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benji55545
May 31, 2016, 4:31 AM
https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7321/27307009146_5517e67850_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HB2ysw)DSC_0093 (https://flic.kr/p/HB2ysw) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr


Downtown really looks so sad from this angle without the Library Tower.

King Kill 'em
May 31, 2016, 6:02 PM
Downtown really looks so sad from this angle without the Library Tower.

Well there are 3 600 fotters, 2 500 footers, and 3 400 footers under construction that will change that.

blackcat23
Jun 2, 2016, 3:42 PM
Pocket park planned in East Hollywood (http://urbanize.la/post/pocket-park-headed-east-hollywood)

Half-acre lot is located just north of the Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line Station.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/madisonavenuepark.jpg?itok=40gVqnkf

NSMP
Jun 2, 2016, 5:31 PM
Hooray for (East) Hollywood!

King Kill 'em
Jun 3, 2016, 12:20 AM
Affordable housing coming to the lot across the street from the new LOHA complex on Mariposa St. in Koreartown.

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7281/27149790820_23ce67f18e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Hn8LVJ)DSC_0206 (https://flic.kr/p/Hn8LVJ) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

blackcat23
Jun 3, 2016, 10:55 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-expo-adjacent-offices-planned-culver-city

68,000-square foot office building with ground-floor retail space planned near the Expo Line's Culver City Station.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/culverarts1.jpg?itok=mgQ99pzn

Bikemike
Jun 4, 2016, 12:30 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-expo-adjacent-offices-planned-culver-city

68,000-square foot office building with ground-floor retail space planned near the Expo Line's Culver City Station.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/culverarts1.jpg?itok=mgQ99pzn

great looking project. CC is starting to do everything SM could and should have been doing around its train stations. SM is starting to lead LA at turning regressive.

Quixote
Jun 4, 2016, 1:38 AM
Abramson Teiger's office is literally one block over. That's convenient. :P

I don't really agree with the comments that the project isn't big enough. This is a very appropriate scale for the neighborhood, which is anchored by an LRT station (not HRT). And it's not like there won't be other projects built in the immediate vicinity. I'm pretty sure that Ivy Station is moving forward.

As the area around the station grows, I hope the city will eventually give highway-like Washington Blvd. a road diet. It already runs parallel to Venice Blvd., an even wider arterial, just a few blocks south.

colemonkee
Jun 4, 2016, 1:43 AM
That's really nice! I wonder how long the Fed Ex building across Washington will last. That's prime real estate for far more dense development.

Washington in that area really isn't that wide and east of National is separated by a nice median. It's nothing compared to Venice Blvd, which in that stretch is actually to the north.

King Kill 'em
Jun 4, 2016, 3:00 AM
SM is starting to lead LA at turning regressive.

With the exception of bicycle infrastructure, when has SM not been more regressive than LA?

Bikemike
Jun 4, 2016, 5:48 AM
With the exception of bicycle infrastructure, when has SM not been more regressive than LA?

Here are some ways SM is more progressive than LA.

SM has:

1. A pedestrian action plan... that is actually being enforced. SM is now vastly more walkable as a result
2. A solid waste diversion program and haz waste recycling program that is far more advanced
3. Superior schools, ranking at the top of CA for the academic mobility of its minorities and poor (LAUSD is one of the worst districts to be poor/minority)
4. LEED-silver equivalent standards codified into its building code. SM is a national leader in this regard.
5. Superior utilities and facilities mgmt (eg. landscaping, street paving, and sidewalks repaired on schedule/request, etc. LA is one of the worst-managed big cities in the nation, being decades, and even centuries behind schedule, requiring lawsuits in order to fix sidewalks. LA couldn't coordinate worth a dime. LA will repaint a crosswalk according to one agency's schedule, and then schedule the same street be ripped up for a utility repair by another agency a week later. SM proacts, LA reacts. SM ID's and cuts vulnerable trees. LA reimburses for damage due to tree falls)
6. Runoff catchment programs and run-off diversion for groundwater replenishment
7. A Municipal fiber optic network, offering world class connectivity to low income families for dirt cheap. Installed with much foresight in the 90s, took advantage of concurrent water pipe replacement to save money (see item#5)
8. A far more aggressive renewable energy profile
9. A more progressive urban forest master plan incorporating natives and drought tolerants. A plan that is, again, being actualized (LA hardly actualizes any of its high-flying plans)
10. A first of its kind Well-being index
11. A more open, more accountable, more accessible, and more "wired" municipal government

and so on...

It's embarrassing how far behind LA is on environmental, governance, and quality of life measures.

But yeah, I slightly exaggerated about SM being the leader in regressiveness. Objectively speaking, LA is FAR more regressive AND DYSFUNCTIONAL than SM overall. But relatively nice bike-network aside, SM's regressiveness can become a literal truth if LUVE passes this November. SM also shot down Bergamot in all of its iterations under the threat of a popular referendum, rescinded some of the most important elements of an already passed and adopted general plan called LUCE (elements which called for totally reasonable density at transit stops and major Blvds) and continues to suffer from probably the most regressive/most restrictive rent-control policy in the nation. SM is NIMBY central. LA biggest advantage over SM is in having poor (if nonexistent) standards for what can get built there. In that case, LA is a bit like Houston: more laissez faire, for better or for worse (more often for worse).

