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NSMP
Mar 2, 2016, 3:50 PM
We'll see if this gets anywhere, the key word is unsolicited otoh the city is at least listening


It's low-rise, it's designed by a big name, it represents a major increase in revenue over current uses. I'd say it has a good shot.

blackcat23
Mar 3, 2016, 12:19 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/100-million-renovation-ports-o-call-village-revealed

San Pedro's Ports O' Call Village to get $100-million upgrade from the Ratkovich Company. 16 acres of restaurants, shops, and boutique office space, now known as the San Pedro Public Market.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/portocall.jpg?itok=xjkAf2iU

King Kill 'em
Mar 3, 2016, 12:45 AM
The colors on that initial rendering are awful. Looks like Orange County

blackcat23
Mar 3, 2016, 2:46 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/100-million-renovation-ports-o-call-village-revealed

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/portsocall2.jpg?itok=ErQ-jT0_

Eightball
Mar 3, 2016, 4:25 PM
Access Culver City facade is coming together...

V-jX9Gz_RDA

DJM19
Mar 3, 2016, 5:52 PM
Does this mean they are reopening the full red car line and making this the new end point? Because that would be a great idea.

blackcat23
Mar 3, 2016, 7:28 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-mixed-use-planned-del-rey

California Landmark Group planning mixed-use development in Del Rey.

Two alternatives:

A four-to-seven-story building with 250 residential units, 1,700 sf of office space and a 300 sf coffee bar
Six story building with 150 condos and 10,000 sf of office and a four-story self storage building


Designed by Pk Architecture

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/1_13.JPG?itok=tJxV_LZ0

King Kill 'em
Mar 3, 2016, 11:50 PM
https://twitter.com/boxbro39/status/705439851043168256

JDRCRASH
Mar 4, 2016, 1:46 AM
Cal State Northridge is fighting for BRT on Nordhoff and Reseda, moving Northridge Metrolink Station to improve campus access: https://redlinereader.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/csun-calls-for-improved-service-for-campus-commuters/

Why the Metrolink station was never placed near Reseda Blvd is BEYOND ME.

ozone
Mar 4, 2016, 4:45 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/100-million-renovation-ports-o-call-village-revealed

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/portsocall2.jpg?itok=ErQ-jT0_

Wow this so much better than the very dated faux Cape Cod fishing village! San Pedro is an underappreciated town in Los Angeles in my opinion. Hopefully it will spark interest in developers to build housing and hotels.

AndrewK
Mar 4, 2016, 6:19 PM
I think Ive walked down that exact street while at California Disney.

StethJeff
Mar 5, 2016, 12:18 AM
I think Ive walked down that exact street while at California Disney.

:haha: so true

Might as well skip Caruso from here on out and just have a bunch of imagineers redevelop our retail and entertainment districts. Beverly Center could definitely use some audioanimatronics.

King Kill 'em
Mar 5, 2016, 12:53 AM
https://twitter.com/boxbro39/status/705908628587302912

timpdx
Mar 5, 2016, 10:57 PM
Couple of phone snaps from Hollywood today

Argyle hotel project, really moving along more than I thought

http://i.imgur.com/rM9NGYZ.jpg

Icon, the shifting block effect is stronger than I thought. Looks like they are working on 12 or 13

http://i.imgur.com/QZRMy28.jpg

King Kill 'em
Mar 6, 2016, 12:41 AM
Icon, the shifting block effect is stronger than I thought. Looks like they are working on 12 or 13

http://i.imgur.com/QZRMy28.jpg

From the renderings I didn't really like this building. Now that I see it coming together though I rather do.

timpdx
Mar 6, 2016, 3:26 AM
https://twitter.com/boxbro39/status/705908628587302912

Read up and pass this article along:

http://www.betterinstitutions.com/blog/2016/3/1/top-7-reasons-oppose-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative

hughfb3
Mar 6, 2016, 6:08 AM
Read up and pass this article along:

http://www.betterinstitutions.com/blog/2016/3/1/top-7-reasons-oppose-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative

Great read! I just shared it on my Facebook.

By the way, I was at the grand opening today for the gold line to Asuza. Tens of thousands of people there. It was awesome!! Next up, expo to Santa Monica, opening May 20th

Folks3000
Mar 6, 2016, 6:31 PM
Great read! I just shared it on my Facebook.

