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Munchitup
Jul 18, 2014, 7:03 PM
I think many blocks on Hollywood blvd between highland and vine need to be revamped ASAP. all the tourists hang out around highland and down towards the vine section but in between its so seedy and tacky that something needs to happen. I'm all for preserving some of the buildings but some need to go....either that or change the stores that currently line this corridor.... A tourist trap gift shop seen in every other store, cheap liguor/dollar stores, clubs that kill all street life until late night, tattoo parlors that do the same and sex shop, wig stores or cheap alley shoe stores that need to go. Hollywood and highland area is already full of toursits, the city needs to figure out a way to stretch them out to fill the gap between there and vine. I think this project is the step in the right direction.

Unfortunately what is housed in these buildings are the Geisha House, Loteria, Lucky's Tavern (actually one of my favorite restaurants in the area, good for cheap beer and flat bread) a hair studio and I think a high-end sunglasses shop. Wouldn't be surprised to see these tenants back when the building opens up as they could probably afford the rent.

But again, as I said about the Sunset Blvd project in western Hollywood, there are so many other blocks that would be better for redevelopment. I don't see this improving Hollywood Blvd's cache all that much other than adding hotel rooms to that middle part of the boulevard. Would be nice to add some height to the street, especially in this area which is mostly 1-2 stories along the street.

mdiederi
Jul 19, 2014, 9:35 PM
The 10000 Santa Monica Blvd thread has been moved from the Proposal forum to the Highrise Construction forum.

WonderlandPark
Jul 20, 2014, 2:08 AM
Thanks, beat me to making the request...

blackcat23
Jul 20, 2014, 5:33 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/07/beverly-hills-vacant-robinsons-may.html

Demolition on the old Beverly Hills Robinsons-May, from the Century Plaza towers.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8xX1eVjhwqA/U8lLFdsk9FI/AAAAAAAADqQ/lmDoICaTNPI/s900/photo+2.JPG

Which was supposed to become this:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1fRwTI5lfdo/U8ma1oOYIeI/AAAAAAAADqg/XdLMwTdvE6I/s900/9900wilshire.PNG

SD_Phil
Jul 20, 2014, 6:09 PM
Which was supposed to become this:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1fRwTI5lfdo/U8ma1oOYIeI/AAAAAAAADqg/XdLMwTdvE6I/s900/9900wilshire.PNG

Was or is?

blackcat23
Jul 20, 2014, 6:41 PM
Hard to say, since the land is currently for sale.

WonderlandPark
Jul 21, 2014, 8:20 PM
Columbia Square progress fresh off the iphone

http://i57.tinypic.com/i2pxjn.jpg

112597jorge
Jul 21, 2014, 9:27 PM
Frank gehry to design center for abused children in watts.

curbed LA

kelbeen
Jul 22, 2014, 11:20 PM
There's not really anything new here

Expo Rail
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/14528765980_7016042a54_b.jpg

Parking Structure No. 6
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3871/14692436346_69b5787951_b.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/14528767049_620d25f84b_b.jpg

Westwood Mann Theatre, but it doesnt look like what it is on the renderings??? It looks like they added one more storey to the building.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/07/work_starts_on_westwood_mann_theater_mixeduse_project.php
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3891/14528775780_c23042c495_b.jpg

N. Fred
Jul 24, 2014, 1:04 AM
Hi Everyone,

I've been following the forum for a really long time, and I wanted to have something special for my first post.

I made a little video that I think will ring true for most of us that visit this site, and it illustrates how L.A. is constantly developing and changing into something new and exciting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp0AkVasgS0

Thanks,
N. Fred

bzcat
Jul 25, 2014, 5:21 PM
LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) moves ahead - construction will began in 2015. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lax-concourse-approved-20140721-story.html

Here is the details from LAWA: http://www.lawa.org/uploadedFiles/OurLAX/pdf/2_MSC_DEIR_Description_of_the_Proposed_Project.pdf

The approval of the construction consist of north wing of the MSC which will add 11 gates and require removal of the AA hanger, and underground utility tunnels. This will not be a new terminal, just (part of) a satellite concourse. An air side people mover connector to TBIT is planned but not part of this phase of construction so upon completion of the MSC north wing, passengers will be bussed from other terminals.

The bridge design in the original LAX Long Term plan was scrapped due to concern with the height of A380.

DistrictDirt
Jul 25, 2014, 6:30 PM
Hi Everyone,

I've been following the forum for a really long time, and I wanted to have something special for my first post.

I made a little video that I think will ring true for most of us that visit this site, and it illustrates how L.A. is constantly developing and changing into something new and exciting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp0AkVasgS0

Thanks,
N. Fred

That was great...thanks for posting! :)

ChelseaFC
Jul 26, 2014, 8:26 AM
Anyone know anything about the massive concrete structure under construction adjacent to the 134 near Forest Lawn Drive?

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jul 26, 2014, 8:35 AM
Underground water reservoir that will have a park on top

WonderlandPark
Jul 26, 2014, 11:17 PM
Dream Hotel progress,looks like they are not digging down for this one.

http://i60.tinypic.com/35i52jb.jpg

blackcat23
Jul 26, 2014, 11:49 PM
Dream Hotel progress,looks like they are not digging down for this one.

If I recall correctly, the building will have 1.5 levels of parking, accessible from the alley at the back of the property.

A little ways east...

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/07/hollywoods-metropolitan-west-apartments.html

Construction starting on a new apartment building on Sunset, adjacent to the Metropolitan Hollywood. Six stories, 79 units, designed by VTBS.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xA2jjAHIINA/U9QUE2P9DiI/AAAAAAAADuE/NHC8_vWyMsI/s900/DSC03134.JPG

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XEZ0TemfvqA/U88vuxADfYI/AAAAAAAADsE/DgPky7IHdls/s900/methollywood.PNG

blackcat23
Jul 28, 2014, 1:23 PM
Kind of out in the boonies for most of us, but...