To summarize: LA's lack of standards enables greater densities and (relatively) quick development approvals vs SM. That and LA has less draconian rent-control and affordable housing requirements. Aside from these two advantages, LA is far behind SM in almost every other way a city gov't can be.

ChelseaFC
Jun 4, 2016, 2:53 PM
The stretch of Washington between National and Culver could absolutely use a road diet, and it would be nice to to extend downtown Culver City up Washington toward Helms Bakery. But at the moment, there just isn't the need, because there are too many insular monolithic lots in between that aren't welcoming to foot traffic. It's a matter of the chicken or the egg.

Muji
Jun 4, 2016, 9:09 PM
I agree. Washington should be the best pedestrian route between downtown Culver City and the Expo Line station. A road diet with some strategically redeveloped sites, like what Runyon is doing, can go a long way to making it happen.

ConstructDTLA
Jun 5, 2016, 1:18 AM
New Burbank IKEA. This is the new SoCal flagship coming in at 440,000sqft, thats almost twice the size of the current Burbank IKEA. The most interesting thing about this project is the despicable maneuver the city of Burbank pulled by denying IKEA from going full-solar.

Yes, Burbank voted against IKEA being allowed solar (after the project had broken ground) so they would not lose utility revenue.



https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7008/27394406501_c2d9dd29f9_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HJKuDt)New Burbank IKEA Construction (https://flic.kr/p/HJKuDt) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7340/27394405131_cc181e7a06_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HJKueR)New Burbank IKEA Construction (https://flic.kr/p/HJKueR) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

Bikemike
Jun 5, 2016, 2:49 AM
The stretch of Washington between National and Culver could absolutely use a road diet, and it would be nice to to extend downtown Culver City up Washington toward Helms Bakery. But at the moment, there just isn't the need, because there are too many insular monolithic lots in between that aren't welcoming to foot traffic. It's a matter of the chicken or the egg.

Agreed.

The two car dealerships, the random industrial uses across the street, and the surface parking lot at the corner of culver and Washington pretty much kill any potential for linking the shops of downtown culver with the station, as well as points eastward. So much lost potential. Since we're trying to lay a new rail network on top of a pre existing city and not, per usual, the other way around, our network of stations often miss the major points of interest due to limitations of ROW access. So we must evolve by letting the private development organically fill in the gaps, with the aid of progressive zoning (enlightened leadership permitting). This will take decades but unfortunately those are the cards LA was dealt. Unfortunately until then, LA will continue to have tremendous first mile last mile challenges like that seen with CC station, keeping walkability and, therefore, ridership from realizing its potential.

Again, notice a trend? Car-serving land use (dealerships, surface parking) kills urbanism. Our only hope in the near term lies in the development of tracts more eastward of the station while we wait with baited breath for Toyota and Honda dealerships to magically relocate.

Lots of potential in CC. Could some day in the distant future be another major commercialized rail node like DT Santa Monica. As such DTCC remains a sleepy village with a decent farmers market that 90% of patrons will continue to drive to, as with a shopping mall ("fake urbanism")

Lalaland
Jun 5, 2016, 8:54 AM
New Burbank IKEA. This is the new SoCal flagship coming in at 440,000sqft, thats almost twice the size of the current Burbank IKEA. The most interesting thing about this project is the despicable maneuver the city of Burbank pulled by denying IKEA from going full-solar.

Yes, Burbank voted against IKEA being allowed solar (after the project had broken ground) so they would not lose utility revenue.

If that's true then that is sooo f****d up. How can Burbank do that?I hope IKEA fights them in court.

blackcat23
Jun 6, 2016, 7:54 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/crane-watch-blvd6200-south

Blvd 6200 South

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160604_103021.jpg?itok=Z8HTuuVK

blackcat23
Jun 7, 2016, 6:08 PM
Mixed-use development planned in Los Feliz (http://urbanize.la/post/mixed-use-building-replace-los-feliz-gas-station)

96 residential units (16 affordable) and 5,500 square feet of retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/western_0.JPG?itok=YRlWyBba

NSMP
Jun 7, 2016, 7:48 PM
Excellent. Loving how the construction boom around Hollywood/Vine is spreading to Hollywood/Western.

blackcat23
Jun 8, 2016, 6:35 PM
Excellent. Loving how the construction boom around Hollywood/Vine is spreading to Hollywood/Western.

Going south a couple blocks...

Mixed-use development underway near Sunset/Western (http://urbanize.la/post/more-mixed-use-underway-hollywood)

Six-story building with 254 apartments (21 affordable) and 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160604_110244.jpg?itok=jUt9CbmX

Wilcal
Jun 8, 2016, 7:50 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/crane-watch-blvd6200-south

Blvd 6200 South

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160604_103021.jpg?itok=Z8HTuuVK Blackcat, looking at your photo of the 6200 project I couldn't help but notice that the Columbia Square tower in the background looking so different (and rather plain) from the renderings. Did they value engineer that part of the project and if so, why? My impression was that this was a very high value project where no corners would be cut.

Quixote
Jun 8, 2016, 8:37 PM
Mixed-use development underway near Sunset/Western (http://urbanize.la/post/more-mixed-use-underway-hollywood)

Six-story building with 254 apartments (21 affordable) and 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7318/26938420924_55eb55ba18_b.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7736/26939307253_4040b22cec_b.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7412/26938419804_9c68613039_b.jpg

http://www.u-a-lab.com/ontheboard-deluxe

ChelseaFC
Jun 9, 2016, 4:00 PM
Going south a couple blocks...

