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Dariusb
Mar 27, 2017, 10:36 PM
Took those ones today.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3943/33541624441_fd76d72a47_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T6XAnF)Century City - L.A. (from Baldwin Hills) (https://flic.kr/p/T6XAnF) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

Expo Line between Santa Monica and Downtown.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2943/32827282244_faf75b2504_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/S1QpjU)Expo Line & Canals (https://flic.kr/p/S1QpjU) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3854/33286816450_a3b50ea870_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHrCQs)Century City - L.A. (https://flic.kr/p/SHrCQs) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3855/33630296526_dbbe272d8c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TeN4uJ)Hollywood Sign (https://flic.kr/p/TeN4uJ) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

Loving that first panoramic shot!

colemonkee
Mar 28, 2017, 2:49 PM
Speaking of Century City (and nearby naves), here are a couple of pictures from last Thursday, taken with my old AF iPhone, so bear with the lack of image quality...

Waldorf Astoria
Looking really good, and the finishes are real stone. Wishing this was white stone to go along with the streamline moderne design of this, but that is a nit-picky critique. This building is turning out great.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3730/6MsVpZ.jpg
Image credit: Me and my old AF iPhone

Westfield Century City
Shot of Westfield Century City Phase 1 in the background nearing completion - Phase 2 is probably 6-9 months behind Phase 1), with a bonus of what appeared to be equipment for the Purple Line extension. After further review the following day, the crane may have been for the trees located right behind it. This is my office view - and the green pit is where the Century City Purple Line stop will eventually go, so I'll be able to update this construction as it progresses.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/996/anwmdI.jpg
Image credit: Me and my old AF iPhone

bzcat
Mar 28, 2017, 8:27 PM
Well, removing those trees will be the first thing you do before excavating...

I'm not sure where Metro is in regards to timeline on Phase 2 of Purple Line extension. No mention from Metro on prep work or utility relocation.

CAA deathstar blocks my view of that parcel so I can't tell what exactly is going on.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Mar 28, 2017, 9:27 PM
Youre right on regarding the Waldorf.

blackcat23
Mar 30, 2017, 5:41 PM
Thompson Hotel underway in Hollywood

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/thompson.jpeg?itok=VvkOEjkF (http://urbanize.la/post/hollywoods-thompson-hotel-gets-underway)

cargocultpants
Mar 30, 2017, 8:23 PM
Some updates to the Westfield Topanga town center development, including some (likely very speculative) drawings - http://promenade2035.com/project.php

SoCalKid
Mar 30, 2017, 8:49 PM
Some updates to the Westfield Topanga town center development, including some (likely very speculative) drawings - http://promenade2035.com/project.php

I believe this is at the site of the Westfield Promenade, not the Westfield Topanga.

cargocultpants
Mar 31, 2017, 3:22 PM
Ah, you're right, it's right in the URL. All three of those malls are basically the same complex in my head.

SoCalKid
Mar 31, 2017, 6:36 PM
Ah, you're right, it's right in the URL. All three of those malls are basically the same complex in my head.

Agreed, just varying levels of tiredness (other than the new Village) :cheers:

Quixote
Apr 2, 2017, 4:52 AM
I don't know how serious this proposal is, but I think it's beautiful and something we'd all love to see get built. It's a Brooks + Scarpa design for a new 250,000-SF office complex adjacent to the Expo Line Culver City station.

Larger renderings here (http://brooksscarpa.com/mixed-use-creative-office-building).

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3855/32972822593_b7ca10065d.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2809/32972821383_b7f278abaa.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/770/32972822043_9b66726de1.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2867/32972820143_c1f7845fb3.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2911/32972821053_647950a568.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/723/32972820633_b5393fec58.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3946/32972821133_bd7b6464df.jpg

colemonkee
Apr 2, 2017, 8:04 PM
^ That's amazing and needs to be built. It would replace the existing FedEx shipping center and attached office building that used to (and may still) house adult film company Dani's Hard Drive.

In a nearby nave, here's a shot of the front of Westfield Century City from the last day of Q1 (Friday). The first phase, which will include Macy's, Equinox, Eataly, and a few other stores, looks to be pretty close to opening.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7391/YVZKvN.jpg
Image Source: Me and my old AF iPhone

San Frangelino
Apr 2, 2017, 11:28 PM
Expo Culver City Station is making me jealous. I commute via the Red Line almost everyday from Vermont/Sunset Station and the area around it hasn't changed much in over a decade. The hospitals are ok, but there are still all those pedestrian unfriendly banks, gas station, and the Barnsdall Square Shopping Center immediately north of the station. It's a really unpleasant walk to the station entrance.