By the way, I was at the grand opening today for the gold line to Asuza. Tens of thousands of people there. It was awesome!! Next up, expo to Santa Monica, opening May 20th

Way more people than I anticipated. Thought I could just hop off at one of the stations, grab lunch, and head back downtown. Turned out not to be that simple haha.

caligrad
Mar 6, 2016, 9:05 PM
^^^ yeah I was planning on taking a spin on the Gold. Didn't work out that way after I saw all the people. Hopefully it builds even more momentum.

Wheeljack
Mar 6, 2016, 9:19 PM
^^^ yeah I was planning on taking a spin on the Gold. Didn't work out that way after I saw all the people. Hopefully it builds even more momentum.

Unfortunately this happened last night:

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/fiery-truck-crash-on-210-freeway-melts-gold-line-tracks-disrupts-new-foothill-extension-service/

A fiery truck crash on the westbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena forced authorities to close the freeway to all westbound traffic and at least three lanes eastbound early morning Sunday, and disrupted train service on the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension tracks which had just opened for passenger service a day earlier.

Captain Steve Strull of the CHP Station in Altadena said the heat from the fire melted the train tracks, forcing Metro to close train service.

Train service has been replaced by bus shuttles between Allen and Arcadia stations on the Gold Line extension, and it is not known what time the tracks can be repaired and trains could run on them again.

Any guesses to how long it'll take Metro to replace those tracks to get that part running again?

Wally West
Mar 6, 2016, 10:29 PM
LA Times: Beverly Center to undergo $500-million renovation that will add upscale food and sunlight (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-beverly-center-mall-restaurants-20160306-story.html)

The Beverly Center, a grand dame in Los Angeles retailing, is placing a $500-million bet on food and sunshine.

A sweeping renovation of the eight-story mall begins late this month and will feature skylights and a new, window-dotted exterior to open and freshen the 1980s shopping fortress.

But the biggest addition to the luxury-brand center will be a fancy food hall and upscale restaurants as developer Taubman Centers, like mall owners across the country, tries to lure increasingly fickle consumers.

Airy outdoor malls such as the Grove and the Americana at Brand, as well as retail stretches such as the Third Street Promenade, are attracting customers who want to browse while enjoying Southern California's balmy weather. Young tech-savvy shoppers are choosing to buy online instead of at bricks-and-mortar stores.


It’s become imperative for shopping centers to upgrade as they face an onslaught of competition from e-commerce, analysts said. Above, an artist's rendering of the revamped Beverly Center. (Courtesy of Beverly Center)
Malls trying to keep up with the times are turning to food as a way to draw people, analysts said. The Beverly Center, as part of its revamp, will introduce nine new restaurants and a food hall to be helmed by celebrity chef Michael Mina.

"The food is the most dramatic," said William Taubman, chief operating officer of Taubman Centers. "We have been by far the weakest in food historically, and we will now become the strongest."

The food hall, to be called the Street despite its location on the top-floor terrace, will offer 15 to 18 concepts from different chefs, Mina said. Possible options, he said, include a ramen bar, a poke bar and an eatery with barbecued meats from around the world.

Mina, who will also have a restaurant on the Beverly Center's ground floor, said that Americans have greater expectations when dining out.

"People are more educated than they have ever been about food," said Mina, who is also working with Taubman to bring food-hall style dining to a Hawaii shopping center. "They are demanding higher quality than they have ever demanded, especially people shopping in places like the Beverly Center."

Other Southland shopping centers are also recognizing the need to offer food beyond hot dogs and pizza.

Westfield Century City is in the midst of a massive $800-million makeover, including adding the first California branch of the gourmet Italian food emporium Eataly, which is co-owned by Crocs-loving chef Mario Batali. It is one of several Westfield malls that have upgraded their food courts into so-called food terraces in recent years.

After a serious overhaul, the once enclosed Santa Monica Place relaunched in 2010 as an open-air space β€” with a dining deck offering gourmet fare and views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Taubman said that food has become "an important draw" for malls.

"It has the potential to become an anchor in a project like this," he said. "I think everybody who comes to dine will shop."

Traditional anchors such as department stores are no longer the draws they once were, especially among young shoppers. Many shopping centers face extinction if they don't evolve.

"We are seeing this massive decline in mall traffic," said Joe Schmitt, a director in the retail practice at AlixPartners. "Traditional prison-block-style malls have been negatively affected by traffic and rent."

Some retail destinations have gotten creative, adding bowling alleys and mini-golf courses. Even malls in colder climates such as Chicago are being reborn as open-air centers, making the gamble that shoppers will still enjoy the fresh air when temperatures dip.