Mixed-use development underway near Sunset/Western (http://urbanize.la/post/more-mixed-use-underway-hollywood)

Six-story building with 254 apartments (21 affordable) and 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.


This article states that the development is 7 stories and being developed by Harridge. Are these two articles talking about the same development?

http://urbanize.la/post/d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-mixed-use-development-planned-east-hollywood

ocman
Jun 9, 2016, 4:52 PM
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3060562/los-angeles-is-converting-an-abandoned-dock-into-a-huge-ocean-research-center

Research center by Gensler

Bikemike
Jun 10, 2016, 1:20 AM
^When is AltaSea breaking ground?

Quixote
Jun 10, 2016, 5:40 AM
Culver City's Ivy Station was approved by the LA City Planning Commission today, according to Curbed. All it needs now is approval from the City Council.

black_crow
Jun 13, 2016, 1:00 AM
http://i.imgur.com/yZ2keEY.jpg

LA21st
Jun 13, 2016, 4:14 AM
What is fenced off at Vine and Yucca? Looks pretty big.

caligrad
Jun 13, 2016, 8:16 PM
The best feeling. When you're flying in and sitting on the right side of the plane, to hear other passengers say "i didn't know that LA had that many tall buildings". In my head I'm always saying " yeah because Hollywood and the media is always fixated on downtown and like to exclude the other skylines". Black_Crows picture partially explains my pain lol.

blackcat23
Jun 14, 2016, 5:51 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/work-proceeds-300-million-academy-museum

Academy Museum progress, as of this past weekend.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160611_112135.jpg?itok=TiBE8HOC

blackcat23
Jun 14, 2016, 7:45 PM
Two Koreatown towers going residential (http://urbanize.la/post/wilshire-towers-undergoing-residential-conversions)

3350 and 3345 Wilshire Boulevard will become 216 and 202 apartments respectively, each featuring ground-floor retail space. Developer is Jamison Services, designed by Corbel Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/3350wilshire4.jpg?itok=SiYiyw8I

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/3345wilshire_wide2244-2048x1024.jpg?itok=RShI4EyM

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jun 14, 2016, 9:36 PM
Jamison could single handedly fix the housing situation in LA if he converted all of his properties to residential lol

Muji
Jun 14, 2016, 10:25 PM
Well, as much as the residential conversions of Jamison's underperforming office properties are great for Wilshire Boulevard, the proposed renovation of 3350 Wilshire is deeply regrettable. It's a Welton Becket building that should be historically significant for its early Corporate Modernist design and as a milestone in the development of the modern Wilshire Center district. Here's (http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll170/id/20773/rec/2) an undated photograph of the building soon after its completion.

losangelesnative
Jun 15, 2016, 4:44 PM
Metro has chose Trammell Crow and Greenland as partners for the development of the NoHo parcels, http://thesource.metro.net/2016/06/14/joint-development-at-north-hollywood-takes-a-big-next-step/

LAsam
Jun 15, 2016, 5:27 PM
Metro has chose Trammell Crow and Greenland as partners for the development of the NoHo parcels, http://thesource.metro.net/2016/06/14/joint-development-at-north-hollywood-takes-a-big-next-step/

Interesting. Well, we know what Greenland is all about (Metropolis). We may have some residential towers sprouting up in NoHo in the future.

202_Cyclist
Jun 15, 2016, 6:59 PM
LAX NORTHSIDE PLAN UPDATE TO PROVIDE BLUEPRINT FOR CREATING COMMUNITY-SERVING AMENITIES ON 340-ACRE VACANT PROPERTY

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Mike Bonin, airport officials, and community representatives today celebrated City Council approval of the LAX Northside Plan Update, a comprehensive planning blueprint for 340 acres of vacant property located between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Los Angeles communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey.

The LAX Northside Plan Update was created over several years of collaboration between community stakeholders and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city department that owns and operates LAX and two other Southern California airports. The plan represents a unique opportunity to achieve significant economic investment in the area and provide needed community resources and benefits, as well as important airport support sites.

“The LAX Northside Plan shows what we can accomplish when we work together to build the future of our economy and preserve the unique character of L.A.’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This plan will transform a vacant lot into a creative and economic hub that will help revitalize the neighborhood with new jobs, retail and green space..."

http://lawa.org/newsContent.aspx?ID=2183

blackcat23
Jun 15, 2016, 8:56 PM
North Hollywood Station TOD (http://urbanize.la/post/developers-dream-big-north-hollywood-station)

Two options on the table here, but I think most will be in favor of this one.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/Untitled4.png?itok=1FKESOMw

King Kill 'em
Jun 16, 2016, 12:45 AM
^i'm just so excited about that.

BrianMojo
Jun 16, 2016, 1:01 AM
LAX NORTHSIDE PLAN UPDATE TO PROVIDE BLUEPRINT FOR CREATING COMMUNITY-SERVING AMENITIES ON 340-ACRE VACANT PROPERTY

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Mike Bonin, airport officials, and community representatives today celebrated City Council approval of the LAX Northside Plan Update, a comprehensive planning blueprint for 340 acres of vacant property located between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Los Angeles communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey.

