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Muji
Jun 19, 2015, 12:07 AM
Agreed. I'm not usually a fan of Postmodernism but I think the building's design has actually held up pretty well.

Muji
Jun 19, 2015, 7:28 AM
Here's a quick update on a couple of projects in Hollywood and Koreatown that I pass by regularly.

The Camden at Selma and Vine, with Columbia Square rising in the background.
https://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/img_3801-e1434698324738.jpg

The facade on the K2LA phase 2 building at 7th and New Hampshire is shaping up. Very mediocre if you ask me.
https://urbandiachrony.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/img_3803-e1434698295265.jpg

blackcat23
Jun 19, 2015, 10:23 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/new-hotels-announced-hollywood

Not sure of an exact location, but there's a tommie Hotel (http://www.tommiehotels.com/) in the works for Cahuenga just south of Sunset Boulevard.

Same firm which financed the Dream Hotel and the upcoming Thompson Hollywood.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/thompson.jpg?itok=S59GxRke

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jun 19, 2015, 11:14 PM
im loving all these mid size boutiques in hollywood. Perfect scale for the area.

brudy
Jun 20, 2015, 12:06 AM
im loving all these mid size boutiques in hollywood. Perfect scale for the area.

Yeah, there's some great stuff being built in Hollywood.

Illithid Dude
Jun 20, 2015, 1:16 AM
Awesome, love the design. I've added it to the front page.

BrianMojo
Jun 20, 2015, 6:29 PM
Man, all of this development in Hollywood is filling out the area nicely. I'm hoping that it will make over some of the more industrial areas to the southeast next, but not holding my breath!

Muji
Jun 20, 2015, 8:49 PM
Here's an unexpected new project that I don't think has been posted about yet. ArchDaily has renderings for 8600 Wilshire, an 18-unit residential project with ground floor retail in Beverly Hills, expected to break ground in October.

Announcement at ArchDaily (http://www.archdaily.com/644493/mad-architects-unveil-their-first-us-residential-project), rendering by MAD Architects.
http://img1.adsttc.com/media/images/5584/3b6b/e58e/ce17/3700/0136/medium_jpg/3.jpg?1434729291

Illithid Dude
Jun 20, 2015, 9:26 PM
Here's an unexpected new project that I don't think has been posted about yet. ArchDaily has renderings for 8600 Wilshire, an 18-unit residential project with ground floor retail in Beverly Hills, expected to break ground in October.

Announcement at ArchDaily (http://www.archdaily.com/644493/mad-architects-unveil-their-first-us-residential-project), rendering by MAD Architects.
http://img1.adsttc.com/media/images/5584/3b6b/e58e/ce17/3700/0136/medium_jpg/3.jpg?1434729291

Great news! MAD Architects is one of the best firms working in the world today, and it's nice to see them build anything in Los Angeles. The fact that they are building a relatively humble residential project, and not some trophy museum makes me even happier. Museums or huge "landmark" development will generally always have good architecture. When good architecture is brought to the smaller projects, the projects that could just as easily be made five story stucco boxes, that is when it makes the greatest difference.

BrianMojo
Jun 20, 2015, 11:02 PM
Here's an unexpected new project that I don't think has been posted about yet. ArchDaily has renderings for 8600 Wilshire, an 18-unit residential project with ground floor retail in Beverly Hills, expected to break ground in October.

Announcement at ArchDaily (http://www.archdaily.com/644493/mad-architects-unveil-their-first-us-residential-project), rendering by MAD Architects.
http://img1.adsttc.com/media/images/5584/3b6b/e58e/ce17/3700/0136/medium_jpg/3.jpg?1434729291

That's a fascinating idea for a project! I wonder if it will ever happen, especially in Beverly Hills. Talk about merging traditional forms with new ideas!

colemonkee
Jun 21, 2015, 12:36 AM
Love the MAD Architecture project in Beverly Hills and the new hotel in Hollywood.

On a totally different note, we were transporting a washer/dryer to the new place today, and noticed a lot cleared and earth movers on the northwest corner of Hoover and Adams. Anyone know what's going on there? It's near USC, but not something I've seen as a project by USC.

blackcat23
Jun 22, 2015, 1:23 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/checking-desmond-wilshire

Progress on the Desmond on Wilshire (Seven Stories, 175 units, design by Architects Orange).

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/DSC04776.JPG?itok=5kVKWz3L

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/desmonds1.jpg?itok=fFseLmT1

AndrewK
Jun 22, 2015, 6:53 PM
That 8600 Wilshire project looks great. I long wondered if anything would ever happen to that lot.

blackcat23
Jun 23, 2015, 1:22 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-multi-family-planned-koreatown

Canfield Development planning seven-story apartment building at 5th/Kenmore in Koreatown. 64 apartments, slated for completion in 2016.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/kenmore.jpg?itok=txCgZrVs

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/ktown.JPG?itok=igvpQqm3

colemonkee
Jun 23, 2015, 2:38 PM
That podium and the way it interacts with the street is just awful. The architects and developers should both be given two years of community service, and sent back to school.

