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King Kill 'em
Aug 16, 2016, 4:53 AM
Thanks for dictating what I'm for and against! :tup:

I'd prefer to see multi-unit housing built over commercial storefronts on main thoroughfares, that's my personal opinion. There's an incredible amount of this city that could be done in that style without even beginning to touch single family homes in the basin. I also don't believe that it has to be all or nothing -- there are plenty of neighborhoods where large apartment buildings make sense, and there are plenty where they don't. :shrug:

Anyway, this thread is about development, I'll bow out of any future argument on this issue.

I wasn't advocating large ones in current single family areas. I was advocating small ones, taking up only one normal 6000 sf lot and having 4 apartments or condos. Maybe more if close to transit. I personally have an idea for 4 unit buildings I'd like to try out in Burbank's R1 neighborhoods. If only I could use the not in great shape house next door.

plinko
Aug 16, 2016, 5:00 AM
What's under construction at Slauson and Bristol in Culver City? The tower crane appears to be in the 150' range, though maybe that's just to avoid the adjacent midrise.

blackcat23
Aug 16, 2016, 5:55 AM
What's under construction at Slauson and Bristol in Culver City? The tower crane appears to be in the 150' range, though maybe that's just to avoid the adjacent midrise.

http://urbanize.la/post/crane-watch-culver-city-creative

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/1_c3_0.jpg?itok=4rU7r2gB (http://urbanize.la/post/crane-watch-culver-city-creative)

Steve8263
Aug 16, 2016, 3:18 PM
Old news here, but I'm finally allowed to publish so...


Any approximate start date for their other nearby Wilshire tower you presumably aren't allowed to publish?

blackcat23
Aug 16, 2016, 4:26 PM
Marriott Edition rises on the Sunset Strip

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/edition2_0.png?itok=Skkk931E (http://urbanize.la/post/marriott-edition-prepares-climb-sunset-strip)

blackcat23
Aug 16, 2016, 6:19 PM
New look for Hollywood development

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/1_0.png?itok=qInubyaq (http://urbanize.la/post/new-look-sunset-boulevard-development)

circuitfiend
Aug 16, 2016, 6:47 PM
^^^

Former site of the Art Leboe Studios, this is an improvement to the earlier rendering I had seen. However, very aggressive homeless individuals regularly camp out at that corner, being right across the street from the Library. It will be interesting how management deals with the situation, because they are not going away. :shrug:

ChargerCarl
Aug 16, 2016, 9:12 PM
Thanks for dictating what I'm for and against! :tup:

I'd prefer to see multi-unit housing built over commercial storefronts on main thoroughfares, that's my personal opinion. There's an incredible amount of this city that could be done in that style without even beginning to touch single family homes in the basin. I also don't believe that it has to be all or nothing -- there are plenty of neighborhoods where large apartment buildings make sense, and there are plenty where they don't. :shrug:

Anyway, this thread is about development, I'll bow out of any future argument on this issue.

The only way we'll ever see affordable market rate housing again is if we allow SFR's to be converted to apartment buildings in masse like we did in in the post-war decades.

blackcat23
Aug 16, 2016, 9:36 PM
Renovations for 92-year-old Echo Park building

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/1%20The%20Future2.jpg?itok=eE66eUxW (http://urbanize.la/post/renovation-planned-echo-parks-jensen-recreation-center)

blackcat23
Aug 17, 2016, 6:20 PM
1601 Vine Street

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160806_104201%280%29_0.jpg?itok=SVzgNEll (http://urbanize.la/post/vertical-construction-wrapping-1601-vine)

Quixote
Aug 18, 2016, 6:43 AM
3033 Wilshire progress:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8202/28442144623_b576593322_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8490/28774697710_383091a60d_b.jpg

mt_climber13
Aug 18, 2016, 7:09 AM
Marriott Edition rises on the Sunset Strip

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/edition2_0.png?itok=Skkk931E (http://urbanize.la/post/marriott-edition-prepares-climb-sunset-strip)

I love this

blackcat23
Aug 18, 2016, 3:56 PM
Fresh Renderings for Culver City Office Complex

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/1_34.jpg?itok=2ZslEjPO (http://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-culver-city-office-complex)

a9l8e7n
Aug 18, 2016, 4:35 PM
Playa Vista "The Brickyard"

Brick facade are now being installed

http://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8439/29069204445_c848f51c2f_b.jpg

Bikemike
Aug 18, 2016, 7:52 PM
Playa Vista is hopeless. Nothing worthwhile being built there. Los Angeles f'ed it up big time.