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/07/mini-mixed-user-headed-to-san-pedros.html

30-unit mixed-use planned on Gaffey Street in San Pedro. This stretch was recently included in Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative. Hopefully more will follow.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fRZsuxTIYFw/U9V9ByaxrLI/AAAAAAAADus/w49u_hCAW9w/s900/gaffey.PNG

Wally West
Jul 28, 2014, 6:35 PM
Blackcat, I'm constantly impressed at your range of coverage of LA's developments.

And seeing that six-story development on Sunset along with the other proposed buildings in the immediate area really puts me in awe on how much that part of Sunset is changing. It's great to see parking lots disappear.

kelbeen
Jul 29, 2014, 2:46 AM
West Hollywood approves $86-million park renovation

The project -- which is being designed by architecture firms LPA Inc. and Rios Clementi Hale Studios -- includes plans for a new recreation center with two swimming pools (a lap pool and a recreational pool) on the roof. That new building will be next to a five-story parking structure that has three rooftop tennis courts.

Plans call for new adult fitness equipment to be added to West Hollywood Park, as well as a free-standing bathroom with two toilets, according to city documents.

A $3-million staircase will lead from the park’s ground level to a landscaped rooftop “respite deck” and an entrance to the new recreation center. City officials and designers say that putting amenities on the roof frees up the room to create open park space in the dense, 1.9-square mile city.

The project will include demolition of the park’s existing auditorium, pool facilities and other structures to create more open space. The structures set for demolition will not be torn down until the new facilities are built and operational, said Lisa Belsanti, a spokeswoman for the city.

Construction is expected to begin in June 2015 and to be completed by January 2018, according to city documents.

The new upgrades are the second phase of a major renovation of West Hollywood Park. The first phase included the building of a three-story library that opened in 2011, and the parking structure and tennis courts, as well as the creation of more green space.

The park will also include a new National AIDS Monument to recognize the lives lost to AIDS. The design for the monument, which is to be built and funded by a private nonprofit, has not yet been created, but it is expected to be near the entrance to the West Hollywood Library, according to city officials.

Read the rest on -> http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-west-hollywood-park-20140728-story.html

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53d6f3d2/turbine/la-me-ln-west-hollywood-park-20140728-001/750/16x9

Quixote
Jul 29, 2014, 2:52 AM
Excellent. RCH's design was my favorite among the three contending proposals. Great choice.

WonderlandPark
Jul 29, 2014, 2:27 PM
East Hollywood Target progress:

http://i59.tinypic.com/2m8198j.jpg

elcoronel
Jul 29, 2014, 7:16 PM
Are there any plans for the parking lot at Hollywood/Vine? It saddens me to see such a prominent intersection with a vacant lot.

SoCalKid
Jul 29, 2014, 8:10 PM
Are there any plans for the parking lot at Hollywood/Vine? It saddens me to see such a prominent intersection with a vacant lot.

I believe you're referring to the site of the proposed second phase of Blvd6200

http://www.blvd6200.com/Pictures/ProjectLayout.jpg

http://www.blvd6200.com/Pages/Project-Description.aspx

elcoronel
Jul 29, 2014, 8:26 PM
I thought that was Hollywood/Argyle. I'm talking about the NW corner of Hollywood/Vine.

SoCalKid
Jul 29, 2014, 10:27 PM
I thought that was Hollywood/Argyle. I'm talking about the NW corner of Hollywood/Vine.

Ohh I see my bad! Idk why I thought you meant that lot.

Munchitup
Jul 30, 2014, 4:13 PM
Ohh I see my bad! Idk why I thought you meant that lot.

It's a much smaller lot, won't be as monolithic as the project at HW/Argyle.

I believe it is one of those lots slated for a high-rise if the Hollywood Community Plan is allowed to go forward (not sure what the plan's legal status is at this time).

blackcat23
Jul 31, 2014, 7:14 PM
Are there any plans for the parking lot at Hollywood/Vine? It saddens me to see such a prominent intersection with a vacant lot.

Coincidentally, the Atlantic just ran an article about Hollywood Boulevard in the late 70's/early 1980's, featuring a photo of what used to be there:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/07/hollywood-streets-1979-1983/100783/

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/hwood073014/s_h26_00798328.jpg

With 90% of the parking lots in a half-mile radius destined for hotel, residential or office, it's probably just a matter of time for this one.

blackcat23
Aug 1, 2014, 7:15 PM
http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/88779#.U9vipaN5CxU

Gensler Goes Hollywood with “Vertical Campus”

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0tbTwOFPb4I/U9vlZeGmvKI/AAAAAAAADxk/eppM0dgFhgk/s1600/HPP_SBS_v01_Sunset_med.jpg

by Anna Bergren Miller

Hudson Pacific Properties is banking on the continued appeal of Hollywood office space with its Icon at Sunset Bronson Studios, a 14-story tower designed by Gensler. Targeting creative professionals, Icon reconfigured the suburban campus typology for an urban setting. Gensler associate Amy Pokawatana called the development a “vertical campus,” blending “work, relaxation, and recreation.” Part of a $150 million studio expansion, the project takes its cue from a six-story building the developer finished on the Sunset Gower Studios lot in 2008.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Erw5a2UEpMs/U9vlZ6LeRyI/AAAAAAAADxs/01neDWGdJmE/s1600/sbs.PNG

The building features five rectangular, stacked volumes, offset horizontally to create exterior terraces. The high-performance envelope alternates between glass curtain wall and precast panels to break down the scale and frame views to downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and the Santa Monica Bay. In addition to providing outdoor green space on multiple floors, the design incorporates flexibility and connectivity. Large floor plates and connections between floors allow for both open and traditional office layouts, said Pokawatana.

Icon is located near several historic Hollywood buildings, including its next-door neighbor, the Executive Office Building (EOB), once the headquarters of Warner Bros. The design is set back from Sunset Boulevard to provide views to the EOB, while the height of the tower’s first volume coincides with the older building’s eave-line. In addition, said Pokawatana, “White, precast, freestanding columns that front the tower are a modern nod to the historic colonnade on the EOB facade. Punched windows in the precast facade mimic the simple rhythm of the windows at the EOB.”

