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bzcat
Jan 28, 2015, 12:27 AM
^ blackcat makes a good point. The other thing that hinders Century City is that outside of Westfield Century City and Craft (or possibly the Annenberg Center for Photography), there's nothing to do in Century City, and all of those attractions are inwardly designed, so they'll never activate the street. The eventual arrival of the Purple Line (which I do think will happen) will make it easier to get in and out of Century City without a car, but Century City would need some pretty dramatic programmatic changes before it's streets become activated at night or on weekends.

The Century Plaza re-design is supposed to create the pedestrian center but we shall see...

The issue with Century City is two fold...

1. It has an actual working studio - unfortunately, Fox is not about to knock down the fence and open its gates.

2. The low rise gated developments on the south end is ridiculously wrong 25 years ago, and it is just silly now. Unfortunately, it won't get redeveloped, probably ever.

Given those two constrains, there is still a lot we can do to make century City more user-friendly. The subway will help immensely once it is here but short of that happening, these are the things I would do:

1. Make sure the Century Plaza re-development plan has pass-through pedestrian access to its courtyard opening on Constellation, like the CAA courtyard. This will change the pedestrian dynamics in Century City and connect the Twin Towers to the Mall via existing underground connection between CAA and Century Plaza and the green space on both sides of Ave of The Stars.

2. Figure out a way for pedestrian to access the Mall from Century Park East, without having to go around the block. I don't have a real solution but maybe Century City Center development will have an open perimeter and eventually the parking garage in the middle of the block will get redeveloped and open up the connection.

3. Century Park East and Century Park West should get a road diet. CPE especially, should get bigger sidewalks.

4. Implement the LA City Bike Plan for Century City, which calls for bike lanes on Avenue of the Stars and Constellation. The Countywide bike share program should eventually make its way to Century City and West side in general... having bike stations throughout Century City will really improve local circulation.

5. Improve pedestrian access to Little Santa Monica Blvd. The decent pedestrian flow on Little Santa Monica meets a triangle intersection at Moreno Dr designed to speed cars along to Beverly Hills. Part of the problem is 10,000 Santa Monica is right there and it has been a rubble pit for so long. Unfortunately, 10,000 Santa Monica design didn't really place that much emphasis on street facing amenities.

6. Eliminate the freeway style on ramps on Olympic and Avenue of the Stars. I use these ramps everyday and I think they are one of the biggest problem with Century City today. It funnels vehicles in an illogical fashion into middle of the block. The footprint of the freeway on ramps will probably make good candidates for re-development.

blackcat23
Jan 28, 2015, 3:40 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/01/blighted-hollywood-property-to-make-way.html

Mixed-use development planned at 5750 Hollywood Boulevard. Seven-story building designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture with 161 apartments and 5,700 sq. ft. of ground-level retail. Construction scheduled to begin in January 2016 and finish in June 2018.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fhWpf43QfGU/VMhqPNQ6BsI/AAAAAAAAFRo/W7M6vTmeETM/s1000/5750hollywood2.PNG

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VgezgDhjCfg/VMiC8wHAgGI/AAAAAAAAFSI/u9fWAYm1vzo/s1000/5750hollywood.PNG

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2mHZLBenRms/VMiEb5D38XI/AAAAAAAAFSc/gfMvAlqjPyU/s1000/hollywood.PNG

brudy
Jan 28, 2015, 5:13 PM
And eastward we go! Kind of exciting.

Flavius Josephus
Jan 29, 2015, 3:56 PM
http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-property-report-taft-20150129-story.html

ChelseaFC
Feb 1, 2015, 2:25 AM
Neon Retro Arcade opens in Pasadena

http://www.sgvtribune.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/LC/20150127/BUSINESS/150129481/AR/0/AR-150129481.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667

http://www.sgvtribune.com/lifestyle/20150127/neon-retro-arcade-set-to-open-friday-in-pasadena

elcoronel
Feb 1, 2015, 6:37 AM
Article about anti-density sentiments in the city council races: http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-broken-development-20150201-story.html#page=1

Flavius Josephus
Feb 2, 2015, 10:15 PM
Some interesting news courtesy of the LADCP website: they're pushing to reform the planning process, and are making budget requests accordingly.

Highlights:
- Hiring full time CEQA lawyer to make EIRs more likely to hold up in court
- Hiring a full time manager dedicated to community planning
- General Plan Framework Element Update to reflect changes in state law and local circumstances, as well as dealing with citywide issues at a citywide level rather than trying to patch the holes with local community plans
- Collecting the 35 Community Plan Areas into 11 geographic Planning Regions, allowing for better economies of scale and more coordinated internal and outreach processes.
- Reforming the planning EIR process, with a citywide EIR as part of the Framework Element Update and doing environmental analyses for community plans together by collecting the 35 community plan areas into 11 planning regions. LADCP hopes that by using this approach some of the community plans themselves might even require only a Mitigated Negative Declaration.

http://cityplanning.lacity.org/Reorganization/LongViewPlanningFor2035.pdf

My quick take is that some of this document echoes criticisms that people like Mark Vallianatos of Oxy have been making recently, that it's crazy to have a Framework Element that doesn't reflect the growing transit system, concern about climate change, etc.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 2, 2015, 10:22 PM
Article about anti-density sentiments in the city council races: http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-broken-development-20150201-story.html#page=1

On the other hand, at least they've managed to put all the most extreme NIMBY neighborhoods in one Council District so they aren't holding things up elsewhere...

This is also why I think that pro-infill groups need to get more active in the courts. NIMBYs are politically powerful, so political processes won't always work. I think there's a fair argument that the city isn't complying with all the state laws designed to reduce barriers to infill and promote affordable housing, and a reasonably strong argument that the city's land use policies have disparate impacts on protected classes (e.g., by protecting rich people's views instead of poor people's right to affordable housing). Reminding the city that it's not just Silverstein they have to worry about during planning decisions would be a good thing.

Munchitup
Feb 4, 2015, 12:14 AM
Neon Retro Arcade opens in Pasadena

http://www.sgvtribune.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/LC/20150127/BUSINESS/150129481/AR/0/AR-150129481.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667

http://www.sgvtribune.com/lifestyle/20150127/neon-retro-arcade-set-to-open-friday-in-pasadena

Walked past this place the other day. IIRC it is really close to Lucky Baldwins and a handful of other Old Town bars. It was busy when I walked past, and from the article it seems like a pretty reasonable price to play too. Hope it continues to do well.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 5, 2015, 2:25 PM
Just found this partial map of project ideas that cities are submitting to Metro for consideration in the LRTP update/ballot measure: http://gis.fehrandpeers.com/Projects/MobilityMatrix/. I think the full list should be available from Metro in a month or two.

Not always easy to read, but some interesting takeaways:
- Santa Monica is submitting a Lincoln Blvd "Express Bus/BRT/LRT" project
- LA is submitting a Venice Blvd "Streetcar/Rapid Bus Upgrades/BRT" project
- Multiple jurisdictions are submitting a Purple Line WeHo/Santa Monica Blvd (Pink Line) project
- The SR-134 Transit Corridor (which is an idea that has been floating around for a while) is categorized as a rail project
- A Burbank-Glendale-DTLA rail line is listed (again, an idea that's been floating around for a while).
- Sepulveda BRT/light rail to LAX is listed
- Westwood Blvd is listed as a "bicycle/transit corridor" (odd, given the resistance to bike lanes), and does not have a rail project listed. This would seem to suggest that if Metro builds the Sepulveda Pass line and extends it south, it would probably be via Sepulveda rather than Westwood.
- LA is pushing for a Vermont Corridor subway
- There's a proposed rail route from Santa Monica/Vermont to La Puente via DTLA and El Monte
- The Crenshaw Line Northern Extension is listed as "to Hollywood," but only shown on the map to Wilshire.
- "Rapid Bus Improvements/BRT" are listed for several major E-W arterials, including Pico and Olympic

It looks like only the Westside and Central LA projects are listed at the moment--the only projects in other regions shown are ones that in some way connect to those regions. There seem to be some weird inconsistencies in whether Measure R projects are shown--it looks like those in or connecting to Central LA are (e.g., West Santa Ana Branch), but the Westside ones (e.g., Sepulveda Pass Corridor) aren't.

The South Bay projects seem to be here: http://www.southbaycities.org/sites/default/files/board_directors/meeting/11.14%20Board%20of%20Directors%20Agenda%20Packet%20v2.pdf (main highlights: Green Line extension from Galleria to Long Beach; 105/405 HOT Lanes; lots of freeway improvement projects). Can't find any of the other regions' project lists.

blackcat23
Feb 5, 2015, 4:50 PM
Great find, Flavius.

Lots of excellent projects are on the table, but only so much $$$ to go around. In a perfect world, we'd emphasize corridors with the greatest need and highest ridership potential (Sepulveda to LAX, Purple Line to Santa Monica, Crenshaw Line to Hollywood, Vermont between Wilshire and the 105).

In reality, it's going to come down to building regional consensus and local politicians adopting pet projects. That means we'll probably see yet another Gold Line extension to Timbuktu.

elcoronel
Feb 5, 2015, 5:31 PM
I don't understand why there is such an emphasis on having the Westside tunnel go right next to the 405 the entire time. If it were using the 405 as a right of way in order to make construction cheaper, I would understand, but from what I have read, it's merely snaking along nearby the entire time. I can't imagine Sepulveda being that inviting to rail travelers. It would only be a few steps above the Green Line. If I were planning it I would have it enter the tunnel from Van Nuys/Ventura and the next stop be at UCLA or Westwood/Wilshire then take Westwood then Overland and then, finally Sepulveda in order to reach the airport. Why take Sepulveda for so long?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 5, 2015, 6:49 PM
Great find, Flavius.

Lots of excellent projects are on the table, but only so much $$$ to go around. In a perfect world, we'd emphasize corridors with the greatest need and highest ridership potential (Sepulveda to LAX, Purple Line to Santa Monica, Crenshaw Line to Hollywood, Vermont between Wilshire and the 105).

In reality, it's going to come down to building regional consensus and local politicians adopting pet projects. That means we'll probably see yet another Gold Line extension to Timbuktu.

Yeah - there are rumors that the union-backed state tax reform initiative that they're going to try to gather signatures for ay include cutting the vote threshold to 55% from 2/3 for infrastructure taxes, but even if that happens and wins, they'd have already chosen the ballot measure projects.

brudy
Feb 5, 2015, 7:27 PM
Just found this partial map of project ideas that cities are submitting to Metro for consideration in the LRTP update/ballot measure: http://gis.fehrandpeers.com/Projects/MobilityMatrix/. I think the full list should be available from Metro in a month or two.

Not always easy to read, but some interesting takeaways:
- Santa Monica is submitting a Lincoln Blvd "Express Bus/BRT/LRT" project
- LA is submitting a Venice Blvd "Streetcar/Rapid Bus Upgrades/BRT" project
- Multiple jurisdictions are submitting a Purple Line WeHo/Santa Monica Blvd (Pink Line) project
- The SR-134 Transit Corridor (which is an idea that has been floating around for a while) is categorized as a rail project
- A Burbank-Glendale-DTLA rail line is listed (again, an idea that's been floating around for a while).
- Sepulveda BRT/light rail to LAX is listed
- Westwood Blvd is listed as a "bicycle/transit corridor" (odd, given the resistance to bike lanes), and does not have a rail project listed. This would seem to suggest that if Metro builds the Sepulveda Pass line and extends it south, it would probably be via Sepulveda rather than Westwood.
- LA is pushing for a Vermont Corridor subway
- There's a proposed rail route from Santa Monica/Vermont to La Puente via DTLA and El Monte
- The Crenshaw Line Northern Extension is listed as "to Hollywood," but only shown on the map to Wilshire.
- "Rapid Bus Improvements/BRT" are listed for several major E-W arterials, including Pico and Olympic


Yes to that Burbank - DTLA line. Actually yes to anything that's a train.

DistrictDirt
Feb 5, 2015, 8:02 PM
Yeah - there are rumors that the union-backed state tax reform initiative that they're going to try to gather signatures for ay include cutting the vote threshold to 55% from 2/3 for infrastructure taxes, but even if that happens and wins, they'd have already chosen the ballot measure projects.

About time. Its unbelievable that Measure J was a "failure" with 65% of the vote. Its not right.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 5, 2015, 8:48 PM
About time. Its unbelievable that Measure J was a "failure" with 65% of the vote. Its not right.

Not sure it will happen, but the unions are definitely talking about some kind of tax reform, and if the construction unions have anything to say about it, I'd guess that making infrastructure spending easier would be on their wish list. It'll need an initiative, though - Republicans have enough votes to block a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.

blackcat23
Feb 6, 2015, 4:15 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/new-condominium-complex-headed-to.html

Five-story, 23-unit condominium complex to break ground next to L'Ermitage Beverly Hills in March.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OXVFVfgwALI/VNTXSLu6-nI/AAAAAAAAFVk/w0-EE218YUA/s1000/empire1.PNG

Eightball
Feb 6, 2015, 4:43 PM
Yes to that Burbank - DTLA line. Actually yes to anything that's a train.

+ a million.

Vermont subway line sounds very interesting

ChelseaFC
Feb 7, 2015, 3:27 AM
Decades after the notion of building a park over the 101 freeway was first floated, groundbreaking for a Hollywood Central Park may now be no more than two years away, according to its backers.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Vision-of-Capping-Freeways-with-Parks-Moves-Closer-to-Reality--291020241.html

Quixote
Feb 7, 2015, 6:59 AM
Just found this partial map of project ideas that cities are submitting to Metro for consideration in the LRTP update/ballot measure: http://gis.fehrandpeers.com/Projects/MobilityMatrix/. I think the full list should be available from Metro in a month or two.

Not always easy to read, but some interesting takeaways:
- Santa Monica is submitting a Lincoln Blvd "Express Bus/BRT/LRT" project
- LA is submitting a Venice Blvd "Streetcar/Rapid Bus Upgrades/BRT" project
- Multiple jurisdictions are submitting a Purple Line WeHo/Santa Monica Blvd (Pink Line) project
- The SR-134 Transit Corridor (which is an idea that has been floating around for a while) is categorized as a rail project
- A Burbank-Glendale-DTLA rail line is listed (again, an idea that's been floating around for a while).
- Sepulveda BRT/light rail to LAX is listed
- Westwood Blvd is listed as a "bicycle/transit corridor" (odd, given the resistance to bike lanes), and does not have a rail project listed. This would seem to suggest that if Metro builds the Sepulveda Pass line and extends it south, it would probably be via Sepulveda rather than Westwood.
- LA is pushing for a Vermont Corridor subway
- There's a proposed rail route from Santa Monica/Vermont to La Puente via DTLA and El Monte
- The Crenshaw Line Northern Extension is listed as "to Hollywood," but only shown on the map to Wilshire.
- "Rapid Bus Improvements/BRT" are listed for several major E-W arterials, including Pico and Olympic

It looks like only the Westside and Central LA projects are listed at the moment--the only projects in other regions shown are ones that in some way connect to those regions. There seem to be some weird inconsistencies in whether Measure R projects are shown--it looks like those in or connecting to Central LA are (e.g., West Santa Ana Branch), but the Westside ones (e.g., Sepulveda Pass Corridor) aren't.

The South Bay projects seem to be here: http://www.southbaycities.org/sites/default/files/board_directors/meeting/11.14%20Board%20of%20Directors%20Agenda%20Packet%20v2.pdf (main highlights: Green Line extension from Galleria to Long Beach; 105/405 HOT Lanes; lots of freeway improvement projects). Can't find any of the other regions' project lists.

All of those projects are already in the LRTP, which was last updated in 2009 after the passage of Measure R. It still boggles my mind that we were able to get a 67% majority of County voters to agree on a sales tax increase during a deep economic recession. Imagine if it had failed… yeah, I don't even…

One of the biggest bang-for-the-buck projects is the Red Line extension to the Arts District. Literally the only thing you'd need to do is add station platforms, as the tracks are already in place. Imagine what a boon that'd be to the burgeoning Arts District and the forthcoming 6th Street Viaduct replacement. Why haven't we heard more about this?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 7, 2015, 4:17 PM
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Vision-of-Capping-Freeways-with-Parks-Moves-Closer-to-Reality--291020241.html

If the government has a billion dollars lying around, I'd far rather see it spent on transit than these incredibly expensive parks. Cap parks are nice, but their funding should largely be from developers and local property owners.

That said, if the county puts another parks measure on the ballot in 2016, I wouldn't object if they spent a bit of it on cap parks as long as there's still plenty for places that really need green space like south LA.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 7, 2015, 4:24 PM
All of those projects are already in the LRTP, which was last updated in 2009 after the passage of Measure R. It still boggles my mind that we were able to get a 67% majority of County voters to agree on a sales tax increase during a deep economic recession. Imagine if it had failed… yeah, I don't even…

One of the biggest bang-for-the-buck projects is the Red Line extension to the Arts District. Literally the only thing you'd need to do is add station platforms, as the tracks are already in place. Imagine what a boon that'd be to the burgeoning Arts District and the forthcoming 6th Street Viaduct replacement. Why haven't we heard more about this?

I don't believe all of them are - most of the rail ones were listed as strategic unfunded projects, but I think some are new.

As for getting to 2/3, Measure R was definitely a matter of turnout. Transit-dependent communities were engaged because of President Obama; anti-tax folks were discouraged. I think there's a decent chance in 2016 even at 2/3, but it will be tight. I think some people who voted for R will vote against this because of anger over the 405 and disruption on Wilshire due to construction. It'll be a tough campaign.

LA21st
Feb 8, 2015, 12:29 AM
I went to Hollywood today and noticed a good amount of construction going on in Hollywood these days east of Vine. Even some smaller projects I know nothing about.

Quixote
Feb 8, 2015, 3:53 AM
I don't believe all of them are - most of the rail ones were listed as strategic unfunded projects, but I think some are new.

As for getting to 2/3, Measure R was definitely a matter of turnout. Transit-dependent communities were engaged because of President Obama; anti-tax folks were discouraged. I think there's a decent chance in 2016 even at 2/3, but it will be tight. I think some people who voted for R will vote against this because of anger over the 405 and disruption on Wilshire due to construction. It'll be a tough campaign.

True. Your list includes a Venice Blvd. transit project (streetcar would be ideal) and a northern extension of the Crenshaw Line, both of which are absent from the 2009 LRTP.

I also agree that the upcoming ballot measure will have either a narrow margin of victory or defeat. I do think we should expect a large Democratic turnout with the exciting prospect of electing the nation's first-ever female president. You'll get lots of female centrists and Clinton-philes (myself being one of them) to vote for Hillary. Let's hope it'll be significant enough to garner the supermajority vote.

Which projects to include will also be a key factor. I think the idea of extending the Purple Line to the ocean would appeal to Westsiders, but giving Santa Monica another rail line when Expo II has been (by then) less than a year in service might seem superfluous to voters in other parts of the county. However, provisions for a rail line along the Sepulveda Corridor should be in order since it would serve both the Westside and SFV -- two regions that I presume have a higher percentage of registered voters and political efficacy. Not to mention the fact that the Valley totally got the shaft with Measure R.

etooley
Feb 8, 2015, 4:07 AM
Metro's long range transportation plan (link below) shows all of the funded and unfounded transit lines, although the PDF is from 2009. I hope that Metro updates the plan this year, but so far no word yet:

http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/images/final-2009-LRTP.pdf

Flavius Josephus
Feb 8, 2015, 4:56 AM
Metro's long range transportation plan (link below) shows all of the funded and unfounded transit lines, although the PDF is from 2009. I hope that Metro updates the plan this year, but so far no word yet:

http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/images/final-2009-LRTP.pdf

Metro has said that the reason it's gathering these submissions from the regions is an lrtp update, but it's a slow process of analyzing lots of ideas. Aim is to be ready for the ballot in 2016.

slock
Feb 8, 2015, 10:49 PM
I was traveling by the Millennium Hollywood site this morning and they were soil testing. Any recent news?

blackcat23
Feb 9, 2015, 2:09 PM
There hasn't been any news about the Millennium Hollywood in months, but that's a nice catch. Maybe we'll hear something soon.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/details-emerge-for-proposed-hollywood.html

Some more info about the proposed hotel at 1523 Wilcox Avenue: 12 stories, 220 guest rooms, 13,000 sq. ft. ground-floor restaurant/bar, second-floor pool and bar deck, penthouse lounge, rooftop observation deck, 125 parking spaces.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2llhoBepYQg/VDV9wiEMsbI/AAAAAAAAERo/nkROTd2HoZw/s1600/1523wilcox.PNG

jgacis
Feb 9, 2015, 4:41 PM
I was traveling by the Millennium Hollywood site this morning and they were soil testing. Any recent news?

Millenium Partners continues to gear up for litigation. Check out this article from last week...

http://www.laweekly.com/news/millennium-skyscraper-team-is-ready-to-fight-jerry-browns-top-geologist-over-hollywood-fault-5368601

blackcat23
Feb 10, 2015, 2:28 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/new-developments-reshaping-koreatown.html

Some Koreatown stuff:

Grading continues for 3033 Wilshire Boulevard (18-story tower, 190 apartments, 5,500 sq. ft. retail)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gsT8v56GVno/VNmKjkjdD8I/AAAAAAAAFWM/zOv3rKCptvQ/s1000/DSC03981.JPG

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4YQ7EVxGyww/VG6wyd9MB4I/AAAAAAAAE0o/iPvHLI9Ywqk/s1600/3033wilshire2.jpg

Five-story, 74-unit building under construction at 5th/Virgil

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-db1DeA9fUA8/VNmLVZ-_jhI/AAAAAAAAFWU/t3x7wTzU3kY/s1000/DSC03996.JPG

Seven-story, 399-unit/20,000 sq. ft. retail readying to begin work at the SE corner of 6th/Virgil

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1xXwUlM9zjc/VNmSbMr6LVI/AAAAAAAAFWk/r6fMiX-Mu5A/s1000/virgil.PNG

blackcat23
Feb 11, 2015, 2:22 PM
Jamison Services is converting two of their weaker performing office buildings to apartments.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/wilshire-office-towers-becoming.html

2500 Wilshire Boulevard (13 stories, one block west of MacArthur Park) will become 248 apartments. I assume that the existing ground-floor retail will remain in place.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NTNIAePfXR8/VNqrwq78q2I/AAAAAAAAFW0/BLEVPmRyWwU/s1000/2500wilshire.PNG

3345 Wilshire Boulevard (12 stories, across from the old Ambassador Hotel) will become 202 apartments, again with existing street-level retail most likely remaining in place.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gx9aceCtgyI/VNrC6j1pXzI/AAAAAAAAFXE/Lgasxy77YPA/s1000/3345wilshire.PNG

Flavius Josephus
Feb 11, 2015, 2:48 PM
From the LADCP website, it appears that Central Area Planning staff are recommending denial of the permits for the proposed Hollywood/St Andrews 80 room hotel. The staff report is currently unavailable, but since one request in the filing was for permission to exceed the height limits in the Vermont/Western Specific Plan area, I wonder if this is fallout from the Hollywood Target mess. http://cityplanning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfm?filename=48676

Illithid Dude
Feb 11, 2015, 3:47 PM
Speaking of Hollywood Target, does that still have any chance of getting completed, or is it going to stand as a husk forever?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 11, 2015, 4:42 PM
Speaking of Hollywood Target, does that still have any chance of getting completed, or is it going to stand as a husk forever?

Case is still pending at the Court of Appeals. It's going to take some time to make its way through the court process.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Feb 11, 2015, 5:03 PM
The target mess is mind boggling.. There are numerous buildings very near that target that are just as tall, if not take. It's a shake down for sure

brudy
Feb 11, 2015, 5:15 PM
Loving these conversions along Wilshire. MacArthur park will be pretty interesting in a few years, definitely a tale of two cities as the park becomes a dividing line.

caligrad
Feb 11, 2015, 7:11 PM
The Hollywood Target mess is literally one of the biggest headaches I've witnessed. I drive past It often and just makes me crazy how the nimbys rather look at an unfinished building than to have a fully functional building that will add jobs to the area and provide less of a drive to the other targets. And as sportsfan stated. just a block or 2 over you will see 3-5 story apartment buildings lined up. whats the problem ? let it go and let it get finished !


I agree Brudy. I like the idea of eating up some of the underutilized office space on Wilshire and turning it into housing. Macarthur Park has a lot of potential and I think it will be a destination location in the near future. I do think that area needs a wrecking ball to most of the buildings on the south end and gentrification on the north and east side of the park to clean it up a bit more.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Feb 11, 2015, 7:54 PM
its really amazing how 5 - 10 people can stop a major asset to the neighborhood because they have their fucking panties in a twist.

blackcat23
Feb 13, 2015, 2:17 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/proposed-korean-american-national.html

The proposed Korean American National Museum at 6th/Vermont is changing from a standalone three-story building to a seven-story building with five floors of apartments (101 units) and two floors of museum space below.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9oSAUHlBqR4/VN1qaRUlycI/AAAAAAAAFXo/OVIQd612BXo/s1600/kanm.jpg

Eightball
Feb 13, 2015, 3:36 PM
loving these conversions along wilshire.

+1

Flavius Josephus
Feb 15, 2015, 3:21 PM
Looks like there's some more development action coming to K-town, with a county-owned parcel set for redevelopment with new county offices and a private development to offset some of the cost.

From MRT's office: http://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/index.php/redevelopment-coming-to-vermont-avenue/ and BOS memo: http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/91380.pdf

colemonkee
Feb 15, 2015, 5:11 PM
800,000 square feet could be a decent sized building, and could be some significant height one block off of Wilshire. The building that's there now is 10-12 stories, so this could be much higher.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 15, 2015, 5:19 PM
800,000 square feet could be a decent sized building, and could be some significant height one block off of Wilshire. The building that's there now is 10-12 stories, so this could be much higher.

The lots total 100k sq ft per ZIMAS, so it would be an average 8 FAR. MRT's website suggests that at least part of the project will include much-needed affordable housing.

Hope they build out the full 800 - it would be good to see some proper high rise development spreading further up Vermont. It's a subway-served area, so it really needs something more than the fast food joints, strip malls, and auto repair shops it has now.

RaymondChandlerLives
Feb 15, 2015, 9:57 PM
The target mess is mind boggling.. There are numerous buildings very near that target that are just as tall, if not take. It's a shake down for sure

Most notably the mixed-user on the NE corner of Hollywood and Western. What a ridiculous lawsuit.

blackcat23
Feb 16, 2015, 4:53 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/luxury-hotel-tower-rising-in-beverly.html

The Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria is now under construction. 12-stories, 170 guest rooms, luxury retail. Designed by Gensler and Pierre-Yves Rochon.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q5to_r_eyYo/VOEDf2lgzMI/AAAAAAAAFYw/xaYuTMeARYM/s1000/DSC04048.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V7zlPRDXk9o/VOERH5QumwI/AAAAAAAAFZA/E_njh0Gr5OU/s1000/waldorf1.jpg

caligrad
Feb 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
^^ I think its perfect for that intersection and glad they decided to design it similar to the buildings in the surrounding area. Hopefully the Beverly Hilton sees a MUCH needed face lift and some work on the inside. Im surprised its still so famous with movie stars and etc seeing the condition its in.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 16, 2015, 8:10 PM
Courtesy of Metro, an inventory of Metro-owned sites and their potential for joint development projects that include affordable housing: http://media.metro.net/board/Items/2015/02_february/20150219emcitem40.pdf

RaymondChandlerLives
Feb 16, 2015, 9:31 PM
Lovely design on the Waldorf--you can never have enough streamline moderne IMO.

Illithid Dude
Feb 17, 2015, 1:33 AM
I love the design of the Waldorf, but I hate the complete lack of street interaction.

blackcat23
Feb 17, 2015, 2:12 PM
Icon at SBS (Hudson Pacific Properties, 14-stories/315,000 sq. ft. office, designed by Gensler) breaks ground.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GsyHE8a1vwE/VOFM8shzC9I/AAAAAAAAFaY/5hgF8M2Zt-o/s900/DSC04046.JPG

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

colemonkee
Feb 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Here we go! Lots of activity outside of downtown!

LA21st
Feb 18, 2015, 12:44 AM
Does anyone know why encino and sherman oaks don't have more mixed use on ventura?

It seems pretty desirable. Why aren't there more residential high rises here?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 18, 2015, 1:09 AM
Does anyone know why encino and sherman oaks don't have more mixed use on ventura?

It seems pretty desirable. Why aren't there more residential high rises here?

Sherman Oaks is generally viewed as VERY anti-development. Any project that requires discretionary approvals (which, thanks to the outdated zoning code, means almost all multifamily and mixed use projects) is going to face a lot of backlash and likely litigation.

LA21st
Feb 18, 2015, 1:28 AM
Sherman Oaks is generally viewed as VERY anti-development. Any project that requires discretionary approvals (which, thanks to the outdated zoning code, means almost all multifamily and mixed use projects) is going to face a lot of backlash and likely litigation.

So when is la going to change these zoning codes?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 18, 2015, 1:37 AM
So when is la going to change these zoning codes?

Process under way, but remains to be seen how effective it is. Sherman Oaks HOA is a very powerful player in local politics, and very anti-development.

blackcat23
Feb 18, 2015, 2:20 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/more-housing-coming-to-howard-hughes.html

Lots of residential construction in Westchester at the Howard Hughes Center. Work is already underway on Altitude (545 units) and will soon be followed by the Village (375 units)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C_nzyNo5JT8/VN-W7KLIIPI/AAAAAAAAFYE/7x4nWwvtxAg/s1000/DSC04017.JPG

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hDo2X7oGs_Y/VN-coUpsNxI/AAAAAAAAFYU/wHdbn2zEbl8/s1000/hughes.JPG

Flavius Josephus
Feb 19, 2015, 1:43 AM
This is technically off topic, but looks like there could be another Hahn headed to Hahn Hall. http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-0218-janice-hahn-20150218-story.html

(For those of you keeping count, if she's elected that will mean that the Hahn dynasty will have collectively served as District 2 Supervisor, District 4 Supervisor, District 8 LA City Councilmember (x2), District 15 LA City Councilmember, LA City Controller, LA City Attorney, LA Mayor, Superior Court Judge (x2), 66th District Assemblymember, LA Charter Reform Commissioner, 44th District US Representative, 36th District US Representative, and probably a few other offices too).

202_Cyclist
Feb 19, 2015, 1:57 AM
This is technically off topic, but looks like there could be another Hahn headed to Hahn Hall. http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-0218-janice-hahn-20150218-story.html

(For those of you keeping count, if she's elected that will mean that the Hahn dynasty will have collectively served as District 2 Supervisor, District 4 Supervisor, District 8 LA City Councilmember (x2), District 15 LA City Councilmember, LA City Controller, LA City Attorney, LA Mayor, Superior Court Judge (x2), 66th District Assemblymember, LA Charter Reform Commissioner, 44th District US Representative, 36th District US Representative, and probably a few other offices too).

Janice lives right down the hall from our apartment in Washington. I wish here luck with this campaign.

blackcat23
Feb 19, 2015, 2:14 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/low-rise-apartment-complex-planned-in.html

Another low-rise apartment complex for Hollywood. 1715-1739 N. Bronson Avenue, seven-stories, 89 apartments, designed by Tate Snyder Kimsey.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DMllFdgCPmw/VOU_y_HiwKI/AAAAAAAAFao/kA4Jxd-OVYA/s1600/1717_Bronson-a.jpg

colemonkee
Feb 19, 2015, 3:38 PM
^ That's actually really nice.

I noticed the cranes at Howard Hughes on Tuesday, and forgot to post that. Too bad it's another TCA design, but at least it's one of their less offensive designs.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 19, 2015, 5:26 PM
^ That's actually really nice.

I noticed the cranes at Howard Hughes on Tuesday, and forgot to post that. Too bad it's another TCA design, but at least it's one of their less offensive designs.

TCA's actually fine for more suburban areas. It's the lazy design amid historic buildings downtown that's more problematic. They totally lack any notion of context.

brudy
Feb 19, 2015, 5:35 PM
TCA's actually fine for more suburban areas. It's the lazy design amid historic buildings downtown that's more problematic. They totally lack any notion of context.

They also reuse the same design cues over and over, like the open-aired roof top structure - it's the same thing we see on Ava and a few others. They're the Mr. Potatohead of architecture.

losangelesnative
Feb 20, 2015, 9:03 AM
New stadium proposal in Carson, this time it is the raidors and chargers teaming up to finance the 1.7billion dollar stadium. They are looking to get signatures for a ballot measure

blackcat23
Feb 20, 2015, 2:28 PM
The Carson Stadium is a fairly obvious ploy to scare Oakland and San Diego into ponying up local money for stadiums; the teams have even stated as much. If and when it happens, it's probably going to be the Rams in Inglewood.

Article for those who somehow missed the news yesterday:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nfl-stadium-20150220-story.html#page=1

http://www.trbimg.com/img-54e67295/turbine/la-sp-nfl-stadium-renderings-pg-012/750/750x422

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Back in Playa Vista, a spec office complex has broken ground catacorner from Google's property. Five- and six-story buildings, with a cumulative 407,000 square feet by Tishman Speyer.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/another-office-complex-begins-work-in.html

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T6H7l_VUK4U/VN-gRIznefI/AAAAAAAAFYg/n8s_Npbh6Ys/s1600/tishman.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gunei-EtMxQ/VH6I9AoqsoI/AAAAAAAAE7Y/YnH0qSSBqDY/s1000/waterfrontdr.PNG

Flavius Josephus
Feb 20, 2015, 4:14 PM
The Carson Stadium is a fairly obvious ploy to scare Oakland and San Diego into ponying up local money for stadiums; the teams have even stated as much. If and when it happens, it's probably going to be the Rams in Inglewood.

Article for those who somehow missed the news yesterday:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nfl-stadium-20150220-story.html#page=1


_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Back in Playa Vista, a spec office complex has broken ground catacorner from Google's property. Five- and six-story buildings, with a cumulative 407,000 square feet by Tishman Speyer.

http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/another-office-complex-begins-work-in.html


Unfortunately, I think the Carson stadium has better prospects. Despite it being - literally - a dump, the Chargers and Raiders both come from cities that simply aren't going to give them public funds. If you think it's hard getting 2/3 voter approval for much-needed transportation infrastructure in LA, just try getting 2/3 for a billion dollars of corporate welfare in SD County.

Contrast that to STL, where the Governor and Mayor are going full court press to build a new stadium ASAP, and my guess is that the Rams stay put and we get the Raiders and Chargers. Either that, or the Rams move to Inglewood and one of the other two goes to STL.

Basically, we're now very likely to have at least one NFL team. In terms of location, history, project quality, etc., the Rams would be my preferred option. But my money would be on the other two.

blackcat23
Feb 20, 2015, 4:37 PM
I respectfully disagree.

The specifics of the Carson proposal are very unclear. What happens if a deal is hammered out in either Oakland or San Diego? Neither ownership group has the resources to build their own venue without public funds, hence the peculiar arrangement proposed in Carson.

In comparison, Kroenke (combined net worth with his Wal Mart heiress wife: $11 billion) has more than enough money to build the Inglewood project, plus a partnership with a very qualified developer to boot.

The St. Louis stadium plan is little more than political cover for the local and state governments, as thoroughly explained in this SSC thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1139353&page=14

...there is almost no chance that the Rams are in St. Louis in 2016. The stadium proposal is $980 million, $120 million which is for land acquisition/infrastructure and $50 million which is for improving the EJD for other uses. That leaves $810 million for the stadium, which is about $400 million less than the going rate for new NFL stadiums these days ($1.2-1.5 billion).

Oh, and Stan Kroenke would be on the hook for $580 million of those costs ($250m up front, $200m from NFL G4, and $130m from PSLs) for a sub-par facility that he would have no ownership of, and would get none of the naming rights/advertising. Oh, and the little fact that there will be a lawsuit if the governor tries to extend the bonds without legislative approval.

Basically, St. Louis is offering way too little way too late. Kroenke willprobably have to pay a nine-figure relocation fee, but that would be more than offset by a 50% increase in the team's value, plus his equity in the stadium and surrounding development.

BrandonJXN
Feb 20, 2015, 4:56 PM
I know it's a placeholder design but that Carson stadium looks like Levi's Stadium and Soldier Field made a baby.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 20, 2015, 5:04 PM
I respectfully disagree.

The specifics of the Carson proposal are very unclear. What happens if a deal is hammered out in either Oakland or San Diego? Neither ownership group has the resources to build their own venue without public funds, hence the peculiar arrangement proposed in Carson.

In comparison, Kroenke (combined net worth with his Wal Mart heiress wife: $11 billion) has more than enough money to build the Inglewood project, plus a partnership with a very qualified developer to boot.

The St. Louis stadium plan is little more than political cover for the local and state governments, as thoroughly explained in this SSC thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1139353&page=14



Basically, St. Louis is offering way too little way too late. Kroenke willprobably have to pay a nine-figure relocation fee, but that would be more than offset by a 50% increase in the team's value, plus his equity in the stadium and surrounding development.

Oakland, per reports, is not going to pay a dime of taxpayer money. SD politicians want to, but aren't likely to be able to get it past the voters. So I don't see how they stay.

Then again, StL may have similar problems - apparently their gimmick to avoid a public vote requirement may not work, and I imagine the local Tea Party is not thrilled at a billion dollar boondoggle. Guess we'll see.

spoonman
Feb 20, 2015, 5:27 PM
The Chargers bought the Carson land and are bringing the Raiders along for the ride. Since the Raiders are tagging along with the Spanos, but not Kroenke, makes me think that Kroenke doesn't want to share.

bzcat
Feb 20, 2015, 6:54 PM
I'm skeptical that NFL will approve relocation for all 3 franchises. If push comes to shove, Chargers can probably go on without the Raiders in Carson. They'll probably have to change the plans to include retail and/or commercial space like the Rams plan in Inglewood.

The current placeholder plan for the Carson site seems like it was hatched in the 1970s... 18,000 parking space but no retail or other mixed use plans. It's pretty retrograde... even the City of Industry plan had retail.

blackcat23
Feb 20, 2015, 7:14 PM
Then again, StL may have similar problems - apparently their gimmick to avoid a public vote requirement may not work, and I imagine the local Tea Party is not thrilled at a billion dollar boondoggle. Guess we'll see.

I don't think the St. Louis proposal will get taxpayer money, but even if it did, the financials so overwhelmingly favor relocation that it probably wouldn't make a difference.

mello
Feb 20, 2015, 8:11 PM
This is such an obvious bluff by Spanos. Where is the 1.7 billion going to come from? Even if he does get a lucrative PSL deal with potential season ticket holders in LA there will be a hefty relocation fee from the NFL. He has only been offering a paltry 200 million towards a new stadium here for the past decade plus.

Forbes estimates his net worth to only be 200 to 300 million above the value of the Chargers franchise. This guy is a flake of dandruff on Stan Kroenke's shoulder, a very "small time billionaire". He does not have the gravitas to pull this off and obviously Mark Davis just has a couple million dollars to his name all of his money is in the Raiders.

caligrad
Feb 21, 2015, 5:16 AM
Yeah. Easy scare tactic to try to force San Diego and Oakland to build a new stadiums....... What we all need to remember is what someone else also stated, is that there is no chance in HELL that the NFL will allow the relocation of 3 teams. Hell they barely want to give us one. San Diego knows this. Oakland knows this. the Reason why they aren't running around like chickens with their heads cut off because they know that the league wont allow the relocation anyway.

My scenario. Just an opinion. The rams come back to LA. The Chargers aren't going anywhere for a while.....If they do leave.... They will head east to either Texas or replace the rams in St. Louis......... The Raiders aren't going to stay in the bay area. The bay area is and always will be Niner nation..... I have family in Oakland and the Niner flags out weigh the Raider flags by a sizeable margin.

LA will get a team I think this time..... Well.... I call it at a 75% chance that LA will get a team this time.....

St. Louis...... sorry.......But you will become the new bait city that LA has been for 20+ years.

I don't think L.A. will get more than one team. It doesn't need more than one. The Raiders will leave the bay area for sure... But they wont stay in California. Their only option to become relevant is if they head somewhere. Texas is their best shot. SA specifically.

ChelseaFC
Feb 21, 2015, 10:08 AM
Don't believe any of this stuff coming out of the Chargers camp right now. It's a complete and utter leverage ploy hatched by Fabiani because they know the Rams are moving.

The Rams are moving to Inglewood in 2016 (perhaps 2015 if the owners allow it).

The Raiders are most likely team to join the Rams in Inglewood as a tenant.

The Chargers will remain in San Diego, or go to STL or SA.

Muji
Feb 22, 2015, 10:23 PM
Here's a small Hollywood update from yesterday afternoon.

The Dream Hotel seems to be mostly topped out. The building is actually very visible for quite a few blocks around, and it goes a long way in making the area feel denser.
https://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/dsc_2048-e1424643513321.jpg

Here is Columbia Square from Hollywood Boulevard, behind a very unfortunate parking lot. The second phase of Blvd 6200 can't come soon enough.
https://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/dsc_2035-e1424643668202.jpg

blackcat23
Feb 24, 2015, 3:53 PM
Phase II of Boulevard 6200 is supposedly starting construction later this year, although I don't see any permit applications yet.

In other parts of LA...

103-unit apartment complex at Hancock Park/Hollywood border (http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/luxury-apartments-opening-in-hancock_24.html)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MaWIpExs-0w/VOwJNxrTgrI/AAAAAAAAFdY/QcxtJWimGcg/s1600/broadstone.jpg

and 134 apartments plus 15,000 sq. ft. of office space in Marina Del Rey (http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/apartments-headed-for-marina-del-rey.html)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HYalv63ZNPI/VOkGs_FJy4I/AAAAAAAAFbk/KlZCGfsg51I/s1000/4210delrey.JPG

SimonLA
Feb 24, 2015, 7:39 PM
Isn't Blvd6200 II just inside the Hollywood fault zone? Does anyone know if that's an issue?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 24, 2015, 9:25 PM
City Planning seems to have a shiny new website design. Here's the fortnightly filings report highlights:

- 5817 W Camerford (Hollywood) - 3 story, 41 unit apts
- 11036 W Moorpark (Toluca Lake) - 5 story, 96 unit apts
- 501 N Wilton (Larchmont?) - 5 story over parking, 88 unit apts
- 800 N Alameda (Union Station) - filings for the Fred Harvey space
- 417 S Ocean Front Walk (Venice) - apt bldg converting to hotel (I think)
- 622 S Lake (Westlake) - 80 unit apts
- Various small apt/small lot subdivision projects around the place

All in all, a quiet couple weeks on the entitlement front. http://planning.lacity.org/CNCRpts/dsp_viewFileDetail.cfm?filename=312 (Usual caveat: projects that are already entitled (i.e., by-right projects and projects that already have their entitlements) will not appear on the list).

Meanwhile, out in El Monte, it looks like the Flair Spectrum megaproject just got approved - 640k sqft retail, 50k sqft restaurant, 250 room hotel, 600 units resi in two phases. http://www.ceqanet.ca.gov/NODdescription.asp?DocPK=688595

LA21st
Feb 24, 2015, 11:16 PM
Is that the one with the two high rise apt?

losangelesnative
Feb 25, 2015, 7:38 AM
Inglewood city council approved the stadium

Lipani
Feb 26, 2015, 1:49 AM
^ As expected, looks like Kroenke won the race to LA. With the Chargers and Raiders plan practically dead in the water (as mentioned by others earlier the NFL most likely won't let 3 teams relocate to LA), will Kroenke invite either team to share the construction cost and be co-tenants?

bzcat
Feb 26, 2015, 1:54 AM
^ As expected, looks like Kroenke won the race to LA. With the Chargers and Raiders plan practically dead in the water (as mentioned by others earlier the NFL most likely won't let 3 teams relocate to LA), will Kroenke invite either team to share the construction cost and be co-tenants?

Kroenke doesn't need another team as partner although I suspect he probably wouldn't mind if the other team is just a tenant.

Either way, he is in the driver seat now, not the NFL. If he allows the Charger to move here 1 year after the Rams (for example), he can get a big piece of the Charger relocation fee and basically name his own price on the rent at his new stadium. Both of those things will only enhance the financing of the stadium.

The main reason NFL wanted to control the process was based on the thinking that NFL will eventually put two teams here to share one stadium so ownership of the stadium needs to be shared or neutral. This is why the AEG deal never moved forward because AEG didn't want to just be a landlord or a minority owner of the stadium... it wanted to have its own team. NFL didn't like that idea. Now Kroenke has bypassed all those sticky questions... he already owns a team, and he has (will have) a stadium. If NFL wants to put another team there, they'll have to negotiate with him, which will give him extra leverage on Ram's relocation.

And one thing is for sure, there will not be 3 teams in LA.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 26, 2015, 4:02 AM
Kroenke doesn't need another team as partner although I suspect he probably wouldn't mind if the other team is just a tenant.

Either way, he is in the driver seat now, not the NFL. If he allows the Charger to move here 1 year after the Rams (for example), he can get a big piece of the Charger relocation fee and basically name his own price on the rent at his new stadium. Both of those things will only enhance the financing of the stadium.

The main reason NFL wanted to control the process was based on the thinking that NFL will eventually put two teams here to share one stadium so ownership of the stadium needs to be shared or neutral. This is why the AEG deal never moved forward because AEG didn't want to just be a landlord or a minority owner of the stadium... it wanted to have its own team. NFL didn't like that idea. Now Kroenke has bypassed all those sticky questions... he already owns a team, and he has (will have) a stadium. If NFL wants to put another team there, they'll have to negotiate with him, which will give him extra leverage on Ram's relocation.

And one thing is for sure, there will not be 3 teams in LA.

Nothing's a done deal. The NFL has a lot of power to block relocation, and just because a stadium has its entitlements doesn't mean it will get built or have an NFL team to play in it (see: Farmers' Field). I think odds are now above 50-50 that the Rams will move back to LA :):):) but nothing's set in stone.

By the book, if STL offers the Rams a decent deal, the owners should vote down relocation; they may take that rule seriously or they may not. If they do let the Rams return, I would not be shocked if either the Raiders or the Chargers move to STL or San Antonio.

blackcat23
Feb 26, 2015, 2:24 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/shabby-section-of-palms-getting-mixed.html

Six-story mixed-use development planned for Overland Avenue in Palms. 92 apartments, 1,600 sq. ft. of restaurant space, designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kg-L85uIC0M/VO54uYw1JvI/AAAAAAAAFeQ/2QmSwjTvZMU/s700/Capture.JPG

ChelseaFC
Feb 26, 2015, 7:59 PM
TODAY'S BREAKING NEWS:

Little Osaka has been renamed to "Sawtelle Japantown" on the Westside at Sawtelle and Olympic. #sawtellejapantown #japantown #littleosaka

https://twitter.com/TheRobertGroup/status/571035847325323268

LAsam
Feb 26, 2015, 8:08 PM
http://buildinglosangeles.blogspot.com/2015/02/shabby-section-of-palms-getting-mixed.html

Six-story mixed-use development planned for Overland Avenue in Palms. 92 apartments, 1,600 sq. ft. of restaurant space, designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kg-L85uIC0M/VO54uYw1JvI/AAAAAAAAFeQ/2QmSwjTvZMU/s700/Capture.JPG

Might be too early in process to opine on this... but given the rendering... I have a bad feeling about how this one's going to look. Not as bad as the Palms/Motor monstrosity, but not good either.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 26, 2015, 8:36 PM
Hollywood Community Plan Update appeal has been scheduled for oral argument 3/3. Means we should have a decision by June. http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=2&doc_id=2083034&doc_no=B257712

blackcat23
Feb 26, 2015, 10:50 PM
TODAY'S BREAKING NEWS:

Little Osaka has been renamed to "Sawtelle Japantown" on the Westside at Sawtelle and Olympic. #sawtellejapantown #japantown #littleosaka

https://twitter.com/TheRobertGroup/status/571035847325323268

Good!

The community has always simply referred to itself as Sawtelle. Nice to see that officially recognized.

StethJeff
Feb 26, 2015, 11:41 PM
This makes no sense. It should either be:

a) Little Tokyo and Little Osaka
-or-
b) Japantown Downtown and Japantown Sawtelle

This new arrangement just sounds disorganized and poorly planned.

ChelseaFC
Feb 26, 2015, 11:45 PM
It's not a huge deal really (hence the sarcastic BREAKING NEWS), because I know hardly anyone who calls it "Little Osaka".

Almost all of us on the westside call it Sawtelle.

Illithid Dude
Feb 27, 2015, 12:51 AM
I've never referred to it as anything other than Sawtelle. Don't know what that "Japantown" stuff is about.

blackcat23
Feb 27, 2015, 1:26 AM
Since I know a lot of the people who were involved with the signage initiative, I'll explain.

The segment of Sawtelle between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevard developed into a Japanese American business/cultural district following the end of WWII, and remains so today. Besides stores and restaurants along Sawtelle Boulevard, there are multiple Japanese temples, churches and community centers in the surrounding neighborhood. That's why they wanted to make sure that the signage officially recognized the area as a "Japantown."

Not fully up to date with what's going on, but last I heard they were also pursuing a community design overlay for the area.

Edit: FYI the Little Osaka moniker only originated about seven or eight years ago as a well-meaning but misguided attempt to rebrand Sawtelle. The actual residents still call it Sawtelle, as do most people who frequent the neighborhood (like Illithid Dude and ChelseaFC).

Flavius Josephus
Feb 27, 2015, 4:20 AM
Since I know a lot of the people who were involved with the signage initiative, I'll explain.

The segment of Sawtelle between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevard developed into a Japanese American business/cultural district following the end of WWII, and remains so today. Besides stores and restaurants along Sawtelle Boulevard, there are multiple Japanese temples, churches and community centers in the surrounding neighborhood. That's why they wanted to make sure that the signage officially recognized the area as a "Japantown."

Not fully up to date with what's going on, but last I heard they were also pursuing a community design overlay for the area.

Edit: FYI the Little Osaka moniker only originated about seven or eight years ago as a well-meaning but misguided attempt to rebrand Sawtelle. The actual residents still call it Sawtelle, as do most people who frequent the neighborhood (like Illithid Dude and ChelseaFC).

Any chance that they'll build a Shinkansen on the Westside to celebrate the rebrand? ;)

timpdx
Feb 27, 2015, 4:35 AM
Glendale is BUSY, at least with the 5-6 story woodframers, shot yesterday, activity on three corners

Central Blvd and Doran

http://i.imgur.com/ab1HLct.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/0qJrmuU.jpg

caligrad
Feb 27, 2015, 5:15 AM
News from Long Beach, Cant post pics since I refuse to make a flickr account, the 20-40 story high rise duo currently under construction downtown on the corner of ocean and Alamitos, steel beams are currently reaching above ground, this one came out of the ground fast.

Other small projects in Long Beach, all along long beach blvd, 7 story buildings mostly are spreading like wild flowers.... honestly a good thing especially along a transit corridor.

Flavius Josephus
Feb 27, 2015, 6:48 AM
Per MoveLA, cities have submitted 2300 (!) projects to metro for analysis in planning documents. Total cost to do all of them would be in the hundreds of billions. Looks like someone needs to do some prioritizing...

202_Cyclist
Feb 27, 2015, 12:16 PM
Per MoveLA, cities have submitted 2300 (!) projects to metro for analysis in planning documents. Total cost to do all of them would be in the hundreds of billions. Looks like someone needs to do some prioritizing...

Think of all of the good construction jobs this would create-- certainly far more than a certain pipeline to export Canadian oil abroad to Europe and Asia.

Eightball
Feb 27, 2015, 3:50 PM
News from Long Beach, Cant post pics since I refuse to make a flickr account, the 20-40 story high rise duo currently under construction downtown on the corner of ocean and Alamitos, steel beams are currently reaching above ground, this one came out of the ground fast.

Other small projects in Long Beach, all along long beach blvd, 7 story buildings mostly are spreading like wild flowers.... honestly a good thing especially along a transit corridor.

PM your email and I'll post the pics for ya. Would love to see 'em

Amen, 202

blackcat23
Feb 27, 2015, 4:03 PM
Any chance that they'll build a Shinkansen on the Westside to celebrate the rebrand? ;)

Hah. Or maybe a subway that actually makes it to the sea?

Flavius Josephus
Feb 27, 2015, 4:18 PM
Glendale is BUSY, at least with the 5-6 story woodframers, shot yesterday, activity on three corners

Central Blvd and Doran



On the topic of Glendale, I have it on good authority that Ara Najarian is pushing hard for DTLA-Glendale-Burbank and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena light rail to be included in a Metro LRTP update and ballot measure. Not surprising, but good to know. It's a city that was originally built around the Pacific Electric line down Brand, and it would be huge to be able to get there by some high quality transit.