The LAX Northside Plan Update was created over several years of collaboration between community stakeholders and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city department that owns and operates LAX and two other Southern California airports. The plan represents a unique opportunity to achieve significant economic investment in the area and provide needed community resources and benefits, as well as important airport support sites.

“The LAX Northside Plan shows what we can accomplish when we work together to build the future of our economy and preserve the unique character of L.A.’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This plan will transform a vacant lot into a creative and economic hub that will help revitalize the neighborhood with new jobs, retail and green space..."

http://lawa.org/newsContent.aspx?ID=2183

From further down in the release. Sounds like we're heading backwards:

"The LAX Northside Plan is a comprehensive update of an outdated, overly dense land-use plan initially conceived in the 1980s. The LAX Northside Plan Update has been crafted with the help of surrounding neighborhoods to produce a vibrant and sustainable center of employment, retail, restaurant, office, hotel, research and development, education, civic, airport support, recreation, and airport-buffer uses that support the needs of communities surrounding LAX."

LA21st
Jun 16, 2016, 3:50 AM
Doesn't Universal City have some high rise plans around it's subway station as well?

King Kill 'em
Jun 16, 2016, 4:02 AM
Doesn't Universal City have some high rise plans around it's subway station as well?

no

LA21st
Jun 16, 2016, 1:38 PM
no

Are you sure?
There was announcement 1-2 years ago.
It involved two hotels an a office building I belirve.

cargocultpants
Jun 16, 2016, 3:26 PM
Are you sure?
There was announcement 1-2 years ago.
It involved two hotels an a office building I belirve.

Yeah, but it's up on Universal's property, not the lots down by the station. http://communityline.nbcuni.com/

blackcat23
Jun 16, 2016, 3:55 PM
There actually were plans for NBCUniversal to relocate some of their operations to a large development atop the Universal City subway station which would have included a 24-story tower. The project was cancelled in 2012, after Comcast purchased the company.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbc-universal-city-cancels-office-development-277760

blackcat23
Jun 16, 2016, 3:56 PM
Art Deco design for proposed Hollywood hotel (http://urbanize.la/post/hollywoods-next-hotel-tower-art-deco-throwback)

R.D. Olson's Jack-in-the-Box killer, designed by WATG.

21-story, 230+ foot tower with 275 guest rooms and 1,900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/hollywoodivar3.JPG?itok=SAhp6imr

NSMP
Jun 16, 2016, 4:11 PM
Preserve the neighborhood integrity of our jack in the box... Uh jk. This is fantastic.

King Kill 'em
Jun 16, 2016, 4:28 PM
Preserve the neighborhood integrity of our jack in the box... Uh jk. This is fantastic.

The sad thing is they will ultimately protest this tower for similar reasons.

a very long weekend
Jun 16, 2016, 6:24 PM
looks like george lucas is in talks with someone (presumably USC and the city) to possibly bring his "narrative art" museum to the USC campus if chicago doesn't work out. i'm guessing that if chicago is a no-go, it's treasure island, SF and that LA is just a back up. but if it does go to a USC site, it would be a bit disappointing for the miracle mile and downtown cultural districts. with the new lacma design, there's still a giant parking lot on the south side of wilshire that could house his museum. perfect fit.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/sneed-exclusive-intense-lucas-museum-talks-focus-on-california/

LAsam
Jun 16, 2016, 6:55 PM
That tower looks GREAT! Nice to get some classically inspired (aka timeless) architecture in the mix.

Wally West
Jun 16, 2016, 7:26 PM
looks like george lucas is in talks with someone (presumably USC and the city) to possibly bring his "narrative art" museum to the USC campus if chicago doesn't work out. i'm guessing that if chicago is a no-go, it's treasure island, SF and that LA is just a back up. but if it does go to a USC site, it would be a bit disappointing for the miracle mile and downtown cultural districts. with the new lacma design, there's still a giant parking lot on the south side of wilshire that could house his museum. perfect fit.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/sneed-exclusive-intense-lucas-museum-talks-focus-on-california/

I don't think it'd be a disappointment for LA overall.

There's a ton of parking at Exposition Park and I feel that park is in dire need of another museum. It'd be an excellent get for the area.

That said, I really hope the museum falls into LA's hands. I'm thankful for NIMBYs in making it unnecessarily difficult for Lucas to bring his museum to Chicago. Sucks for people living in Chicago but if it may benefit LA, I'm all for it. And has LA offered Lucas a deal similar to the one offered to Eli Broad? Maybe that could win Lucas over.

Wilcal
Jun 16, 2016, 7:33 PM
Well, as much as the residential conversions of Jamison's underperforming office properties are great for Wilshire Boulevard, the proposed renovation of 3350 Wilshire is deeply regrettable. It's a Welton Becket building that should be historically significant for its early Corporate Modernist design and as a milestone in the development of the modern Wilshire Center district. Here's (http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll170/id/20773/rec/2) an undated photograph of the building soon after its completion.
Muji,
I couldn't agree with you more. I think that the problem being is that there are many who do not have a sensitive eye for "classicism and history" such as you and I.

King Kill 'em
Jun 16, 2016, 8:21 PM
Muji,
I couldn't agree with you more. I think that the problem being is that there are many who do not have a sensitive eye for "classicism and history" such as you and I.

I'm not a super preservationist but I have to agree with you both as well. It's exciting that these towers are being converted to residential, and the outside of 3350 looks cool but we'll regret it in another decade or 2 when people like the corporate modern style again.