Jaycruz
Jun 23, 2015, 3:58 PM
I did a google maps street view of the area to see exactly where it is. Its close to busy 6th street and Wilshire but on its own its Its right in the middle of a strictly residential area so yeah the podium sucks but not like its close enough to 6th or Wilshire to add ground floor retail. the street actually was beyond dead on the streetview and many of the buildings surrounding it are either set far back from the street or also on podiums or meet the street with a solid wall and one entrance. What else can you do with the base of a building when the neighborhood isn't exactly pedestrian friendly already ?

c1tyguy
Jun 23, 2015, 4:57 PM
I did a google maps street view of the area to see exactly where it is. Its close to busy 6th street and Wilshire but on its own its Its right in the middle of a strictly residential area so yeah the podium sucks but not like its close enough to 6th or Wilshire to add ground floor retail. the street actually was beyond dead on the streetview and many of the buildings surrounding it are either set far back from the street or also on podiums or meet the street with a solid wall and one entrance. What else can you do with the base of a building when the neighborhood isn't exactly pedestrian friendly already ?

This area isn't "pedestrian friendly"? You've got to be kidding me. I live at 6th and Kenmore (I don't own a vehicle). Both 6th street and 3rd street are MAJOR commercial corridors. If this area isn't walkable, I don't know what is.

I'm sad to be losing the current building on the corner for this fortress.

BrianMojo
Jun 23, 2015, 8:14 PM
http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/kenmore.jpg?itok=txCgZrVs


If they pull out those nice evergreens and leave nothing but the sky-high palms I will be so very, very sad. :(

202_Cyclist
Jun 23, 2015, 8:42 PM
If they pull out those nice evergreens and leave nothing but the sky-high palms I will be so very, very sad. :(

"The trees are the right height." --Mitt Romney.

bzcat
Jun 24, 2015, 12:59 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/playa-vista-office-building-receive-upgrades

Hudson Pacific Properties modifying older office building in Playa Vista to attract creative tenants. 96,000 square feet of space, designed by HLW International.


This is the 3rd major renovation of existing office property on the north side of Jefferson in Playa Vista. The first was Playa Vista Corporate Center. The second was the US Post Office turned "The Reserve".

This area of Del Rey was a dumpy backwater for a long time but thanks to Playa Vista, they've become hot properties.

Jaycruz
Jun 24, 2015, 1:15 AM
This area isn't "pedestrian friendly"? You've got to be kidding me. I live at 6th and Kenmore (I don't own a vehicle). Both 6th street and 3rd street are MAJOR commercial corridors. If this area isn't walkable, I don't know what is.

I'm sad to be losing the current building on the corner for this fortress.

I was trying to avoid having to break this all the way down thinking that everyone on this thread was able to get it on the first try.

let me rephrase it for those who seem to be struggling. The area itself is very pedestrian friendly, very dense, very walkable. I think we can all agree on that, reason why I NEVER SAID AREA , I am referring to that specific neighborhood/block/street.... I mention how 6th street and Wilshire street are very ped friendly/commercial streets on their own and that they are near by. BUT this development sits on 5th street. An interior residential street that has no ground floor retail on any of its buildings in the specific vicinity because its just that. its purely residential and nothing more.

I feel sorry for some of you LA fourmers who haven't had the chance to venture outside of LA. No city on earth, not even NYC, has ground floor retail on every city block, every street and every traffic corridor. that would over saturate the city with unused retail space since not all of it can be used or would be used. I laugh when some of you get upset because not all new proposals have ground floor retail. that's not how city planning works. Travel more. you will see what im referring to.

colemonkee
Jun 24, 2015, 2:51 PM
^ Jaycruz, if you go back to my post, I make no mention of retail, nor did I assume that every block will have retail. I said that the way it interacts with the street is awful. And that still rings true, no matter where it is located. Having open parking decks on the 2nd floor is a terrible way to interact with it's surroundings. Putting that level of parking underground, and making the second floor apartments is a much better way of presenting itself to the pedestrian or its neighboring buildings. No retail is required, just better, more thoughtful design.

brudy
Jun 24, 2015, 4:42 PM
I was trying to avoid having to break this all the way down thinking that everyone on this thread was able to get it on the first try.

let me rephrase it for those who seem to be struggling. The area itself is very pedestrian friendly, very dense, very walkable. I think we can all agree on that, reason why I NEVER SAID AREA , I am referring to that specific neighborhood/block/street.... I mention how 6th street and Wilshire street are very ped friendly/commercial streets on their own and that they are near by. BUT this development sits on 5th street. An interior residential street that has no ground floor retail on any of its buildings in the specific vicinity because its just that. its purely residential and nothing more.

I feel sorry for some of you LA fourmers who haven't had the chance to venture outside of LA. No city on earth, not even NYC, has ground floor retail on every city block, every street and every traffic corridor. that would over saturate the city with unused retail space since not all of it can be used or would be used. I laugh when some of you get upset because not all new proposals have ground floor retail. that's not how city planning works. Travel more. you will see what im referring to.

Took your arrogance pills this morning?

Steve8263
Jun 24, 2015, 4:51 PM
http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-beverly-hills-condo-hotel-20150624-story.html

Developers want to add a hotel to a planned condo complex in Beverly Hills.