ChargerCarl
Aug 18, 2016, 8:54 PM
Im inclined to agree

a9l8e7n
Aug 18, 2016, 9:15 PM
Google will be building out their huge campus in the very large parcel they bought out. I would say that will be worthwhile.

Playa Vista is hopeless. Nothing worthwhile being built there. Los Angeles f'ed it up big time.

ChargerCarl
Aug 18, 2016, 9:18 PM
It's not that it isn't worthwhile, but that it lacks urbanity.

I don't want to repeat this discussion though. Im sure you guys are tired of it.

King Kill 'em
Aug 18, 2016, 9:25 PM
Again Playa Vista has pros and cons but the real sad thing about it is how it's become sort of an exclusive community of the rich.

ChelseaFC
Aug 18, 2016, 9:50 PM
Playa Vista is hopeless. Nothing worthwhile being built there. Los Angeles f'ed it up big time.

That's funny. I was just there Sunday and there were people walking everywhere.

Wilcal
Aug 18, 2016, 11:08 PM
1601 Vine Street

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160806_104201%280%29_0.jpg?itok=SVzgNEll (http://urbanize.la/post/vertical-construction-wrapping-1601-vine)


This building is not only bland, but very undersized. And why the Hell did it take so long to build to where they are today (two years?). Something is not right

NSMP
Aug 18, 2016, 11:18 PM
This building is not only bland, but very undersized. And why the Hell did it take so long to build to where they are today (two years?). Something is not right

It was a hole in the ground for most of that time IIRC. After excavation it sat there for a long time

BrandonJXN
Aug 19, 2016, 10:56 AM
It's not that it isn't worthwhile, but that it lacks urbanity.

I don't want to repeat this discussion though. Im sure you guys are tired of it.

Playa Vista was never meant to be urban. Like at all. I happen to like Playa Vista.

kelbeen
Aug 19, 2016, 11:38 AM
Hayden Tract by Kelbeen
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8469/29008467241_c2f73e578c_b.jpg
Bonus:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8006/29084988225_abb9f46dde_b.jpg

ChargerCarl
Aug 19, 2016, 2:33 PM
Playa Vista was never meant to be urban. Like at all. I happen to like Playa Vista.

Thats kinda our point...

colemonkee
Aug 19, 2016, 2:48 PM
^ Ahhhhhh, that crazy Eric Owen Moss. I wonder what's up with his tower on the east side of Jefferson?

cargocultpants
Aug 19, 2016, 3:02 PM
Hey Kelbeen, can you just walk into that complex to take photos? I always figured the security would keep out non-employees.

BrandonJXN
Aug 19, 2016, 4:06 PM
Hey Kelbeen, can you just walk into that complex to take photos? I always figured the security would keep out non-employees.

Hayden Tract is pretty open in terms of taking pictures. Lol they have so many interesting buildings, they better be.

kelbeen
Aug 19, 2016, 5:52 PM
Hey Kelbeen, can you just walk into that complex to take photos? I always figured the security would keep out non-employees.

I just walked in. Nobody told me to stop taking photos.

Quixote
Aug 19, 2016, 7:41 PM
Playa Vista was never meant to be urban. Like at all. I happen to like Playa Vista.

Exactly. It's hemmed in by the Westchester hillside, Lincoln Blvd. (a highway), Ballona/Centinela Creeks, and the 90/405.

There are other, more logical places to build urban neighborhoods.

Valyrian Steel
Aug 19, 2016, 9:03 PM
Not gonna lie; went to a concert in WeHo for the first time in a few years last night and was struck by all the buildings going up on the Sunset Strip.

colemonkee
Aug 19, 2016, 10:26 PM
^ You do have to watch out for those buildings. They're dangerous if you're not looking where you're going...

Valyrian Steel
Aug 19, 2016, 11:05 PM
^ You do have to watch out for those buildings. They're dangerous if you're not looking where you're going...

https://cdn.meme.am/instances/400x/65124194.jpg

WestCoastSupertall
Aug 20, 2016, 1:23 AM
Not gonna lie; went to a concert in WeHo for the first time in a few years last night and was struck by all the buildings going up on the Sunset Strip.

There are a bunch of buildings going up in WeHo. Most are fairly short (3-7 stories), and don't get much coverage.

ChelseaFC
Aug 20, 2016, 3:59 AM
Not gonna lie; went to a concert in WeHo for the first time in a few years last night and was struck by all the buildings going up on the Sunset Strip.

Here's the Hollywood/WeHo development map in case you were curious about a specific site.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=1CUSlQnxMm4Ang6A0plS4Au894Ek

Valyrian Steel
Aug 20, 2016, 4:33 AM
Here's the Hollywood/WeHo development map in case you were curious about a specific site.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=1CUSlQnxMm4Ang6A0plS4Au894Ek

Thanks. I remember now the announcement of some of these projects, but hadn't checked on their progress lately.

Resident
Aug 20, 2016, 10:05 AM
Playa Vista was never meant to be urban. Like at all. I happen to like Playa Vista.

I love it how some people think that their version of Los Angeles should be applied everywhere and if it isn't, it is a failure. It is a very common occurrence that some specific people on this board states that.

If Playa Vista was a failure they wouldn't keep building there because people want to live there.

Bikemike
Aug 20, 2016, 9:44 PM
I love it how some people think that their version of Los Angeles should be applied everywhere and if it isn't, it is a failure. It is a very common occurrence that some specific people on this board states that.

If Playa Vista was a failure they wouldn't keep building there because people want to live there.

Perfect example of why Los Angeles will never be world class urbanism. It's residents don't get it.

Let me paraphrase BrandonJXN's nonsensical determinism:
"Los Angeles was never meant to be a city of vibrant street-life. Like, at all. I happen to love Los Angeles."

More example of basically the same logic: "Las Vegas was never meant to be good. Like, at all. I happen to love it though"
or: "Houston was never meant to be eco-friendly and progressive. Like, at all. I happen to love Houston".

The difference between the LA subforum and those of more progressive cities is the prevalence of regressive values and the near absence/ignorance of environmental and aesthetic standards among LA's forumers. It's no wonder LA tolerates shoddy architecture, zoning, and public policy as badly as it does. If an urbanism forum yields such a prevalence of regressive opinions, imagine the general population. Wow. The collective values of the LA subforum are a hair more progressive than those of Houston's. Sad indeed.

NativeOrange
Aug 20, 2016, 10:21 PM
Perfect example of why Los Angeles will never be world class urbanism. It's residents don't get it.

Let me paraphrase BrandonJXN's nonsensical determinism:
"Los Angeles was never meant to be a city of vibrant street-life. Like, at all. I happen to love Los Angeles."

More example of basically the same logic: "Las Vegas was never meant to be good. Like, at all. I happen to love it though"
or: "Houston was never meant to be eco-friendly and progressive. Like, at all. I happen to love Houston".

The difference between the LA subforum and those of more progressive cities is the prevalence of regressive values and the near absence/ignorance of environmental and aesthetic standards among LA's forumers. It's no wonder LA tolerates shoddy architecture, zoning, and public policy as badly as it does. If an urbanism forum yields such a prevalence of regressive opinions, imagine the general population. Wow. The collective values of the LA subforum are a hair more progressive than those of Houston's. Sad indeed.

LA is geographically massive and Playa Vista is about 15 miles from DTLA as the crow flies. A similar distance from San Fran would be San Mateo. Are the residents of San Mateo demanding world class architecture? If so, it's not what they're getting either. Both areas are seeing the same exact "Irvine-type" development.

Take a look at Bay Meadows, for example.

LDVArch
Aug 20, 2016, 11:42 PM
Perfect example of why Los Angeles will never be world class urbanism. It's residents don't get it.

Not this again. If we report posts like this, can we GET this to stop?

Wally West
Aug 20, 2016, 11:46 PM
Not this again. If we report posts like this, can we GET this to stop?

He's the only one who posts the incredibly negative (and usually inaccurate) points. There's no need to report posts if we can just learn to not respond to him. That's usually how you "beat" online trolls.

Easy
Aug 20, 2016, 11:51 PM
Not this again. If we report posts like this, can we GET this to stop?

Hopefully. I don't come here to read posts attacking other posters.

dktshb
Aug 21, 2016, 12:12 AM
Perfect example of why Los Angeles will never be world class urbanism. It's residents don't get it.

Let me paraphrase BrandonJXN's nonsensical determinism:
"Los Angeles was never meant to be a city of vibrant street-life. Like, at all. I happen to love Los Angeles."

More example of basically the same logic: "Las Vegas was never meant to be good. Like, at all. I happen to love it though"
or: "Houston was never meant to be eco-friendly and progressive. Like, at all. I happen to love Houston".

The difference between the LA subforum and those of more progressive cities is the prevalence of regressive values and the near absence/ignorance of environmental and aesthetic standards among LA's forumers. It's no wonder LA tolerates shoddy architecture, zoning, and public policy as badly as it does. If an urbanism forum yields such a prevalence of regressive opinions, imagine the general population. Wow. The collective values of the LA subforum are a hair more progressive than those of Houston's. Sad indeed.

Really? I see nothing productive about this post. We come here to discuss development, not to read about how ignorant regressive and inferior we allegedly are. You're certainly not going to win over any minds with that kind of nasty, dang.

Valyrian Steel
Aug 21, 2016, 12:20 AM
Not this again. If we report posts like this, can we GET this to stop?

Certainly use the report feature like I just did. We all know who this is too (the same user who was banned for posting this exact kind of incendiary drivel).

SimonLA
Aug 21, 2016, 3:17 AM
No clear resolution for Hollywood Target; the company's lawyers are at least trying to restart construction, but Silverstein is working overtime. Not sure why judges see the value in keeping this husk unoccupied. Not only are we keeping people out of work, the structure completely blocks the sidewalk, which is so unfair to the bus riders who travel on this corner. It's really a shame what the idle rich can do. *p.s. I've reported that poster, as well.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hollywood-target-20160820-snap-story.html

http://www.trbimg.com/img-57b8929f/turbine/la-1471714023-snap-photo/700/700x394

plutonicpanda
Aug 21, 2016, 3:40 AM
It seems it would be more beneficial to tear it down and restart from scratch with a better design at this point. How long has it been like that?

SimonLA
Aug 21, 2016, 4:09 AM
^ 2 years

King Kill 'em
Aug 21, 2016, 4:53 AM
It seems it would be more beneficial to tear it down and restart from scratch with a better design at this point. How long has it been like that?

I doubt it. That'd cost too much.

Resident
Aug 21, 2016, 7:12 AM
It seems it would be more beneficial to tear it down and restart from scratch with a better design at this point. How long has it been like that?

What exactly is this mythical better design?? 35 feet tall which is the outdated zoning??

kelbeen
Aug 21, 2016, 10:14 AM
Quick walkthrough of Sunset [8/21]
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8073/29126671665_7a5a65603f_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8051/28507873973_ddbf2559d1_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8028/28839908890_f7c6356567_b.jpg

BrandonJXN
Aug 21, 2016, 3:05 PM
Perfect example of why Los Angeles will never be world class urbanism. It's residents don't get it.

Let me paraphrase BrandonJXN's nonsensical determinism:
"Los Angeles was never meant to be a city of vibrant street-life. Like, at all. I happen to love Los Angeles."



Except I never said that at all. I said Playa Vista. Not Los Angeles. You should learn how to read.

Wally West
Aug 21, 2016, 6:09 PM
What exactly is this mythical better design?? 35 feet tall which is the outdated zoning??

Probably adding some housing onto the project would make that Target a better product.

plutonicpanda
Aug 21, 2016, 8:42 PM
What exactly is this mythical better design?? 35 feet tall which is the outdated zoning??
I don't have an exact design in mind. However it would be nice to have residential on top.

black_crow
Aug 22, 2016, 12:11 AM
Except I never said that at all. I said Playa Vista. Not Los Angeles. You should learn how to read.
:D

True.

It's strange how people twist someone's words. (and what conversations/content we get out of it)


@kelbeen

Nice shots.

cesar90
Aug 22, 2016, 1:32 PM
hc0Zx4HUykQ

blackcat23
Aug 22, 2016, 4:08 PM
Apartment and hotel tower planned in Koreatown

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/631vermont6.jpg?itok=k8otgk4z (http://urbanize.la/post/hotel-and-apartment-tower-planned-koreatown)

colemonkee
Aug 22, 2016, 4:47 PM
More of this, please, especially around transit stops.

202_Cyclist
Aug 22, 2016, 4:53 PM
Dang! That is one nice looking building.

Kingofthehill
Aug 22, 2016, 4:56 PM
lookin' good!

NSMP
Aug 22, 2016, 5:05 PM
Thrilled about this. Vermont is so underutilized

Illithid Dude
Aug 22, 2016, 5:23 PM
Yooooo. On a mid block lot too. Only thing I don't love is the pedestrian interaction, but that can always be improved.

King Kill 'em
Aug 22, 2016, 5:37 PM
We need more development like this around the other Vermont stations, forming a nice mid size highrise canyon. Especially around Vermont/Beverly and Vermont/Santa Monica which I'm pretty sure are the two redline stations with the lowest ridership numbers.

Wilcal
Aug 22, 2016, 5:44 PM
Apartment and hotel tower planned in Koreatown

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/631vermont6.jpg?itok=k8otgk4z (http://urbanize.la/post/hotel-and-apartment-tower-planned-koreatown)

More of this, please, especially around transit stops.

Dang! That is one nice looking building.

lookin' good!

Thrilled about this. Vermont is so underutilized

This tower has been brought to us by our "Frankentower Friends," the irrepressible MVE architects!

NSMP
Aug 22, 2016, 6:10 PM
We need more development like this around the other Vermont stations, forming a nice mid size highrise canyon. Especially around Vermont/Beverly and Vermont/Santa Monica which I'm pretty sure are the two redline stations with the lowest ridership numbers.

You can, in part, thank the Vermont/Western Station Area plan for this. Anyone who lives or works in the area should put in a comment in favor of upzoning Vermont and Virgil when the new draft Hollywood Community Plan comes out. I don't know if it'll make a difference or not, but worth a shot.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Aug 22, 2016, 6:57 PM
Apartment and hotel tower planned in Koreatown

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/631vermont6.jpg?itok=k8otgk4z (http://urbanize.la/post/hotel-and-apartment-tower-planned-koreatown)

That is a great looking building. Kind of reminds me of the Ritz because the way it gets fat in the middle then tapers off. Vermont could use a shit load more of these

ChelseaFC
Aug 22, 2016, 10:34 PM
http://www.traveldailynews.com/assets/thumbnails/79/7927554f844a5ba600be54254ce5beb3.jpg

Residence Inn at Fair Oaks/Walnut now open. Just the first among many new hotel projects in Pasadena!

http://www.traveldailynews.com/post/residence-inn-hotel-opens-in-pasadena-california

Bikemike
Aug 23, 2016, 2:03 AM
Except I never said that at all. I said Playa Vista. Not Los Angeles. You should learn how to read.

What a demonstrated lack of ability to abstract LOL
My broader point was: Your statement that Playa Vista "wasn't meant to be urban" is a captain obvious statement. It's the way it is because it was planned/zoned that way. Duh.

BrandonJXN: "The black Honda Accord wasn't meant to be Blue". Duh, no sh!t Sherlock!

My comment about Playa Vista is that it shouldn't have been planned that way. That planning for auto-dependency is backwards. That it's a tremendous opportunity lost. Get it, tweedle-dee? :slob:

Bikemike
Aug 23, 2016, 2:34 AM
This tower has been brought to us by our "Frankentower Friends," the irrepressible MVE architects!

It's ok, better than tolerable. A bit overdone IMO.

Why is LA incapable of building understated, modern glass buildings?

Everything, it seems, comes with oversized fins, asshats, and other obnoxiously attention-grabbing features. These tendencies are the architectural equivalent of trying too hard, and it's in our collective DNA.

More educated and more progressive cities like SF, Seattle, or London build more intelligent, non-douchey looking architecture on a more consistent basis. I wonder why that is.

caligrad
Aug 23, 2016, 6:59 AM
Not this again. If we report posts like this, can we GET this to stop?

Your best bet is to PM the mods. They claim that they don't know of any issues. :uhh::???:

Not only this thread but he derailed the DTLA thread as well.

HEY MODS :help:

Resident
Aug 23, 2016, 10:22 AM
What a demonstrated lack of ability to abstract LOL
My broader point was: Your statement that Playa Vista "wasn't meant to be urban" is a captain obvious statement. It's the way it is because it was planned/zoned that way. Duh.

BrandonJXN: "The black Honda Accord wasn't meant to be Blue". Duh, no sh!t Sherlock!

My comment about Playa Vista is that it shouldn't have been planned that way. That planning for auto-dependency is backwards. That it's a tremendous opportunity lost. Get it, tweedle-dee? :slob:

In other groups he would have been kicked by now. Or at least suspended for a week. I got suspended for a week for calling Hunter a sky is falling chicken little dumbass who had no idea what he is talking about with the end of the cycle. I learned from my suspension and would never call that to Hunter again.

BrandonJXN
Aug 23, 2016, 11:25 AM
What a demonstrated lack of ability to abstract LOL
My broader point was: Your statement that Playa Vista "wasn't meant to be urban" is a captain obvious statement. It's the way it is because it was planned/zoned that way. Duh.

BrandonJXN: "The black Honda Accord wasn't meant to be Blue". Duh, no sh!t Sherlock!

My comment about Playa Vista is that it shouldn't have been planned that way. That planning for auto-dependency is backwards. That it's a tremendous opportunity lost. Get it, tweedle-dee? :slob:

I've been suspended for less and yet you still keep roaming the earth with your posts. Mods, you should do your job and take out the trash.

NSMP
Aug 23, 2016, 2:57 PM
Did this get posted already? Proposal for 110 room hotel at 7th and Wilshire

http://therealdeal.com/la/2016/08/19/another-hotel-could-rise-in-the-heart-of-koreatown/

Muji
Aug 23, 2016, 3:36 PM
The proposed Wilshire/Vermont tower can't come soon enough! Interestingly, it is shaped like a mini-version of Taipei's under-construction Nan Shan Plaza (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=194192&page=9) tower.

SimonLA
Aug 24, 2016, 12:07 AM
The West LA Neighborhood Council is discussing Martin Expo Town Center tomorrow. Those jerks are already against it--you should read their communications to residents ("massive," "impacting 16 streets"). Please show up and fight the NIMBYism that is already percolating and being encouraged by the council. The meeting is Wednesday, 8/24 at 7 p.m. at West Los Angeles Civic Center/1645 Corinth Avenue/Los Angeles 90025

I fear without intervention, this project will go the way of the Papermate site in Santa Monica.

http://archnews.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/a_High-Res_Martin_Aerial_Cropped-1024x0-c-default.jpg

p.s. I agree with the previous commenters; action must be taken on the aforementioned poster. It has gotten out of hand and he clearly cannot be rehabbed (cue the insults flung at me and my home).

Illithid Dude
Aug 24, 2016, 12:53 AM
While it's fine to insult LA (let's face it, LA has handled worse), insulting people is another matter. Don't do it! I'm watching you.

Wilcal
Aug 24, 2016, 4:04 PM
Apartment and hotel tower planned in Koreatown

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/631vermont6.jpg?itok=k8otgk4z (http://urbanize.la/post/hotel-and-apartment-tower-planned-koreatown)
As one sees in the design, that blade-like parapet could possibly bring the height of the tower close to that of the Equitable Building (450 ft), yes?

blackcat23
Aug 24, 2016, 4:19 PM
Hotel conversion and residential tower planned near MacArthur Park

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/wilshire_0.jpg?itok=pyyrsFOP (http://urbanize.la/post/hotel-conversion-and-residential-tower-planned-near-macarthur-park)

BrandonJXN
Aug 24, 2016, 4:25 PM
Wow a 41 story tower in Westlake. Who would've thought. Westlake is being sandwiched by the goings on in DTLA and Koreatown and it'll be interesting to see how Westlake will handle this.

Steve8263
Aug 24, 2016, 4:32 PM
Tower crane being installed at the May Co movie museum building site off Wilshire.

blackcat23
Aug 24, 2016, 5:45 PM
Update on the Westfield Century City expansion

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/Westfield%20Century%20City%20by%20Hunter%20Kerhart%202_0.jpg?itok=7LOruzme (http://urbanize.la/post/scoping-out-westfield-century-city-expansion)

colemonkee
Aug 24, 2016, 5:50 PM
On the planned 41-story tower at Wilshire and Bonnie Brae, that's perfect. That area is primed for development as it's right by a Purple/Red Line stop. There's a surface parking lot kitty corner from that (next to the old Korean Air building) that's been screaming for development for some time now. Hopefully this is a catalyst.

Eightball
Aug 24, 2016, 6:28 PM
41 stories! It's lit!

caligrad
Aug 24, 2016, 7:21 PM
Hotel conversion and residential tower planned near MacArthur Park

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/wilshire_0.jpg?itok=pyyrsFOP (http://urbanize.la/post/hotel-conversion-and-residential-tower-planned-near-macarthur-park)

And let the snail paced unification of Downtown and Korea town continue (not so much in the literal sense). I've always envisioned Macarthur Park surrounded by a mix of 7story/mid-high rises on all sides. Please yes :slob: Even Hollywood would be thrilled with that kind of a back drop for their movies.

ChargerCarl
Aug 24, 2016, 8:05 PM
I'd like to see one "super downtown" run like a ribbon all along Wilshire.

And if we're smart we'll zone the area around the expo line to allow the same kind of growth.

IMBY
Aug 25, 2016, 9:03 AM
More of this, please, especially around transit stops.

On a trip to L.A. last week, my favorite venture riding the rails, I was keeping an eye on the rail stops for development. I made a stop in Compton and I see they did put some housing in at that stop. The Pasadena stop had a couple of big housing complexes. I even rode the train to Asuza, and I see it looks like there may be some housing developments being started at the Moravia stop, but none in Asuza? And none at the Watts or Rosa Parks stops?

I stayed at the Royal Pagoda Inn in Chinatown, and the Blossom Plaza is absolutely awesome, where you can walk thru it to catch the train! Let's see if they get around to filling up all the ground floor commercial space!

I also took the Gold Line east to Atlantic, and got off at the Mariachi Plaza station to look around, and not much for housing, but I see they've got a 4 story apartment building there under construction. Good to see!:tup: Now let's see more of that on those Gold line east stops! Or is that, too, Nimby territory?

IMBY
Aug 25, 2016, 9:19 AM
Really? I see nothing productive about this post. We come here to discuss development, not to read about how ignorant regressive and inferior we allegedly are. You're certainly not going to win over any minds with that kind of nasty, dang.

I don't understand why more people don't enjoy seeing people smear mud on their faces!:D

I let the choice, last week, fall to my roommate, since the fares on SW were the same $39 one way to San Francisco or L.A.

What it boiled down to was do you want pretty and too white, or far more interesting with lots of color?

Far more interesting with lots of color won out! And, I was dying to see the Broad Museum!:tup:

Always nice to get out of this stuck-like-glue-to-the-1960's conservative Las Vegas!

blackcat23
Aug 25, 2016, 5:28 PM
Apartments + retail planned at Hollywood/Wilcox

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/attie.JPG?itok=MGp8jZvK (http://urbanize.la/post/more-mid-rise-action-hollywood-boulevard)

King Kill 'em
Aug 25, 2016, 6:36 PM
On a trip to L.A. last week, my favorite venture riding the rails, I was keeping an eye on the rail stops for development. I made a stop in Compton and I see they did put some housing in at that stop. The Pasadena stop had a couple of big housing complexes. I even rode the train to Asuza, and I see it looks like there may be some housing developments being started at the Moravia stop, but none in Asuza? And none at the Watts or Rosa Parks stops?

I stayed at the Royal Pagoda Inn in Chinatown, and the Blossom Plaza is absolutely awesome, where you can walk thru it to catch the train! Let's see if they get around to filling up all the ground floor commercial space!

I also took the Gold Line east to Atlantic, and got off at the Mariachi Plaza station to look around, and not much for housing, but I see they've got a 4 story apartment building there under construction. Good to see!:tup: Now let's see more of that on those Gold line east stops! Or is that, too, Nimby territory?

Azusa has the big Rosedale development with single family homes and townhomes and will have a dirt lot ready at their other stop for a mixed use complex. Perhaps you were talking about Arcadia which made the dumb move of allowing the construction of a Mercedes Benz dealership on a large parcel near their new Gold Line station.

As for Watts and Rosa Parks, there's a master plan to rezone the commercial land use in the area for mixed use and encourage affordable townhomes. I'll find the link for that if you want.

Then the complex at Mariachi Plaza wasn't opposed because it is affordable housing. I wish it had been bigger though. There is a lot of opportunity along those Eastern Gold Line stops as well as those planned for the Montebello and Whittier extensions.

NSMP
Aug 25, 2016, 7:42 PM
Azusa has the big Rosedale development with single family homes and townhomes and will have a dirt lot ready at their other stop for a mixed use complex. Perhaps you were talking about Arcadia which made the dumb move of allowing the construction of a Mercedes Benz dealership on a large parcel near their new Gold Line station.

As for Watts and Rosa Parks, there's a master plan to rezone the commercial land use in the area for mixed use and encourage affordable townhomes. I'll find the link for that if you want.

Then the complex at Mariachi Plaza wasn't opposed because it is affordable housing. I wish it had been bigger though. There is a lot of opportunity along those Eastern Gold Line stops as well as those planned for the Montebello and Whittier extensions.

There's a lot planned surrounding mariachi plaza and it's all been opposed vigorously.

NSMP
Aug 25, 2016, 7:43 PM
For example: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2015/01/27/17857/what-s-next-for-mariachi-plaza/

King Kill 'em
Aug 25, 2016, 7:46 PM
There's a lot planned surrounding mariachi plaza and it's all been opposed vigorously.

Are you talking about the whole medical expansion. That was canceled.

NSMP
Aug 25, 2016, 7:51 PM
Nope, the affordable housing for Metro owned properties. One, I think is moving forward, more are pending. All have met with pushback. Boyle Heights anti-gentrification/displacement groups have said repeatedly that the income threshold for affordable housing units is too high and rents will be more than current residents can afford. Similar groups as are opposing the Reef project.

King Kill 'em
Aug 25, 2016, 7:59 PM
Nope, the affordable housing for Metro owned properties. One, I think is moving forward, more are pending. All have met with pushback. Boyle Heights anti-gentrification/displacement groups have said repeatedly that the income threshold for affordable housing units is too high and rents will be more than current residents can afford. Similar groups as are opposing the Reef project.

That's ridiculous. I don't know about the income brackets but I've heard a good estimate for rents in these projects would be about $400 for a 1 bed, $800 for a 2 bed, and $1200 for a 3 bed. There's nowhere in Boyle Heights or the entire region where rents are that low.

blackcat23
Aug 25, 2016, 10:51 PM
That's ridiculous. I don't know about the income brackets but I've heard a good estimate for rents in these projects would be about $400 for a 1 bed, $800 for a 2 bed, and $1200 for a 3 bed. There's nowhere in Boyle Heights or the entire region where rents are that low.

The issues in Boyle Heights stem from a well-earned mistrust of outside interests. Its residents have repeatedly gotten the short end of the stick with our city's "progress," over the past 50 years. This is most clearly exemplified by the multiple freeways which carve through the neighborhood.

Many of its residents are wary of public agencies like Metro, and even homegrown nonprofit developers like ELACC. I can't even blame them for how they reacted at Mariachi Plaza; Metro did zero community outreach before entering into negotiations with a developer.

You can promise that the units will be priced as affordable housing, but they'll believe it when they see it.

blackcat23
Aug 25, 2016, 11:02 PM
Full Koreatown block to be redeveloped

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/vermont_3.JPG?itok=no9BI9CE (http://urbanize.la/post/apartments-over-retail-olympic-and-vermonthttp://urbanize.la/post/apartments-over-retail-olympic-and-vermont)

LOHA designed apartments planned near Culver City Station

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950wb/public/field/image/20160821_094547.jpg?itok=NeL6AySI (http://urbanize.la/post/more-housing-planned-near-culver-city-station)

SimonLA
Aug 26, 2016, 12:02 AM
Great exclusives, Blackcat! You're really killing it lately. Culver City has been incredible with turning that whole area near the train station around. Does anyone remember how disgusting and empty it used to be?

In other news, I attended the West L.A. neighborhood council mtg regarding Martin Expo Town Center. It was basically the young people vs. the old people (can you guess which supported the project?).

I didn't stay to see how the council voted but I wouldn't be surprised to see them deny it, though they really have little power. Fortunately, most of the NIMBY complaints pertained to the office buildings and the traffic they would encourage. All were supportive of more housing near Expo. At least people understand here that the Westside needs more housing since so many jobs are here. I would say West L.A./Brentwood residents are actually less xenophobic/backwards than Santa Monicans.

https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/uHzfUFf8Ma5x3CqOoY0mGgTR0PY=/0x600/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/5960295/Screen_20Shot_202016-01-04_20at_202.24.03_20PM.0.png

NSMP
Aug 26, 2016, 12:04 AM
^Agreed re:Mariachi Plaza.

And hot damn, Vermont is on fire!

IMBY
Aug 26, 2016, 7:01 AM
For example: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2015/01/27/17857/what-s-next-for-mariachi-plaza/

Read the entire article, but some hope there as the 2 housing proposals may still be a go! As far as a big box store in that neighborhood, oh please!

Now if that isn't encouraging, to perhaps see some development at the Watts and Rosa Parks stations. Since my last trip to L.A., transferring to the Aviation Stop on the Green Line, I see there's a 6-7 story housing project that has sprung up there.

Perhaps I did get my stops confused on the Gold Line towards Asuza, but there was one stop with excavation work being done beside and back of a parking ramp., and was assuming it was for housing.

saybanana
Aug 26, 2016, 8:41 AM
There is a project at Monrovia Station called Parks at Monrovia.

http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/planning_commission/page/1535/the_parks_at_station_square_sp.pdf

Google maps has streetview of construction work. latest July 2016.

Also Mariachi Plaza has that construction at the Southwest closer to freeway corner well underway. You can see the google maps from a couple months back.

Oh I need to get some construction pictures up. Took them around the CicLAvia and day before.

blackcat23
Aug 26, 2016, 8:14 PM
Apartments + retail at Santa Monica/Barrington

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/R%26A_Santa%20Monica-Barrington_VIEW%20A%209.jpg?itok=uLx0Ifj- (http://urbanize.la/post/apartments-retail-santa-monica-and-barrington)