King Kill 'em
Jun 17, 2016, 3:11 AM
http://therealdeal.com/la/2016/06/16/hooman-nissani-buys-8-5-acres-in-playa-vista-for-83m-plans-massive-mixed-use-project/

Look at this bullshit.

The plan for the land — which sits on Mesmer Avenue between South Centinela and Jefferson Boulevards in Playa Vista — will go down in two phases, Nissani told The Real Deal. In the first phase, he will redevelop a 128,340-square-foot building on the site into an auto center. Nissani is relocating six dealerships he already owns and operates elsewhere in Los Angeles to the site, including Chrysler, Hyundai, Nissan and Acura dealerships.
However, it’s essentially being built to be destroyed. In the second phase, the renovated building would be demolished to make way for a mixed-use complex, Nissani said. It would include eight dealerships and buildings with other uses, such as a hotel and/or a residential tower, he said, depending on what he can get entitled.
“It will be one of the largest projects ever done in automotive history,” Nissani said.

The memo called Playa Vista an underserved area because the closest car dealership is nine miles away from the site.

Are you fucking kidding me? What a first world problem. Oh you have to drive far to get a new car? Wow! How hard that must be.

Any automotive related business should not be allowed in Playa Vista.

JDRCRASH
Jun 17, 2016, 6:18 AM
with the new lacma design, there's still a giant parking lot on the south side of wilshire that could house his museum. perfect fit.

Isn't there supposed to be some sort of big tower planned on that parking lot, though?

Illithid Dude
Jun 17, 2016, 8:01 AM
http://therealdeal.com/la/2016/06/16/hooman-nissani-buys-8-5-acres-in-playa-vista-for-83m-plans-massive-mixed-use-project/

Look at this bullshit.





Are you fucking kidding me? What a first world problem. Oh you have to drive far to get a new car? Wow! How hard that must be.

Any automotive related business should not be allowed in Playa Vista.

Tbh, sounds good to me. Seven automobile dealerships are going to be removed from LA. I'd count that as a net-positive.

King Kill 'em
Jun 17, 2016, 4:28 PM
Tbh, sounds good to me. Seven automobile dealerships are going to be removed from LA. I'd count that as a net-positive.

They're mostly located in places like the South Bay and the Long Beach area I think though.

Wilcal
Jun 17, 2016, 7:21 PM
Tbh, sounds good to me. Seven automobile dealerships are going to be removed from LA. I'd count that as a net-positive.
Except for the sales tax that the city of Los Angeles collects for each car sale. That can add up to a very substantial loss for the city

sopas ej
Jun 17, 2016, 8:44 PM
Art Deco design for proposed Hollywood hotel (http://urbanize.la/post/hollywoods-next-hotel-tower-art-deco-throwback)

R.D. Olson's Jack-in-the-Box killer, designed by WATG.

21-story, 230+ foot tower with 275 guest rooms and 1,900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/hollywoodivar3.JPG?itok=SAhp6imr

Hopefully this will be nicely done, and won't end up involving cheap spray-on stucco or something.

I much prefer this than what has become the typical generic glass box on a parking podium that seems to be popping up everywhere in LA with no sense of place, like they could be buildings in Vancouver, or San Diego, or wherever else.

sopas ej
Jun 17, 2016, 8:47 PM
Except for the sales tax that the city of Los Angeles collects for each car sale. That can add up to a very substantial loss for the city

True. My home town (Cerritos) gets plenty in sales tax revenue because of what the Cerritos Auto Square brings in.

colemonkee
Jun 17, 2016, 9:48 PM
^ Last I checked, Playa Vista is within LA City limits, so there should be no tax revenue loss.

blackcat23
Jun 17, 2016, 10:03 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/luxury-apartment-tower-opens-its-doors-long-beach

The Current opens in Long Beach

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/The%20Current%20_09073A20MR.jpg?itok=77f_p5Hm

StethJeff
Jun 17, 2016, 10:13 PM
I don't think it'd be a disappointment for LA overall.

There's a ton of parking at Exposition Park and I feel that park is in dire need of another museum. It'd be an excellent get for the area.

That said, I really hope the museum falls into LA's hands. I'm thankful for NIMBYs in making it unnecessarily difficult for Lucas to bring his museum to Chicago. Sucks for people living in Chicago but if it may benefit LA, I'm all for it. And has LA offered Lucas a deal similar to the one offered to Eli Broad? Maybe that could win Lucas over.

"Dire" need for another museum? Based on what? If anything Expo park is already unorganized and cluttered with too much stuff as it is. If anything I wish it had at least double the open space it currently provides, and I don't mean parking lots either. As far as number of museums, there are already plent, two of which are pretty major institutions. And if you're referencing a greater need for attractions, I'm pretty sure a fucking space shuttle should be enough. I mean, it's a fucking space shuttle.

Please explain.

bobcat
Jun 17, 2016, 10:25 PM
I don't think LA has much of a chance to land the Lucas Museum, but Expo Park would be a fine location assuming an appropriate space can be found. I wonder if it could be incorporated into Related's Grand Ave project like the Broad Museum was. It would certainly add that "wow" factor the project is sorely lacking.