Malls are splitting into two classes, analysts said. High-end ones that have upgraded to offering fine dining and other amenities are thriving and enjoying higher traffic and sales, while a glut of lower-tier shopping centers are in danger of going out of business.

"You have ghost malls that have shut down," said Jeff Toohig, a director and senior analyst at ITG Investment Research. "In terms of high-end malls, those are the locations where it makes sense to put capital in." Beverly Center, which has long been a destination for luxury labels, is doing just that.

Taubman, whose father helped build the Beverly Center, said the company did nearly a year of research to pinpoint what needed to change at the mall. They convened focus groups, conducted shop-alongs and even stayed with customers, peering into their home closets.

"It's a little bit like a psychiatrist," he said. "They felt the overall environment was feeling dated. But they didn't tell us specifically, 'I want a big skylight.'"

On Yelp, where the Beverly Center gets three out of five stars, reviewers praise the mall's ritzy brands, including Prada and Louis Vuitton, but complain about skimpy food choices.

Some disgruntled visitors call the mall β€” which opened in 1982 and has undergone smaller renovations β€” "dated" and "not really that cool."

Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, who is in charge of the renovation, said he wanted to bring more of the city into the center.

"It wasn't the best building I have seen in my life," Fuksas said. "It was so concrete and very hard."

To bring in more light, the remodel will include a ribbon of skylights. A perforated steel facade will curve along much of the outside.

The parking structure is getting an upgrade, with smart technology to help motorists find a spot and, later, remember where they parked.

Big windows will bring views of Los Angeles, while an outdoor dining area extending out of the food hall will give diners the option to eat in the open air.

The first floor will have as many as eight restaurants, with tables outside. There will also be added greenery on the street level to attract passersby.

"There is no barrier between inside and outside," Fuksas said. "Your building has to be part of the city."

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the Beverly Center has long held "a special place" in Los Angeles.

"It's where an entire generation of Angelenos went on first dates, bought prom dresses and met up with friends on weekends," Garcetti said in a statement. The remodel is a "tremendous investment," he added, that will allow future generations to have those same experiences at the shopping center.

The mall will stay open throughout the remodel, which should be completed by November 2018.

Although the Beverly Center has enjoyed sales increases, even in recent years, the remodel will ensure that it remains a shopping destination in the future, Taubman said.

"Malls really represent culture and society and economics at a given time," he said. "You have to step back and ask, 'Is it as relevant today as it once was?'"

http://www.trbimg.com/img-56da73b3/turbine/la-fi-0306-beverly-center-mall-restaurants-1-jpg-20160304/750/750x422

http://www.trbimg.com/img-56da759e/turbine/la-mallbiz-la0036990384-20160305/750/750x422

Steve8263
Mar 6, 2016, 10:48 PM
:previous:

With $500 mil to spend I wish they would tear it down and start over instead.

King Kill 'em
Mar 6, 2016, 11:25 PM
^exactly. This is the very definition of putting lipstick on a pig.

Had a another thought. If they're not going to tear it down, they should at least make it open air. Indoor malls are so outdated

Busy Bee
Mar 6, 2016, 11:48 PM
$500,000,000 couldn't even get the utility lines buried? Whaaaa?

Lalaland
Mar 7, 2016, 2:03 AM
It's astonishing how clueless these guys are. I understand that they want to desperately hang on to their cheesy mall, trying to make it more profitable, but this is just going to be such a waste of money. Do these dusty knuckleheads really not get that, despite putting in a few Windows and whatever other half assery they're gonna do, and the end it will still be the same tired mall that makes you feel your shopping in a bathroom. "The Street"? Really??? LOL. Yeah, I'm sure that's gonna draw in the masses.
The days of the mall, Indoor or outdoor, are over. Ideal they should tear it down and build a few mid to high rise residential towers, all with retail and restaurants on the ground floors, effectively connecting them to the surrounding streets. Maybe the towers could be arranged in a circle surrounding a public plaza with plenty of outdoor seating for the restaurants facing it.
Now THERE I would love to go spend my money.

timpdx
Mar 7, 2016, 3:29 AM
Largest Ikea in the US and one of the largest in the world in Burbank. Pic is a bit deceptive, its giant and goes two levels down to street level below this photo.

http://i.imgur.com/MIGDYt9.jpg

colemonkee
Mar 7, 2016, 3:20 PM
^ Interesting. So they're moving the downtown Burbank IKEA somewhere else, huh? I wonder what will happen to the space downtown. Could be a good candidate for residential over retail construction, since there frankly aren't that many big box stores left to take the place, especially if IKEA is relocating elsewhere in Burbank.