The planned development, now called One Beverly Hills, is next door to the venerable Beverly Hilton Hotel and a new Waldorf Astoria hotel under construction at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards. The Wanda hotel would be on the south side of One Beverly Hills facing Santa Monica Boulevard. Condo development at 9900 Wilshire was approved by the city a decade ago, but the proposal to include a hotel in the project will require the developers to go before city officials again. The developers hope to secure permission for the altered project within 18 months and begin building it in early 2017. Construction would take at least two years.

The height and density of the project would not change from the approved design.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-558a0fca/turbine/la-fi-beverly-hills-condo-hotel-jpg-20150623/750/750x422

I like how you can see construction of 10000 Santa Monica in that rendering.

timpdx
Jun 24, 2015, 5:54 PM
Ahh, that explains the delay.

SimonLA
Jun 24, 2015, 6:35 PM
That would do much to enliven the ped-experience on SMB and connect Beverly Hills to Century City. Hooray!

Sad to see no street level stuff on Selma east of Vine. Selma had some potential to build a nice block after block type of retail situation given what's west of vine on selma, but this development kills that apparently.

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-beverly-hills-condo-hotel-20150624-story.html

Developers want to add a hotel to a planned condo complex in Beverly Hills.

The planned development, now called One Beverly Hills, is next door to the venerable Beverly Hilton Hotel and a new Waldorf Astoria hotel under construction at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards. The Wanda hotel would be on the south side of One Beverly Hills facing Santa Monica Boulevard. Condo development at 9900 Wilshire was approved by the city a decade ago, but the proposal to include a hotel in the project will require the developers to go before city officials again. The developers hope to secure permission for the altered project within 18 months and begin building it in early 2017. Construction would take at least two years.

The height and density of the project would not change from the approved design.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-558a0fca/turbine/la-fi-beverly-hills-condo-hotel-jpg-20150623/750/750x422

I like how you can see construction of 10000 Santa Monica in that rendering.

c1tyguy
Jun 24, 2015, 7:21 PM
I was trying to avoid having to break this all the way down thinking that everyone on this thread was able to get it on the first try.

let me rephrase it for those who seem to be struggling. The area itself is very pedestrian friendly, very dense, very walkable. I think we can all agree on that, reason why I NEVER SAID AREA , I am referring to that specific neighborhood/block/street.... I mention how 6th street and Wilshire street are very ped friendly/commercial streets on their own and that they are near by. BUT this development sits on 5th street. An interior residential street that has no ground floor retail on any of its buildings in the specific vicinity because its just that. its purely residential and nothing more.

I feel sorry for some of you LA fourmers who haven't had the chance to venture outside of LA. No city on earth, not even NYC, has ground floor retail on every city block, every street and every traffic corridor. that would over saturate the city with unused retail space since not all of it can be used or would be used. I laugh when some of you get upset because not all new proposals have ground floor retail. that's not how city planning works. Travel more. you will see what im referring to.

Where did all of this come from? I was simply responding to your statement "the neighborhood isn't exactly pedestrian friendly." You're now just contradicting your own statement and proving why it was wrong. You're right, just because a block isn't lined with retail doesn't mean its in an unwalkable neighborhood. Purely residential neighborhoods can just as well be walkable, as is the case in this portion of Koreatown. A development's interaction with the street contributes to a neighborhood's walkability factor and the development of mention is severely lacking these crucial street-frontage elements (no set-backs, ground level transparancy, etc.). Not having retail is not the problem here.

You can take your arrogance elsewhere, I happen to be a practicing city planner and totally understand the dynamics of a urban environments. Bye girl.

The Illusive Man
Jun 24, 2015, 9:19 PM
I was trying to avoid having to break this all the way down thinking that everyone on this thread was able to get it on the first try.

let me rephrase it for those who seem to be struggling. The area itself is very pedestrian friendly, very dense, very walkable. I think we can all agree on that, reason why I NEVER SAID AREA , I am referring to that specific neighborhood/block/street.... I mention how 6th street and Wilshire street are very ped friendly/commercial streets on their own and that they are near by. BUT this development sits on 5th street. An interior residential street that has no ground floor retail on any of its buildings in the specific vicinity because its just that. its purely residential and nothing more.

I feel sorry for some of you LA fourmers who haven't had the chance to venture outside of LA. No city on earth, not even NYC, has ground floor retail on every city block, every street and every traffic corridor. that would over saturate the city with unused retail space since not all of it can be used or would be used. I laugh when some of you get upset because not all new proposals have ground floor retail. that's not how city planning works. Travel more. you will see what im referring to.

Damn! Chill son, it's not that serious.

timpdx
Jun 25, 2015, 4:21 AM
A bit of East Hollywood love:

5550 Hollywood, a.k.a. High Line West (still don't care for the name)

http://i.imgur.com/TnYtxL2.jpg

blackcat23
Jun 30, 2015, 1:13 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/another-mixed-use-develompent-planned-east-hollywood

Mixed-use development planned across the street from stalled Hollywood Target. 293 apartments, 34,500 sq. ft. of commercial space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/1509western.JPG?itok=AogGjx4d

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jun 30, 2015, 3:24 PM
Good cause that's sorely needed. East hollywood getting some love

Steve8263
Jun 30, 2015, 7:23 PM
New Lakers training facility in El Segundo-

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/la-lakers-headquarters-and-training-center-designed-to-create-a-new-home-for-the-nba-franchise-300107075.html

http://photos.prnewswire.com/featured/prnthumbnew/20150630/227146

Quixote
Jun 30, 2015, 7:28 PM
^ Love! First class facility for a first class organization.

blackcat23
Jul 1, 2015, 1:21 PM
California Landmark Group has finished the LC Apartments, now open at Larchmont and Melrose (85 units, 3,500 sq. ft. of retail).

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/larchmont.JPG?itok=FwGGByS7
http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-inside-lc-apartments

Progress on the Collective in Playa Vista. These buildings will be Yahoo's new offices.
http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/DSC04928.JPG?itok=e9v3yG-X
http://urbanize.la/post/creative-offices-looking-good-playa-vista

RaymondChandlerLives
Jul 2, 2015, 12:56 AM
Snapped a quick pic of Movietown Plaza on my way to the store. Sorry for the poor quality:

http://rs375.pbsrc.com/albums/oo196/holymountain78/Mobile%20Uploads/20150628_142740_zps8wmgebmz.jpg~320x480?t=1435711998

Illithid Dude
Jul 2, 2015, 1:10 AM
From Curbed LA:

Los Angeles Working on Plan to Cover City in Digital Billboards

People in Los Angeles love digital billboards!! We can't get enough of them! Give us more!!! Oh, thank god, the LA City Council is ON IT. Lawsuits have tragically darkened so many of those blinky, flashy ads, but yesterday the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted to bring them back big time. They want to create about two dozen sign districts spread throughout the city where ad companies could go nuts with the digital billboards, and then also make it possible for digital billboards to go up anywhere in the city through a special permitting process, "giving sign companies more options for placement," as the LA Daily News puts it.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/los_angeles_working_on_plan_to_cover_city_in_digital_billboards.php

One part of me thinks this is kinda cool with the whole life imitating Blade Runner thing, but at the end of the day, it kinda sucks to have LA covered in giant electronic billboards. It's *fine* in South Park right now, but I feel like if it spreads, it just becomes more blight.

blackcat23
Jul 2, 2015, 1:26 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/apartments-and-retail-rise-olympic-boulevard

New mixed-use development planned by Jamison Services at 3060 Olympic Boulevard. Seven stories, 226 apartments plus ground-floor retail. Architect is the KTGY Group.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/3060%20NW%20Corner%203.JPG?itok=tQcT34vi

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/3076olympic.PNG?itok=c8iDIlPx

Quixote
Jul 2, 2015, 9:09 PM
^ Pretty decent, especially for Koreatown. And it's only an 11-minute walk to the Wilshire/Normandie station. I just wish the city would take easy, simple steps to making relatively walkable neighborhoods more pedestrian friendly. How hard is it to paint two white lines to denote a crosswalk? People would be more willing to walk to places.

blackcat23
Jul 3, 2015, 4:17 PM
About one mile away...

http://urbanize.la/post/apartments-rising-howard-hughes-center

Altitude at Howard Hughes Center

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/DSC04883.JPG?itok=vStAOrdu

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/altitude1_2.jpg?itok=fWCCf9XS

kelbeen
Jul 4, 2015, 7:17 PM
10000 SMBLVD
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7798/18409061706_64fff90278_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/u3KfFC)10000 Santa Monica Blvd-1239 (https://flic.kr/p/u3KfFC) by Eesomest (https://www.flickr.com/photos/planetbrent/), on Flickr

Bikemike
Jul 5, 2015, 10:35 AM
Rising fast. Looks like that lot could have had a couple of these.

dweebo2220
Jul 6, 2015, 4:35 AM
New mixed-use development planned by Jamison Services at 3060 Olympic Boulevard. Seven stories, 226 apartments plus ground-floor retail. Architect is the KTGY Group.


I'm always in favor of more development, but it's sad that this building would take out one of the last remaining egyptian revival apartment buildings in LA, along with a few really great examples of bungalow courts.

StethJeff
Jul 7, 2015, 3:13 AM
L.A. OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite quake concerns

By Rosanna Xia

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has signed off on geology reports that found that no active earthquake fault runs under the site of the Millennium Hollywood development, even though the state geologist last year concluded there was one.

The move ends a controversial two-year debate over whether two massive skyscrapers could be built safely due to seismic conditions.

New studies completed for the city by Millennium's geologist concluded an earthquake fault was probably located deep beneath the property. But city officials agreed with the developer that the fault was too old to be considered active.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-city-oks-millennium-earthquake-report-20150706-story.html#page=1

c1tyguy
Jul 7, 2015, 5:18 PM
L.A. OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite quake concerns

By Rosanna Xia

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has signed off on geology reports that found that no active earthquake fault runs under the site of the Millennium Hollywood development, even though the state geologist last year concluded there was one.

The move ends a controversial two-year debate over whether two massive skyscrapers could be built safely due to seismic conditions.

New studies completed for the city by Millennium's geologist concluded an earthquake fault was probably located deep beneath the property. But city officials agreed with the developer that the fault was too old to be considered active.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-city-oks-millennium-earthquake-report-20150706-story.html#page=1

So the developer has cleared one giant hurdle. Now what? They have to redo the EIR to address the traffic concerns?

blackcat23
Jul 9, 2015, 2:37 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/large-multi-family-development-underway-marina-del-rey
(http://urbanize.la/post/large-multi-family-development-underway-marina-del-rey)

AMLI Residential has broken ground on a 585-unit apartment complex in Marina Del Rey. Design is by TCA Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/DSC04985.JPG?itok=B7IA8glz

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/Marina%20del%20Rey%20C01-Final.jpg?itok=isQ3JCob

bzcat
Jul 9, 2015, 6:56 PM
I was wondering when construction is going to start in MDR. Glad to see it moving.

I think it is crazy that after 50 years, there are still a lot of land in MDR left for development. There is enough surface parking left in MDR to hold something like 15,000 cars. It's insane really.

Quixote
Jul 9, 2015, 8:24 PM
That's a nice project and a major transformation from what was there previously. Future developments on those piers must take advantage of the waterfront by providing promendades along the marina.

Also, why is there such a discrepancy in quality between a TCA-designed project such as this one and all their work in Downtown? I'm not entirely convinced that it's mostly due to budget constraints.

StethJeff
Jul 10, 2015, 9:48 PM
I hate to be the one whining about height but isn't Marina del Rey a prime place to allow for the construction of at least mid-rises? That seems like such valuable land and a place where people with $$$ would want to have a condo.

LAsam
Jul 10, 2015, 10:40 PM
I hate to be the one whining about height but isn't Marina del Rey a prime place to allow for the construction of at least mid-rises? That seems like such valuable land and a place where people with $$$ would want to have a condo.

If MDR had better connectivity to mass transit, perhaps. As it is, MDR is already one of the denser parts of LA County thanks to it being unincorporated and not having quite so many hoops to jump through.

Quixote
Jul 10, 2015, 10:55 PM
I hate to be the one whining about height but isn't Marina del Rey a prime place to allow for the construction of at least mid-rises? That seems like such valuable land and a place where people with $$$ would want to have a condo.

I'm pretty sure that a 6-story building is considered a mid-rise.

StethJeff
Jul 11, 2015, 1:57 AM
I'm pretty sure that a 6-story building is considered a mid-rise.

I guess I'm unfamiliar with the proper definitions. Maybe what I meant to say was something along the lines of "Shouldn't Marina del Rey get something better than waterfront 6-story shitboxes?":shrug:

Kenchiku desu
Jul 11, 2015, 3:42 AM
I couldn't agree more, Steth.

Also, definition of Mid-Rise is not universal. Some say "4 to 11 stories", some say "4 to 8", over which it's a High-Rise. California Building Code definition of a High-Rise, though, is "75 feet or more".

StethJeff
Jul 11, 2015, 5:00 AM
Whether they're low-rise or mid-rise or whatever the point is that they don't make my dick-rise. Marina del Rey deserves much better.

Quixote
Jul 11, 2015, 5:13 AM
Yeah, it'd be pretty incredible if all those piers were lined with glassy skyscrapers. Sort of like a grander, more modern version of the Venice canals.

It seems like LA has all the potential in the world to be truly incredible, but there are too many NIMBYs and not enough folks with the proper imagination/ambition. Sigh.

BrandonJXN
Jul 11, 2015, 11:31 AM
Personally, I don't really want MDR to be lined with skyscrapers. MDR doesn't need them (not to mention the FAA not having any of it due to LAX nearby). If the piers of MDR were lined with buildings in the 6-10 story range, then that'll be more ideal than skyscrapers on the beach.

Jun
Jul 11, 2015, 4:56 PM
Personally, I don't really want MDR to be lined with skyscrapers. MDR doesn't need them (not to mention the FAA not having any of it due to LAX nearby). If the piers of MDR were lined with buildings in the 6-10 story range, then that'll be more ideal than skyscrapers on the beach.


True. Id rather see more high rises in Long Beach

BrandonJXN
Jul 11, 2015, 5:09 PM
Or Santa Monica. Like this thing.

http://blog.archpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gehry_unveiled_01.jpg
http://blog.archpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gehry_unveiled_01.jpg

What's the status of this anyway?

StethJeff
Jul 11, 2015, 9:30 PM
Or Santa Monica. Like this thing.

http://blog.archpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gehry_unveiled_01.jpg
http://blog.archpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gehry_unveiled_01.jpg

What's the status of this anyway?

But we all know that SaMo is probably th last place we can ever expect to see high-rises. That community will not allow it during our lifetimes.

StethJeff
Jul 11, 2015, 9:35 PM
True. Id rather see more high rises in Long Beach

I'm a big Long Beach defender but it isn't hard to point out the many reasons why high rise condo living will never have the appeal that high rise living would have in other parts of LA. Breakwater with shitty beach, nearby port pollution (water and air), lower socioeconomics, kind of far removed from the more central parts of LA, etc. I lived there for a year and believe me high rises would be a great addition to an already nice skyline but who would pay those prices to live in Long Beach?!

Illithid Dude
Jul 11, 2015, 10:59 PM
But we all know that SaMo is probably th last place we can ever expect to see high-rises. That community will not allow it during our lifetimes.

The 150 foot Herzog de Mueron one is moving ahead. I noticed demolition notices up for it the other day.

Jun
Jul 11, 2015, 11:27 PM
I'm a big Long Beach defender but it isn't hard to point out the many reasons why high rise condo living will never have the appeal that high rise living would have in other parts of LA. Breakwater with shitty beach, nearby port pollution (water and air), lower socioeconomics, kind of far removed from the more central parts of LA, etc. I lived there for a year and believe me high rises would be a great addition to an already nice skyline but who would pay those prices to live in Long Beach?!

This is true, but LB has rail and a good biking infrastructure. I could see high rises more toward Belmont Shores

Bikemike
Jul 12, 2015, 1:01 AM
The 150 foot Herzog de Mueron one is moving ahead. I noticed demolition notices up for it the other day.

Where is there a Herzog de Meuron going up anywhere in Santa Monica, or much less Southern California?

The approvals process for Santa Monica is so tortuous and controversial any proposal of that size would have been plastered in newspapers for several years about local NIMBYs marching on city hall with pitchforks and torches screaming bloody murder.

I agree that Long Beach doesn't really appeal to the more sophisticated beach condo crowd. It's too removed from LA (the blue line scares too many people IMO) and is surrounded by too many poor neighborhoods which overwhelm any attempt at widespread gentrification. I do commend the city for taking the right path with conscientious efforts to promote walkability and bike-ability for local residents. Too often cities attempt to attract gentrification from the outside while paying too little attention to poorer locals.

Quixote
Jul 12, 2015, 2:59 AM
Personally, I don't really want MDR to be lined with skyscrapers. MDR doesn't need them (not to mention the FAA not having any of it due to LAX nearby). If the piers of MDR were lined with buildings in the 6-10 story range, then that'll be more ideal than skyscrapers on the beach.

I didn't mean "skyscrapers" in the traditional sense (e.g. 500-footers). I've always understood the definition of a high-rise to mean 12+ stories. For Marina del Rey, buildings of 15-20 stories already exist (i.e. The Regatta).

StethJeff
Jul 12, 2015, 4:40 AM
This is true, but LB has rail and a good biking infrastructure. I could see high rises more toward Belmont Shores

I don't mean to sound like a jerk but the Blue Line and bike paths aren't exactly what appeals to people who can afford a $1.5-10M highrise condo.

Adding to what I said above: very subpar restaurants (relative to Venice, DTLA, Hwood, MB, etc.), unexceptional bars, nightlife isn't exactly upscale. It all has to do with the surrounding communities and clientele that's attracted to that area.

Illithid Dude
Jul 12, 2015, 11:02 AM
Where is there a Herzog de Meuron going up anywhere in Santa Monica, or much less Southern California?


Sorry, OMA with Rem Koolhaas, not Herzog de Mueron! Either way, the existing one story bank is gonna undergo demolition soon.

Jun
Jul 12, 2015, 5:37 PM
I don't mean to sound like a jerk but the Blue Line and bike paths aren't exactly what appeals to people who can afford a $1.5-10M highrise condo.

Adding to what I said above: very subpar restaurants (relative to Venice, DTLA, Hwood, MB, etc.), unexceptional bars, nightlife isn't exactly upscale. It all has to do with the surrounding communities and clientele that's attracted to that area.

I should've been more clear, high rises for more middle class / affordable income. I know its a pipe dream no developer would do it, but LB has good bones for it.

timpdx
Jul 13, 2015, 3:51 AM
HOLLYWOOD UPDATE

http://i.imgur.com/invX7Cp.jpg


First, we have the opening of Mama Shelter!

http://i.imgur.com/8IpqYAy.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/9ETq2wj.jpg

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

Icon core is visible, and looks to beat the shorter 1601 Vine since they are not digging as deep

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

1601 Vine is deep indeed

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

The Camden is coming along and filling in a big hole in the 'hood

http://i.imgur.com/iAw3y3m.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/p4SYry4.jpg

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

And the Dream Hotel, wrapped up but no sign of the distinct cladding

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

timpdx
Jul 13, 2015, 3:59 AM
And we cannot forget Columbia Square:

Topped out

http://i.imgur.com/IIy1Wro.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/N3n1owk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3J7f81i.jpg


First view of the plaza that will face Sunset (sidewalk on north side is open now and newly paved)

http://i.imgur.com/8vIyvAI.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Z9SRX8K.jpg

And another view inwards

http://i.imgur.com/39StLTs.jpg

Muji
Jul 13, 2015, 4:41 AM
Wow, awesome update, timpdx! The historic main buildings at Columbia Square look beautifully restored. I can't wait to be able to walk through the final product.

cargocultpants
Jul 13, 2015, 4:56 AM
^ Fantastic update!

saybanana
Jul 13, 2015, 12:26 PM
Awesome pics timpdx. I havent been in Hollywood in months. Columbia Sq tower sure did go up fast.

Wally West
Jul 13, 2015, 4:18 PM
Thanks for this beast of an update, timpdx!

BTW, did you create this image? If so, great work. It really shows how Hollywood has grown in the last few years.

HOLLYWOOD UPDATE

http://i.imgur.com/invX7Cp.jpg

timpdx
Jul 13, 2015, 6:14 PM
Yes, my pic from Runyon yesterday that I overlayed the graphics on.

bzcat
Jul 13, 2015, 7:14 PM
I hate to be the one whining about height but isn't Marina del Rey a prime place to allow for the construction of at least mid-rises? That seems like such valuable land and a place where people with $$$ would want to have a condo.

MDR already has several high rise condos. If the demand is there for more, someone will build it. There is plenty of land left...

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jul 13, 2015, 7:56 PM
great job on the Hollywood update and map, and the great thing is that that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to development. So much more coming

SimonLA
Jul 13, 2015, 8:38 PM
Seriously, what is the deal with Target on Sunset? How is this dragging on this long?

King Kill 'em
Jul 14, 2015, 2:06 AM
I'm suprised by how quick they've built columbia square.

cargocultpants
Jul 14, 2015, 4:43 PM
MDR already has several high rise condos. If the demand is there for more, someone will build it. There is plenty of land left...

Sadly zoning / entitlements aren't quite that simple.

Quixote
Jul 14, 2015, 7:38 PM
Columbia Square is looking sharp! Fingers crossed that the Palladium Residences start construction soon!

As for the Camden project, I'm expecting the worst. Thankfully, Hollywood is beginning to move away from the shit-tastic shitboxes in favor of glassier, classier designs.

blackcat23
Jul 15, 2015, 1:36 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-mixed-use-development-planned-east-hollywood

More apartments near stalled East Hollywood Target. Harridge Development Group planning two seven-story buildings with 253 residential units and 4,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/Capture_15.JPG?itok=XErUjBfV

colemonkee
Jul 15, 2015, 2:37 PM
^ Wouldn't that technically be taller than the Target? I bet Silverstink tries to fight this as well. We really should publicly burn an effigy of him to let him know how much he is hated.

cargocultpants
Jul 15, 2015, 6:13 PM
I believe part of the problem with the Target was that to exceed a certain height in the area, you're supposed to include residential (which the Target does not.)

Munchitup
Jul 16, 2015, 12:26 AM
I believe part of the problem with the Target was that to exceed a certain height in the area, you're supposed to include residential (which the Target does not.)

Kind of ironic that it was because of a lack of mixed-use that it would be blocked by a NIMBY group.... I'm sure they would have LOOOOVED to tack residents onto what they consider a traffic-inducing boondoggle. ;)

Is it supposed to be about the same size as the one in West Hollywood? It's kind of tall (although seems shorter now with all the mixed-users) but doesn't really stand out in the otherwise low-rise neighborhood.

I would think that there are more disappointed residents of East Hollywood than excited ones. Target might be a little on the expensive side for some of the area's lowest income residents but for many it would be a valuable amenity.

Oh and I was seriously considering moving to that neighborhood in late 2014 simply because I knew it would soon have a Target. Thank god I didn't find anything I loved!

blackcat23
Jul 17, 2015, 6:09 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-expo-adjacent-ivy-station-development

First look at Ivy Station, the huge mixed-use development planned for Culver City Station's park-and-ride lot. Exact specs aren't certain, but the LA Business Journal previously reported that it would include 200,000 square feet of office space, 200 apartments, 150 hotel rooms and 75,000 sq. ft. of retail. Also 1,600 parking spaces, with 300 reserved for Expo Line passengers.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/ivystation8.jpg?itok=wo6ZxEtF

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/ivystation1.jpg?itok=xQcAPdgD

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/ivystation5.jpg?itok=8R_tZITK

Quixote
Jul 17, 2015, 7:20 AM
^ Yes, please! :yes:

Illithid Dude
Jul 17, 2015, 9:56 AM
Culver City's TOD game is on point. This look fantastic. Seems like a few too many parking spaces though for something that is literally next to an Expo Line stop...

JDRCRASH
Jul 17, 2015, 11:45 AM
Some permits were issued in the city Planning Department's biweekly report for that huge mixed-use development across from the Expo Line on La Cienega, site of the old 95.5 KLOS radio station.


Note: 5 buildings, including a 300 ft residential tower.

colemonkee
Jul 17, 2015, 1:37 PM
^ Whoa. That will be huge!

BrandonJXN
Jul 17, 2015, 2:57 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-expo-adjacent-ivy-station-development

First look at Ivy Station, the huge mixed-use development planned for Culver City Station's park-and-ride lot. Exact specs aren't certain, but the LA Business Journal previously reported that it would include 200,000 square feet of office space, 200 apartments, 150 hotel rooms and 75,000 sq. ft. of retail. Also 1,600 parking spaces, with 300 reserved for Expo Line passengers.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/ivystation8.jpg?itok=wo6ZxEtF

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/ivystation1.jpg?itok=xQcAPdgD

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/ivystation5.jpg?itok=8R_tZITK


http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/257423i450CA8BFA1A9D844/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1

Muji
Jul 17, 2015, 5:46 PM
Some permits were issued in the city Planning Department's biweekly report for that huge mixed-use development across from the Expo Line on La Cienega, site of the old 95.5 KLOS radio station.

Note: 5 buildings, including a 300 ft residential tower.

Yup. Some more details on this were also posted on Urbanize LA a bit ago: http://urbanize.la/post/huge-mixed-use-complex-planned-west-adams

BrianMojo
Jul 17, 2015, 6:18 PM
Hell yes, that Expo adjacent project looks great. Almost makes me wish it had condos!

Edit: That said, I'm not so sure about the interior-facing retail. Could work, but I'm skeptical of demand being that high.

NSMP
Jul 17, 2015, 6:29 PM
Man I will be so happy to pull into Culver City station and not see that sprawling surface parking lot anymore. Agree about the interior retail. If it were at least facing out onto the pavilion, they would probably attract people coming or going from the station.

bzcat
Jul 18, 2015, 12:50 AM
Hell yes, that Expo adjacent project looks great. Almost makes me wish it had condos!

Edit: That said, I'm not so sure about the interior-facing retail. Could work, but I'm skeptical of demand being that high.

It could work based on the site plan. They are designing the park and the path as the main pedestrian conduit to the Expo station so the interior facing retail should see plenty of foot traffic.

http://www.ivystationculvercity.com/thumbs/1100x566/files/zc/ivy-station-illustrative-site-plan_13173.jpg

Also depends on the tenant... Look at Father's Office... completely interior facing, and yet, it is one of the most popular place in Culver City.

Quixote
Jul 18, 2015, 1:34 AM
Google Street View for Culver City has been updated to June 2015. The Platform looks great and will have a nice pocket park underneath the train tracks. This is right across the street from Ivy Station. So, the proper steps are being taken to make the immediate area surrounding the rail station a nice place for riders to congregate and relax.

http://www.artifex10.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2_Pocket-park1.jpg
http://www.artifex10.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2_Pocket-park1.jpg

Ivy Station needs to happen. If not because it's a beautiful complex that would replace a vast surface parking lot, it would serve as a model template for the adjacent Howard Industries and nearby Honda and Toyota car dealership sites. Who knows, it might even revive the Grand Stair project too. The city poured too much money into revitalizing its downtown area for them to not bridge this gap.

dtla818
Jul 18, 2015, 4:18 AM
I agree that this is a great project for Culver City and definitely should happen. It does have a lot of parking, but I guess it does make sense because of the hotel/office/residential/metro station mixed use nature of it. I actually wish that they provided more parking for the Metro users. I did a quick online search, and it appears as though the current lot has 586 spaces for Metro users. This project will cut that number in half and only provide 300. When I did a Google street view of the area, the lot seems to be full. Does anyone know if this lot fills up every day? Again, I do love this project, but in a somewhat urban/suburban area (lots of single family homes and small apartment complexes not within walking distance of the station), it is somewhat of a commuter station and should have plenty of parking as a result. I just wish they would devote more of those 1600 spaces to commuters and less for office/hotel. It would encourage people who work here and stay here to live along and travel along rail lines. Just my two cents.

Bikemike
Jul 18, 2015, 6:20 AM
This is the kind of project that SHOULD have happened at Bergamot Santa Monica. Santa Monica NIMBYs made their bed and now they have to sleep in it :rolleyes:

NSMP
Jul 18, 2015, 8:19 AM
I did a quick online search, and it appears as though the current lot has 586 spaces for Metro users. This project will cut that number in half and only provide 300. When I did a Google street view of the area, the lot seems to be full. Does anyone know if this lot fills up every day? Again, I do love this project, but in a somewhat urban/suburban area (lots of single family homes and small apartment complexes not within walking distance of the station), it is somewhat of a commuter station and should have plenty of parking as a result. I just wish they would devote more of those 1600 spaces to commuters and less for office/hotel. It would encourage people who work here and stay here to live along and travel along rail lines. Just my two cents.

I don't agree. 300 spots is a ton of parking and this really is not a commuter station. Currently it is a terminus, but soon it won't be. There also will be park-and-ride lots at sepulveda and Bundy, in addition to the garage at la cienega that already handles overflow when the Culver lot is full. And, really, by any reasonable standard I don't think there's any residential between the hetzler stairs and downtown culver that isn't within walking distance of this station.

Eightball
Jul 18, 2015, 5:58 PM
Glendale new construction

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/416/19616389720_94072fb912_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vTr8eS)Glendale Construction (https://flic.kr/p/vTr8eS) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/19804439825_868018f91a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wb3VZ4)Glendale Construction (https://flic.kr/p/wb3VZ4) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/510/19181824484_8101d7030a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ve2S8N)Glendale Construction (https://flic.kr/p/ve2S8N) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/408/19616401048_dbfbb39368_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vTrbBb)Glendale Construction (https://flic.kr/p/vTrbBb) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

small exterior reno

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/359/19183520233_66eccf936f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vebydR)Glendale Construction (https://flic.kr/p/vebydR) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

sorry the quality sucks most were shot from the bus

Eightball
Jul 20, 2015, 8:27 PM
Century City reno

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/387/19245710403_0319a15d6d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vjFica)Century City reno (https://flic.kr/p/vjFica) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

Wally West
Jul 20, 2015, 8:42 PM
Thanks for the update pics, Eightball!