LDVArch
Jun 17, 2016, 11:44 PM
Well, as much as the residential conversions of Jamison's underperforming office properties are great for Wilshire Boulevard, the proposed renovation of 3350 Wilshire is deeply regrettable. It's a Welton Becket building that should be historically significant for its early Corporate Modernist design and as a milestone in the development of the modern Wilshire Center district. Here's (http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll170/id/20773/rec/2) an undated photograph of the building soon after its completion.

Its design and construction is contemporaneous with van der Rohe's Seagram building and Bunshaft's Lever House. Against that backdrop, it just not that significant.

Even in the context of Becket's own work, the Prudential building is better.

Let us also not forget that most corporate modernist design was largely derivative of a few good designs and fell into disfavor because of the sameness of its appearance and its indifference to context. (Most of it is not worth saving.)

Wally West
Jun 17, 2016, 11:46 PM
"Dire" need for another museum? Based on what? If anything Expo park is already unorganized and cluttered with too much stuff as it is. If anything I wish it had at least double the open space it currently provides, and I don't mean parking lots either. As far as number of museums, there are already plent, two of which are pretty major institutions. And if you're referencing a greater need for attractions, I'm pretty sure a fucking space shuttle should be enough. I mean, it's a fucking space shuttle.

Please explain.

Too much stuff? Outside the Space Shuttle there's no must see attraction in Expo Park. And why should we settle at one major attraction? Is there some sort of rule I'm missing? And how is the area "unorganized and cluttered"? I'm genuinely curious because that's the first time I've heard the area called that.

The California Science Center and Natural History Museum are fine museums but nothing to write home about. The Rose Garden is a lovely park but nothing to go out of the way for. The incoming LAFC stadium and Coliseum will be empty on most days. And then there's the African American museum which is hardly spoken about.

Can't we learn something from SD's Balboa Park and continue to add on museums/attractions? Balboa Park has 20+ museums/attractions and it doesn't suffer from being called "unorganized and cluttered".

http://www.sandsoflajolla.com/uploads/1/8/8/2/18826582/5482955_orig.jpg

Clearly Expo Park doesn't have the same amount of space as Balboa Park. But having 1-2 extra museums/attractions replace the surface parking lots facing Vermont would only improve the area. I fail to see how replacing an underutilized parking lot (primarily used for tailgating for 7 USC games) will make Expo Park "unorganized".

Wilcal
Jun 18, 2016, 1:29 AM
Its design and construction is contemporaneous with van der Rohe's Seagram building and Bunshaft's Lever House. Against that backdrop, it just not that significant.

Even in the context of Becket's own work, the Prudential building is better.

Let us also not forget that most corporate modernist design was largely derivative of a few good designs and fell into disfavor because of the sameness of its appearance and its indifference to context. (Most of it is not worth saving.)
I'm sure they didn't articulate it in the same way in 1969, but this could have been said of the old Richfield tower downtown (now long gone--razed in 1969). Against the backdrop of the Chrysler or RCA buildings it might not have been that significant, and as for the Art Deco movement, premiere designs spawned sameness. I think that the greater importance is that this building represents history. Yes, this building may be all that you say, but it is a handsome building nevertheless and I think deserves preserving.

King Kill 'em
Jun 18, 2016, 3:33 AM
Here's my idea for Expo Park. Turn all the surface lots on Vermont in the park into green space (maybe with parking underneath but preferably not.) and shut down Bill Robertson Lane. Build the Lucas Museum where the Science Center parking garage is.

Muji
Jun 18, 2016, 5:57 AM
LDVArch, you are quite right that 3550 Wilshire is not one of Welton Becket's most striking or influential works, but I think there is still value to preserving relatively mundane examples of an architectural style, particularly where they also capture key moments in a neighborhood's development (as Wilcal said too). Of course, there are plenty of other Modernist towers left in Wilshire Center of similar or greater importance, but I'll still be sad to see 3550 Wilshire lose its facade for what seems like no apparent reason.

Wilcal
Jun 18, 2016, 6:04 PM
LDVArch, you are quite right that 3550 Wilshire is not one of Welton Becket's most striking or influential works, but I think there is still value to preserving relatively mundane examples of an architectural style, particularly where they also capture key moments in a neighborhood's development (as Wilcal said too). Of course, there are plenty of other Modernist towers left in Wilshire Center of similar or greater importance, but I'll still be sad to see 3550 Wilshire lose its facade for what seems like no apparent reason.

Muji,
obviously you and I think very much alike on this subject. I find it interesting that the same mentality of this topic is what turned Westlake/Mac Arthur Park, and the Pico Union districts, which in their day were substantial neighborhoods of architectural history and splendor, into an areas that are no more than a mishmash of junk (most often very run-down) sprinkled with decrepit remnants of what has past. I remember reading recently about a project in Pico Union that would replace a fine, and at one time very proud Victorain, with a new multi unit project. Someone commented that "eh, there are so many other Victorians left," implying no great loss. That, unfortunately said more than a thousand times in the past, gives us what we have today.

bobbyv
Jun 18, 2016, 10:47 PM
Muji,
obviously you and I think very much alike on this subject. I find it interesting that the same mentality of this topic is what turned Westlake/Mac Arthur Park, and the Pico Union districts, which in their day were substantial neighborhoods of architectural history and splendor, into an areas that are no more than a mishmash of junk (most often very run-down) sprinkled with decrepit remnants of what has past. I remember reading recently about a project in Pico Union that would replace a fine, and at one time very proud Victorain, with a new multi unit project. Someone commented that "eh, there are so many other Victorians left," implying no great loss. That, unfortunately said more than a thousand times in the past, gives us what we have today.