Doctorboffin
Mar 7, 2016, 3:36 PM
http://http://urbanize.la/post/exploring-glendales-proposed-freeway-cap-park

colemonkee
Mar 7, 2016, 3:41 PM
Wow, if Glendale can pull this off with the light rail, that would be a huge win for the entire region, not just the City of Glendale. This is ambitious for all the right reasons.

King Kill 'em
Mar 7, 2016, 4:56 PM
They're planning a 14 story residential tower next door. There's a community meeting tonight about it where there will likely be a lot of nimbys. I'm going to speak in favor of the project

blackcat23
Mar 7, 2016, 5:07 PM
Glendale's Proposed Freeway Cap Park Revealed (http://urbanize.la/post/exploring-glendales-proposed-freeway-cap-park)

24 acres above .7 miles of the 134 Freeway. The usual amenities for an urban park, with the distant possibility of a light rail/BRT station underneath the park at Brand Boulevard.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/4_11.jpg?itok=MbO3rZIc

SD_Phil
Mar 7, 2016, 7:10 PM
Wow! That's amazing. I'm genuinely surprised at the scale and ambition of the plan. Anyone hazard to guess the odds of this actually being built?

JDRCRASH
Mar 7, 2016, 7:24 PM
Wow! That's amazing. I'm genuinely surprised at the scale and ambition of the plan. Anyone hazard to guess the odds of this actually being built?

First phase getting completed wouldn't shock me. The big question is about the future phases. My guess is probably not for a while after. Hope I'm wrong, though.

King Kill 'em
Mar 7, 2016, 10:47 PM
^ Interesting. So they're moving the downtown Burbank IKEA somewhere else, huh? I wonder what will happen to the space downtown. Could be a good candidate for residential over retail construction, since there frankly aren't that many big box stores left to take the place, especially if IKEA is relocating elsewhere in Burbank.

The former city manager of Burbank wrote a great article about this. Here is a link to the article and the facebook comments. A lot of no-growthers on there. I feel as though I left some enlightening comments though.

https://www.facebook.com/BurbankLeader/posts/10153345252981301?comment_id=10153345500541301&notif_t=like

RST500
Mar 8, 2016, 1:00 AM
Westside Pavilion renovation

http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/7/11175518/westside-pavilion-open-air-renovation

colemonkee
Mar 8, 2016, 4:26 AM
Century City/Beverly Hills construction two-fer: 10000 Santa Monica and Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills. The former is topped out, the latter seems to have a couple floors still left in it.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5788/5PaUot.jpg
Photo Credit: Me and my work iPhone

ChelseaFC
Mar 8, 2016, 8:38 AM
Another angle of 10000 SM, from Monday

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdA0galUsAEsOg1.jpg

Steve8263
Mar 8, 2016, 2:55 PM
In the same area, there's this video out of a possible re-design of the remaining parcels of the Beverly Hilton property-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1mOiuIlB30


O1mOiuIlB30

colemonkee
Mar 8, 2016, 3:25 PM
^ That's a great idea. I like the height, and the gardens - and restaurant - would be a pretty amazing space.

blackcat23
Mar 8, 2016, 3:34 PM
Residential tower planned at large Wilshire/Hoover lot (http://urbanize.la/post/koreatown-property-yield-31-story-apartment-tower)

31 stories, 644 apartments, 13,200 sq. ft. of retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/2908wilshire.JPG?itok=BOdF7yz6

colemonkee
Mar 8, 2016, 3:49 PM
Excellent! Excited to see the designs, though haven't they leaked here before? Isn't this Jamison properties?

blackcat23
Mar 8, 2016, 3:51 PM
Excellent! Excited to see the designs, though haven't they leaked here before? Isn't this Jamison properties?

There are a few conceptual renderings floating out there, but nothing has been verified.

Surprisingly, the land isn't listed as part of Jamison's portfolio. Not very common for K-town.

Doctorboffin
Mar 8, 2016, 4:13 PM
Reminds me of the civic center in San Fran. Sad we are so far behind them again.

Steve8263
Mar 8, 2016, 4:23 PM
Excellent! Excited to see the designs, though haven't they leaked here before? Isn't this Jamison properties?


There are a few conceptual renderings floating out there, but nothing has been verified.

Surprisingly, the land isn't listed as part of Jamison's portfolio. Not very common for K-town.


I feel like we discussed this recently and there are some striking similarities with the following link-

-Across from Lafayette Park
-642 units (off by 2)
-Client withheld

http://www.hansonla.com/jordan/669tqh3p4n06himm3pgpttzyb4wszv

Eightball
Mar 8, 2016, 4:48 PM
In the same area, there's this video out of a possible re-design of the remaining parcels of the Beverly Hilton property-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1mOiuIlB30


Video won't embed properly, tried about 8 different ways.
https://youtu.be/O1mOiuIlB30

you gotta get the link that comes when you hit 'share' ... and then you have to take out everything except the text behind the final backslash. ie

O1mOiuIlB30

cool vid

Steve8263
Mar 8, 2016, 5:23 PM
you gotta get the link that comes when you hit 'share' ... and then you have to take out everything except the text behind the final backslash. ie


Ah ok, much obliged. I edited the original post to make sure I understand how it works.

Interesting in that video how they conveniently forgot to include the 9900 Wilshire project next door. So now developers of both projects are asking the city of Bev Hills for changes to their approved plans as Wanda wants to convert some of the condos over to hotel rooms.

dktshb
Mar 8, 2016, 11:00 PM
KCRW Story regarding two-year moratorium:

Can you create affordable housing by building luxury towers? A boom in development of large apartment towers has prompted a fight for a two-year moratorium on new projects that don't comply with the city's general plan. But planners say this moratorium will stymie efforts to create much-needed affordable housing. We visit the people at the heart of a development fight.

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/design-and-architecture/does-luxury-housing-trickle-down-to-affordable-apartments

0308/16
KCRW
Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

King Kill 'em
Mar 9, 2016, 1:23 AM
wrote this article last night and posted it in a Burbank Facebook group. The NIMBY response I got was insane. I spent two hours just now going through and responding the comments. PM me if you want to see some screenshots of the comments.

http://www.laocdb.com/opinions/the-premier-on-first-project-in-burbank

Doctorboffin
Mar 9, 2016, 2:03 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/residential-component-huntington-beachs-pacific-city-underway

Kind of like this. I would love much denser development and I don't know how well these places will hold up, but this one at least looks pretty nice and interacts with the environment well enough. Also love the central plaza building. Wish the whole structure could be that nice, but it is passable.

JDRCRASH
Mar 9, 2016, 2:55 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/residential-component-huntington-beachs-pacific-city-underway

Kind of like this. I would love much denser development and I don't know how well these places will hold up, but this one at least looks pretty nice and interacts with the environment well enough. Also love the central plaza building. Wish the whole structure could be that nice, but it is passable.

Sometimes I hope that one day some form of train service reaches Huntington Beach via that ROW that runs along Hoover and Gothard.

NativeOrange
Mar 9, 2016, 3:30 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/residential-component-huntington-beachs-pacific-city-underway

Kind of like this. I would love much denser development and I don't know how well these places will hold up, but this one at least looks pretty nice and interacts with the environment well enough. Also love the central plaza building. Wish the whole structure could be that nice, but it is passable.

We're talking about HB here. My hometown and my current residence.

This is honestly the most architecturally significant building in the whole city. It's very nice, but that isn't saying much. The retail portion, which I visited for the first time the other day, seems pretty nice and most of the spots have filled up already. Definitely kills the dead zone that was there before.

blackcat23
Mar 9, 2016, 4:31 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/marriott-hotel-tower-breaks-ground-near-irvine-spectrum

15-story hotel tower underway near Irvine Spectrum

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/4_10.jpg?itok=e4_QdnTw

timpdx
Mar 9, 2016, 6:22 PM
Saw this, from Target trying to push for finally opening the Hollywood store (and some renders)

https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/sunset-store-profile?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral

Quixote
Mar 9, 2016, 6:51 PM
I think most people would kill to have a Target in their local neighborhood within walking distance. #NIMBYscum

bmfarley
Mar 11, 2016, 3:37 PM
I think most people would kill to have a Target in their local neighborhood within walking distance. #NIMBYscum

I am partial to a HomeDepot.

blackcat23
Mar 11, 2016, 3:51 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/sneak-peek-oxford-basins-park-transformation

Preview of the Oxford Basin makeover in Marina del Rey

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160306_111630.jpg?itok=-CoE8v71

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/oxford5_0.jpg?itok=VCsavKWo

Steve8263
Mar 11, 2016, 7:25 PM
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation sh*t show continues. Truly disgusting how they are misusing critically important funds toward a badly misguided cause. These people should lose their nonprofit status.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160311005903/en/

Hollywood Palladium: AHF Challenges City Council on Delay of Historic Monument Nomination as Development Vote Looms

losangelesnative
Mar 14, 2016, 9:07 PM
Hollywood 959 Office campus completed https://www.bisnow.com/los-angeles/news/office/hollywood-959-is-completed-57220

cesar90
Mar 15, 2016, 3:37 AM
http://i.imgur.com/BeYua7r.jpg?1

zacYQxIoFq0

ChelseaFC
Mar 15, 2016, 8:32 PM
First LA location for Shake Shake opens today in West Hollywood

http://la.eater.com/2016/3/15/11236562/shake-shack-los-angeles-west-hollywood-opening-day-live

losangelesnative
Mar 16, 2016, 8:34 PM
Santa Monica planning commission gives the thumbs up to 7 story mixed user by Expo Line stop...68,000 square feet of retail http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/16/11248214/santa-monica-expo-line-fred-segal-development

losangelesnative
Mar 16, 2016, 8:47 PM
RE:Code LA is hosting six public forums unveiling portions of the new zoning code, the first one is tonight at Union Station http://recode.la/updates/news/public...ew-zoning-code

blackcat23
Mar 16, 2016, 9:08 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/century-wests-next-lex-underway-glendale

Century West Partners breaks ground on $280-million residential-retail development at 201 Lexington Avenue in Downtown Glendale. Three six-story buildings with 494 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/4_13.jpg?itok=sV0k1Nru

King Kill 'em
Mar 16, 2016, 9:16 PM
Santa Monica planning commission gives the thumbs up to 7 story mixed user by Expo Line stop...68,000 square feet of retail http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/16/11248214/santa-monica-expo-line-fred-segal-development

The NIMBYs can suck it!

Jun
Mar 16, 2016, 10:58 PM
Santa Monica planning commission gives the thumbs up to 7 story mixed user by Expo Line stop...68,000 square feet of retail http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/16/11248214/santa-monica-expo-line-fred-segal-development

That looks actually really nice. Downtown could use more of these and less vanilla stucco boxes

Quixote
Mar 16, 2016, 11:25 PM
201 Lexington Avenue looks great and, from an architectural perspective, should be the absolute minimum standard for all LA infill.

Quixote
Mar 16, 2016, 11:30 PM
Santa Monica planning commission gives the thumbs up to 7 story mixed user by Expo Line stop...68,000 square feet of retail http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/16/11248214/santa-monica-expo-line-fred-segal-development

Sa-weet! And it's a beautiful design. :cheers:

Quixote
Mar 17, 2016, 7:31 AM
Jamison Services has awarded Wilshire Construction a contract for 3060 Olympic, which suggests that a groundbreaking is imminent.

https://www.bisnow.com/los-angeles/news/commercial-real-estate/this-weeks-la-deal-sheet-57341

http://ktgy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/3060-Olympic_2-920x684.jpg
http://ktgy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/3060-Olympic_2-920x684.jpg

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colemonkee
Mar 17, 2016, 2:05 PM
3060 Olympic isn't half bad!

mbb
Mar 17, 2016, 3:33 PM
201 Lexington Avenue looks great and, from an architectural perspective, should be the absolute minimum standard for all LA infill.

Glendale is nailing proper urban design. Get a metro line running through there, and it will be one of the most livable, walkable parts of LA county. Allow this everywhere, and housing affordability is 80% solved by the market. Do this next to every light rail station, and metro ridership will skyrocket. It would allow a substantial number of people to choose to live without a car without sacrificing convenience.

ChelseaFC
Mar 17, 2016, 3:34 PM
Anyone know what's going in on Roxbury just north of Pico?

BrianMojo
Mar 17, 2016, 6:05 PM
3060 Olympic isn't half bad!

My thoughts exactly. Pretty solid design!

caligrad
Mar 17, 2016, 11:32 PM
3060 Olympic and that Glendale proposal, plus that newest one in Santa Monica, should be the LA standard for 7 story buildings, Not overworked, not 8 different colors going on and easy on the eyes.

I would be interested to see the cost difference between these and the others that have blinded us over the past 3-4 years. If these in perspective are somewhat cheaper, I will scream.

losangelesnative
Mar 18, 2016, 12:54 AM
Palladium got approved by the LA PLUM committee, could go to City Council as soon as next week and construction may start in early 2017
http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/17/11256648/palladium-towers-approval-plum

Doctorboffin
Mar 18, 2016, 2:54 AM
HA screw you NIMBYs

timpdx
Mar 18, 2016, 3:04 AM
HA screw you NIMBYs

They should really start sooner, if the initiative passes, they will have needed to pull their permits before the block goes into effect. Really hope they can stick it to Weinstein (and his gross misuse of AHCF funds to "preserve his view")

caligrad
Mar 18, 2016, 3:11 AM
^^^Agreed. This battle isn't over yet. I smell superior court coming real soon. I hope this thing gets done. Easily my favorite project outside of Downtown. Hollywood is truly nothing of its former life 10 years ago. I'm even considering the move there now.


Palladium got approved by the LA PLUM committee, could go to City Council as soon as next week and construction may start in early 2017
http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/17/11256648/palladium-towers-approval-plum

Lets just hope the city and developers can keep this out of the court room. Just our luck we'll get some old (needs to retire) judge who sympathizes with the Nimbys on preserving everything and sides with them.

I cant believe that one of the aids foundations arguments was "they are going to tear down the Palladium" when the developer has repeatedly said they weren't going to and actually were going to restore the theater. Not to mention its in EVERY rendering released to the public......

Bikemike
Mar 18, 2016, 3:24 AM
3060 Olympic isn't half bad!

I agree. A shitbox I can be okay with. As well as the replacement for Fred Segal in Santa Monica. The latter is surprising given the vigorousness with which NIMBY opposition is trying to turn each proposal in Santa Monica into a ballot-box review process. Culver City is proprosing transit oriented projects that Santa Monica should have done. No longer is Santa Monica the sophisticated liberal enclave that it used to claim to be. Its residents are unable to comprehend the difference between good density and bad density. They just see the D-word and their eyes go red.

We need MORE of these in LA, please. They're far from perfect urban-design-wise but if we're going to continue building dense, car-optimized housing, then at least refrain from the horrid monstrosities that are all too common.

Bikemike
Mar 18, 2016, 7:05 AM
Also, I think part of the problem with many of LA's shitboxes is their attempts to break up the street-wall end up making the building look much busier than it has to. Breaking up the street-wall is done in extremely poor taste here.

There desperately needs to be an addressing of shitbox aesthetics in our architectural review boards. OR shitboxes need to be zoned more human scaled. Density can be acheived in more creative ways. There are a million ways to skin a cat.

blackcat23
Mar 18, 2016, 2:40 PM
Mixed-use development underway in Palms

Six-story building from Anejo Development rising at 3644-3658 Overland Avenue. 92 apartments (8 affordable) and 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160312_102119.jpg?itok=lhCBB_Vx

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/3%20%281%29.jpg?itok=JZy48_Bb

BrandonJXN
Mar 18, 2016, 3:31 PM
^ That looks similar to an apartment building that was recently completed in Palms no?

losangelesnative
Mar 18, 2016, 5:59 PM
Metro's Bold transpo plan http://thesource.metro.net/2016/03/18/metros-bold-plan-to-transform-transportation/

Quixote
Mar 19, 2016, 3:42 AM
Metro's Bold transpo plan http://thesource.metro.net/2016/03/18/metros-bold-plan-to-transform-transportation/

As an ardent supporter of public transit, I would actually vote NO on this measure under those terms (and I would encourage you guys to do the same). It's better to wait four years and come up with a better plan than to be married to this abomination for 40 years.

Easy
Mar 19, 2016, 1:25 PM
As an ardent supporter of public transit, I would actually vote NO on this measure under those terms (and I would encourage you guys to do the same). It's better to wait four years and come up with a better plan than to be married to this abomination for 40 years.

I don't know about that, but I don't think this has any chance of passing. Nothing in it to get excited about. The best thing is finishing the purple line early.

I've only skimmed it but don't really have the interest right now to finish. It doesn't seem to make much sense. $425 million for bus rapid transit on Vermont?!? I can only imagine that Measure R is underperforming and these costs are inflated to cover.

cesar90
Mar 19, 2016, 3:20 PM
All of my work (pics&vids) is been while on my bicycle, so I decided to upload some of this,

may do more of this type of videos if you all can suggest or like this one

Let me know

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ConstructDTLA
Mar 21, 2016, 4:22 AM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1576/25650468200_b7561ed406_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/F5DmxJ)3033 Wilshire Blvd (https://flic.kr/p/F5DmxJ) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1513/25650464490_3f82130047_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/F5DkrL)3033 Wilshire Blvd (https://flic.kr/p/F5DkrL) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

blackcat23
Mar 21, 2016, 5:06 PM
Proposed 34-story West LA tower still alive (http://urbanize.la/post/revised-plan-emerges-west-la-high-rise)

34-story, 388-foot tall tower planned by Douglas Emmett with 376 apartments. Previously included a retail component, which has been dropped in favor of a 25,000-square-foot park.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/sbra.JPG?itok=Re7vwy91

Illithid Dude
Mar 21, 2016, 5:47 PM
That park doesn't look very open to me...

Doctorboffin
Mar 21, 2016, 8:04 PM
Looks alright. Nice to see more green space.

losangelesnative
Mar 22, 2016, 9:49 PM
LA City Council just unanimously approved Palladium Project

SimonLA
Mar 22, 2016, 9:56 PM
There was supposed to be movement on Hollywood Target at today's council mtg. Anyone have the intel?

http://www.lamag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/10/targethollywood.jpg

http://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/the-hollywood-target-eyesore-has-its-own-hilarious-facebook-page/

Steve8263
Mar 23, 2016, 3:18 PM
LA City Council just unanimously approved Palladium Project

The L.A. Times article called this project "controversial" which is absolutely ridiculous and bad reporting frankly.

Just because a very vocal handful of people with a lot of other people's money are opposed hardly qualifies as controversial.

mbb
Mar 23, 2016, 10:26 PM
The L.A. Times article called this project "controversial" which is absolutely ridiculous and bad reporting frankly.

Just because a very vocal handful of people with a lot of other people's money are opposed hardly qualifies as controversial.

Public disagreement is literally the definition of controversial. In this case, I'd say there's objectively no hyperbole from the LA Times due to the use of the word. I'm all for the project and against the bullshit opposition, but it's OK to call it controversial at the same time.

Steve8263
Mar 24, 2016, 1:46 PM
Public disagreement is literally the definition of controversial. In this case, I'd say there's objectively no hyperbole from the LA Times due to the use of the word. I'm all for the project and against the bullshit opposition, but it's OK to call it controversial at the same time.

I would not consider literally like 5 people, with some sort of agenda or vendetta, as "public disagreement".

I bet 99.9% of the population either has never heard of this project, has no opinion about it, or is in favor of building it to help clean up the area and cut the housing shortage.

colemonkee
Mar 24, 2016, 2:14 PM
^ I think that's the grassroots message that needs to be put out there when their proposed measure eventually makes it to a ballot (next year?). They've been very good at spinning this as a luxury housing issue, but it's really about their views and assumed traffic impacts (which are also overstated for this specific project).

It's sad, because some of the issues they bring into the fold - specifically the inclusion of affordable housing into the zoning plan and for projects requesting variances or increases in allowing zoning - really should be discussed, but not under the framework of their current proposal.

blackcat23
Mar 24, 2016, 4:20 PM
Overhead view of Irvine's 400 Spectrum Center (http://urbanize.la/post/construction-ramps-irvine-office-tower)

20 stories, 323 feet, 426,000 sq. ft. of office space. Developer is the Irvine Company, architects is Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/12675280_10154033622801100_1829745642_o.jpg?itok=PLmoW5A6

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/400.jpg?itok=2TN4rJmU

King Kill 'em
Mar 24, 2016, 4:35 PM
Another residential tower coming to Burbank! And this one is super cool looking! I don't want to write an article though be cause I don't want to inform the NIMBYs. lol

http://www.burbankca.gov/Home/ShowImage?id=8849&t=635942516382330000

More information: http://www.burbankca.gov/departments/community-development/planning/current-planning/screenland-drive-mixed-use-project

Eightball
Mar 24, 2016, 4:58 PM
^^^ LOVE that design!

blackcat23
Mar 24, 2016, 7:27 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/renderings-revealed-palms-apartment-complex

New renderings for 10601 Washington Boulevard, seven-story development from Greystar currently going up on the Palms-Culver City border. 135 apartments, 14,000 square feet of retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/10601washington.jpg?itok=cGieujUN

colemonkee
Mar 24, 2016, 11:09 PM
^ So that's what they're building there! Drove by there the other day and wondered what that was.

I'm digging the Burbank tower as well. Where is that?