned for Santa Monica, at Ocean and Santa Monica.

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/Gehryhotel.rendering-thumb.jpg

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/frank_gehry_designing_hotel_tower_and_art_museum_for_samo.php

Valyrian Steel
Mar 1, 2013, 2:36 AM
Re: Metro. Lol. Of course that would be great if it happened but it just looks like a guy trying to get elected as council member.

blackcat23
Mar 1, 2013, 2:40 AM
I'm not quite sure if this is appropriate for this forum, but since Metro has been talked about in the last few posts.... Have you guys seen this proposal?? I know it's a long shot but this would be enormous!

From Curbed:

The longest of long shots.

A Sunset Blvd line would be nice, but I'll put that in the "not in my wildest dreams," file.

The Pink Line will probably manifest itself as an eventual extension of the Crenshaw Line. That's likely decades off, though.

112597jorge
Mar 1, 2013, 2:41 AM
Huge Pico/Sepulveda Mixed-User Moves Ahead With Public Restrooms and More For Transit Users

Thursday, February 28, 2013, by Eve Bachrach













Casden West LA, the huge Expo Line-adjacent development set to bring 638 apartments, a big box retailer, and a traffic concierge to Pico and Sepulveda got the thumbs up from the Planning Commission earlier today. A representative for Casden tells us that the Commission's approval for the development was unanimous, though it included a few conditions to beef up the transit-oriented aspect. For instance, the number of bike parking spaces was increased to 144, and there will now be public restrooms for transit users and a bus layover area. To encourage transit usage, parking will be unbundled from the apartments--tenants will have to opt in if they want spaces, and Casden will give away 75 Metro passes to residents and employees. Finally, the residential units will moved 500 feet further away from the nearby 405 Freeway. Though the project has been controversial in the community, Planning Commission President Bill Roschen said that it "is going to turn out to be an exemplary TOD project." Next stop: the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee and then on to City Council, where there could still be a fight. Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bill Rosendahl both said they thought the project was too large back when it only had 538 apartments.
· Expo-Adjacent Sepulveda/Pico Mixed-User Will Have 1,795 Parking Spaces, Transit Concierge [Curbed LA]

blackcat23
Mar 1, 2013, 2:50 AM
22 story tower designed by Frank Gehry planned for Santa Monica, at Ocean and Santa Monica.

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/Gehryhotel.rendering-thumb.jpg

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/frank_gehry_designing_hotel_tower_and_art_museum_for_samo.php

Very nice. As a couple of the comments on the article point out, there's a resemblance to 8 Spruce Street. Granted this would be much smaller.

Santa Monica is killing it right now.

LAofAnaheim
Mar 1, 2013, 4:35 AM
Vote that guy into the Mayor's seat IMMEDIATELY. Like now. :cheers:

This is what the 2013 Mayoral election is missing........a true advocate of Metro. If anybody remembers in 2005, a key reason Antonio Villairaigosa shot up in popularity was because he was very strongly fighting for Metro rail expansion. He was coined the "LA Subway Mayor" by the LA Weekly. The detractors thought he was ignorant and didn't care about real issues. But really, what's the # complaint from Angelenos...traffic. Only Antonio brought it up and he got advocates to fight for his behalf to win the election.

I think Eric Garcetti needs to grab this mantra by the horn if he's serious about Metro rail expansion. He's the only candidate to not back down from Beverly Hills during their debate and would look for an alternative to Measure J. However.....he is not vocalizing this and it's going to be his race to lose, if he stops ignoring transit and thinks of it as the "white elephant". The truth is, if a Mayoral candidate were to advocate "yes, build the subway and more rail" that person will win the election. But apparently advocating for Metro rail in LA is still taboo. However, look at how our "Subway Mayor" changed the course of LA forever by 1) the overturn of the illegal subway drilling ban and 2) passage of Measure R. LA is a much better place with Antonio than without him as Mayor. Whoever is elected, I want to feel the same. Have the passion and push to make transit a priority and you'll leave a legacy as great as Tom Bradley and Antonio Villairaigosa.

IMBY
Mar 1, 2013, 4:55 AM
Very nice. As a couple of the comments on the article point out, there's a resemblance to 8 Spruce Street. Granted this would be much smaller.

Santa Monica is killing it right now.

Reading of the vociferous neighborhood group's opposition to the Miramar project, will it be any different with this proposal?

I don't know if I should admire the masochism of these developers, making a proposal in that city, or any coastal city in CA, or deem them to be retarded!

Me? I'd take that money and proposal and head for Dade County, and have a red carpet laid at my feet on my arrival at Miami Int'l Airport!:tup:

mdiederi
Mar 1, 2013, 5:27 AM
Harbor commission votes to move ahead with San Pedro waterfront revitalization project
By Brian Sumers Staff Writer
Posted: 02/21/2013 06:02:53 PM PST
Updated: 02/22/2013 09:28:54 AM PST
http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_22640962/harbor-commission-votes-move-ahead-san-pedro-waterfront

The Los Angeles harbor commission voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with a project to revitalize the San Pedro waterfront, despite objections from several developers not selected to move to the next round.

The five commissioners directed Port of Los Angeles staff members to negotiate exclusively with a group called the LA Waterfront Alliance on a project to redevelop the 30-acre Ports O' Call Village. The joint proposal by Los Angeles-based The Ratkovich Co. and San Pedro-based Jerico Development beat out seven other competing visions.

... It likely will include stores, restaurants, a boutique hotel, a conference center and an open space for events. But most of the details will be hashed out during the next year, officials said.

Instead of reviewing the developers' actual plans for the site, the five-member evaluation committee focused on the qualifications of the applicants and their ability to deliver a first-rate project.

This should be a good selection because some of the other developers were proposing a freaking outlet mall and chain restaurants, whereas the winning developers are proposing developing something unique to San Pedro.

LAsam
Mar 1, 2013, 5:57 PM
22 story tower designed by Frank Gehry planned for Santa Monica, at Ocean and Santa Monica.

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/Gehryhotel.rendering-thumb.jpg

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/frank_gehry_designing_hotel_tower_and_art_museum_for_samo.php

Absolutely love it from a design perpective. Also love the fact that it will most likely eliminate a terrible surface lot at 2nd and Santa Monica Blvd and replace it with underground parking.

blackcat23
Mar 1, 2013, 11:09 PM
Blvd 6200

http://i.imgur.com/mIi5FwN.jpg?1

Illithid Dude
Mar 2, 2013, 6:52 AM
http://la.curbed.com/uploads/Samo%20lot%20rfp.jpg

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/samo_looking_for_big_names_for_big_mixeduse_development.php#more

Santa Monica seems to be on a good taste bent. Yay! Represent!

Anyways, Santa Monica is taking bids for that big parking lot in the middle. There are three contenders for this bid:

OMA(!): This would be like dream for me, as OMA is one of my favorite architects, if not my favorite architects.

Robert AM Stern and Brooks + Scarpa: This one interests me the most, as the pairing is just so interesting. A very traditional pre-war architect and a hyper modern deconstructionivist one? I'd like to see how that would turn out.

Koening Eizenberg: Always dependable for an attractive, high quality building. Under any other circumstances I would love for them to build on this lot, but the other contenders are just so unique and prestigious that I would rather the bid go to one of them.

jamesinclair
Mar 4, 2013, 6:05 AM
This was posted a few pages ago....I thought it was a render!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8494541378_ffaaee9319_b.jpg

DistrictDirt
Mar 4, 2013, 10:38 PM
Just drove by the Wilshire/Vermont project and saw that they are up to 13 stories on one of the towers, and 12 on the other. The are really cooking!

blackcat23
Mar 5, 2013, 12:12 AM
Just drove by the Wilshire/Vermont project and saw that they are up to 13 stories on one of the towers, and 12 on the other. The are really cooking!

Funny that you mention that, just snapped this picture a couple hours ago.

http://i.imgur.com/dMU4C8z.jpg?1

Wally West
Mar 5, 2013, 12:12 AM
This was posted a few pages ago....I thought it was a render!

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Me too!

I'm very happy with that project.

Illithid Dude
Mar 5, 2013, 6:22 AM
New angles of the DT SaMo Gehry tower.

From ArchDaily

http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/51352129b3fc4b6c22000287_gehry-designs-mixed-use-tower-for-downtown-santa-monica_3.jpg

http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/5135212fb3fc4b6a41000289_gehry-designs-mixed-use-tower-for-downtown-santa-monica_2.jpg

http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/5135212ab3fc4b11aa000288_gehry-designs-mixed-use-tower-for-downtown-santa-monica_4.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
Mar 5, 2013, 7:24 AM
i cant wait to hear the absolute bullshit santa monica nimbys will roll out for this one. what a shame that it will probably be delayed and downsized because of those morons.

Illithid Dude
Mar 5, 2013, 8:19 AM
i cant wait to hear the absolute bullshit santa monica nimbys will roll out for this one. what a shame that it will probably be delayed and downsized because of those morons.

Hey! I represent that remark!

But I actually think that there will be minimal fuss over this one. SaMo has been getting taller and taller recently. The Fairmont is going to be at least in the teens, in terms of stories, and the u/c Village is nine stories, but is at least 100 ft tall. I have faith.

Oh, and remember rumors that the Ritz Carlton wanted to build a 22 story hotel in DT SaMo? What are the chances that this is what the rumors were referring to?

Suffice
Mar 5, 2013, 10:33 AM
New angles of the DT SaMo Gehry tower.
http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/5135212ab3fc4b11aa000288_gehry-designs-mixed-use-tower-for-downtown-santa-monica_4.jpg

Good luck knocking down that old building on the lower-right of the parcel. I'm sure it can be done - but that will just delay the project by 2 years

BrandonJXN
Mar 5, 2013, 3:15 PM
What makes you say that?

Suffice
Mar 6, 2013, 5:34 AM
What makes you say that?

http://goo.gl/maps/bXYnE

I didn't realize, it was actually 2 buildings that are rather handsome, old buildings, of which west LA has a dearth of. Remember, you can't replace these. I predict that preservationists and neighbors will be up in arms about demolishing these, even the replacement is a Gehry.

BrandonJXN
Mar 6, 2013, 3:15 PM
http://goo.gl/maps/bXYnE

I didn't realize, it was actually 2 buildings that are rather handsome, old buildings, of which west LA has a dearth of. Remember, you can't replace these. I predict that preservationists and neighbors will be up in arms about demolishing these, even the replacement is a Gehry.

Old does not equal historic. A lot of people assume that and it's just isn't true.

ChelseaFC
Mar 7, 2013, 4:02 AM
Article from NYT on the the Village development in SM with some nice photos of the progress

Long Isolated Behind a Freeway, Santa Monica’s Civic Center Rejoins Its City

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/realestate/commercial/long-isolated-behind-a-freeway-santa-monicas-civic-center-rejoins-its-city.html

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/03/06/business/Santa-Monica/Santa-Monica-articleLarge.jpg

mdiederi
Mar 8, 2013, 6:51 AM
http://goo.gl/maps/bXYnE

I didn't realize, it was actually 2 buildings that are rather handsome, old buildings, of which west LA has a dearth of. Remember, you can't replace these. I predict that preservationists and neighbors will be up in arms about demolishing these, even the replacement is a Gehry.
That corner is actually all just one generic mixed-use building http://goo.gl/maps/bexqH . The newer facades in front of each business are nothing special. The project proposal actually says there are two real landmarked buildings on the north end of the lot that will be preserved and incorporated into the art museum campus component of the project, so that gives them a leg up on the preservation issue.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v120/mdiederi/buildings/OceanAvenueProject-1_zps65686fe8.jpg
http://oceanavenueproject.com/overview

Also note the public observation deck on the 244-foot high roof. :cheers:

blackcat23
Mar 9, 2013, 12:05 AM
Old Spaghetti Factory Tower

http://i.imgur.com/vYuToxl.jpg?1

blackcat23
Mar 9, 2013, 12:09 AM
Some other gallery images from the Ocean Avenue Project's website

http://i.imgur.com/EpI2Y3g.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/jvfhQBZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6IMo2ki.jpg?1

Chef Boyardee
Mar 9, 2013, 5:42 AM
http://www.californialandmark.com/images/lc-main.jpg
http://www.californialandmark.com/lc.html

I don't remember if this thing on melrose has been mentioned, but i guess it's about to break ground or is already under construction.

Quixote
Mar 9, 2013, 9:29 AM
^ Pretty sure KOTH has made mention of that a few times, citing that it's under construction.

Illithid Dude
Mar 9, 2013, 3:15 PM
^ Pretty sure KOTH has made mention of that a few times, citing that it's under construction.

I believe he was talking about a separate project on Melrose that utilizes the small lot ordinance.

Kingofthehill
Mar 9, 2013, 7:01 PM
Westie, the project you're thinking of is 5112 Melrose (at Gramercy Place, just west of Western; near Paramount Studios), which is a 49-unit new home community being built using the small lot ordinance. Here is some useful info on the project in mention: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/03/paramountadjacent_melrose_lot_could_get_49_little_houses.php & http://www.landadvisors.com/pdf/CALA67110.pdf.

At any rate, great to see development on Melrose! IMO, its eastern sections offer one of the more underrated and undervalued, as well as best-located, thoroughfares in town.

DistrictDirt
Mar 9, 2013, 8:58 PM
Westie, the project you're thinking of is 5112 Melrose (at Gramercy Place, just west of Western; near Paramount Studios), which is a 49-unit new home community being built using the small lot ordinance. Here is some useful info on the project in mention: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/03/paramountadjacent_melrose_lot_could_get_49_little_houses.php & http://www.landadvisors.com/pdf/CALA67110.pdf.

At any rate, great to see development on Melrose! IMO, its eastern sections offer one of the more underrated and undervalued, as well as best-located, thoroughfares in town.

They should just call the SLO the New Urbanism Ordinance. I love it.

WonderlandPark
Mar 9, 2013, 10:40 PM
And hot off the memory card since I was at work earlier and this is just a couple of blocks away: the small lot parcel on Melrose, they have completed grading and look to have to remove a pile of dirt, but the streets are clearly visible. Exciting to see this finally happen in L.A.

http://i45.tinypic.com/30lj487.jpg

Steve2726
Mar 13, 2013, 4:32 PM
Add another one to the list in Hollywood-

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324096404578354531093882830.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_realestate

Hooray for Hollywood!

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/MI-BU650_DWeek_G_20130312221527.jpg

Kilroy Realty will start construction on a project on Hollywood's Columbia Square site.

A stalled project in Hollywood is set to finally get under way in a development that will test demand for office space in the slowly gentrifying area. The company, a real-estate investment trust based in Los Angeles, said it will begin construction this spring.

The mixed-use project will eventually include 200 luxury rental apartments, 30,000 square feet of retail and about 330,000 square feet of new office space.

Illithid Dude
Mar 13, 2013, 4:44 PM
Great! The old CBS Studios building is one of my favorites in L.A.

ChelseaFC
Mar 13, 2013, 5:04 PM
Someone needs to do a "red outline" map for Hollywood...

Quixote
Mar 13, 2013, 9:22 PM
Sweet! Sunset Gordon, Emerson, and now this. Now to do something about that huge ass strip mall across the street...

blackcat23
Mar 13, 2013, 11:38 PM
http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/MI-BU650_DWeek_G_20130312221527.jpg

This looks great. I walked by maybe two months back and saw a bunch of people inspecting the courtyard area on the Sunset side and figured they were getting close. This also seems to verify that there will be ground floor retail facing the street.

I wonder exactly how tall the tower is going to be. Based on some of the less detailed renderings from Kilroy, it looks to be around 25 floors.

http://www.kilroyrealty.com/Uploads/RecentAquisitionPDFs/1010201213530PMColumbia%20Square%20Renderings%20web.pdf


In non Hollywood news, the Vermont/Wilshire towers this afternoon. The west tower is now up to the 15th floor.

http://i.imgur.com/nXpuqPI.jpg?1

blackcat23
Mar 14, 2013, 1:02 AM
Someone needs to do a "red outline" map for Hollywood...

http://i.imgur.com/w5apPO3.jpg

Green is currently under construction, red is proposed/approved.

I may have missed some projects. I left out the soundstage that's under construction a half block east of Gower on Sunset, since I figured it's not really of interest to most people on this forum.

Quixote
Mar 14, 2013, 8:24 AM
At this rate, Hollywood might actually resemble this soon:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5007/5346846689_32d1b6c106_b.jpg

Wally West
Mar 14, 2013, 9:08 PM
At this rate, Hollywood might actually resemble this soon:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5007/5346846689_32d1b6c106_b.jpg

Where did you get that sexy screenshot?

Kingofthehill
Mar 14, 2013, 9:20 PM
isn't that from the mayor's "elegant density" vision for hollywood? hollywood community plan?

SoCalKid
Mar 14, 2013, 10:19 PM
http://i.imgur.com/w5apPO3.jpg

Green is currently under construction, red is proposed/approved.

I may have missed some projects. I left out the soundstage that's under construction a half block east of Gower on Sunset, since I figured it's not really of interest to most people on this forum.

Thanks for creating that! With everything going on in Hollywood, it could really establish itself as LA's "second downtown." If the streetcar shows good results Downtown, Hollywood would be an excellent location for another one. Given the Red Line stops, a streetcar could turn it into a place where a car is not necessary. Hurray for urbanism!

Munchitup
Mar 14, 2013, 10:35 PM
Thanks for creating that! With everything going on in Hollywood, it could really establish itself as LA's "second downtown." If the streetcar shows good results Downtown, Hollywood would be an excellent location for another one. Given the Red Line stops, a streetcar could turn it into a place where a car is not necessary. Hurray for urbanism!

Though the buses that run through that area get the job done quite well, it would be pretty cool to see a streetcar connecting the center of Hollywood with the center of West Hollywood.

Just as they say in DTLA that the tourists are reluctant to use DASH and Metro buses, I think the same can be said of Hollywood, which has even more tourists.

SoCalKid
Mar 14, 2013, 10:59 PM
Just as they say in DTLA that the tourists are reluctant to use DASH and Metro buses, I think the same can be said of Hollywood, which has even more tourists.

My thoughts exactly. Plus the presence of physical tracks would encourage more local residents to ride.

blackcat23
Mar 16, 2013, 5:56 AM
Via the LA Dept. of City Planning website:

The DEIR is now circulating for the 37 floor Century City Center proposal, adjacent to the future Purple Line station (although not if Beverly Hills has its way).

There is also a DEIR circulating for the 13 floor office building at Sunset/Bronson on the old Warner Bros studio lot. Interesting to see this come back after not hearing anything about it for several years.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/09/the_owner_of_the_historic.php

Illithid Dude
Mar 16, 2013, 7:46 AM
Via the LA Dept. of City Planning website:

The DEIR is now circulating for the 37 floor Century City Center proposal, adjacent to the future Purple Line station (although not if Beverly Hills has its way).


Yeah, I got a pamphlet yesterday in the mail about it. Nothing we don't know already, but interesting nonetheless.

mousquet
Mar 16, 2013, 2:36 PM
At this rate, Hollywood might actually resemble this soon:

:stunned: How soon? That looks like really shaking the place, I remember nothing like this over there.

Valyrian Steel
Mar 17, 2013, 2:18 AM
New 100 Room Hotel Indigo Coming to Hollywood (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/new_100_room_hotel_indigo_coming_to_hollywood_1.php)

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013-03-indigo_highland.JPG

Following-up on last week's Pre-Development map hotel-a-palooza, we've been forwarded a rendering for the proposed 100-room hotel located on that wedge shaped dirt parking lot at Franklin Avenue and Highland Avenue. The Hollywood Boulevard-adjacent locale will be host to LA's first Hotel Indigo -- the boutique hotel chain from IHG that has been popping up all over the place, including California locations in San Diego, Del Mar and Santa Barbara. Details on the new hotel remain scant, but judging by other Hotel Indigo's this one will probably provide free WiFi, hard wood floors and iPads all over.

Illithid Dude
Mar 17, 2013, 2:29 AM
http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2013-03-indigo_highland.JPG

As far as spanish architecture goes, that's about as nice as it can get. I had to check to make sure they weren't just renovating an older building.

Quixote
Mar 17, 2013, 2:33 AM
I like Spanish style, but not Tuscan.

Muji
Mar 17, 2013, 3:19 AM
I got a few shots this afternoon of some projects going up in the Wilshire/Vermont area. To start off, here's The Vermont from a less-seen angle.

http://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/dsc_0807-e1363489035756.jpg

The K2LA project near 7th and Berendo:
http://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/dsc_0805-e1363489024594.jpg

The Southwestern Law School housing at 7th and Shatto. Parts of the facade are starting to shape up. I'll try to get some pictures in a few weeks once its more visible.
http://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/dsc_0809-e1363489054234.jpg

Wally West
Mar 18, 2013, 8:01 PM
Thanks for the photo update Muji!

Great to see the K-Town area improve.

goom
Mar 22, 2013, 5:17 AM
At this rate, Hollywood might actually resemble this soon:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5007/5346846689_32d1b6c106_b.jpg

what site is this on?

blackcat23
Mar 22, 2013, 11:06 PM
Blvd 6200, today. Rebar now peeking above street level on the Hollywood Blvd. side.

http://i.imgur.com/j5ZAyYW.jpg?1

Sunset/Gordon Tower

http://i.imgur.com/3GVzJa4.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/qshRnL3.jpg?1

And across the street, Emerson College

http://i.imgur.com/Npils7A.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/iOfoXoU.jpg?1

mdiederi
Mar 23, 2013, 2:01 AM
what site is this on?

Second image in the slide show.
http://www.perkinswill.com/work/sunset-boulevard-urban-design-plan.html

SD_Phil
Mar 23, 2013, 4:20 AM
If you had to give a rough estimate, how many new people do you think all of these developments will be adding? I'm assuming something like #units * 1.75 = answer

Anyone have a guess for total number of higher density units?

Munchitup
Mar 23, 2013, 5:39 AM
Second image in the slide show.
http://www.perkinswill.com/work/sunset-boulevard-urban-design-plan.html

Wow @ the third image in the slide show - No more Jack n' the Box, a highrise over what is the building next to Space 15 Twenty, twin towers on Amoeba and a high rise behind the LA Film School (I'm guessing on the lot behind Chase Bank or across from Trader Joe's). Would love to have more functional trees as seen in the renderings.

Wish I knew more about posting pics or I would post the rendering.

Also cool on that site is the Piggyback Yard: http://www.perkinswill.com/work/l.a.-riverpiggyback-yard.html

Maybe more DTLA than non-downtown - not sure if it belongs here.