Yeah I remember that and I was totally for the preservation of the victorians, here's the link:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=7179942#post7179942

Jun
Jun 19, 2016, 3:46 AM
Some news on Gehrys LA River plan:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-la-river-gehry-20160613-snap-story.html

ChargerCarl
Jun 19, 2016, 9:10 AM
Hope he doesn't screw it up.

Never been a Gehry fan.

Wilcal
Jun 19, 2016, 3:28 PM
Yeah I remember that and I was totally for the preservation of the victorians, here's the link:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=7179942#post7179942

Yes, this was the project that I recalled, thank you. Obviously the properties have been neglected. I could go further by saying that the slob (probably) owner has now been rewarded for his/her investment (or lack of) by now selling out. But that aside, these properties would be good cases for the city's effort on creating housing for the currently homeless. Properties which could possibly be rehabilitated, if economically viable. No there would not be a tremendous gain in units, but the essence of the Pico Union urban fabric would be preserved. This I think would be a far better contributor to the future prosperity of the area. This would be a no-brainier in Boston or San Francisco. Besides that, in the link notice in the satellite photo how many parking lots there are to develop the same type of building proposed for these lots.

colemonkee
Jun 19, 2016, 9:56 PM
10000 Santa Monica and Waldorf Astoria from a couple weeks ago while driving back to the office from a conference. And yes, I need to wash my car, but hey, we're in a drought! ;)

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6827/hzMjhX.jpg
Image Source: Me and my out of date iPhone

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4594/Jul2Do.jpg
Image Source: Me and my out of date iPhone

ChelseaFC
Jun 19, 2016, 11:25 PM
New Ivy Station renders look fantastic. Lowe could do the neighborhood a hell of a favor by purchasing the FedEx site across the tracks.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/plan2.jpg

King Kill 'em
Jun 20, 2016, 1:06 AM
^Then the city could help out by making sure there are cross walks at all four sides of all the intersections around here. That pisses me off more than when signs or poles are put in the middle of sidewalks.

King Kill 'em
Jun 21, 2016, 5:06 PM
In Westlake there's these townhomes that don't at all look like they belong in LA. They're so cool and they've been nominated for a cultural historic moment.

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7666/27743897771_d40546b662_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/JgCJe2)Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.02.42 AM (https://flic.kr/p/JgCJe2) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7243/27718644652_0e44cd3b79_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Jepimq)Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.03.06 AM (https://flic.kr/p/Jepimq) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

ChargerCarl
Jun 21, 2016, 7:03 PM
Those are great. I wonder if they could be built under current zoning regs?

blackcat23
Jun 21, 2016, 7:40 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-residential-pushing-dirt-westlake

45 apartments + retail space, now rising in Westlake

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/2300beverly6.jpg?itok=xG2TAa3m

King Kill 'em
Jun 21, 2016, 7:52 PM
Those are great. I wonder if they could be built under current zoning regs?

I don't think there's any parking, so no.

SoCalKid
Jun 21, 2016, 7:57 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-residential-pushing-dirt-westlake

45 apartments + retail space, now rising in Westlake

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/2300beverly6.jpg?itok=xG2TAa3m

Great, at a ratio of 1.6, this can house 72 stormtroopers for the empire!!

ChargerCarl
Jun 21, 2016, 8:09 PM
I don't think there's any parking, so no.

:surrender:

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jun 21, 2016, 9:05 PM
Those are great. I wonder if they could be built under current zoning regs?

i hate "new" zoning regulations +"new" fire codes + ada requirements. All the creativity and intimacy of old school buildings has been zoned out. We can no longer get the great, skinny 13 - 15 story towers that are found on main, spring, broadway and los angeles streets... we can no longer get these types of townhomes. Everything has been over regulated

King Kill 'em
Jun 21, 2016, 9:25 PM
^What I always hate is setback rules. They're too high in residential areas and they're too low on commercial strips.

plinko
Jun 21, 2016, 10:22 PM
Fire codes are about life safety and absolutely necessary.

Discretionary requirements like zoning and CEQA? 80% absolute garbage. Staff planners and land use attorneys make a killing in this state, and accomplish little other than holding up the train.

Accessibility is a slippery slope. Unfortunately most architects like myself end up spending about 40% of our time figuring out all the nuances of codes and regulations related to the 0.1% of people who would ever be in our building. That being said, there are plenty of accessibility requirements that absolutely make sense in most situations.

i hate "new" zoning regulations +"new" fire codes + ada requirements. All the creativity and intimacy of old school buildings has been zoned out. We can no longer get the great, skinny 13 - 15 story towers that are found on main, spring, broadway and los angeles streets... we can no longer get these types of townhomes. Everything has been over regulated

JDRCRASH
Jun 22, 2016, 12:11 AM
In Westlake there's these townhomes that don't at all look like they belong in LA. They're so cool and they've been nominated for a cultural historic moment.

Those are some of my favorite townhomes in the whole region. Whenever i've been in the area they make me feel like i'm somewhere in SF or back East.

ChargerCarl
Jun 22, 2016, 12:15 AM
Fire codes are about life safety and absolutely necessary.

