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Wally West
Apr 23, 2014, 5:32 AM
I'm noticing that there is very rarely any discussion or photos of projects in Santa Monica. I live there and would be happy to do occasional updates, is that something that you guys would care about?

I can only speak for myself but I think that would be a wonderful contribution for this thread. More update pics will only help promote discussion here.

brudy
Apr 23, 2014, 5:59 PM
I'm noticing that there is very rarely any discussion or photos of projects in Santa Monica. I live there and would be happy to do occasional updates, is that something that you guys would care about?

Definitely!

circuitfiend
Apr 23, 2014, 7:58 PM
So...Today, 10000 Sta Mon has taken it up a notch. Lots of earthmoving out of the site via dumptruck caravan and the mutiple delivery of many steel girders, presumably to shore up the perimeter for excavation.

I understand Crescent Heights is very motivated to make up for the time this project has been stalled. If work continues to progress as today, this project should take off.

The Illusive Man
Apr 23, 2014, 10:28 PM
I'm noticing that there is very rarely any discussion or photos of projects in Santa Monica. I live there and would be happy to do occasional updates, is that something that you guys would care about?

Yes, please. That would be awesome.

losangelesnative
Apr 23, 2014, 10:52 PM
village at westfiled has picked up over the last couple of weeks ill try and get some pics

SoCalKid
Apr 23, 2014, 10:56 PM
The people have spoken! I'll start ASAP

Calicool
Apr 24, 2014, 7:29 AM
Mounds of dirt indicate trenching going on at the Capital Records building in search of evidence of a fault before moving forward with two residential towers. Keeping my fingers crossed they find nothing.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h189/Tujungaboy/photo1_zps2f08d4ab.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/Tujungaboy/media/photo1_zps2f08d4ab.jpg.html)http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h189/Tujungaboy/photo2_zpsdc9e9224.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/Tujungaboy/media/photo2_zpsdc9e9224.jpg.html)

blackcat23
Apr 24, 2014, 5:49 PM
So...Today, 10000 Sta Mon has taken it up a notch. Lots of earthmoving out of the site via dumptruck caravan and the mutiple delivery of many steel girders, presumably to shore up the perimeter for excavation.

I understand Crescent Heights is very motivated to make up for the time this project has been stalled. If work continues to progress as today, this project should take off.

Pics or it didn't happen!

Mounds of dirt indicate trenching going on at the Capital Records building in search of evidence of a fault before moving forward with two residential towers. Keeping my fingers crossed they find nothing.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h189/Tujungaboy/photo1_zps2f08d4ab.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/Tujungaboy/media/photo1_zps2f08d4ab.jpg.html)http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h189/Tujungaboy/photo2_zpsdc9e9224.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/Tujungaboy/media/photo2_zpsdc9e9224.jpg.html)

Thanks for the pictures. I didn't know they had started trenching for the property catacorner from 6230 Yucca. Kimpton is planning to develop that lot into a 16-story hotel tower.

blackcat23
Apr 24, 2014, 5:57 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-residential-office-development.html

New mixed-use development proposed for Warner Center. 379 residential units (82 live-work), 71,000 sq ft of office, ground floor retail, located at 21221 Oxnard Street. Residential buildings would vary from 5-7 stories in height, office building would rise 9 stories/150 feet.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2Db_dsCg_As/U1lA6Xp_OlI/AAAAAAAACxE/gJntBgnJEAM/s900/21221oxnard.PNG

Steve2726
Apr 25, 2014, 1:42 PM
There's fencing up and a construction trailer on site at the Northwest corner of Sunset and Sweetzer adjacent to the Cabo Cantina.

Here's a link to likely owners/ developers-

http://www.veniceinvestments.com/FLASH/realestate.swf

Flash player site so I can't copy the images. Select "Current development projects" then "Sunset Park" for details.

And there's this from Curbed back in 2008-

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2008.09.ssproject1.jpg

WonderlandPark
Apr 27, 2014, 6:27 PM
The Target on Sunset is getting big and coming along nice.

From this morning:

http://i57.tinypic.com/2jcikh.jpg

blackcat23
Apr 28, 2014, 1:23 PM
La Brea Gateway, from this weekend.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4yxzKda53g8/U1wdF8qGsKI/AAAAAAAACxw/CVjemISEwFk/s900/DSC02717.JPG

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ohE5_BiCbXw/U1xmn-vm3RI/AAAAAAAACyA/gy0cvgVI0ic/s1600/labrea1.jpg

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/04/excavation-progress-at-long-stalled-la.html

LA21st
Apr 30, 2014, 1:16 AM
Does anyone know why there's a crane near Universal Studios? Is this a hotel?

losangelesnative
Apr 30, 2014, 1:29 AM
wizarding world of harry potter construction

Wally West
Apr 30, 2014, 3:11 AM
The Target on Sunset is getting big and coming along nice.

Wow. Work is going at a quicker pace than expected. Wasn't it less than a year when that lot was just an ugly strip mall. East Hollywood is seriously on the rise especially when one sees all the work being done on the West of the 101.

blackcat23
May 1, 2014, 7:23 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/la-city-councilmembers-want-blue-line.html

Two members of the LA City Council want Metro to explore the possibility of a Blue Line extension to San Pedro.

Muji
May 1, 2014, 8:24 PM
Some more good Hollywood news. Curbed LA has posted some new renderings for 5550 Hollywood Blvd, the Astani development previously known as High Line West (not a name that I will miss). Minus that big driveway along Hollywood Boulevard, it doesn't look like a bad design at all. I really like how it wraps around some of the block's existing buildings, a preservation plus that also helps to break up its otherwise large volume.

Rendering by PSL Architects via Curbed LA (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/new_renderings_name_approvals_for_hwoods_high_line_west.php)
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/536238fbf92ea12e2802e437/140429_1.jpg

202_Cyclist
May 1, 2014, 8:39 PM
Nice but hopefully people aren't riding Segways around this, as portrayed in the rendering. I can't stand those things.

caligrad
May 1, 2014, 9:32 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/la-city-councilmembers-want-blue-line.html

Two members of the LA City Council want Metro to explore the possibility of a Blue Line extension to San Pedro.

I'm Loving how metro is getting serious about some of these projects. That being said. I may be the only one to say this but the Green line doesn't need to be extended past its western terminus no more and neither does the blue line in its Long Beach terminus. This is metros way of being cheap and lazy... "well lets just add on to the lines we already have" and that will be a mess, watch wait times and capacity get ridiculous.

I rather see the Vermont line come into fruition to connect San Pedro directly with downtown. The South Bay needs its own rail line, more than one to be honest. a rail line connecting Long Beach with the south bay Via PCH, or have it parallel PCH, is perfect. Have that rail line continue and connect all the way to santa monica. This and the vermont project will connect so many neighborhoods on its own. I need to be part of the city planning department or Metro. These people or clueless to the true needs of the county metro as a whole. The only extension of the green line is eastward.

Illithid Dude
May 2, 2014, 12:40 AM
Some more good Hollywood news. Curbed LA has posted some new renderings for 5550 Hollywood Blvd, the Astani development previously known as High Line West (not a name that I will miss). Minus that big driveway along Hollywood Boulevard, it doesn't look like a bad design at all. I really like how it wraps around some of the block's existing buildings, a preservation plus that also helps to break up its otherwise large volume.


I love this project if only because of the high quality materials used. It's not every day that an apartment building is built in Los Angeles out of glass, concrete, and brick.

JDRCRASH
May 2, 2014, 1:20 AM
The only extension of the green line is eastward.

And Northwest along Lincoln blvd.

caligrad
May 2, 2014, 6:03 AM
^^^ Perhaps. But maybe its because I live a block away from the Green line, at its end in Norwalk, I'm really biased against it actually. It gets really busy in the morning and in the evening but I've come to accept it as a feeder rail line rather than a rail line on its own. I think it better serves as a connection between other lines in a sense. I rather the South Bay gets a whole new rail line that connects from Long Beach all the way to Santa Monica, or in other words a rail line that kinda parallels the 405 but more so hugging the coast so that we can finally get something that connects with LAX. The Lincoln line is a must and could be part of a rail line that connects Santa Monica and Long Beach. I feel the Green line is a shoulda coulda woulda, i rather move on to other projects. Even if it were to be completed and enters the center loop of LAX, I don't think it would be used as nearly as much as we would hope.

chris08876
May 3, 2014, 9:24 AM
I normally try to cut down reading material but I found it all very interesting and relevant towards the overall project. :)

Edit: This was posted in the other thread, but Curbed has some interesting facts about the project. A little ditto with a tad bit more detail. I do hope this becomes a reality. GO LOS ANGELES!
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http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/curbed/logo-la.png

Here Are LA's Huge Plans for the 2024 Olympics

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2014-05-02%20at%208%20SCCOG.png
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/5363bbd4f92ea14b9803117c/Screen%20Shot%202014-05-02%20at%208.28.02%20AM.png

LA's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games puts an upgraded Coliseum and Exposition Park at the core of its plan, says Inside the Games, a site devoted to the international event. The official plan, published last Friday, is currently unavailable on the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games' the official site, suggesting that perhaps it was prematurely posted. However, a few images taken from that presentation include a map of the four proposed "clusters" in which Olympic activity will take place. Exposition Park (the Olympic Park) and sites Downtown will form the "Downtown cluster," and utilize venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which will host taekwondo, and the Convention Center (gymnastics). The LA River, the "spine" of the SCCOG's plan, will be where canoeing and kayaking go down.

The Stubhub Center in Carson (the "Avalon cluster") will have hockey, tennis, and rugby, plus cycling in its Velo Sports Center. A "Westside cluster" will include UCLA's Drake Stadium and the Riviera Golf Club; beach volleyball will hosted by Santa Monica Beach. The "Harbor cluster" around Long Beach will make use of the Long Beach Convention Center for judo and wrestling, and the marina for sailing. A blurb currently on the home page of the SCCOG site does confirm that Exposition Park will be the "centerpiece" of the plan, and that the idea of having four hubs of activity is still the plan.

Additionally, two new "new and purpose-built Athletes' Village" sites are planned, one "close to the heart of the city" and the other near the LA River. (It had previously been prophesied that the LA River would
have a part in the Olympic glory, so not too much of a surprise.)

Public transportation played into the proposal, with the SCCOG saying that they are "committed to delivering up to 80 percent of the spectators by public transit," says swimming site Swim Swam, quoting the official bid documents. Considering that the Expo Line be finished, and the Regional Connector will be online, that might actually be true. (Though it'll take you at least two buses to get you to Carson's Stubhub Complex form Downtown.) Now, if only we could lock down transit from LAX.

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/5363bbd2f92ea17df60000a4/Screen%20Shot%202014-05-02%20at%208.28.24%20AM.png
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/5363bbcff92ea14b98031165/LA_2024_cyclists.jpg
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May 2, 2014
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/here_are_las_huge_plans_for_the_2024_olympics.php

blackcat23
May 5, 2014, 1:13 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/mixed-use-oliver-apartments-rise-in.html

The Oliver Apartments, under construction in Culver City. 30 apartments, 8,000+ sq ft of ground floor retail, from Bastion Development Group.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qMSJavK-ZQM/U2Z_D36O71I/AAAAAAAAC14/JVLve3IXvNo/s900/DSC02772.JPG

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FIJHh3ATnas/U2aD0W2OJ4I/AAAAAAAAC2I/o09LxP66vGw/s900/oliver.jpeg

caligrad
May 5, 2014, 5:04 PM
Looks interesting. I like it.

StethJeff
May 6, 2014, 5:05 AM
It's incredible how far wood paneling like that goes. Makes something forgettable and bland at the very least passable. On that detail alone, I like it.

caligrad
May 6, 2014, 5:55 AM
^^^ My thoughts exactly

blackcat23
May 7, 2014, 1:07 PM
Progress update on the Platform at Culver City

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZtGObHn8Q0E/U2mPxjJfwjI/AAAAAAAAC20/yciuv7Zr5m0/s900/IMG_0765.JPG

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l1tN5NPLutM/U2mZuF9ZI2I/AAAAAAAAC3E/gpfEHsWTCNE/s900/IMG_0759.JPG

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/concrete-rises-for-platform-at-culver.html

bobbyv
May 8, 2014, 8:38 AM
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/615/article/p2p-80135392/

blackcat23
May 8, 2014, 2:49 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/kaiser-permanentes-new-baldwin-hills.html

Kaiser's new outpatient facility, scheduled to break ground later this year one block west of the future Crenshaw/MLK subway station. Four stories, 105,000 sq ft, designed by HOK.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Z5BhU1-taw/U2rNZa-RIiI/AAAAAAAAC44/kjPiRocXgnw/s900/kaiser1.PNG

blackcat23
May 8, 2014, 2:52 PM
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/615/article/p2p-80135392/

Office tower, apartment complex being built near Pasadena Playhouse

"Tower," is not quite how I'd describe it, but a nice looking building all the same.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-536ad0a8/turbine/la-image-2-playhouse-central-entrance-jpg-20140507/750/16x9

brudy
May 8, 2014, 4:33 PM
Yeah, it's not bad at all. This part though makes me wonder if the final product will look as nice:

"Now housing Southwestern Law School, the landmark L.A. building is clad in terra cotta and tarnished green copper. Playhouse Plaza tower will have a similar exterior made of reinforced concrete panels accented with green panels made of fiber-reinforced plastic."

Can plastic in this context look like a quality material?

Wilcal
May 8, 2014, 5:21 PM
Yeah, it's not bad at all. This part though makes me wonder if the final product will look as nice:

"Now housing Southwestern Law School, the landmark L.A. building is clad in terra cotta and tarnished green copper. Playhouse Plaza tower will have a similar exterior made of reinforced concrete panels accented with green panels made of fiber-reinforced plastic."

Can plastic in this context look like a quality material?

Brudy,
that's a very good question, but I don't know the answer. What I do know, however, is that anything can "fool" the eye. I think the better question is, will this pile of nicely designed artificial crap be standing 86 years from now (like the Bullock's Wilshire)--I won't be alive to verify, but I'd say probably not. But no matter, at that time no one will care.

Munchitup
May 8, 2014, 8:07 PM
In addition to the building at El Molino and Green, there is also another mixed user getting started at El Molino and Union:

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/retro_mixedusers_might_just_liven_up_pas_playhouse_district.php

Both of these can be seen on the little development map I made for Pasadena a while back:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zEieUdfdSAsc.ka-BADJybBKc

ChelseaFC
May 8, 2014, 10:23 PM
The West SGV (Pasadena, SP, SM, SM, LC) is one of the greatest places to live in the world. Just stunning. Absolutely love it.

JDRCRASH
May 9, 2014, 12:47 AM
The West SGV (Pasadena, SP, SM, SM, LC) is one of the greatest places to live in the world. Just stunning. Absolutely love it.

I'd add San Marino, Temple City, and even Arcadia to that list, too.

Wilcal
May 9, 2014, 6:37 PM
I'd add San Marino, Temple City, and even Arcadia to that list, too.

I can attest to the niceness of Arcadia in the late 1960's. Now I think that the feel of the city has been destroyed by the ubiquitous and hideous Mac Mansions.

kelbeen
May 10, 2014, 7:59 AM
Good news regarding the proposed 16-story building at 6230 Yucca St., Hollywood.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-no-quake-fault-on-hollywood-building-site-developers-consultant-says-20140508-story.html

“We saw no faults of any kind," said Michael Reader, chief executive office of Group Delta, a geotechnical engineering company. "The report found conclusively that there are no active fault traces on or within 50 feet of the site. The report was filed with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety as part of efforts to green-light construction for a project that would bring 95 residential units and nearly 14,000 square feet of office space. The site on the southwest corner of Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue is just east of the proposed Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project."

DJM19
May 11, 2014, 1:55 AM
I hope thats true because it bodes well for the Millennium project.

kelbeen
May 12, 2014, 7:42 AM
If you guys haven't yet, follow this Flickr user for frequent updates on the 40-story 10000 Santa Monica Blvd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/planetbrent/

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/14147138374_7ebc8ba1e7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ny8MmS)
10000 Santa Monica Blvd 0196 (https://flic.kr/p/ny8MmS) by Eesomest (https://www.flickr.com/people/36838463@N03/), on Flickr

blackcat23
May 14, 2014, 6:10 PM
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-santa-monica-development-20140514-story.html

Santa Monica kills massive development; residents claim victory

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53739d20/turbine/la-me-ln-santa-monica-development-20140514-001/750/16x9

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday rescinded a controversial development agreement for one of the city’s largest projects following an outcry from the community and a successful referendum campaign.

The Hines project -- a 765,000-square-foot residential, office and retail development near the coming Expo Line -- was narrowly approved in February. But when forced to decide Tuesday between putting the fate of the project on the ballot and rescinding the development agreement on the spot, the council voted 4-1 to kill the plan. Two council members abstained.

he victory for slow-growth advocates comes as Santa Monica has found itself in the midst of a growth spurt. As of late last year, city officials said more than 30 projects in the pipeline could add nearly 3 million square feet in new residential, office and retail space.

The Hines project, which was slated to fill the old Papermate Building at the city's Bergamot Station Arts Center, was listed as the largest project in the pipeline at the time.

Muji
May 14, 2014, 7:08 PM
Wow. That is unbelievable. :(

mousquet
May 14, 2014, 7:20 PM
You've got to be offensive here: NIMBY old farts at work... The picture is showing.

caligrad
May 14, 2014, 10:05 PM
^^^ I didn't want to say anything about that but couldn't help but notice a lot of the people against the project seem to from the baby boomers era.

I think the younger generation has no problem with projects like these since we, since im only 25, are looking into the long term benefits of some of these projects and how much density is needed in some areas of the county, and not to forget this project was considered a TOD because it was near the Expo line.... These Baby boomers are screwing us younger generation for the long run....perhaps because their long run isn't so long at all.....

Not to be mean or anything like that. My own grandmother who lives in Long Beach, downtown Long Beach at that, is complaining about a couple of big projects being proposed downtown. That big "Gateway Project" that is proposed in LB, with the 18 story tower and 36 story building if I remember correctly, seems to have stalled :-(, all the heavy machinery and some of the signage on the fences have been moved out and taken down and this project has seen a LOT of community activist/ nimbys against this one as well saying crazy things like "This isn't New York, Long Beach doesn't need more high rises, to much traffic, blah blah blah" and its a lot of elderly folks at some of the city hall meetings. This project has been on the burner for 15 years and the flame keeps going out. Metropolis all over again but in Long Beach.

The Illusive Man
May 14, 2014, 10:10 PM
It could be a blessing in disguise though for areas like DTLA. Perhaps more developers will look to build there rather than deal with these issues in other communities. We shall see.

caligrad
May 14, 2014, 10:11 PM
^^^ Ah that is true too.

LAsam
May 15, 2014, 6:34 PM
It could be a blessing in disguise though for areas like DTLA. Perhaps more developers will look to build there rather than deal with these issues in other communities. We shall see.

This is always how I cheer myself up. If the demand is truly there, one area within the city's loss will be another area's gain.

WonderlandPark
May 15, 2014, 7:45 PM
HOLLYWOOD/WEHO UPDATES

Had some exploring time this morning....hot off the memory card:

COLOMBIA SQUARE - Beginning to rise already from the bottom of the pit.

http://i61.tinypic.com/6ih94y.jpg

http://i61.tinypic.com/5d9v1h.jpg

THE CAMDEN - Deep and looks like excavation is done and beginning to go up:

http://i62.tinypic.com/2w227vb.jpg

1411 HIGHLAND - I have not seen this posted in the rundowns at all here. I saw this pretty large hole, just now I dug up this rendering from the interwebs. Looks decent enough if that is what is going to be built here. (Image from Moran & Co. Website, progress pic below)

http://i59.tinypic.com/fu9tm9.jpg

http://i60.tinypic.com/8xllhu.jpg

DREAM HOTEL - Site has protective walkway up and fencing, some large steel for shoring looks to be on site.

http://i58.tinypic.com/2m6v1qd.jpg

http://i58.tinypic.com/29wjs75.jpg

RENOVATIONS: SELMA & WILCOX & GILBERT HOTEL - 2 active renovations at Selma and Wilcox moving along

http://i58.tinypic.com/53sihl.jpg

http://i58.tinypic.com/14awzef.jpg

ROMANE/CAHUENGA GARAGE - This is how you do a nice parking garage, near the Gold's Gym Hollywood

http://i58.tinypic.com/2uzxbf5.jpg

959 SEWARD I have not heard about this one, but saw a huge crane and drove by for a look-see. Apparently its this: http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2013/09/hollywood-office-campus-finally-on-its.html

http://i61.tinypic.com/33nycjk.jpg

FORMER SAMO BLVD TJ'S The old Trader Joe's shopping center is happily gone forever.

http://i60.tinypic.com/wtxdvk.jpg

LA BREA AND SAMO BLVD What is up with the eyelashes?

http://i60.tinypic.com/2nrer8j.jpg

http://i58.tinypic.com/immb9l.jpg

SUNSET | LA CIENEGA - office tower and other structures on both sides of La Cienega are cleared.

http://i58.tinypic.com/2hf8603.jpg

10000 SANTA MONICA - Bonus drive-by shot - is there a thread for this started? Its in prep mode for sure.

http://i59.tinypic.com/t8rj1u.jpg

Muji
May 15, 2014, 8:02 PM
It could be a blessing in disguise though for areas like DTLA. Perhaps more developers will look to build there rather than deal with these issues in other communities. We shall see.

You might be right, but at the end of the day, the decision was bad news for the region as a whole. The Expo Line is a major investment, and it's simply irresponsible not to capitalize on it by allowing dense development along its path. The need for this is only increasingly urgent given our housing shortage, unsustainably automobile-centric form, not to mention climate change. Lots of these transit-adjacent lots are difficult to develop to begin with due to zoning and ownership issues, and we can't allow selfish, vocal minorities to hold us back on good decisions. Sadly, I'm sure that this will only embolden NIMBY groups elsewhere looking to keep the status quo.

brudy
May 15, 2014, 8:45 PM
You might be right, but at the end of the day, the decision was bad news for the region as a whole. The Expo Line is a major investment, and it's simply irresponsible not to capitalize on it by allowing dense development along its path. The need for this is only increasingly urgent given our housing shortage, unsustainably automobile-centric form, not to mention climate change. Lots of these transit-adjacent lots are difficult to develop to begin with due to zoning and ownership issues, and we can't allow selfish, vocal minorities to hold us back on good decisions. Sadly, I'm sure that this will only embolden NIMBY groups elsewhere looking to keep the status quo.

Yep, it's not a zero sum game and this is bad news for the region.

The Illusive Man
May 15, 2014, 10:06 PM
You might be right, but at the end of the day, the decision was bad news for the region as a whole. The Expo Line is a major investment, and it's simply irresponsible not to capitalize on it by allowing dense development along its path. The need for this is only increasingly urgent given our housing shortage, unsustainably automobile-centric form, not to mention climate change. Lots of these transit-adjacent lots are difficult to develop to begin with due to zoning and ownership issues, and we can't allow selfish, vocal minorities to hold us back on good decisions. Sadly, I'm sure that this will only embolden NIMBY groups elsewhere looking to keep the status quo.

Very true. I agree. It really is a shame that this happened. The bright side though is that most of these NIMBY's are pretty old and they'll be gone at some point (harsh as it is to say) The change will come, but it will certainly take a lot long than we'd like. Our children and grandchildren will get to enjoy it though.

photoLith
May 15, 2014, 10:24 PM
Why do NIMBY pieces of shit always say crap like this isnt Manhattan? What the hell is so wrong with Manhattan, last time I checked its one of the major tourist destinations of the world and is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Perhaps these people should move to some post 1995 crap suburb where life is dull and pointless.

LA Kurt
May 15, 2014, 10:58 PM
I love it when the signs say "no Manhattan" over a development that is only a few stories high. Clearly these people have never been to NYC.

The Illusive Man
May 15, 2014, 11:44 PM
Why do NIMBY pieces of shit always say crap like this isnt Manhattan? What the hell is so wrong with Manhattan, last time I checked its one of the major tourist destinations of the world and is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Perhaps these people should move to some post 1995 crap suburb where life is dull and pointless.

Well, they are kind of right. Our Manhattan should be in the downtown area anyway. Santa Monica is a touristy beach area, but it really shouldn't be the focal point of the LA county's development. All the best stuff should go to DTLA and the immediate surrounding areas.

Not everyone wants that Manhattan lifestyle and I can't really blame them for that. It's not the end all be all. Some of us want a nice mix of both.

Plus, even as it stands now, there's nothing dull or boring about SM.

Wally West
May 16, 2014, 12:32 AM
Well, they are kind of right. Our Manhattan should be in the downtown area anyway. Santa Monica is a touristy beach area, but it really shouldn't be the focal point of the LA county's development.

Says who?

LA is not trying to be Manhattan, but LA is finally trying to get rid of the car-centric stigma that has plagued LA over the last few decades. Having high density buildings next to rail stations is one method of doing that. Comparing a stumpy building to Manhattan is simply ludicrous.

Wally West
May 16, 2014, 12:33 AM
And thank you WonderlandPark for the incredibly detailed field report. Nice to see all those projects (especially the Dream Hotel) being actualized.

WonderlandPark
May 16, 2014, 12:39 AM
you're welcome but everyone is upset (and VERY justifibly so) about the Santa Monica TOD death.

Also messed up the code in my post and fixed a lost picture

brudy
May 16, 2014, 12:40 AM
Says who?

LA is not trying to be Manhattan, but LA is finally trying to get rid of the car-centric stigma that has plagued LA over the last few decades. Having high density buildings next to rail stations is one method of doing that. Comparing a stumpy building to Manhattan is simply ludicrous.

Exactly. Transit-oriented development is just that. It's not aspiring to be Manhattan, it's about getting people out of their cars, walking, and onto public transit. It's about providing more housing, more jobs, a higher quality life and maximizing the resources left in the area and the planet as a whole. SM is a far cry from Manhattan, and there's nothing even remotely NYC about SM. In this specific case you have a huge property next to a train station. What's going to happen now? Just leave it as is? What a freakin waste...

Those old SM crusties won't be around much longer, hopefully. Reading their comments in some of the media, they're longing for a Santa Monica that is already gone. They need to move on.

LosAngelesSportsFan
May 16, 2014, 1:19 AM
you're welcome but everyone is upset (and VERY justifibly so) about the Santa Monica TOD death.

Also messed up the code in my post and fixed a lost picture

Fantastic update! Hollywood has a lot going on right now! outside of Downtown LA, i think Hollywood is in first place and Glendale and Koreatown are neck and neck

caligrad
May 16, 2014, 1:26 AM
^^^ Yeah out of all the little districts/cities in LA county. I think Hollywood has made one of the biggest improvements in the past decade.

The Illusive Man
May 16, 2014, 5:29 PM
Exactly. Transit-oriented development is just that. It's not aspiring to be Manhattan, it's about getting people out of their cars, walking, and onto public transit. It's about providing more housing, more jobs, a higher quality life and maximizing the resources left in the area and the planet as a whole. SM is a far cry from Manhattan, and there's nothing even remotely NYC about SM. In this specific case you have a huge property next to a train station. What's going to happen now? Just leave it as is? What a freakin waste...

Those old SM crusties won't be around much longer, hopefully. Reading their comments in some of the media, they're longing for a Santa Monica that is already gone. They need to move on.

Yeah, they'll be gone eventually and SM will get the TOD type developments down the road. It's too desirable and touristy for that not to happen. It's just a matter of time. We may all be old ourselves when it happens, but it will.

blackcat23
May 16, 2014, 9:58 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/plans-emerge-for-new-apartments-in.html#more

Apartment complex proposed in the Sawtelle District. Five stories, 52-units.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-He6i-XkNOZE/U3Z0hyOgHEI/AAAAAAAAC9A/l0mJCCWJXE8/s900/nottinghill.PNG

ChelseaFC
May 16, 2014, 11:01 PM
Looks pretty much perfect for that neighborhood. Scale, design fit well.

Can't tell where the garage entrance is though, which seems like a good thing.

LA21st
May 17, 2014, 6:02 PM
959 Seward

I remembered seeing some cranes for that area, didn't know what it was.
I'm glad it's a office complex.

Santa Monica Blvd is somewhat seedy in those parts, but it looks like a good amount of creative businesses are located there. I wonder if Hollywood's revitalization can liven up that area there. Some new housing maybe?

I think the new Target on Sunset in E. Hollywood looks pretty good so far as well.

Illithid Dude
May 18, 2014, 10:06 AM
An update of the huge Related project in Santa Monica. It's basically done at this point.

The first part is high end apartments. This should open up pretty soon, there's already work-out equipment in the gym

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5565/14206551251_e33d8761c5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDohJP)IMG_3307 (https://flic.kr/p/nDohJP) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2935/14207391862_03ab27f25b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAC7)IMG_3305 (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAC7) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

They built this road, which should open up any day now

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5038/14209694294_d0867b751e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDEp4d)IMG_3306 (https://flic.kr/p/nDEp4d) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2900/14206550421_c33f83f197_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDohuv)IMG_3309 (https://flic.kr/p/nDohuv) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2896/14206550111_d7dec2d0a8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDohpa)IMG_3311 (https://flic.kr/p/nDohpa) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2914/14209693064_946355d8e7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDEoG1)IMG_3314 (https://flic.kr/p/nDEoG1) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

This pathway runs along the high end apartment section and the affordable housing section.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5584/14023251167_f3b90a1a88_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nnbQ1x)IMG_3324 (https://flic.kr/p/nnbQ1x) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

The affordable housing section is already open.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2913/14230004673_4c11b8d664_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nFsuCa)IMG_3317 (https://flic.kr/p/nFsuCa) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

Some public art

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2936/14023207620_8c63744066_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nnbB4J)IMG_3319 (https://flic.kr/p/nnbB4J) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

A lot of the affordable housing section isn't street facing. The actual building is huge.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/14207390852_86149e59a4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAjG)IMG_3329 (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAjG) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

The last building, and the largest, is high end condos.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/14207391292_a10bb06f9b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAsh)IMG_3322 (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAsh) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

Pretty cool entryway. The building uses pretty high end materials. Looks really nice in person.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/14207390332_7491088443_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAaJ)IMG_3320 (https://flic.kr/p/nDsAaJ) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2910/14023249617_370c52341d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nnbPxP)IMG_3325 (https://flic.kr/p/nnbPxP) by Illithid Dude (https://www.flickr.com/people/59700271@N04/), on Flickr

And that's it. Sorry if some of my wording is confusing, I'm a little drunk right now. I'm gonna try to post more updates on SaMo later this week, and then some updates on Westwood and Beverly Hills.

brudy
May 19, 2014, 3:14 PM
An update of the huge Related project in Santa Monica. It's basically done at this point.

And that's it. Sorry if some of my wording is confusing, I'm a little drunk right now. I'm gonna try to post more updates on SaMo later this week, and then some updates on Westwood and Beverly Hills.

Not bad for being drunk! :cheers:

That building looks really really huge, but the design is aesthetically pleasing. It's so big though it reminds of a bit of a 21st century 'urban renewal' project. Like a lot of the lots in DTLA, I wish the city would somehow subdivide these up to allow for different uses and architectural variation.

Bond007
May 20, 2014, 3:42 AM
^Great update on The Village Illithid. Looks like a high quality development.

simms3_redux
May 20, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Related development looks great...haven't seen that area since last Fall...really came out well!

Who was the architect on record?

Illithid Dude
May 20, 2014, 9:57 AM
The Related development looks great...haven't seen that area since last Fall...really came out well!

Who was the architect on record?

Koening Eizenberg handled the affordable housing section, Brooks + Scarpa did the condo tower, and I forget the architect for the apartment section, but it isn't anyone exciting.

Oh, I passed by the Spaghetti Factory Tower today. The base is entirely stucco. Blegh. At least Emerson looks incredible.

blackcat23
May 22, 2014, 1:18 PM
Thanks for the update on the Related project, Illithid. It's unfortunate that the only times we seem to see Santa Monica talked about in here is when a handful of people are trying to kill projects.

Out in Koreatown, a developer wants to stack 53 apartments above this four-story parking garage.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/proposal-would-stack-apartments-above-k.html

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cLhU7oBp9VE/U3vOuJUJKKI/AAAAAAAAC_4/WMOg9AbYONk/s900/34196th.PNG

Quixote
May 23, 2014, 3:08 AM
The Huxley (La Brea/Fountain) has been done for a few months now...

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/530ea6d4f92ea17a45006562/02_2014_HUXLEY_EXT-5.JPG
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/530ea6d4f92ea17a45006562/02_2014_HUXLEY_EXT-5.JPG

blackcat23
May 23, 2014, 1:22 PM
Although I'm not a huge fan of the Huxley's design, it combines with West Hollywood's other new La Brea apartment complexes to create a nice low-rise canyon effect.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/triangular-sunset-boulevard-property.html

New mixed-use development proposed at 7500 Sunset Boulevard. 236 units and 30,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3MglQhOhd0M/U3upBVQLGrI/AAAAAAAAC_k/N3_04QNJTPI/s900/7500sunset.PNG

brudy
May 23, 2014, 1:44 PM
Although I'm not a huge fan of the Huxley's design, it combines with West Hollywood's other new La Brea apartment complexes to create a nice low-rise canyon effect.


Yeah, it's crazy how different La Brea feels in the last year or so. They need a light rail out there so bad. I love West Hollywood, but it's tough to get there and get around.

bobbyv
May 23, 2014, 6:47 PM
Although I'm not a huge fan of the Huxley's design, it combines with West Hollywood's other new La Brea apartment complexes to create a nice low-rise canyon effect.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/triangular-sunset-boulevard-property.html

New mixed-use development proposed at 7500 Sunset Boulevard. 236 units and 30,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3MglQhOhd0M/U3upBVQLGrI/AAAAAAAAC_k/N3_04QNJTPI/s900/7500sunset.PNG
If you Google streetview that area it has so many little shops ala old school Hollywood with no parking, now with this new development I imagine a monolithic building with 1 or 2 anywhere USA chains, why can't these developers replace strip malls instead.

Quixote
May 23, 2014, 11:32 PM
The NMS@La Cienega is looking good. These were taken two months ago. Completion is slated for this summer. Go to the link and click on the photos for larger images.

http://nms_nmslac_19021.blogs.propertysolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/WeHo-BeverlyHills-Apartments-300x200.jpg

http://nms_nmslac_19021.blogs.propertysolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/West-Hollywood-Beverly-Hills-Apartments-For-Rent-300x200.jpg

http://www.nmslacienega.com/blog/march-development-update/

kelbeen
May 24, 2014, 12:16 AM
More from 10000 SMB
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/14251573252_b28ff09b3f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nHn3dd)10000 Santa Monica Blvd-0228 (https://flic.kr/p/nHn3dd) by Eesomest (https://www.flickr.com/people/36838463@N03/), on Flickr

Quixote
May 24, 2014, 3:13 AM
More mid-rise infill...

This is 928 N. Western Avenue, just south of Santa Monica/Western. I think it looks pretty decent considering its location and what was there previously.

http://s.lnimg.com/photo/poster/19f7aba152ee4ba6b58d67dc8b5732cc.jpg
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/18521191/928-N-Western-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA/

caligrad
May 26, 2014, 3:44 AM
^^^ looks ok... But I imagine that white wont last long before its weathered and they decide to paint it something else. 3 years tops

blackcat23
May 27, 2014, 3:49 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/05/howard-hughes-center-expansion-back-on.html

Old expansion plans for the Howard Hughes Center are alive and kicking. Excavation currently underway for a six-story, 218-unit apartment building at 6040 Center Drive. Another six-story, 327-unit building is planned across the street at 5900 Center Drive. A full buildout also includes an 18-story condo tower and a 250,000 square foot office building, but no progress on those as of yet.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HQ5Tu9fpZQ4/U4PFMqC-QVI/AAAAAAAADCo/hdmB5pHy35E/s900/hhcexpansion.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SX9QqWJRwsk/U4QBipxrmKI/AAAAAAAADC4/zhhA8BDpk04/s900/DSC02915.JPG

202_Cyclist
May 27, 2014, 4:39 PM
One of my friends was visiting her parents in Orange County this week nad texted me a bunch of photos of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) that is under construction. There has been substantial progress on this but unfortunately, the photos are to blurred to repost.

The ARTIC website has some good photos of the transit center, however: http://www.buildartic.com/photos .

202_Cyclist
May 27, 2014, 4:46 PM
Garcetti lobbies U.S. for more expensive L.A. River project

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5383d861/turbine/la-la-me-la-river-jpg-20140526/750/16x9
The L.A. River flows toward downtown. The Army Corps of Engineers has recommended a less ambitious, $453-million alternative to the $1-billion restoration of the river sought by Mayor Eric Garcetti. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)

By Richard Simon
LA Times
May 26, 2014

"On a recent trip to the nation's capital, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made sure to call on Jo-Ellen Darcy.

As assistant Army secretary for civil works, Darcy is critical to the city's efforts to win federal approval for a costly and ambitious plan to restore Los Angeles River habitat and provide recreational opportunities along an 11-mile stretch of the waterway north of downtown.

City officials have asked the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the river as a flood control channel, to approve a $1-billion renovation plan. But the corps staff has recommended a less ambitious, $453-million alternative, which is why Garcetti and his most powerful congressional ally — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer — are stepping up their efforts in Washington..."

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-dc-river-garcetti-20140527-story.html

Kingofthehill
May 29, 2014, 3:45 PM
More mid-rise infill...

This is 928 N. Western Avenue, just south of Santa Monica/Western. I think it looks pretty decent considering its location and what was there previously.

http://s.lnimg.com/photo/poster/19f7aba152ee4ba6b58d67dc8b5732cc.jpg
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/18521191/928-N-Western-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA/

Pretty sure this is low-income/formerly homeless and/or addicted housing. Which is, of course, unfortunate, seeing how this location is not only very affordable (even still), but offers great access to Koreatown, Los Feliz, Larchmont, Hollywood proper, and even Silverlake. Western between roughly Melrose and Beverly has the potential to be a wonderful shopping district. Lots of historic storefronts that meet the street, relatively dense and intact, etc. Too bad it is all shady Korean "furniture" shops! Prop 13 ensures these areas never get better, or are taxed at a sufficient level/bracket.

StethJeff
May 31, 2014, 12:33 AM
One of my friends was visiting her parents in Orange County this week nad texted me a bunch of photos of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) that is under construction. There has been substantial progress on this but unfortunately, the photos are to blurred to repost.

The ARTIC website has some good photos of the transit center, however: http://www.buildartic.com/photos (http://www.com/photos) .

It's easily visible from Angel Stadium. I was shocked to see how much progress had been made on it when I was there a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely big and makes that area of Anaheim feel even more like a regional center in the metro.

LA21st
Jun 1, 2014, 12:38 AM
Speaking of the OC, I noticed there's a good amount of high rise projects on Santa Ana's radar. Are these all going forward?

And why are high rise condos planned in Santa Ana, and not say, Anaheim, Orange, Costa Mesa or Huntington Beach? Or other parts of suburban LA county?

I don't get it.

blackcat23
Jun 1, 2014, 5:30 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/06/dissecting-hollywoodvine-construction.html

From yesterday, in Hollywood:

Eastown LA/Blvd 6200 just about finished. They've opened up a nice courtyard space on Hollywood Boulevard, but I was unable to get a picture.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kFD8Mg0CigY/U4pHGu8LmyI/AAAAAAAADFc/xu2P6fpWF_c/s900/DSC02942.JPG

Construction crane up at 1540 Vine/Camden Hollywood

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8qrs6Dg9Bhg/U4pFR48hBdI/AAAAAAAADFQ/ZEO-PD0jcmE/s900/DSC02935.JPG

Columbia Square slowly creeping up towards ground level.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hrUZ9FtrMj0/U4pHaG6wYjI/AAAAAAAADFs/TeJD3Kbwd_E/s900/DSC02922.JPG

Piling beams in the ground at the Dream Hotel site

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6K_fvrH9zFU/U4pHidqRcKI/AAAAAAAADF0/bCCSsED63ao/s900/DSC02936.JPG

Sunset Gordon still looking very value engineered. As someone mentioned earlier, the office podium is clad in white stucco, as opposed to the glass portrayed in renderings. Looks like work is underway on the adjacent 1/2 acre park, though.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ISVMHCRwHK0/U4pHrpe0DZI/AAAAAAAADF8/zQb2Zt2YUo0/s900/DSC02980.JPG

brudy
Jun 1, 2014, 8:45 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/06/dissecting-hollywoodvine-construction.html

From yesterday, in Hollywood:

Eastown LA/Blvd 6200 just about finished. They've opened up a nice courtyard space on Hollywood Boulevard, but I was unable to get a picture.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kFD8Mg0CigY/U4pHGu8LmyI/AAAAAAAADFc/xu2P6fpWF_c/s900/DSC02942.JPG

Such a wasted opportunity with BLVD 6200. Right across the street from a metro station and we get this low rise thing. It's not the worst designed thing in the world, but what a waste in terms of density. It's just so short-sighted - a housing crisis is being manufactured years in advance by not building more.

RaymondChandlerLives
Jun 1, 2014, 9:11 PM
Such a wasted opportunity with BLVD 6200. Right across the street from a metro station and we get this low rise thing. It's not the worst designed thing in the world, but what a waste in terms of density. It's just so short-sighted - a housing crisis is being manufactured years in advance by not building more.

I'm not sure if density is the problem--Easton's 535 units will likely double the density of this census tract, pushing it into the 20,000 ppsm range. This is large tract too, with plenty of room to density further.

The color of this building isn't working for me though.

JRinSoCal
Jun 1, 2014, 9:32 PM
A wasted opportunity indeed. Blvd 6200 looked way better in the renderings. The finished product is hideous and the color OMG!:yuck:

losangelesnative
Jun 2, 2014, 3:58 AM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/06/mixeduse_development_planned_for_old_daily_news_hq.php
renderings of the warner center mixed use project sort of revealed on curbed

blackcat23
Jun 2, 2014, 1:11 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/06/blighted-koreatown-lot-to-be-replaced.html

Plans were filed a couple weeks back for a mixed-use development on the property at the southeast corner of 6th and Virgil, in K-Town. 399 apartments, 20,000 sq ft of ground floor retail. Developer is Century West Partners (Avant, K2LA) and architect is Killefer Flammang.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0XenH1eKNbc/U3zu2lHdcWI/AAAAAAAADAM/vDhzAetj-DI/s900/6thvirgil.PNG

colemonkee
Jun 2, 2014, 3:13 PM
Nice! My girlfriend lived just up the street from that lot until she moved into my place downtown. That's a great area with a lot of potential. 399 apartments on that lot sounds like a lot, but we could be looking at a 7-story job here. That lot isn't tiny.

Speaking of great development opportunities, the corner of Virgil and Wilshire is just screaming out for a 20-30 story condo/apartment tower.

Wilcal
Jun 2, 2014, 3:36 PM
Such a wasted opportunity with BLVD 6200. Right across the street from a metro station and we get this low rise thing. It's not the worst designed thing in the world, but what a waste in terms of density. It's just so short-sighted - a housing crisis is being manufactured years in advance by not building more.

I had the same thoughts with the housing development at the NE corner of Wilshire and Vermont, medium density over a subway station yet! The Vermont towers make more sense density wise.

blackcat23
Jun 2, 2014, 3:56 PM
Nice! My girlfriend lived just up the street from that lot until she moved into my place downtown. That's a great area with a lot of potential. 399 apartments on that lot sounds like a lot, but we could be looking at a 7-story job here. That lot isn't tiny.

Speaking of great development opportunities, the corner of Virgil and Wilshire is just screaming out for a 20-30 story condo/apartment tower.

I forgot to include the fact that it's for sure a 7-story building in my description. Oops!

That corner lot at Wilshire/Virgil was supposed to be an 18-story tower before the market went to crap. Given how much is proposed on the surrounding blocks, hopefully we'll hear something about it soon.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nQkWK46OOM4/UhLt5rfK88I/AAAAAAAAATk/h61n2DxLR7I/s1600/2007-10-circaonwilshire.jpg

Wilcal
Jun 2, 2014, 4:00 PM
I'm not sure if density is the problem--Easton's 535 units will likely double the density of this census tract, pushing it into the 20,000 ppsm range. This is large tract too, with plenty of room to density further.

The color of this building isn't working for me though.

20,000 ppsm is a relative figure for density. It would be very high compared to most portions of the urban San Fernando Valley, but it is average compared to the older and denser central area of the city. It could be higher for this location given the present transit development. Projects like this belong in the valley, not the central core. There are some census tracts in San Francisco (to the north of downtown) with densities 4 to 5 times this, and the are not near the subway. Yes the area is crowded, but it functions. Most of the people either use the bus, car, or heaven forbid, walk to get around.
As for the color, it looks kind of grim for my taste, and I hope those south facing dark stucco walls are well insulated, if not its going to get awfully hot inside those units.

Wilcal
Jun 2, 2014, 4:05 PM
I forgot to include the fact that it's for sure a 7-story building in my description. Oops!

That corner lot at Wilshire/Virgil was supposed to be an 18-story tower before the market went to crap. Given how much is proposed on the surrounding blocks, hopefully we'll hear something about it soon.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nQkWK46OOM4/UhLt5rfK88I/AAAAAAAAATk/h61n2DxLR7I/s1600/2007-10-circaonwilshire.jpg

Thank you Blackcat, I seemed to remember that there was a project destined for that corner. As I sit here drinking my morning coffee, I wondered--am I getting daft?

StethJeff
Jun 2, 2014, 7:33 PM
As long as the rest of the lots in Hollywood develop into dense housing, I'm not sure that these 7-story shit boxes are a lost cause for the hood. It certainly isn't dtla so the expectation that every Metro-adjacent development in Hollywood is a 20+ story tower maybe isn't the most realistic one, especially after the faultline/Millenium NIMBY fallout. If our focus is dense neighborhoods centered around transit that have a community feel, Hollywood will do fine with 7-story buildings mixed about. Dtla should be a different story.

bobbyv
Jun 3, 2014, 2:37 AM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/06/park_mile_fretting_over_plan_for_48_little_houses_on_wilshire.php
terrible news, why would these idiots want to bulldoze such a nice building?

Muji
Jun 3, 2014, 3:15 AM
The CIM/Farmers Insurance situation is definitely worrisome. Although there doesn't seem to be any explicit mention of demolition, the thought that they could even consider tearing down the original Farmers Insurance Building (http://www.you-are-here.com/building/farmers.html) is tragic. Park Mile or not, there should be no place for detached single-family homes along Wilshire Boulevard.

112597jorge
Jun 3, 2014, 3:23 AM
Speaking of the OC, I noticed there's a good amount of high rise projects on Santa Ana's radar. Are these all going forward?

And why are high rise condos planned in Santa Ana, and not say, Anaheim, Orange, Costa Mesa or Huntington Beach? Or other parts of suburban LA county?

I don't get it.

what are these santa ana highrises you speak of?

Quixote
Jun 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Here are the first 15 streets of Garcetti's "Great Streets" initiative. I'm particularly excited about Western between Melrose and 3rd. It's already a decently walkable 1-mile stretch of road lined with retail strips and has the potential to provide Koreatown residents with basic needs and services. Could this spark gentrification in that hood?

But anyhow, this is a great program. The first step in making LA a more walkable city is to make walking itself more pleasant and appealing.

...

· North Figueroa Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 60 (District 1)
· Lankershim Boulevard between Chandler and Victory boulevards (District 2)
· Sherman Way between Wilbur and Lindley avenues (District 3)
· Western Avenue between Melrose Avenue and 3rd Street (District 4)
· Westwood Boulevard between Le Conte Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard (District 5)
· Van Nuys Boulevard between Victory Boulevard and Oxnard Street (District 6)
· Van Nuys Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and San Fernando Road (District 7)
· Crenshaw Boulevard between 78th Street and Florence Avenue (District 8)
· Central Avenue between MLK Boulevard and Vernon Avenue (District 9)
· Pico Boulevard between Hauser Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue (District 10)
· Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard (District 11)
· Reseda Boulevard between Plummer Street and Parthenia Avenue (District 12)
· Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue & Gower Street (District 13)
· Cesar Chavez Avenue between Evergreen Avenue and St. Louis Street (District 14)
· Gaffey Street between 15th Street & the 110 Freeway (District 15)

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