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UJ3izifV9q8/U9vlZnHc8aI/AAAAAAAADxo/vaI4VQByRf4/s1600/sbs2.PNG

Munchitup
Aug 1, 2014, 7:38 PM
http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/88779#.U9vipaN5CxU

Gensler Goes Hollywood with “Vertical Campus”

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Erw5a2UEpMs/U9vlZ6LeRyI/AAAAAAAADxs/01neDWGdJmE/s1600/sbs.PNG


This looks really great to me, love the added density and "feet on the street" while maintaining the historic building to the west. Only real change is that they are moving that historic antennae, looks great where they put it, right on Sunset Blvd - adds a little interest to the end of the block which is just hedges and a painted metal gate.

It's funny that Hollywood is getting some of the best architecture in the city. Have the renderings for the Palladium towers been released?

And I believe BlackCat also posted about a development right next to the Metropolitan tower, so this area would look even better than that rendering in a few years. This end of Sunset is really blowing up, I'm kind of sad I didn't find an apartment in this part of town.

Muji
Aug 1, 2014, 11:13 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/07/another-big-development-proposed-near.html

Building Los Angeles reports that a large mixed-use project with 202 apartments is coming to the corner of Hollywood, Sunset, and Hillhurst.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LDBhBgxCJEs/U9gAB4rfq_I/AAAAAAAADvY/s8VTdprP920/s1600/4531hollywood.PNG

This could be a big deal if it's designed well. Despite being very close to each other, the hotspots of Los Feliz and Silver Lake are horribly connected from a pedestrian's perspective, largely since the sidewalks around this part of Sunset are lined with an inhospitable amount of surface parking.

blackcat23
Aug 8, 2014, 1:08 PM
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-china-developer-buys-robinsonsmay-site-20140808-story.html

China Developer Buys Robinsons-May Site in Beverly Hills

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53e4b2be/turbine/lat-robinsonsmay-la0019094948-20140723/750/16x9

Establishing a major new beachhead in Hollywood, Wanda Group -- China’s largest commercial property developer and owner of the AMC theater chain -- said Friday it has bought the site of the former Robinsons-May department store in Beverly Hills and will invest $1.2 billion to build a mixed-use development on the plot. No sales price was revealed.

mdiederi
Aug 8, 2014, 2:24 PM
Wanda Group

Ah, that's that same developer who bought into that new supertall proposal in Chicago and last month said they were looking at sites in LA.

blackcat23
Aug 8, 2014, 3:29 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/westwood-boulevard-office-building-to.html

Five story residential-retail development on Westwood Boulevard, north of Olympic. 63 apartments (6 low-income), 5,500 sq ft retail.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nj-cKyc-Vl8/U-O95nDyCVI/AAAAAAAADyw/P4yYNtVbF1Q/s1600/01.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TATRjh65eto/U-PNT-VXhQI/AAAAAAAADzc/6M4VDyB0Utg/s900/2134.PNG

colemonkee
Aug 8, 2014, 4:20 PM
Not a huge fan of the design, but the one further up north near Santa Monica is nice.

brudy
Aug 8, 2014, 4:29 PM
Not a huge fan of the design, but the one further up north near Santa Monica is nice.

Yeah, this one is a stinker. I really don't understand why it's so hard to design something that doesn't look outdated out of the gate? Those balconies pull it right back to the 60s in a bad way, and what's with that weird fence at the top left?

SoCalKid
Aug 8, 2014, 10:36 PM
Sorry for the shitty quality, everything is from my phone and involved my poor photo skills.

6th and Broadway apartments in Santa Monica

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5551/14676000600_eea69456cb_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omSkF7) (https://flic.kr/p/omSkF7) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5577/14860222924_f85d1f8bc0_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oD9wy5) (https://flic.kr/p/oD9wy5) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

Century West Development's Gibson apartments in Santa Monica

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3899/14676228157_31e5af638d_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omTvjv)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/omTvjv) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5573/14839780806_ae49ee2a0a_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oBkKPL) (https://flic.kr/p/oBkKPL) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/14676144098_008b07a734_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omT5kd) (https://flic.kr/p/omT5kd) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3883/14860297684_11c7212df3_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oD9UM3)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/oD9UM3) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

The Vermont

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5557/14676141097_7ee513625d_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omT4rt)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/omT4rt) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3844/14676042519_6dbfc85f9f_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omSy8R) (https://flic.kr/p/omSy8R) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5590/14862333742_f01171b618_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oDkm2u) (https://flic.kr/p/oDkm2u) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5588/14676058328_4e9cf3d59a_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omSCQq) (https://flic.kr/p/omSCQq) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14862666895_f62bbb4110_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oDn44v) (https://flic.kr/p/oDn44v) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5571/14882553443_9c16783a91_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oF7YD2) (https://flic.kr/p/oF7YD2) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3919/14859612181_13328f8693_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oD6p12) (https://flic.kr/p/oD6p12) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

I cannot emphasize the positive effect the project has had on the streetscape. Even though the parking in the podium is poorly hid, the street level engagement is fantastic.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14676052409_74877360ff_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omSB5n) (https://flic.kr/p/omSB5n) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5572/14676054349_370ec03b04_s.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/omSBDP) (https://flic.kr/p/omSBDP) by krljenkins13 (https://www.flickr.com/people/125511188@N04/), on Flickr

SoCalKid
Aug 8, 2014, 10:37 PM
I'm really bad at this. Why are the pictures so small? ^

RST500
Aug 8, 2014, 10:41 PM
Those buildings in SM are awful. They would be fine west LA but downtown SM is the one place that needs highrises. They are running out of space accept for a few spots on 2nd street. I always envisioned SM as turning into the SF of Social. Now it looks like most of the towers there were canceled.

SoCalKid
Aug 8, 2014, 11:08 PM
Those buildings in SM are awful. They would be fine west LA but downtown SM is the one place that needs highrises. They are running out of space accept for a few spots on 2nd street. I always envisioned SM as turning into the SF of Social. Now it looks like most of the towers there were canceled.

I would love to see high rises, but Santa Monica is notoriously difficult to develop in. The city and a few community opposition groups make it nearly impossible to develop anything denser than this. In fact, even these types of projects are considered too dense by opposition groups. Very dumb and short-sighted in my opinion.

RST500
Aug 8, 2014, 11:27 PM
What's the status on the Gherry and Fairmont towers proposed? I think the Rem Koolhas project was canceled.

Illithid Dude
Aug 8, 2014, 11:41 PM
What's the status on the Gherry and Fairmont towers proposed? I think the Rem Koolhas project was canceled.

The Rem Koolhaas project was not cancelled.

kelbeen
Aug 9, 2014, 12:24 AM
Randomly bumped into a small project in Santa Monica

http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/MINI-Dealership-In-Line-For-Santa-Monica-City-Council-Green-Light/40603

http://smmirrorstatic.s3.amazonaws.com/media/550/140441927448821.jpg

MINI Dealership In Line For Santa Monica City Council Green Light

A new car dealership could soon zig and zag its way to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street. The proposed dealership has already handled a few tough corners en route to the City Council, but before MINI crosses the finish line and opens up shop in Santa Monica, the group proposing the auto company’s arrival must still win over the City Council.

The council is expected to vote on the project’s development agreement (DA) at tonight’s July 8 meeting, with council members to weigh in on a MINI dealership proposing to bring a 33,400 square foot and 35-foot high building to 1402 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The current DA proposed by Quinn Automotive Group includes plans for 6,144 square feet of sales floor and offices, a café, 21 service bays, and 135 parking spaces. If approved, the MINI dealership would replace a Union 76 service station that has since been closed down.

SD_Phil
Aug 9, 2014, 1:03 AM
I'm amazed at the speed and extent to which Southeast Asian corporations are changing the urban landscape of Los Angeles. This is a good thing and I can imagine that this kind of investing will really pick up in the coming decade.

kelbeen
Aug 9, 2014, 1:14 AM
8/6 Taken by me
I think this is the Target building in Hollywood. Crappy photo because of the sun.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14676792787_d0b1d84e66_b.jpg

Sunset Gordon. What do you guys think of the change of design with the "new" Old Spaghetti Factory building incorporated?
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5566/14860884574_89f9fdc3b0_b.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3914/14676671060_9502f955ca_b.jpg

SimonLA
Aug 9, 2014, 6:02 AM
[QUOTE=kelbeen;6685336]8/6 Taken by me
I think this is the Target building in Hollywood. Crappy photo because of the sun.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14676792787_d0b1d84e66_b.jpg

Has anyone noticed a work-stoppage at the Hollywood Target? I heard a rumor that the NIMBYs were successful in their lawsuit against it. Hope not.

Flavius Josephus
Aug 11, 2014, 9:36 PM
[QUOTE=kelbeen;6685336]8/6 Taken by me
I think this is the Target building in Hollywood. Crappy photo because of the sun.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14676792787_d0b1d84e66_b.jpg

Has anyone noticed a work-stoppage at the Hollywood Target? I heard a rumor that the NIMBYs were successful in their lawsuit against it. Hope not.

Per the LA Superior Court website, a final order was entered in the CEQA case about 2 weeks ago. No freely available source says which way it went.

caligrad
Aug 12, 2014, 5:30 AM
Well some news from Long Beach, since the Long Beach thread is seriously dead and void at this point, the proposed 18 and 31 floor towers on the eastern edge of downtown have finally broken ground, or atleast the 18 floor one has broken ground since the taller one wont start for another 2 years I believe. Drove past this morning and they were doing foundation work and digging down, wish I knew how to post pictures on here

Flavius Josephus
Aug 12, 2014, 9:26 AM
I haven't seen much here on developments in the SGV, so here's one from El Monte - the Flair Spectrum El Monte project (14.66 acres, 500k sq ft retail (or 400k retail + 100k office), 50k sq ft restaurant, two 18 story residential buildings with total 600 units, 5-8 story parking structure, 11 story hotel with 220 rooms. Initial Study here (http://www.ci.el-monte.ca.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Q-IQWpX3H1I%3D&tabid=101).

And over in Irwindale, a plan to turn the Speedway into a big mall. Initial Study here (http://www.ceqanet.ca.gov/DocDescription.asp?DocPK=683072).

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the metropolis, the Millenium Towers seismic study says no active faults on site, some inactive faults (which do not carry regulatory consequences) across the street. Times reports here (http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-hollywood-fault-20140812-story.html).

Flavius Josephus
Aug 12, 2014, 10:47 AM
Not sure if anyone mentioned this before, but a LADOT and LADCP released released a bunch of proposals in the West LA and Coastal corridors as part of the Westside Mobility Plan a couple months ago. http://www.westsidemobilityplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Meeting-Boards.pdf; http://www.westsidemobilityplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Handouts.pdf.

Some highlights:
- Curb running BRT on Santa Monica
- Center running BRT on Sepulveda and Lincoln, with the possibility of future upgrades to LRT.
- Metro 733 enhancements on Venice, with the possibility of a future streetcar line.
- Cycle Tracks on Santa Monica and Venice
- Various rapid and local bus improvements; new circulator buses; road improvements.

colemonkee
Aug 12, 2014, 2:44 PM
The Millenium Hollywood fault study, if the Department of Public Safety accepts it, is probably the biggest piece of news on the forum at the moment. That project will be the single largest skyline changer for Hollywood, and a huge boon to the area.

brudy
Aug 12, 2014, 3:13 PM
The Millenium Hollywood fault study, if the Department of Public Safety accepts it, is probably the biggest piece of news on the forum at the moment. That project will be the single largest skyline changer for Hollywood, and a huge boon to the area.

Yeah, that's huge, although I imagine it can still get NIMBY challenged in court?

And a big yes to all this stuff too:
Some highlights:
- Curb running BRT on Santa Monica
- Center running BRT on Sepulveda and Lincoln, with the possibility of future upgrades to LRT.
- Metro 733 enhancements on Venice, with the possibility of a future streetcar line.
- Cycle Tracks on Santa Monica and Venice
- Various rapid and local bus improvements; new circulator buses; road improvements.

Flavius Josephus
Aug 12, 2014, 3:32 PM
6-26 story mixed use project proposed at 7107 W Hollywood Blvd (current Mosaic Church, former 5th Church of Christ Scientist, among others in this fortnight's LADCP filings report. http://cityplanning.lacity.org/CNCRpts/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfm?filename=295.

Flavius Josephus
Aug 12, 2014, 3:38 PM
Yeah, that's huge, although I imagine it can still get NIMBY challenged in court?

And a big yes to all this stuff too:
Some highlights:
- Curb running BRT on Santa Monica
- Center running BRT on Sepulveda and Lincoln, with the possibility of future upgrades to LRT.
- Metro 733 enhancements on Venice, with the possibility of a future streetcar line.
- Cycle Tracks on Santa Monica and Venice
- Various rapid and local bus improvements; new circulator buses; road improvements.

Yeah, and needs to get past California Geological Survey (or whoever finalizes the earthquake zone maps) as well. I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect that a CEQA suit would stand a good chance of at least forcing them to redo the EIR at this point - these studies should probably have been done before the EIR was certified.

blackcat23
Aug 12, 2014, 5:46 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/high-rise-complex-proposed-at-hollywood.html

As someone mentioned above, six to twenty-six story building headed to Hollywood and La Brea. Currently home to the MOSAIC church.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mfWSuhovRDw/U-pMi_GqZxI/AAAAAAAAD0I/IfrAZ4Uqov8/s900/7107%2Bhollywood.PNG

Muji
Aug 12, 2014, 6:29 PM
As much as I'd love to see more highrises along Hollywood Blvd, I'll be a little sad to see the old Fifth Church of Christ Scientist bite the dust. It was unsympathetically renovated by the MOSAIC Church, but it was once a very nice mid-century building.

Photo by James Colin Campwell (http://jamescolincampbell.com/hollywood-versailles-tower/):
http://jamescolincampbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/scientist.jpg

blackcat23
Aug 12, 2014, 7:48 PM
It was unsympathetically renovated by the MOSAIC Church, but it was once a very nice mid-century building.

Yeesh...no kidding. The word "renovated," is too kind for this:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ovv2SPNx5bo/U-pQmFVNORI/AAAAAAAAD0U/y1rz5oxcQeI/s900/mosaic.PNG

WonderlandPark
Aug 12, 2014, 8:12 PM
They butchered that place. Shame.

Drove by Target on Sunset and it doesn't seem like there are any workers around (could all be at lunch, tho)

blackcat23
Aug 13, 2014, 1:38 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/mixed-use-development-to-replace.html

Low-rise mixed-use development to replace West LA YMCA. 73 units, ground floor retail, corner of La Grange and Sawtelle.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-juVXkKhkBKQ/U-qSEASSv4I/AAAAAAAAD08/nvHmbQ9qRCg/s900/sawtelle.PNG

ChelseaFC
Aug 13, 2014, 4:26 PM
Mosaic just can't seem to stay in one place. They bounced all over downtown, eventually settling at the Mayan for a few years, before (buying?) the Fifth Scientist church on La Brea. Will be interested to see where they go now, as they are one of the more prominent 20-45 demo churches in LA, and HillsongLA has already established itself at the Belasco.

WonderlandPark
Aug 14, 2014, 2:33 PM
Columbia Square from yesterday afternoon.

http://i58.tinypic.com/2hgfz3c.jpg

blackcat23
Aug 14, 2014, 7:05 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/introducing-altitude-at-howards-hughes.html

This is the apartment complex that broke ground earlier this year at the Howard Hughes Center. Developer is Equity Residential, architect is TCA. Six stories, 545 apartments.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-irclEFZYJOs/U-zuO-CQG3I/AAAAAAAAD18/pKr9s6JfvW0/s900/altitude1.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
Aug 14, 2014, 8:45 PM
The first portion of the building would be nice if it was just by it self. Why do they always repeat the pattern all the way down... Change it up a bit TCA

brudy
Aug 14, 2014, 11:37 PM
The first portion of the building would be nice if it was just by it self. Why do they always repeat the pattern all the way down... Change it up a bit TCA

Yeah, it's a 60's urban renewal/Le Corbusier/Housing project in a bad way/with the top cut off. Aesthetically though, it's not the ugliest thing they've done, but they've got plenty of time to make it worse.

There's also a certain amount of irony calling this project "Altitude" when it's a low rise and has no aerospace design elements other than that globe.

ChelseaFC
Aug 15, 2014, 2:33 AM
o3sXxG9naKI

colemonkee
Aug 15, 2014, 2:03 PM
That's definitely not the worst work TCA has put out.

WonderlandPark
Aug 15, 2014, 2:12 PM
...Until it gets value engineered.


(as it stands its not nearly as bad as their other work)

blackcat23
Aug 15, 2014, 2:58 PM
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0815-quake-meeting-20140815-story.html

No active quake fault is under Hollywood projects, state official says

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53ed9c5e/turbine/lat-quakefault-la0018840822-20140608/750/16x9

A state official Thursday agreed with developers who contend an active earthquake fault does not exist underneath several prominent Hollywood projects, including the site of the proposed Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers.

Stephen Testa, executive officer of the State Mining and Geology Board, said at a public hearing at the state Capitol that there appears to be "a lot of strong evidence" that the active fault is not present as indicated by the California Geological Survey's proposed zoning map.

"You know what you see, and there was no fault or faulting deposits in those trenches that were observed," said Testa, who visited the site when consultants hired by developers conducted a search for the fault.

Testa's conclusion, as well as more than 200 pages of public comments, now goes to state geologist John Parrish, who as head of the state geological survey has final say over how the map is drawn.

Parrish, however, said that the developers' consultant has not provided the technical data backing its conclusions. He said he was eager to review the data but will not make any decisions about changing the map until he receives it.

WonderlandPark
Aug 15, 2014, 10:55 PM
The TCA hole in Hollywood is halfway full of parking....lots of parking for a 6 story building IMO.

http://i62.tinypic.com/286s29w.jpg

LosAngelesBeauty
Aug 16, 2014, 12:41 AM
Oops! Wrong thread!

blackcat23
Aug 17, 2014, 10:44 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/second-phase-of-k2la-still-inching-along.html

K2LA phase two update (two seven-story buildings, 347 units). Both of these buildings were once scheduled to open in late 2014. As their current appearance indicates, that's not going to happen.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OYqTBnjL15E/U--7WpAHWYI/AAAAAAAAD2s/-EUWdbfuY0E/s900/DSC03168.JPG

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UEYtS_mwli4/U-_tzBAtP3I/AAAAAAAAD3Q/c1XYHpwIdSk/s900/680berendo.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RjjQJTihLxs/U--7y35bRLI/AAAAAAAAD20/joJlsbwwvxY/s900/DSC03147.JPG

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Vkw3wHzy4Es/U-_t6k9dzQI/AAAAAAAAD3Y/Lii6PutYJXY/s900/newhampshire.jpg

On the bright side, the first building of the complex has turned out well (IMO).

Muji
Aug 18, 2014, 12:14 AM
Thanks for sharing the updated K2LA renderings! I'm not a huge fan of phase one, but they did do a solid landscaping job on the ground floor, so I'm expecting that to be carried over for the two new buildings. It's too bad we couldn't get any retail spaces to break up those walls though.

blackcat23
Aug 18, 2014, 1:28 PM
I'd also like to see some more retail on Koreatown's side streets. The hotel project on Catalina Street is supposed to have some ground level restaurant space, but that's on the north side of Wilshire.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/perpetually-stalled-hollywood-office.html

Last week, J.H. Snyder pulled demolition permits for the two small buildings at 1601 Vine Street. After eight years, it looks like we'll finally see a groundbreaking in the next few months. Eight floors/130 ft, 112k sq ft office, 2,000 sq ft retail.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A7JozbI9r-Q/U_EOqdkCxjI/AAAAAAAAD34/4GGzz6DkS5g/s900/1601vine.jpg

Flavius Josephus
Aug 19, 2014, 10:59 PM
Looks like a couple new mixed use projects under study in Glendale. 176 unit mixed-user (http://www.ceqanet.ca.gov/DocDescription.asp?DocPK=683380) and 71 unit res-only (http://www.ceqanet.ca.gov/DocDescription.asp?DocPK=683416). Looks like lots of parking, but until Metro can get its act together and put a light rail line through Glendale (currently on the LRTP strategic unfunded list), I'm not sure that's unreasonable.

blackcat23
Aug 20, 2014, 1:14 PM
Platform Culver City, as of earlier this week.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DRxaTdN2UBk/U_DldRM4AuI/AAAAAAAAD3o/d4UkgLIgFxY/s900/DSC03173.JPG
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/runyon-groups-platform-takes-shape-in.html

blackcat23
Aug 20, 2014, 1:19 PM
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-warner-center-20140820-story.html

L.A. Revives a Denser Vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53f3ee6e/turbine/la-1925538-me-warner-center1-mam-jpg-20140819/750/16x9

The City Council has signed off on zoning that allows for up to 30 million square feet of commercial space in Warner Center, double the amount that currently exists. The plan also lifts building height limits governing most of the 1.5-square-mile district bounded by the 101 Freeway, Vanowen Street, DeSoto Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Officials are betting that the kind of dense, walkable communities thriving in downtown, Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles can work 26 miles from the city center.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53f422a2/turbine/la-me-g-warner-center-2035-20140819/750/16x9

One of the forces driving development is the Orange Line, Metro's busway that runs from North Hollywood to Chatsworth, with a stop in Warner Center. The Orange Line has been a success, exceeding ridership projections and prompting talks of converting it to light rail.

Over the last several years, Warner Center has seen a boom in residential development, and more is on the way. The Warner Center 2035 plan, the city's master plan, would boost the number of residential units from about 8,500 to more than 26,000, said Tom Glick, a city planner....

Among the projects planned is a $3-billion high-rise "urban neighborhood" at the 47-acre former Rocketdyne engine manufacturing plant on Canoga Avenue, across the street from the busway.

The mixed-use project would have up to 3.95 million square feet of residential space and 1.1 million square feet of office space. Preliminary plans also call for an assisted-living facility, restaurants, a hotel and a 5-acre central park.

This spring, construction crews broke ground on a $350-million open-air mall that will occupy 30 acres between Victory Boulevard and Erwin Street. The Village at Westfield Topanga will house a Costco and an array of restaurants and outdoor courtyards.

Other plans include a 621-unit mixed-use apartment complex on the former Catalina Yachts building site on Victory Boulevard, as well as 379 apartment units on the site of the old Daily News headquarters at Oxnard Street and Canoga Avenue.

A 395-unit apartment project at De Soto Avenue and Erwin Street is expected to open this year.

The Warner Center 2035 plan is designed to unify all these projects.

It divides the area into eight districts with names such as Downtown, Uptown and Commerce, each with its own development guidelines. The plan calls for the long city blocks to be broken up with new pedestrian pathways, new streets and more crosswalks. Developers will pay fees to fund many of the changes.

circuitfiend
Aug 20, 2014, 6:20 PM
First concrete pour this a.m.

I snapped some pics (they're about halfway done the pad) and if I can get my sh*t together, I'll post them up this evening. :D

SimonLA
Aug 20, 2014, 6:34 PM
First concrete pour this a.m.

I snapped some pics (they're about halfway done the pad) and if I can get my sh*t together, I'll post them up this evening. :D

Does that mean the crane is coming soon?

LAsam
Aug 21, 2014, 12:22 AM
First concrete pour this a.m.

I snapped some pics (they're about halfway done the pad) and if I can get my sh*t together, I'll post them up this evening. :D

Nice! And so the (potential) Century City construction boom begins! Hopefully 2015 sees cranes for the new Westfield Tower and the (2) Century Plaza Hotel towers popping up in addition to 10100. Maybe even 1950 Ave of the Stars.

circuitfiend
Aug 21, 2014, 3:43 AM
As promised earlier:

This is from about 2 weeks ago, prepping the pilings.
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010142.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010142.jpg.html)

Pilings prepped and plastic down.
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010146.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010146.jpg.html)

I have no idea what these holes are for.
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010147.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010147.jpg.html)

Overview, before the pour today.
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010148.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010148.jpg.html)

Today, Wednesday morning, Aug 20, 2014
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010156.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010156.jpg.html)

The cement trucks doing their thing
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010157.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010157.jpg.html)

This was around noon today, halfway done
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010158.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010158.jpg.html)

A little closer to the action
http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj539/Dave1364/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010152.jpg (http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/Dave1364/media/2014-08-20%20-%2010000%20Sta%20Mon/P1010152.jpg.html)

They finished the base pour by the end of the day, but I didn't catch the completion. Tomorrow.

Flavius Josephus
Aug 21, 2014, 11:56 AM
NIMBYs strike again at the Hollywood Target (http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-hollywood-target-20140821-story.html&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed). Let's see what happens at the Court of Appeal (http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=2&doc_id=2084287&doc_no=B258033).

blackcat23
Aug 21, 2014, 1:15 PM
:previous: I suppose that answers the question about why construction suddenly stopped at Sunset/Western.

In better news, here's more information about the high-rise project heading to Hollywood/La Brea

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-property-report-hollywood-20140821-story.html

Developers have faith in church site on Hollywood Boulevard

http://www.trbimg.com/img-53f538b7/turbine/la-7107-hollywood-la-brea-north-view-jpg-20140820/750/16x9

Two of the country's largest developers plan to build a $150-million high-rise apartment complex at Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Hollywood.

Reinforcing the area's residential building boom, the project called Hollywood Horizon would be built on a corner that has had a church since 1959. The intersection on the western edge of Hollywood Boulevard's commercial district is near some of L.A.'s top attractions, including the famed TCL Chinese Theatre.

"This is a very important property in the sense that it is the gateway to Hollywood," said William McMorrow, chief executive of Beverly Hills real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson, one of the two developers of the apartment complex....

Now LeFrak and Kennedy Wilson are turning their sights on the northwest corner of Hollywood and La Brea, where they plan to build Horizon Hollywood, a trio of apartment towers with shops and restaurants.

"This is a community going through a major rejuvenation," said Richard LeFrak, chief executive of the LeFrak Organization, a prominent New York real estate firm.

Since 2003, there have been 3,326 residential units completed in Hollywood, and 1,145 more are under construction, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. An additional 3,675 residences — not including Hollywood Horizon — are in planning stages.

As designed by Santa Monica firm GMPA Architects, Hollywood Horizon would have 410 apartments in three buildings of six, eight and 24 stories. They would be white like many historic Hollywood buildings and aligned to permit views through the complex north to the Hollywood Hills.

Other Hollywood references would be palm trees and circles on a wide public plaza intended to evoke spotlights on a stage.

"The plaza is the beginning, or the termination, of Hollywood," architect Monika Moses said. "This will be a place where people can gather."

Residents would have access to a rooftop swimming pool, gardens and gym....

Horizon Hollywood must be approved by city officials before construction can begin. The developers hope to get underway by 2016 and complete the project two years later.

blackcat23
Aug 21, 2014, 1:21 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2014/08/details-emerge-for-adaptive-reuse-of.html

CIM Group plans to convert the vacant Joseph Youngerman Building into 36 apartments with ground floor retail. This is the sore-thumb office building on 3rd Street, one block east of the Beverly Center and Cedars.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OTd3V5--BBg/U5SOE7Ebw-I/AAAAAAAADO8/ZF50Zsd5nTU/s1600/8436w3rd.jpg

Eightball
Aug 21, 2014, 1:36 PM
http://www.trbimg.com/img-53f538b7/turbine/la-7107-hollywood-la-brea-north-view-jpg-20140820/750/16x9
That rendering is beautiful. Wow.

colemonkee
Aug 21, 2014, 2:09 PM
Hollywood and La Brea looks great! More of this, please!

Steve2726
Aug 21, 2014, 2:38 PM
Guaranteed the pitchforks are coming out over this project. Robert Silverstein's phone is probably ringing off the hook this morning. "The traffic!" "Think of the children!" "Oh the humanity!"

I'm guessing the owners of the two hideous mini-malls on opposite corners are pretty happy with potential increased property values tho.

Also of note, from the architects website, there are some renderings of a project near Sunset and Olive in West Hollywood, between the House of Blues and the Best Western Hotel at Kings Road presumably (there's a cigar store and an empty retail store there currently)-

http://www.gmpaarchitects.com/

projects-> mixed use-> Sunset and Olive

Muji
Aug 21, 2014, 5:59 PM
That Hollywood/La Brea rendering looks great! I'd say its a more than worthy replacement for what's there. The building layout around the ground floor is weirdly pretty similar to that of the Vermont, but thankfully it doesn't look like it'll be ruined by a giant parking podium.

blackcat23
Aug 21, 2014, 8:50 PM
More renderings, via Curbed.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/08/24story_mixeduse_apartments_slated_for_hollywoodla_brea.php#more

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/53f62278f92ea128dc00953a/1%20hollywood%20horizon.jpg

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/53f6227cf92ea128dc009545/3%20hwood%20horizon.jpg

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/53f6227ff92ea128dc00954f/4%20hwood%20horizon.jpg

Flavius Josephus
Aug 21, 2014, 11:25 PM
Meanwhile, at lower altitudes in Hollywood... https://hollywoodcentralpark.org/news/press/city-begins-eir-hollywood-central-park; http://www.laparks.org/environmental/hollywood.htm; http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/08/work_begins_to_put_huge_park_on_top_of_the_101_in_hollywood.php

If they can get some sort of tax increment financing bill through the legislature to fund this, might increase incentives for the city to upzone. It would be sweet revenge if they used the opportunity provided by the NIMBYs invalidating the EIR for the Hollywood Community Plan Update to upzone even more in Hollywood.

Elsewhere in parks, Studio City neighborhood groups pushing to block rezoning a golf course for senior condos, with the idea of turning it into an "LA River Natural Park". http://savelariveropenspace.org/. To be honest, I have some sympathies for this one given LA's lack of green space - although I'd have more sympathy if they were proposing alternative space for housing elsewhere in the neighborhood rather than protecting open space *and* obstructing development elsewhere.

LAsam
Aug 22, 2014, 3:33 PM
Wow, hats off to the designers of Hollywood/La Brea. I'd love to see LA architecture move more in this direction.

mousquet
Aug 22, 2014, 7:48 PM
More renderings, via Curbed.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/08/24story_mixeduse_apartments_slated_for_hollywoodla_brea.php#more

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/53f62278f92ea128dc00953a/1%20hollywood%20horizon.jpg

Ah! :rolleyes: Thank gosh, that's the least they can do for such a famous location. Finally, I should say. ;);) I might've missed a couple of things since I've been over there, though. But really, it's good to see this lovely rendering.

LAsam
Aug 22, 2014, 7:56 PM
^ I wonder if Hollywood Bowl paid them for that billboard ;)

brudy
Aug 22, 2014, 8:57 PM
Wow, hats off to the designers of Hollywood/La Brea. I'd love to see LA architecture move more in this direction.

Seriously. Why are we not seeing this kind of stuff done in downtown :shrug:

Flavius Josephus
Aug 23, 2014, 9:40 AM
Per the latest round of environmental public notices, 4-story, 80 unit hotel (http://cityplanning.lacity.org/staffrpt/mnd/ENV-2014-1137.pdf) in Valley Glen in the pipeline. Replaces a couple of single-story commercial buildings, and is in lieu of a pre-recession plan to bring a 54 unit residential development and small restaurant to the site.

SimonLA
Aug 23, 2014, 4:21 PM
NIMBYs strike again at the Hollywood Target (http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-hollywood-target-20140821-story.html&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed). Let's see what happens at the Court of Appeal (http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=2&doc_id=2084287&doc_no=B258033).

So, what's the board's consensus? Will this be resolved? People in the neighborhood are pretty furious at slimeball Silverstein and shake-downers La Mirada. I worry the store will sit idle for months, if not years, and the sidewalk will remain blocked and the area will suffer.

Jaycruz
Aug 24, 2014, 2:09 AM
^^^ I don't understand the nimbys sometimes......Its already halfway completed. Why block it. Just to risk looking at an entire block of an unfinished building for YEARS. whats worse ? a Fully completed and finished target that supply jobs and services to the local community? or a incomplete, rusting building that will become an eyesore? let them finish and complain about it while your shopping in it, which most of them will do anyway.

brudy
Aug 24, 2014, 4:48 AM
^^^ I don't understand the nimbys sometimes......Its already halfway completed. Why block it. Just to risk looking at an entire block of an unfinished building for YEARS. whats worse ? a Fully completed and finished target that supply jobs and services to the local community? or a incomplete, rusting building that will become an eyesore? let them finish and complain about it while your shopping in it, which most of them will do anyway.

Read up on Silverstein (the lawyer) and abuse of CEQA. He's a scumbag. Likely these 'neighborhood groups' are just one or two people and Silverstein. Unbelievable that just a few people can halt development...

Flavius Josephus
Aug 24, 2014, 4:46 PM
Read up on Silverstein (the lawyer) and abuse of CEQA. He's a scumbag. Likely these 'neighborhood groups' are just one or two people and Silverstein. Unbelievable that just a few people can halt development...

Silverstein's very good at his job, and you can't fault him for that. Blame your elected representatives in Sacramento, who seem unable to pass planning and environmental laws that allow cost-effective development where all (reasonable) people think it should be. If they toughened standing so only people seriously affected could challenge, removed the attorney fee-shifting provisions that encourage long-shot challenges, and made the substantive standards for transit-adjacent infill development move lenient on EIR-writers, it would put Silverstein out of a job.

Direct your anger toward the people who let this happen--the legislators. Or, to put it another way, don't hate the player, hate the game (and the people who set the rules of the game).

Eightball
Aug 25, 2014, 12:04 AM
Snapped a photo today of one I don't think I've seen on here. It's at Hawthorne and LA Brea.
https://flic.kr/p/oRHXMf

Flavius Josephus
Aug 25, 2014, 10:39 AM
Not sure if this is new, but the puff piece for AECOM (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-stock-spotlight-aecom-20140825-story.html?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fbusiness+%28L.A.+Times+-+Business%29) in the LAT mentions "a new high-rise condo, hotel and nightclub project in Los Angeles called Sunset Towers." I'm assuming that name's going to change, because otherwise they might have a trademark infringement (http://www.sunsettowerhotel.com/) problem or two (http://www.sunsettowers.com/) on their hands.

brudy
Aug 25, 2014, 3:54 PM
Silverstein's very good at his job, and you can't fault him for that. Blame your elected representatives in Sacramento, who seem unable to pass planning and environmental laws that allow cost-effective development where all (reasonable) people think it should be. If they toughened standing so only people seriously affected could challenge, removed the attorney fee-shifting provisions that encourage long-shot challenges, and made the substantive standards for transit-adjacent infill development move lenient on EIR-writers, it would put Silverstein out of a job.

Direct your anger toward the people who let this happen--the legislators. Or, to put it another way, don't hate the player, hate the game (and the people who set the rules of the game).

Not to get into a political or philosophical argument with you, but people who exploit holes to their own personal advantage (and to detriment of the city) screw it up for everybody else. Silverstein might be good at what he does, but that doesn't make it right or that he's somehow not making ethical decisions about what he does. He's nothing but a development ambulance chaser.

I agree that the rules need to change, but just because a hole exists doesn't mean this guy needs to fill it. Unless it would be stick his own head in the ground.