Is it necessary for every tall building to have a helipad on it's roof? I seriously doubt it.

Our fire code seems pretty silly and prevents a lot of perfectly safe buildings from getting built:

https://letsgola.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/high-rise-codes-housing-affordability-in-los-angeles/

(The rest of your post is spot on IMO)

King Kill 'em
Jun 22, 2016, 2:09 AM
Those are some of my favorite townhomes in the whole region. Whenever i've been in the area they make me feel like i'm somewhere in SF or back East.

Yeah I wonder if there were more that were torn down. Also there's 3 of these townhomes for sale on Zillow right now for about $350,000 or so. I think they're all 2 bed 2 bath and about 1300 sq. ft. but 2 of the listings say it's a studio for some reason. Seems like a great deal.

Quixote
Jun 22, 2016, 7:07 AM
http://urbanize.la/post/more-residential-pushing-dirt-westlake

45 apartments + retail space, now rising in Westlake

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/2300beverly6.jpg?itok=xG2TAa3m

As mentioned in the comments, Tighe's website shows a much nicer design:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7389/27832002485_758c43af53_b.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7218/27553980970_57b164332e_b.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7445/27832001685_32a64079a4_b.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7604/27220255633_455e5d2592_b.jpg

http://www.tighearchitecture.com/#!beverly-mixed-use/c12h4

blackcat23
Jun 22, 2016, 2:52 PM
Apartment tower kicks off near Capitol Records Building (http://urbanize.la/post/stalled-tower-finally-progresses-hollywood)

Related might be going nowhere on Grand Avenue, but it's revived a stalled apartment tower at 6230 Yucca Street. 114 residential units, 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail space, designed by Large Architecture.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/6230yucca1.jpg?itok=8hwjKraS

circuitfiend
Jun 22, 2016, 3:17 PM
Crane has come down on 10000 SaMo. Amenities deck getting a lot of attention. :cheers:

Has anyone else noticed the wonky windows on the upper balconys? Like they're temporary or something, because they don't match the design of the first & second floor balcony windows. Weird. :shrug:

colemonkee
Jun 22, 2016, 6:11 PM
To paraphrase Tony the Tiger, 6230 Yucca looks grrrreat!

King Kill 'em
Jun 22, 2016, 7:13 PM
It's so weird how a tower from years ago that I've never heard of before, suddenly breaks ground.

bzcat
Jun 22, 2016, 7:31 PM
http://therealdeal.com/la/2016/06/16/hooman-nissani-buys-8-5-acres-in-playa-vista-for-83m-plans-massive-mixed-use-project/

Are you fucking kidding me? What a first world problem. Oh you have to drive far to get a new car? Wow! How hard that must be.

Any automotive related business should not be allowed in Playa Vista.

The claim about no car dealership within 9 miles is totally wrong too. Airport Marina Ford and Honda is literally on the other side of the 405 from this site; MDR Toyota is 2 miles away on Lincoln; there is a Chevy/Buick/GMC dealer next Fox Hills Mall, less than 1 mile away; and Culver City Mazda/Volvo is 2 miles north on Washington Blvd.

I'm going to wait until we see more concrete plans about development before I jump on the hate train. I suppose it may be ok if the car dealerships end up taking the 405 facing side of the parcel and the mixed use retail/residential development take up the side facing Mesmer.


^ Last I checked, Playa Vista is within LA City limits, so there should be no tax revenue loss.

This parcel is in City of LA but it is in South Culver City 90230 zip code. Since it is not in 90094 zip code so I guess it is Playa Vista "adjacent.

caligrad
Jun 23, 2016, 3:21 AM
It's so weird how a tower from years ago that I've never heard of before, suddenly breaks ground.

I second that. I don't remember this tower at all.

For my 2 cents on the building

They seem to be sticking to that floor to ceiling height ratio down to the exact limits. The article says 177 feet tall but the renderings look a tad bit taller than that. Either way its a great looking building. Modern with a 60s-70s base. Looks to have a podium but the podium somewhat blends in with the rest of the building so I'll give them credit for that.

Hollywood is quickly doing what it should have been doing a long time ago. Becoming a downtown cluster/nodal point on its own. loving it. :cheers:

NativeOrange
Jun 25, 2016, 3:57 AM
Chicago NIMBYs effectively killed the Lucas Museum. He now plans to head for California, and since San Francisco already rejected the idea, I don't really see it happening anywhere else BUT LA at this point.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lucas-museum-california-20160624-story.html

King Kill 'em
Jun 25, 2016, 4:13 AM
^out of the box idea for a location: near Sunset/Vermont station. Tear down that huge strip mall with the Jons and the Rite aid and you could do an amazing mixed use project that the museum could be part of.

bobcat
Jun 25, 2016, 4:26 AM
Lucas apparently had a couple of stipulations: that his museum be in a high profile location, and that it be near other museums. So that probably leaves only Expo Park and Museum Row, but I wouldn't be against booting Related from Grand Ave in favor of this.

King Kill 'em
Jun 25, 2016, 4:55 PM
^Well my idea is by the Hollyhock House and when Scientology finally dies we can turn their building into a museum.

King Kill 'em
Jun 27, 2016, 5:31 AM
I should've uploaded these sooner. Here's some photos of a trip I took along the Gold Line to Rosedale in Azusa. I'm down to talk opinions if anyone wants to.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskyXqnAQ