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bzcat
Jul 21, 2015, 12:24 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.

Since it opened, I have never failed to find a parking spot at Culver City station, so my guess is the 586 parking space is never filled to capacity, or rarely do. And with another huge garage opening at Sepulveda station opening soon, I doubt the 300 remaining space after construction of Ivy Station will be filled up either.

dtla818
Jul 21, 2015, 1:44 PM
Since it opened, I have never failed to find a parking spot at Culver City station, so my guess is the 586 parking space is never filled to capacity, or rarely do. And with another huge garage opening at Sepulveda station opening soon, I doubt the 300 remaining space after construction of Ivy Station will be filled up either.
Awesome! Thanks for the info. I just looked at a quick shot from Google street view and saw that the lot was full, so I wasn't sure if it was at capacity (like the Noho red line station.) Also, with the Sepulveda station garage opening that you mention, we should be good to go for the westside "commuters." That being said, Culver City is really starting to turn into something special!

blackcat23
Jul 21, 2015, 2:26 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/immense-sunset-la-cienega-project-shapes

Sunset La Cienega progress:

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/DSC05059.JPG?itok=tjhYAkkd

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/sunsetlacienegaresidential.jpg?itok=nxK-HGoz

colemonkee
Jul 21, 2015, 2:32 PM
Wow. I had no idea that was that far along.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jul 21, 2015, 3:51 PM
Damn, that went up real quick, no?

LAsam
Jul 21, 2015, 3:57 PM
Since it opened, I have never failed to find a parking spot at Culver City station, so my guess is the 586 parking space is never filled to capacity, or rarely do. And with another huge garage opening at Sepulveda station opening soon, I doubt the 300 remaining space after construction of Ivy Station will be filled up either.

When I've tried parking at the Culver City station for events (FYF Fest, USC footballs games, etc...) I've been unable to park on several occasions due to the lot being full. Not a big deal though since I just drive down to the La Cienega station and there is a GIANT parking structure there.

bobbyv
Jul 21, 2015, 11:31 PM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/park_mile_farmers_insurance_cim_group.php
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/55aeaebaf92ea14f30017ab5/CIM%20farmers%20insurance%20.jpg
Very disappointing.

King Kill 'em
Jul 21, 2015, 11:59 PM
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/park_mile_farmers_insurance_cim_group.php
http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/55aeaebaf92ea14f30017ab5/CIM%20farmers%20insurance%20.jpg
Very disappointing.

Why is it that when they try to do Spanish revival style nowadays it always ends up looking like crap?

Quixote
Jul 22, 2015, 3:48 AM
I see this important bit of news from last week fell through the cracks. I hope I'll be around long enough to see the full 48 miles restored, but this is a good start.

$1.3 Billion L.A. River Habitat Restoration Plan Unanimously Approved in D.C.

By Departures
July 16, 2015

The ongoing efforts to revitalize the L.A. River reached another milestone today, as the $1.3 billion river habitat restoration plan outlined by the city was unanimously approved this morning by the Civil Works Review Board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington D.C.

"Today is the culmination of more than a decade of work and marks an important milestone in our efforts to restore the Los Angeles River," said Mayor Eric Garcetti in a press release. "Because the Army Corps of Engineers has now given its official blessing, we have an opportunity to transform both the river's aquatic riparian ecosystem and our city."

A year ago, the plan, known as Alternative 20 of the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Feasibility Study, had been recommended for approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after intense lobbying by Mayor Garcetti, including a conversation with President Obama at the White House. "I think we're on track for the L.A. River," the president told the mayor at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The $9.71-million Feasibility Study was initiated in 2006 at the behest of the U.S. Congress. The study initially looked into the 32-mile stretch of the river between San Fernando Valley and the City of Vernon, but its scope is now focused on the 11-mile portion that connects Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles. Soft-bottomed in some sections, it is the area the Army Corps has determined to have the greatest potential for eco-system restoration.

Alternative 20 is the most comprehensive of all options outlined in the study. It will restore approximately 719 acres of habitat, including adding a side channel behind Ferraro Fields, widening of over 300 feet in Taylor Yard, and tributary restoration on the east side of the Arroyo Seco watershed, extensive work on the Piggyback Yard, restoration of the Verdugo Wash, and the wetlands of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. It is projected to cost $1.3 billion, after a cost increase from the original $1.03 billion.

The project will now be sent to the Army Corps' chief of engineer for approval by November. If approved, it will then be sent to Congress for authorization and appropriation of funds, after which the city and the Army Corps can begin construction.

http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/lariver/confluence/river-notes/la-river-restoration-plan-unanimously-approved-in-dc.html[/QUOTE]

blackcat23
Jul 22, 2015, 4:35 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/improvements-underway-marina-del-reys-oxford-basin

Construction is underway on a $14.5 million project which, in addition to providing functional improvements, will add park-like amenities to Marina Del Rey's Oxford Basin.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/oxford1.jpg?itok=85DXKabL

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/oxford6.JPG?itok=Q9e9ShGg

Steve8263
Jul 22, 2015, 5:48 PM
Drove past the May Co. building (Wilshire and La Brea) last Friday and heavy demolition appeared to be in progress inside and out. Startup for the movie museum could be imminent.

Wally West
Jul 22, 2015, 6:19 PM
Daily News: Los Angeles wants to strike an unusual land deal to support a Koreatown museum

http://www.dailynews.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/LA/20150721/NEWS/150729884/AR/0/AR-150729884.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667

http://www.dailynews.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/LA/20150721/NEWS/150729884/EP/1/1/EP-150729884.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667

A city-owned parking lot in Koreatown is at the center of an unusual deal proposed between Los Angeles City Hall and a local nonprofit.

The Korean American Museum Inc. plans to rent a lot on Vermont Avenue from the city for $1 a year and build a two-story museum on the site.

Nonprofits frequently rent city space at a significant discount. But in a twist, Korean American Museum Inc. also plans to build a $20 million market-rate apartment complex on the parking lot and use revenue from the housing project to pay for the museum’s operations.

The city would not collect revenues from the museum or the 103-unit apartment complex, officials said. Nor is affordable or senior housing included in the development.

Addressing Korean American leaders and journalists at a Koreatown hotel Tuesday to unveil renderings for the project, City Council President Herb Wesson lauded the plan as a way to bring housing to the neighborhood.

“This shows the perfect creative partnership that I believe the city of Los Angeles is going to have to look at moving forward,” Wesson said.

While backers contend the deal will create a cultural center in Koreatown, the proposal could spark questions about the use of city property by nonprofits.

A 2012 report released by a city-organized commission found city properties rented to nonprofits resulted in the city “failing to track, manage or realize the potential of these valuable properties.”

Designed by Los Angeles architecture firm Gruen Associates, the housing and museum would rise near Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, a bustling section of the city where City Hall officials are encouraging more density and taller buildings.

The project comes amid Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of building 100,000 new housing units by 2021. Koreatown has a number of either recently completed developments or others in the pipeline.

Dr. David Lee, a developer who serves on the museum’s board of directors, estimated the value of the city parcel at about $4 million. He said the housing project would generate about $500,000 a year, and those funds would run the museum.

Given the complexity of the deal, Lee said legal issues still need to be negotiated with city attorneys.

Dr. Myung Ki Hong, CEO of Duracoat Products and another board member, cited the importance of building a museum in Koreatown to celebrate the Korean-American experience and heritage.

“Our immigration history goes way back,” Hong said. “We’ve never had a museum.”

With the apartments, the board is seeking an “income generating project” so the museum doesn’t have to fundraise every year, he added.

The city executed a deal with Korean American Museum Inc. in 2013 to lease the site for a museum, but the housing element was added more recently, Wesson said. A motion submitted by his office last month instructed the city attorney to amend the existing lease to include the apartment complex. City officials are expected to review the plan later this year.

The city won’t lose its parking because the nonprofit will build a parking garage and relocate those spots, he said. The parking lot was “underutilized,” he added.

“It’s not like we’re giving them anything,” Wesson said. “We’re sharing a use.”

http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20150721/los-angeles-wants-to-strike-an-unusual-land-deal-to-support-a-koreatown-museum

BrianMojo
Jul 22, 2015, 6:26 PM
Judging by the render, are we sure it's not a museum dedicated to the era of the single family home? It's like they elevated a normal LA city block, encased it in a protective cover, and stuck a museum under it. :shrug:

Edit: my snark doesn't work now that the 2nd render loaded. Bah. But that certainly looks a lot nicer with the towers encasing it.

colemonkee
Jul 22, 2015, 7:29 PM
^ I still think it looks awkward even with the residential surrounding it. Awkward, awkward design.

brudy
Jul 22, 2015, 7:49 PM
I think that's a neat idea, but man the design is lacking for sure.

Eightball
Jul 22, 2015, 9:12 PM
Additional photo of the Century City reno I posted a couple days ago

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/317/19898248166_651a8694f8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wjkHWf)Century City reno (https://flic.kr/p/wjkHWf) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

No idea what this is. The intersection is Olympic/ San Vincente

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/436/19303507003_fcc16284b4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vpMw7g)Olympic (https://flic.kr/p/vpMw7g) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

Muji
Jul 22, 2015, 9:26 PM
Hmm, I find the Korean American museum design to be quite nice actually. I'm sure that the museum's roof is intended to resemble a traditional Korean house, and I think that could look pretty cool from the street. They really can't start building it soon enough - the city-owned parking lot that's currently on site has got to be one of the saddest around.

StethJeff
Jul 23, 2015, 3:30 AM
Fine. I'll be the repetitive asshole. This is way too small for a new development on Wilshire/Vermont. The city has probably 20 or so intersections that demand high-rise development. This is one of them.

Muji
Jul 23, 2015, 7:47 AM
It's proposed for the southwest corner of 6th and Vermont, on the lot immediately north of the Denny's along Vermont.

colemonkee
Jul 23, 2015, 2:23 PM
Which is one block away from a Purple Line stop. I agree, it could be higher density. Another 75 units, with 25 or so (at least) set aside for affordable.

blackcat23
Jul 23, 2015, 2:40 PM
There's also a seven-story development (http://urbanize.la/post/mixed-use-complex-proposed-vermont-avenue) planned for the Denny's site next to the KANM lot.

In a different part of town...

http://urbanize.la/post/big-residential-retail-complex-planned-lakershim-boulevard

Low-rise development with 297 residential units (25 affordable), 24,000 s.f. of commercial space and a 570-car garage near North Hollywood Station.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/lankershim.JPG?itok=aj9Xkvbv

blackcat23
Jul 24, 2015, 2:59 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/marriott-edition-pushing-dirt-sunset-strip

Update on West Hollywood's upcoming Marriott Edition Hotel & Residences (148 rooms, 20 condo, multiple restaurants).

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950wb/public/field/image/DSC05035.JPG?itok=mQWa7eS1

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/edition3.jpg?itok=uNwCPJqD

blackcat23
Jul 25, 2015, 4:08 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-huge-la-cienegajefferson-tod

No detailed renderings yet, but this is the scale for the 11-acre Jefferson & La Cienega TOD from Carmel Partners. Tower would be up to 320 feet tall.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/8.JPG?itok=lKyIuxPj

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/11.JPG?itok=SJUI717L

Quixote
Jul 25, 2015, 7:00 PM
^ Terrible plan on so many levels (although the basic intention is good). If the city wants to rezone that site for residential use, it should first divide it into at least 10 separate parcels. Think Manhattan's Battery Park City.

Not that I had high expectations for that area to begin with. Developing something remotely urban and walkable is too great of a challenge for the city, but where there's a will there's a way. Thank goodness for Santa Monica, Culver City, and West Hollywood. And least they try.

brudy
Jul 28, 2015, 5:46 PM
My god that Carmel TOD is profoundly terrible. It looks like a sad execution of Le Corbusier's failed ideas with a slight haircut.

retina
Jul 28, 2015, 6:04 PM
^ Terrible plan on so many levels (although the basic intention is good). If the city wants to rezone that site for residential use, it should first divide it into at least 10 separate parcels. Think Manhattan's Battery Park City.

Not that I had high expectations for that area to begin with. Developing something remotely urban and walkable is too great of a challenge for the city, but where there's a will there's a way. Thank goodness for Santa Monica, Culver City, and West Hollywood. And least they try.

Why can't everyone build a "USC Village" at every one of large parcels? That project is ideal for creating open space able to sustain itself. I'm disgusted by this fortress.

timpdx
Jul 28, 2015, 6:30 PM
Netflix is signing as the anchor tenant for Icon in Hollywood, 150K SF

http://www.trbimg.com/img-55b6ddab/turbine/la-sbs-image-2-jpg-20150727/900/900x506

NSMP
Jul 28, 2015, 7:13 PM
^huge news. We were already seeing the effects of investment spreading east from central hollywood, but I expect there'll be much more to come. I wish we could expect to see upzoning in east hollywood and plans for light rail down Santa Monica, but I doubt either is forthcoming.

hughfb3
Jul 28, 2015, 11:44 PM
Does anyone know if the sunset Gordon CIM tower got allowances to lease out the apartments again since the lawsuit? I went by there today and there are quite a few "now leasing" signs posted up outside.

Also, we have a Sugarfish by Nozawa coming to Hollywood at the sunset/gower tower complex. The sign is already on the outside

hughfb3
Jul 28, 2015, 11:46 PM
Great news on Netflix in Hollywood. Hollywood is becoming Hollywood again

caligrad
Jul 29, 2015, 12:22 AM
Great news about Netflix, It actually interesting. People bitch, moan and complain about how soft LAs commercial market is and how downtowns vacancy rate is no bueno. But I noticed every new tower build/proposed and the old towers that are completely gutted and repurposed for creative office space are flying off the shelves quick. Maybe instead of saying LA has a weak market, a new study needs to look at how all of our 80s-90s towers are doing shitty because they are not fitting the needs of new corporate America who demands open floor plans and creative geared office space instead of the cubicle/segregated style office space of decades ago, especially in a city as bright and vibrant/new school as LA is just like SF up north is. Fix this problem and i'm willing to bet my life that our old towers will see new life.

King Kill 'em
Jul 29, 2015, 2:15 AM
Does anyone know if the sunset Gordon CIM tower got allowances to lease out the apartments again since the lawsuit? I went by there today and there are quite a few "now leasing" signs posted up outside.

Also, we have a Sugarfish by Nozawa coming to Hollywood at the sunset/gower tower complex. The sign is already on the outside

I'm pretty sure. You can see people's stuff inside and on the balconies.

sopas ej
Jul 29, 2015, 2:16 PM
Netflix is signing as the anchor tenant for Icon in Hollywood, 150K SF

http://www.trbimg.com/img-55b6ddab/turbine/la-sbs-image-2-jpg-20150727/900/900x506

Are they hiring? :P

blackcat23
Jul 29, 2015, 2:39 PM
A couple of Westside projects under construction.

67 condominiums in Del Rey (ETCO Homes, Bucilla Group Architecture)
http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/Glencoe.jpg?itok=mhdT53kW
http://urbanize.la/post/condominium-complex-rising-del-rey

135 apartments, 16,000 sq. ft. retail at Washington/Overland (Greystar, VTBS Architects)
http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/palms1_0.JPG?itok=bAd9V3sF
http://urbanize.la/post/more-residential-palms-culver-city-border

colemonkee
Jul 29, 2015, 2:50 PM
Not bad to both of those!

colemonkee
Jul 29, 2015, 5:08 PM
No pictures as I was driving, but I drove by 200 Spectrum Center in Irvine yesterday, which is nearing completion and very, very prominent in the area. It's easily the tallest building in the multiple clusters of high-rises in the Irvine area, and it looks fantastic.

http://www.200spectrumcenter.com/

NativeOrange
Jul 29, 2015, 6:22 PM
No pictures as I was driving, but I drove by 200 Spectrum Center in Irvine yesterday, which is nearing completion and very, very prominent in the area. It's easily the tallest building in the multiple clusters of high-rises in the Irvine area, and it looks fantastic.

http://www.200spectrumcenter.com/

Yes it is very prominent. Living in OC, I don't get to witness some of these awesome projects in LA very often so watching this building go up from my work has been helping with my withdrawals. Glass looks especially good on it.

UserName01010
Jul 30, 2015, 6:36 AM
No pictures as I was driving, but I drove by 200 Spectrum Center in Irvine yesterday, which is nearing completion and very, very prominent in the area. It's easily the tallest building in the multiple clusters of high-rises in the Irvine area, and it looks fantastic.

http://www.200spectrumcenter.com/

It's the tallest building in all of Orange County, unless One Broadway Plaza or LTG Platinum's condo tower gets built.

blackcat23
Jul 30, 2015, 2:17 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/renderings-revealed-noho-west-development

Renderings for the giant NoHo West development in the Valley from Goldstein Planting and Merlone Geier. 742 apartments, 190,000 s.f. retail (plus a movie theater and a gym) and 500,000 s.f. office space.

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

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/Main-street.jpg?itok=dZqTpiqO

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

timpdx
Jul 30, 2015, 2:51 PM
A game changer for the area, and will hopefully spur the nearby properties to develop into something better.

colemonkee
Jul 30, 2015, 2:56 PM
^ Materials in those renders look very promising. Love the brick and wood. And can't wait to see what the store "Glass Box" carries... ;)

brudy
Jul 30, 2015, 3:51 PM
That's fairly epic and reminds me of some large developments on the east coast that essentially build big neighborhoods out of nothing. Looks pretty promising so far for the area, if it comes to fruition.

Muji
Jul 30, 2015, 5:45 PM
In terms of site plan, NoHo West is definitely a lot closer to what Carmel should be aiming for at Jefferson and La Cienaga. It's just too bad that it's a bit out of walking distance from the North Hollywood Red Line terminus.

RaymondChandlerLives
Jul 30, 2015, 7:23 PM
Definite game-changer, and sorely needed in the SFV. It's amazing how underretailed the area is outside Ventura Boulevard.

King Kill 'em
Jul 31, 2015, 12:21 AM
They should do something like this to every large strip mall moderately close to a metro stop. Imagine how much cleaner and inviting that would make LA seem.

Eightball
Jul 31, 2015, 11:34 PM
I posted some pics of the new parking garage u/c at the USC hospital campus a few weeks back. A new building adjacent to the garage has now started as well...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/392/19990660200_3a8ec741bd_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wsvmPb)USC Hospital Campus (https://flic.kr/p/wsvmPb) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/291/20170541312_7e0ca06a2e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wJpicE)USC Hospital Campus (https://flic.kr/p/wJpicE) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/479/20178677885_fac3aec94c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wK7ZVp)USC Hospital Campus (https://flic.kr/p/wK7ZVp) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/424/20184331431_a37de65e1d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wKBYwk)USC Hospital Campus (https://flic.kr/p/wKBYwk) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

Quixote
Jul 31, 2015, 11:43 PM
Can any USC people confirm that the biotech park is actually happening?

LA21st
Aug 1, 2015, 1:35 AM
Regarding the expo line, the Pico/Olympic/Sepulveda corridors should explode with Tods, right? More intense than Culver City at least.

StethJeff
Aug 1, 2015, 10:12 PM
They should do something like this to every large strip mall moderately close to a metro stop. Imagine how much cleaner and inviting that would make LA seem.

fixed

King Kill 'em
Aug 2, 2015, 1:56 AM
fixed

Yeah but that would only solve half the problem.

Eightball
Aug 3, 2015, 4:09 PM
new construction (i believe) in Venice on Rose

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/479/20266913291_2e70a27a1e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wSVeev)New construction #Venice (https://flic.kr/p/wSVeev) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/454/20073031630_6d0326406c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wzMwYf)New construction #Venice (https://flic.kr/p/wzMwYf) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/458/20234830216_c24351be35_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wQ5N43)New construction #Venice (https://flic.kr/p/wQ5N43) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/445/20252752952_97e585a465_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/wREDRJ)New construction #Venice (https://flic.kr/p/wREDRJ) by robb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/73028294@N00/), on Flickr

bzcat
Aug 3, 2015, 8:19 PM
I was at the Green Line Aviation station today and I notice the parking lot just south of the station is gone and its now a fenced dirt lot and the few bulldozers are in there pushing dirt around. Anyone know what is happening there?

I don't even know which jurisdiction is that parcel located... City of LA, El Segundo, Hawthorne, or unincorporated? :shrug:

Google Map location: https://www.google.com/maps/@33.929216,-118.378095,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sRkplutEV2XmAAtFutZG6sw!2e0

I was at Aviation station again yesterday and saw that construction is well underway. They have a billboard and fencing with some info and this is how I found out the project is a mix of studio, 1, and 2 bedroom apartments.

http://www.fairfieldresidential.com/blog/ffres-breaks-ground-in-la/#sthash.ONrskXs0.dpbs

And to answer my own question... this parcel is in fact in no-mans land. City of LA ends at Aviation station. City of El Segundo is west of Aviation Blvd. And City of Hawthrone is one block to the east.

blackcat23
Aug 4, 2015, 2:29 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/otis-college-expanding-westchester-campus

Otis College adding nearly 100,000 square feet of academic and residential space to Westchester campus.

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

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/otis.jpg?itok=x30xZu01

Eightball
Aug 4, 2015, 2:40 PM
solid design! loving this render
http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/otishousing.jpg?itok=fI0Frv6x

colemonkee
Aug 4, 2015, 2:44 PM
Not bad at all! Too bad it will be mostly hidden from view when going down Lincoln. But great to see some good design going up, regardless of location.

DistrictDirt
Aug 4, 2015, 3:44 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/otis-college-expanding-westchester-campus

Otis College adding nearly 100,000 square feet of academic and residential space to Westchester campus.

Fun fact: I built OTIS's website :)

Steve8263
Aug 4, 2015, 6:33 PM
Every time I drive by there I think of this guy-

http://cdn.totalfratmove.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/572d4e421e5e6b9bc11d815e8a027112513844507.jpeg

Otis, my man!

Quixote
Aug 4, 2015, 11:42 PM
Looking good! Reminds me a little of the proposed Ivy Station with all the red accents.

NSMP
Aug 5, 2015, 6:49 AM
Across from my work near Wilshire and La Brea, construction on The Mansfield is underway after breaking ground in June. 6 floors, 138 units, 299 parking spots, 13,000 sq ft of nice looking retail space. 2 blocks from the future Wilshire/La Brea stop. I actually thought it was a staging area or portal for the Purple Line construction at first

http://kordarpk.com/development-projects/
http://i0.wp.com/kordarpk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/mansfield.jpg?resize=680%2C340

Quixote
Aug 5, 2015, 6:55 AM
^ It could turn out to be a nice building or a total disaster depending on the materials used. Pasadena's Playhouse Plaza is the upside potential.

blackcat23
Aug 5, 2015, 2:16 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/residential-development-tops-out-highland-avenue

Progress on 1411 N. Highland Ave

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950wb/public/field/image/DSC05192.JPG?itok=8qq6R4jx

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/url.png?itok=2gEHDNnT

BrianMojo
Aug 5, 2015, 5:58 PM
Across from my work near Wilshire and La Brea, construction on The Mansfield is underway after breaking ground in June. 6 floors, 138 units, 299 parking spots, 13,000 sq ft of nice looking retail space. 2 blocks from the future Wilshire/La Brea stop. I actually thought it was a staging area or portal for the Purple Line construction at first

http://kordarpk.com/development-projects/
http://i0.wp.com/kordarpk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/mansfield.jpg?resize=680%2C340

This is my hood now, and I had no idea this was going in! Really appreciate the styling of the render, very appropriate to the surrounding buildings. Hopefully good materials go in, this could seriously help enliven Wilshire.

^ It could turn out to be a nice building or a total disaster depending on the materials used. Pasadena's Playhouse Plaza is the upside potential.

For an example of how it could go wrong, all you have to do is look across the street. (I appreciate the style of 5115 Wilshire, but the stucco just doesn't seal the deal.) That said, even bad materials with a design like this is miles better than the Wilshire La Brea monstrosity.

bzcat
Aug 5, 2015, 10:21 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/new-playa-vista-office-complex-revealed

This is Tishman Speyer's latest office complex in Playa Vista, currently under construction. Comprises slightly over 400,000 square feet of floor area, catacorner to Google's property. Design comes from Michael Maltzan Architecture.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/playa1.jpg?itok=2ow6EyO6

The crane for this project is up. Snapped the photo while I was waiting for the light to change.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/404/20114743749_152eb55f64_b.jpg

bighomey3000
Aug 5, 2015, 11:48 PM
Playa Vista is LA's Irvine--giving the people what they want, but terrible urbanity and walkability

Quixote
Aug 6, 2015, 1:23 AM
Is it that big of a deal that PV isn't walkable? It's closed in on two sides by the Westchester hillside and PCH. There's not a lot you could do to make it a real urban neighborhood.

StethJeff
Aug 6, 2015, 1:32 AM
Can't basically any neighborhood be transformed into an urban neighborhood through design, density, and transit??

202_Cyclist
Aug 6, 2015, 3:02 AM
Can't basically any neighborhood be transformed into an urban neighborhood through design, density, and transit??

Yes, it can be done.

Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking
http://www.accessmagazine.org/articles/fall-2011/retrofitting-suburbs-increase-walking-2/

Quixote
Aug 6, 2015, 5:43 AM
Anything can be done with a little creativity and imagination. Where there's a will, there's a way.

PV is too much of a self-contained island for it to function as a real urban neighborhood. You'll need massive amounts of underground parking to accommodate the flood of people coming in from Westchester, Playa del Rey, and Marina del Rey.

And PV is much better designed than Irvine and thriving economically. Cedars-Sinai will be an anchor tenant at the new Runway.

http://www.labusinessjournal.com/news/2015/aug/03/cedars-anchor-playa-vistas-runway/

Steve8263
Aug 6, 2015, 2:31 PM
10000 SaMo project. Photo taken off some guys Facebook page. Appears to be on floor 23 of 40. Just missed the Waldorf project in the upper right corner, that has reached ground level is starting to be visible from the street.

https://scontent-lax1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/11834743_10155932522510451_501515117040060332_o.jpg

colemonkee
Aug 6, 2015, 2:48 PM
^ I keep forgetting about 10000 Santa Monica. That will actually have an effect on the CC skyline from the west and north. Looking good so far.

cargocultpants
Aug 6, 2015, 4:27 PM
Is it that big of a deal that PV isn't walkable? It's closed in on two sides by the Westchester hillside and PCH. There's not a lot you could do to make it a real urban neighborhood.

The eastern half with all the business parks is not great for walking, but the western, residential half is actually pretty pleasant. They did a good job of making it mixed use, so there are little store fronts under some of the apartment buildings, giving the area more foot traffic than your usual LA mega apartment complex block...

Eightball
Aug 6, 2015, 5:42 PM
great pic of 10000 SaMo!

a9l8e7n
Aug 6, 2015, 9:26 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/new-playa-vista-office-complex-revealed

It was difficult to get a good view, much more steel is placed than can be seen in the pictures. In any case....

First building you can see the core; another core exists in same plot.
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/474/19732645143_a760e92ea0_b.jpg

Second building, steel concrete erected, core in the center (out of view).
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/19730894214_6c1104a754_b.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/468/20165568978_85503dcc29_b.jpg

bzcat
Aug 6, 2015, 10:40 PM
The eastern half with all the business parks is not great for walking, but the western, residential half is actually pretty pleasant. They did a good job of making it mixed use, so there are little store fronts under some of the apartment buildings, giving the area more foot traffic than your usual LA mega apartment complex block...

The eastern part is also not finished building. Let's reserve judgement until all the projects are done. The first development ("The Campus" I think?) was horrible because all the Orange County style giant surface parking lot... but all the new developments since that one have public access court yards or podiums and underground parking or semi-underground parking.

The Runway retail/mixed use district is also coming alone nicely with narrow street width (single traffic lane each direction and wide sidewalks) and appropriate pedestrian scale setbacks. It should provide very good pedestrian experience.

What Playa Vista really needs is Google Bikes. With a sprawling YouTube campus already and future Google complex under planning, I'm hoping Google will dump several hundred bikes in Playa Vista like they did in Palo Alto.

blackcat23
Aug 7, 2015, 2:32 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/another-tall-hotel-hollywood

19-story hotel headed to Sunset Blvd Jack-in-the-Box site

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/hwood.JPG?itok=IUK2cUYQ

NSMP
Aug 7, 2015, 3:06 PM
^ :cheers:

This will be a great addition to Cahuenga, which is already my favorite corridor in Hollywood.

c1tyguy
Aug 7, 2015, 6:20 PM
^ Doesn't Jack-in-the-Box have a lease until 2018? Won't be seeing new construction here for a while...

Wally West
Aug 7, 2015, 6:35 PM
That Jack In the Box has the weirdest/unfriendliest customers. There's always a fight involving homeless people there. Glad to know it's going away since it makes a horrible impression on tourists.

brudy
Aug 7, 2015, 6:38 PM
LA Times has a story that Gehry is redoing the master plan for the LA River. Frightening turn of events if you ask me.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-la-river-frank-gehry-20150807-story.html

StethJeff
Aug 7, 2015, 8:48 PM
LA Times has a story that Gehry is redoing the master plan for the LA River. Frightening turn of events if you ask me.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-la-river-frank-gehry-20150807-story.html

That just seems completely unnecessary. Agreed with the FoLAR criticisms. Is this part of some kind of Olympic wooing effort by Garcetti?

Quixote
Aug 7, 2015, 9:08 PM
Everything new in LA has to be designed by either Gehry, Gensler, RTKL, or TCA. :haha:

If his involvement is limited mostly to walkways and bridges, then that's fine. The whole point of this project though is to restore the river as a natural habitat. In other words, it should be kept as simple as possible both for aesthetic reasons and to keep the costs down.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Aug 7, 2015, 9:59 PM
^ Doesn't Jack-in-the-Box have a lease until 2018? Won't be seeing new construction here for a while...

Entitlements and design will take a year or more.... Even then, buyouts arent that uncommon. It could start in 18 - 24 months if the owners really wanted to

Wally West
Aug 7, 2015, 11:10 PM
Frightening turn of events if you ask me.


Agreed. I'm now worried this project may become over-engineered and become Perishing Square 2.0

N. Fred
Aug 8, 2015, 1:03 AM
The gap between Downtown and Koreatown keeps getting smaller with the renovation of the Wilshire Royale: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wilshire-royale-20150808-story.html

brudy
Aug 8, 2015, 1:47 AM
Agreed. I'm now worried this project may become over-engineered and become Perishing Square 2.0

I know! For once, just once, could LA not try to overdo their public outdoor spaces? I like Gehry's buildings a lot, but he is not the right guy for this. No Gehry, no Gensler - get some kind of more naturalist designer.

StethJeff
Aug 8, 2015, 2:23 AM
The river should look like something Huck Finn would paddle down with huge adjoining marshes, parks (Piggyback Yards would be incredible), and a commercial stretch along DTLA. That's it.

At no point does it need curvy sheet metal.

King Kill 'em
Aug 8, 2015, 3:02 AM
Quality wood should be the primary material in the river restoration. Stainless steel would distract from the nature and remind you of where you actually are. However brightly colored stucco and concrete like in Pershing square would be worse around the river

NSMP
Aug 8, 2015, 7:44 AM
Everything new in LA has to be designed by either Gehry, Gensler, RTKL, or TCA. :haha:

Seriously are these the only folks willing to work in LA or what??

Bikemike
Aug 8, 2015, 10:33 AM
LA has the commercially most successful and active crappy architects in America bar none. There is so much money but so little relative improvement in aesthetics. We'll never be as cool as Seattle or SF. The quality and sophistication of their projects across the board is so far ahead of us, even though we're getting similar money.

Hemeroscopium
Aug 8, 2015, 11:36 AM
I know! For once, just once, could LA not try to overdo their public outdoor spaces? I like Gehry's buildings a lot, but he is not the right guy for this. No Gehry, no Gensler - get some kind of more naturalist designer.


Gehry is the greatest living architect and there is probably nothing he can not do....but for that project I would see snohetta...

King Kill 'em
Aug 8, 2015, 3:09 PM
Seriously are these the only folks willing to work in LA or what??

What about AC Martin?

blackcat23
Aug 10, 2015, 2:29 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/supportive-housing-completed-santa-monica

34-unit supportive housing development completed near Downtown Santa Monica Station. Developed by Step Up on Second, designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/DSC05263.JPG?itok=-PPgH4NL

Eightball
Aug 10, 2015, 2:40 PM
^^^ classy

StethJeff
Aug 11, 2015, 12:58 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/supportive-housing-completed-santa-monica

34-unit supportive housing development completed near Downtown Santa Monica Station. Developed by Step Up on Second, designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/DSC05263.JPG?itok=-PPgH4NL

Wow. This should be the dominant design aesthetic throughout LA. Looks terrific.

a very long weekend
Aug 11, 2015, 1:30 AM
yowza, love it.

a9l8e7n
Aug 11, 2015, 3:59 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/new-playa-vista-office-complex-revealed

Better angles...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/515/20463563196_5d81b2390a_b.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/510/20463578716_09f9a99ccd_b.jpg

BrianMojo
Aug 11, 2015, 6:28 PM
The gap between Downtown and Koreatown keeps getting smaller with the renovation of the Wilshire Royale: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wilshire-royale-20150808-story.html

This is awesome news. Westlake has so much potential! It's vibrant now, it just needs to be literally cleaned up (money put into cleaning facades, trash pickup, fixing infrastructure).

StethJeff
Aug 12, 2015, 1:49 AM
This is awesome news. Westlake has so much potential! It's vibrant now, it just needs to be literally cleaned up (money put into cleaning facades, trash pickup, fixing infrastructure).

Agreed. Westlake cleanup/densification should be the biggest no brainer in LA. If the city has a housing shortage, this is where efforts should be concentrated. Same goes for all of Wilshire as the subway expands but like you said, Westlake has boundless potential with the existing architecture, park space, heavy transit, density, and location between Downtown and Ktown. There's no reason it should continue to look this shabby and sketchy in 20 years.

blackcat23
Aug 12, 2015, 3:08 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/condo-conversion-opening-monrovia

68 condominiums opening in Monrovia...designed by everyone's favorite architecture firm, TCA.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/CC_Building-Exterior_9239.jpeg?itok=lACzvOTx

Bikemike
Aug 13, 2015, 12:41 AM
Barftastic but much improved for TCA. Good thing it's Monrovia