I don't know how serious this proposal is, but I think it's beautiful and something we'd all love to see get built. It's a Brooks + Scarpa design for a new 250,000-SF office complex adjacent to the Expo Line Culver City station.

Larger renderings here (http://brooksscarpa.com/mixed-use-creative-office-building).

Blesha13
Apr 3, 2017, 1:20 AM
Expo Culver City Station is making me jealous. I commute via the Red Line almost everyday from Vermont/Sunset Station and the area around it hasn't changed much in over a decade. The hospitals are ok, but there are still all those pedestrian unfriendly banks, gas station, and the Barnsdall Square Shopping Center immediately north of the station. It's a really unpleasant walk to the station entrance.

Lol it's not that bad

blackcat23
Apr 3, 2017, 4:17 PM
North Hollywood Station

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/noho.jpg?itok=ZpSYFit8 (http://urbanize.la/post/updated-vision-emerges-north-hollywood-metro-tod)

Steve8263
Apr 3, 2017, 7:27 PM
Thought I would revisit this list now that the first Quarter of the year is over and the specter of Measure S dooming many projects has passed. Very little has changed but there are a few things of note. Please let me know if I missed anything.

Notably-

-Per Urbanize, the Hollywood Thompson Hotel has broken ground, that wasn't on the list previously and clocks in at 11 stories.

-As speculated below, 5901 Sunset (now known as "Epic") is showing signs of construction start.

-Century Plaza hotel hopefully has movement but I defer to Colemonkee for any progress update.

-9900 Wilshire continues to have people on site with the Santa Monica Blvd gate open during the day. I'm guessing they are doing utility work.

-Hotels on Sunset in Weho (House of Blues site, etc) that haven't started yet could be in trouble-
http://www.wehoville.com/2017/03/29/mayor-meister-calls-moratorium-new-weho-hotel-construction/

-All other project sites remain unchanged to the best of my knowledge.


In the spirit of the list created by forum member ConstructDTLA in the downtown thread of projects under construction and likely to break ground this year, I took a lap thru the first page of this thread as well as Urbanize to offer up a comparable compilation (10 floors or greater) with my own 2 cents worth of analysis-

Probable for starting this year (in no particular order)-

-Hollywood Thompson Hotel- 11 floors (Site cleared- https://aerial.live/cp1e1/ )

-(W)rapper at La Cienega/Jefferson Station- 17 floors (construction permit issues and site recently cleared)

-Former cement plant on Sepulveda and Pico- 13 Floors (Now owned by Carmel Partners, Could the final floor count have changed?)

-Century Plaza Hotel Redevelopment - 46 Floors x2 (supposedly broke ground back in March but only interior demo so far per colemonkee)

-Hollywood Palladium Towers - 27 Floors x2 (Developer has very deep pockets, see 10000 SM project)

-5901 Sunset Blvd. - 15 Floors (the Icon project across the street rented out overnight when Netflix leased the whole thing, bodes well for this one)

-9900 Wilshire (aka One Beverly Hills) - 11 Floors x2 (Chinese backers and city of BH approvals in hand)

-Academy Square Project (Supposedly had a 2016 start date)

-Wilshire Curson Office Building- 12 Floors (Spring 2017, reputable developer JH Snyder)

Doubtful-

-Millenium Hollywood - 39 and 35 Floors

-333 La Cienega Blvd. - 17 Floors (Caruso project suddenly coming under heavy fire from NIMBY's)

-8150 Sunset Blvd. - 15 Floors / 11 Floors (Still has NIMBY's fighting it and developer financing unknown)

-The Four Seasons Private Residences - 12 Floors (No financing regardless of the lot being cleared and fence up)

-Wilshire and La Jolla - 15 Floors (developer partners suing each other)

-6220 W. Yucca- 32 Floors (Supposedly 2017 groundbreaking per Urbanize)

-Former House of Blues site Hotel- 10 Floors (Site been a ghost town for months)

Unknown-

-The litany of recent Koreatown proposals, mostly Jameson Properties, a comprehensive list of those projects can be found here-

http://la.curbed.com/maps/koreatown-map-development-construction-new-buildings

-Beverly Hilton condo towers- (project timeline unknown after redesign defeated at ballot box)

Illithid Dude
Apr 3, 2017, 7:30 PM
You gotta hang it to Culver City - they sure are putting their money where their mouth is in terms of taking advantage of the new metro line.

BrandonJXN
Apr 3, 2017, 8:01 PM
I used to live in Culver City. It was awesome even before the Expo Line. It's only going to get better. I miss Culver City. One of my favorite places in LA. Literally 15 minutes from everything.

King Kill 'em
Apr 3, 2017, 8:42 PM
Lol it's not that bad

Yes it is. That whole area is severely underzoned thanks to the Vermont Western TOD specific plan. See for yourself http://cityplanning.lacity.org/complan/specplan/spmaps/Detail/VerWestTODmap.pdf

San Frangelino
Apr 4, 2017, 5:12 PM
Drove past the site of 5750 Hollywood Blvd this weekend. The old building on that site is almost totally torn down now.
http://urbanize.la/post/proposed-east-hollywood-development-pushes-forward

Illithid Dude
Apr 4, 2017, 6:27 PM
Urbanized LA reporting that One Beverly Hills / 9900 Beverly Hills has started construction. Say what you will about the building, this is hands down my favorite lobby in LA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_6YeSAqH0U

WestCoastSupertall
Apr 4, 2017, 7:12 PM
^^ The wood fence went up at the Four Seasons Private Residences years ago and nothing is happening behind it, so I wouldn't plan on that project

colemonkee
Apr 4, 2017, 7:17 PM
-Century Plaza hotel hopefully has movement but I defer to Colemonkee for any progress update.

Exterior demo of the former Equinox building behind the hotel is ongoing and looks like it will be complete sometime in the next few weeks. They'll need to demo the existing underground structures where the two new towers will go, but they have signage for new residences all around the property, so assume those towers are a go. Should be slow going for the next 4-6 months, but once the site prep and foundation work is underway, it should climb up pretty quickly.

Steve8263
Apr 5, 2017, 2:54 PM
^^ The wood fence went up at the Four Seasons Private Residences years ago and nothing is happening behind it, so I wouldn't plan on that project

Thanks for the info gents.

This Four Seasons project is quite strange. All the media on it implies it's a go with the penthouse reserved, financing in place, contract awarded to the builder (Webcor) and construction fencing up. But indeed nobody has been on site for eons so who knows what the problem is.

http://reflectionsofla.com/

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151028005363/en/Genton-Property-Group-Breaks-Ground-Ultra-High-End

Photos of the groundbreaking-
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ul5cn4iwx6lg7g4/AAARnco_BWMVLcQrTs9Xrjrqa?dl=0

http://www.webcor.com/press/genton-property-group-selects-webcor-builders-to-construct-the-highly-exclusive-four-seasons-private-residences-los-angeles/

blackcat23
Apr 6, 2017, 4:04 PM
^The fencing used to be wrapped with promotional signage, which has now been removed. Not a good sign.

Now, for a mid-rise development that actually is happening...

Casden West LA

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20170326_123231.jpg?itok=vxB5YSgU (http://urbanize.la/post/excavation-beginning-13-story-expo-line-tod)

Illithid Dude
Apr 6, 2017, 7:33 PM
Are there still no renderings for Casden LA?

hughfb3
Apr 13, 2017, 2:09 AM
1755 Argyle; The Related building in Hollywood behind Capital Records, has its facade being put in place now and it looks Goooood!!!! They have all Glass balcony railing and a dark tint to the doors and windows much like Atelier downtown. I look forward to seeing more of the facade as it goes in

colemonkee
Apr 13, 2017, 2:32 PM
Wilshire and Crescent Heights from yesterday evening while stopped at a stoplight. Looks like roughly 10 more floors to go.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/6235/bwuLlb.jpg
Image Source: Me and my outdated iPhone

RaymondChandlerLives
Apr 16, 2017, 2:02 AM
"The Crown" on Santa Monica and Kings Rd looks just about complete:

http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo196/holymountain78/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-04-15_06-57-49_zpsdymeq6df.jpg (http://s375.photobucket.com/user/holymountain78/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-04-15_06-57-49_zpsdymeq6df.jpg.html)

RaymondChandlerLives
Apr 16, 2017, 7:17 AM
The Domain 7141-7155 Santa Monica Blvd:

http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo196/holymountain78/Mobile%20Uploads/20170415_185016_zps9gdark5x.jpg

The Avalon (former: Movietown Plaza), partially complete.

Trader Joe's re-opened a few days ago, a bit closer to the street than its former location. :)

http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo196/holymountain78/Mobile%20Uploads/20170415_184042_zpsy45szfz3.jpg (http://s375.photobucket.com/user/holymountain78/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20170415_184042_zpsy45szfz3.jpg.html)

colemonkee
Apr 17, 2017, 2:52 PM
Drove by the Crown yesterday on my way to Easter brunch. It's not bad.

ChargerCarl
Apr 17, 2017, 4:39 PM
^Those 3 "shitboxes" are actually pretty nice. I like them without the weird colors or corrugated metal.

Steve8263
Apr 17, 2017, 9:02 PM
^The fencing used to be wrapped with promotional signage, which has now been removed. Not a good sign.


Follow up to the Four Seasons project, My remark that they had financing in place was wrong, still looking for a construction loan-

https://therealdeal.com/la/issues_articles/the-luxe-frontier-hotel-branded-condos/

Jet-setting foreign investors are a key to Genton’s plan to sell the Four Seasons. Of the 18 buyers who’ve already paid deposits, the vast majority are from overseas, he said. The idea is that foreigners will be particularly swayed by the strength of the Four Seasons brand.

In the case of the Four Seasons, Genton is soliciting offers on units before he’s even secured a construction loan to move ahead with the project.

Pedestrian
Apr 17, 2017, 11:41 PM
Not sure of the geographical limits of "non-metro" Los Angeles but I don't think we in NorCal can claim this one:

This New Development Will Be The Priciest Hotel On The California Coast
04.21.2017

What could become the most expensive hotel on the California coast is under development an hour north of Los Angeles. The Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito will be a five star hotel and mark retail mogul Rick Caruso’s first foray into the hospitality business, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hotel will sit on 16 acres and offer 161 guest rooms and family bungalows . . . .

Miramar’s goal will be to re-create a sense of old-world luxury that invokes 1930s opulence. Caruso will invest over $200M into the project and said he is actively looking for more unique sites to expand his burgeoning luxury resort business.

(Montecito)
https://imageserver-bisnow1.netdna-ssl.com/FkdFOH4BNKV5_EyvDNnDjIeR-po=/710x484/publisher/58e52a0be7bb2_1024px_View_over_Montecito.jpeg


Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/hotel/this-new-development-will-be-the-priciest-hotel-on-the-california-coast-72976?be=bsthomas%40ix.netcom.com&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mon-17-apr-2017-000000-0500_san-francisco-re?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

user2468
Apr 18, 2017, 2:28 AM
A couple of updates from Warner Center and Hollywood.

The former Rocketdyne plant is almost fully demoed, but it'll be a long while until we see some actual construction on this huge parcel of land.

http://urbanize.la/post/demolition-underway-warner-centers-rocketdyne-site

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3930/33288884473_2280dec919_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHCeA2)Rocketdyne Site #1 - 4/12/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/SHCeA2) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2875/33943465162_8d96f984aa_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/THt8BY)Rocketdyne Site #2 - 4/12/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/THt8BY) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2907/33288864583_4da1d22ccc_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHC8F6)Rocketdyne Site #3 - 4/12/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/SHC8F6) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

In Hollywood, it appears that preparation is finally underway for The Rise Hollywood on Cahuenga, with demolition of the previous buildings now in full swing.

http://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-rise-hollywood

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2906/33288804563_16c7d545f8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHBPQg)1311 N. Cahuenga Boulevard #1 - 4/15/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/SHBPQg) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2933/33288800733_ef06e06838_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHBNGe)1311 N. Cahuenga Boulevard #2 - 4/15/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/SHBNGe) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2814/33288786873_aefbfa5c9c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHBJzg)1311 N. Cahuenga Boulevard #3 - 4/15/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/SHBJzg) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

As a bonus, here's a shot I took from Sunset and Argyle. Notice what a difference the last 10 or so years of progress makes on this previously dull street, with future projects such as the Palladium towers and Modera Argyle just north of that to further transform the area.

http://urbanize.la/post/la-city-council-approves-palladium-residences

http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-hollywoods-modera-argyle

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2814/33297324223_d341501e10_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SJnuqX)Argyle Avenue (Hollywood) - 4/15/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/SJnuqX) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

blackcat23
Apr 19, 2017, 4:15 PM
Site cleared for (W)rapper

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20170415_121450.jpg?itok=JMzHcqq_ (http://urbanize.la/post/site-cleared-17-story-tower-la-cienegajefferson-station)

blackcat23
Apr 20, 2017, 4:08 PM
One stop west on the Expo Line

Culver City Development Drops Apartments for More Office Space

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/8777washington.jpg?itok=ig4q_iy3 (http://urbanize.la/post/culver-city-development-drops-apartments-more-office-space)

Bikemike
Apr 20, 2017, 11:21 PM
Culver is becoming the most architecturally cosmopolitan LA-area nexus in this boom. As a SM homeowner, I view CC as my neighborhood and support what's happening there. Aside from supporting the same backwards parking ratios which afflicts our entire metro area, the architectural boom surrounding CC station is consistently more sophisticated than DTLA's and SMs - very European. A truly modern transit village with a lot of potential to spur growth organically eastwards down an already walkable and underutilized Washington Blvd. DTLA is a mixed bag so far; akin to downtown Miami, with too many oppressive, car-oriented islands, and tons of stupid looking design. Heavy douche factor involved there.

Santa Monica (especially the NIMBYs who killed Bergamot) are going to view the CC station with both envy and regret in the coming years, thanks to their lack of vision. On top of that, SM has a tendency of getting either one of the same two developers for every single project (NMS, or some other clunky over-designed shitbox by Gwynne Pugh), making for a sterile local vernacular. Luckily, however, SM's architectural mediocrity is made up for by its unbeatable walkability (for LA standards), superior fine-grainedness (for LA standards), safety, and cleanliness, the combination of which is exceedingly rare in our metro area.

Speaking of "grainedness", I hate NIMBYs, but one thing is true. LA's developments tend toward brutal in scale, and is "coarse-grained" as it gets. The great thing about SM and CC is they're in good transit proximity to each other (urban synergy) and their focus on smaller-scale density is superior to the unfortunate crap in that lies between these two cities (i.e. WLA, Palms). Credit where it's due: NIMBYs helped SM and CC avoid the ugly scale of density that afflicts much the rest of LA. The thing NIMBYs don't get is, brutally scaled urban design is the direct result of auto-oriented zoning rather than density in and of itself. I share their fear. But NIMBYs need to change their approach. Moratoriums don't address the problem.

Sucks, right? LA seems cursed by two equally unpalatable choices when it concerns growth: no growth (NIMBYism) or the inhumane, coarse-grained, nature of auto-orientation. Luckily for SM, CC, and to some extent, West Hollywood, they are not part of LA and can thank their NIMBYs for not selling out (albeit using the wrong reasoning) when this kind of development is in mode in neighboring LA. The challenge for our region is how to rationally bridge the divide and meet in the middle, with the aid of our expanding rail network. Once again, Southern California can thank the smarter half of our state for coming up with a progressive fix (CADOT reform) to save us from ourselves. As always, progress starts up North, and trickles South.

jgacis
Apr 26, 2017, 6:26 AM
Latest progress of Elon's tunnel at the SpaceX facility parking lot in Hawthorne. Pics taken earlier today...

https://s8.postimg.org/w99sdljz9/IMG_7601.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/dtpbg75up/)


https://s10.postimg.org/y2hij16ax/IMG_7602.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/u646n1lb9/)

ChargerCarl
Apr 26, 2017, 7:41 AM
Culver is becoming the most architecturally cosmopolitan LA-area nexus in this boom. As a SM homeowner, I view CC as my neighborhood and support what's happening there. Aside from supporting the same backwards parking ratios which afflicts our entire metro area, the architectural boom surrounding CC station is consistently more sophisticated than DTLA's and SMs - very European. A truly modern transit village with a lot of potential to spur growth organically eastwards down an already walkable and underutilized Washington Blvd. DTLA is a mixed bag so far; akin to downtown Miami, with too many oppressive, car-oriented islands, and tons of stupid looking design. Heavy douche factor involved there.

Santa Monica (especially the NIMBYs who killed Bergamot) are going to view the CC station with both envy and regret in the coming years, thanks to their lack of vision. On top of that, SM has a tendency of getting either one of the same two developers for every single project (NMS, or some other clunky over-designed shitbox by Gwynne Pugh), making for a sterile local vernacular. Luckily, however, SM's architectural mediocrity is made up for by its unbeatable walkability (for LA standards), superior fine-grainedness (for LA standards), safety, and cleanliness, the combination of which is exceedingly rare in our metro area.

Speaking of "grainedness", I hate NIMBYs, but one thing is true. LA's developments tend toward brutal in scale, and is "coarse-grained" as it gets. The great thing about SM and CC is they're in good transit proximity to each other (urban synergy) and their focus on smaller-scale density is superior to the unfortunate crap in that lies between these two cities (i.e. WLA, Palms). Credit where it's due: NIMBYs helped SM and CC avoid the ugly scale of density that afflicts much the rest of LA. The thing NIMBYs don't get is, brutally scaled urban design is the direct result of auto-oriented zoning rather than density in and of itself. I share their fear. But NIMBYs need to change their approach. Moratoriums don't address the problem.

Sucks, right? LA seems cursed by two equally unpalatable choices when it concerns growth: no growth (NIMBYism) or the inhumane, coarse-grained, nature of auto-orientation. Luckily for SM, CC, and to some extent, West Hollywood, they are not part of LA and can thank their NIMBYs for not selling out (albeit using the wrong reasoning) when this kind of development is in mode in neighboring LA. The challenge for our region is how to rationally bridge the divide and meet in the middle, with the aid of our expanding rail network. Once again, Southern California can thank the smarter half of our state for coming up with a progressive fix (CADOT reform) to save us from ourselves. As always, progress starts up North, and trickles South.

The lack of fine grained development is a regulatory issue caused by rampant NIMBYism. All the anti-urban building codes they lobby for + no development allowed in most residential neighborhoods (where most small lots are) pretty much make it impossible.

bzcat
Apr 26, 2017, 10:12 PM
blackcat23 is not shilling it but I feel his excellent take on the proposed changes in West LA Expo corridor zoning deserves some discussion here: http://urbanize.la/post/breaking-down-draft-expo-corridor-transit-neighborhood-plan

tl;dr - Good idea overall to convert some industrial and commercial use to mixed use and/or work/live zoning but overall, not dense enough, and potentially problematic status quo freezing of R1 zoning in Rancho Park.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/map3.jpg?itok=-Nj7r-sY
http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/map4.jpg?itok=uuw4AJH4

Car(e)-Free LA
Apr 27, 2017, 1:34 AM
This:
https://s7.postimg.org/c1v72fgt7/red_line.png
needs to turn into this:
https://s7.postimg.org/jx7bjkxa3/westwood.png

And this:
https://s17.postimg.org/r71vjw0jj/red_line.png
needs to turn into this:
https://s12.postimg.org/6qw3eab4t/Boulevard.png

blackcat23
Apr 27, 2017, 5:11 PM
Frank Gehry designing new office building in Playa Vista

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/beatrice.jpg?itok=TEDj1BEy (http://urbanize.la/post/frank-gehry-designing-eight-story-office-building-playa-vista)

bzcat
Apr 27, 2017, 6:25 PM
Frank Gehry designing new office building in Playa Vista


Nice looking building. And I'm very glad to see buildings now going vertical in Playa Vista vicinity. Too bad the actual Playa Vista development itself has a height restriction.

colemonkee
Apr 28, 2017, 2:52 PM
Demolition of the former Equinox building is ongoing, and spotted shoring rigs for the first time at the Century Park Towers project. There are two rigs, and this one pictured is west of the existing hotel tower, where the new condo towers wlll eventually go. Looks like the towers are indeed moving forward.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1387/uElPxR.jpg
Image Source: Me and my (slightly) newer work iPhone

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/5574/SRCXOr.jpg
Image Source: Me and my (slightly) newer work iPhone

LosAngelesSportsFan
Apr 28, 2017, 9:02 PM
Great news! Thanks for the pics

ConstructDTLA
May 7, 2017, 12:25 AM
Random recent images:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4178/34111741300_e4b630832e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAfG)Wilshire & Crescent Heights (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAfG) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4192/34111741620_5ec1d244a0_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAmd)Yucca & Argyle (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAmd) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4190/34111741420_10bb05dba9_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAhL)Yucca & Argyle (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAhL) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4165/34111741830_651ff54ac4_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkApQ)Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (https://flic.kr/p/TYkApQ) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4184/34111742060_2d72e51758_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAtN)One Beverly Hills (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAtN) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4178/34111742440_017eb2b24d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAAm)Wilshire & Fairfax (https://flic.kr/p/TYkAAm) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

kolchak
May 10, 2017, 8:03 AM
Some shots of Marriot Edition Sunset Strip

Facing the Strip
http://i65.tinypic.com/2i0tes4.jpg

Looking down Doheny
http://i67.tinypic.com/2qwcynn.jpg

Deceptively large site
http://i68.tinypic.com/15rcebd.jpg

You can see the sloping terraces on the south side of the condo tower taking shape
http://i67.tinypic.com/wu3qeu.jpg

Maximizing the footprint and views
http://i66.tinypic.com/fk5hl0.jpg

kolchak
May 10, 2017, 8:29 AM
Random recent images:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4165/34111741830_651ff54ac4_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TYkApQ)Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (https://flic.kr/p/TYkApQ)

The Waldorf should have been twice as tall. What a disappointment. I know the height rules in BH are the reason but come on. It pales in comparison to their recent effort in Berlin -
http://i65.tinypic.com/velnbt.jpg
Pusuitist

ChargerCarl
May 10, 2017, 4:36 PM
needs to turn into this:
https://s7.postimg.org/jx7bjkxa3/westwood.png


I love these mid/high density neighborhoods so much. My favorite LA vernacular.

blackcat23
May 10, 2017, 4:43 PM
Schrader Hotel

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/1600schrader.jpg?itok=i_VS4Jsi (http://urbanize.la/post/renderings-revealed-hollywoods-schrader-hotel)

Bwin517
May 11, 2017, 3:40 PM
The Waldorf should have been twice as tall. What a disappointment. I know the height rules in BH are the reason but come on. It pales in comparison to their recent effort in Berlin -
http://i65.tinypic.com/velnbt.jpg
Pusuitist

BH is the NIMBY capital of SoCal... :hell::koko:

Wilcal
May 11, 2017, 5:24 PM
BH is the NIMBY capital of SoCal... :hell::koko:
That is because they are "special." Oh, so very special--you have no idea. :koko:

Illithid Dude
May 12, 2017, 8:05 PM
I highly recommend everyone to check out the refined plans for the Crossroads of the World development posted on Urbanized. I think this is as close to a perfect project as can be had in Los Angeles. High quality architecture, a focus on the pedestrian experience, and very high density. This project is going to compose of almost 1000 residential units, as well as hotel, retail and office space. I just love the thought that is going in to this project, like the re-alignment of the street, the pedestrian paseo that empties on to Highland specifically so there is a link to the Red Line station, and the building heights matching the surrounding buildings (besides the high rises). Reading the draft EIR, I noticed that they stated they specifically avoided placing driveways on Sunset, to maintain a comprehensive pedestrian experience. That level of thought and effort to maintain the urbanity of a neighborhood is rarely seen in Los Angeles. And, of course, The Crossroads of the World will be restord. Can one ask for more?

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/crossroads1.JPG?itok=ziNfeVxK

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/crossroads3_0.JPG?itok=6Wxkzbe5

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/crossroads6.jpg?itok=bnwVZSo5

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/crossroads7.jpg?itok=RilcjiqT

http://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-crossroads-hollywood

Busy Bee
May 12, 2017, 8:50 PM
Slick

kolchak
May 12, 2017, 10:49 PM
That is because they are "special." Oh, so very special--you have no idea.

The building they wound up with isn't even proportionately elegant. It's 'chopped off'. They could take a lesson from Century City's very special people -

http://i63.tinypic.com/15de1i.jpg
Getty images

LosAngelesSportsFan
May 12, 2017, 11:30 PM
I highly recommend everyone to check out the refined plans for the Crossroads of the World development posted on Urbanized. I think this is as close to a perfect project as can be had in Los Angeles. High quality architecture, a focus on the pedestrian experience, and very high density. This project is going to compose of almost 1000 residential units, as well as hotel, retail and office space. I just love the thought that is going in to this project, like the re-alignment of the street, the pedestrian paseo that empties on to Highland specifically so there is a link to the Red Line station, and the building heights matching the surrounding buildings (besides the high rises). Reading the draft EIR, I noticed that they stated they specifically avoided placing driveways on Sunset, to maintain a comprehensive pedestrian experience. That level of thought and effort to maintain the urbanity of a neighborhood is rarely seen in Los Angeles. And, of course, The Crossroads of the World will be restord. Can one ask for more?



I agree 100%. i have been patiently waiting for this one to break ground. They have considered everything and i hope the NIMBYS dont fuck this up. This is exactly what we need more of in LA's dense and transit rich areas

Jun
May 12, 2017, 11:49 PM
I agree 100%. i have been patiently waiting for this one to break ground. They have considered everything and i hope the NIMBYS dont fuck this up. This is exactly what we need more of in LA's dense and transit rich areas

Took the words right out of my mouth. Really hope this comes to fruition

slock
May 15, 2017, 3:39 PM
I was on Highland this weekend and noticed the site had been cleared and there was heavy equipment present.

Is this breaking ground out of left field?

https://la.curbed.com/2013/3/16/10263362/new-100-room-hotel-indigo-coming-to-hollywood-1

colemonkee
May 15, 2017, 4:43 PM
The fencing has been up for some time, but the heavy equipment would be new. Hopefully they are breaking ground. I actually like this design. Wish it were a bit more dense, though.

ChelseaFC
May 16, 2017, 10:30 PM
$60 million mixed use project, 165-room hotel, coming to Lake and Union in Pasadena. Scheduled to break ground in 2018.

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20170505/singpoli-to-build-a-60-million-hotelcondo-project-in-pasadena

http://www.pasadenaindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cocoslake.jpg

kolchak
May 18, 2017, 3:32 AM
I agree 100%. i have been patiently waiting for this one to break ground. They have considered everything and i hope the NIMBYS dont fuck this up. This is exactly what we need more of in LA's dense and transit rich areas

I agree. Its a great proposal. I think that the proximity to transit however is a stretch - I drive through that area enough and traffic is as bad as it ever has been. If you are talking about the bus and red line, I doubt anyone living in this would use either unfortunately.

Should help pedestrian life in that area a lot though

Steve8263
May 19, 2017, 5:55 PM
I was on Highland this weekend and noticed the site had been cleared and there was heavy equipment present.

Is this breaking ground out of left field?

https://la.curbed.com/2013/3/16/10263362/new-100-room-hotel-indigo-coming-to-hollywood-1

Drove by there last night and the only heavy equipment on site was a couple of double decker tour buses.

ChelseaFC
May 24, 2017, 10:25 PM
Los Angeles FC plans to construct its training facility and headquarters at Cal State LA, apparently on the northern end of campus. Looks like some global superstars will be in the market for prime real estate downtown or in the SGV.

LAFC ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ESTABLISH SOCCER TRAINING FACILITY AT CAL STATE LA

LAFC unveiled a proposal to locate its soccer operations headquarters and training facility on the eastside of Los Angeles, at the campus of Cal State LA. Plans for the new facilities were approved today by the California State University Board of Trustees.

“Cal State LA is the perfect home for our team, and this plan affirms our commitment to building our future with the youth of Los Angeles,” said LAFC Club President and Owner Tom Penn. “We look forward to developing world class players and talent for decades to come at Cal State LA, which has a history of elevating the communities it serves.”

The plans call for LAFC to invest $30 million to renovate Cal State LA’s stadium field and construct a state of the art training facility that will serve as home to the Club’s MLS players, staff, coaches and youth development team LAFC Academy. LAFC will also support Cal State LA students through internships and collaborations with university educational programs.

“This project will create a great deal of excitement on our campus and will connect Cal State LA to partners who share a commitment to our students,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “The benefits of this partnership to Cal State LA and the region we serve will surely multiply over time.”

The new training site and practice facility designed by Gensler Sports will feature a natural grass practice field exactly mirroring that of Banc of California Stadium, locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, office space for LAFC coaches and staff and will be completely financed by LAFC. The two-story training facility will incorporate the campus’ industrial and modernist design style. Hunt Construction Group will serve as the construction management company on the project.

“This training facility is unparalleled and uniquely Los Angeles,” said LAFC General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington. “The building itself incorporates innovative indoor-outdoor spaces and is unlike anything I’ve seen the world over. Any player will love to train at this world class facility. The central location is ideal for our Academy programming, and our ownership’s investment enables us to align our soccer operation from LAFC’s MLS team to our Academy.”

“Cal State LA has long sought to improve vacant space at the northern portion of its campus,” said Cal State LA Executive Vice President Jose Gomez. The LAFC partnership will also create new academic and career opportunities for kinesiology, nursing, and business students, among others. LAFC is also helping Cal State LA develop a new sports management program.

“From the beginning, our ownership has been intentional about uniting the world’s city through the world’s game, and this partnership provides yet another deep and lasting connection in the heart of our great city,” said LAFC General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington. “We are proud to be making this investment to benefit both the students of Cal State LA and the future of LAFC.”

“LAFC is our educational partner, not just a professional soccer team,” Gomez said. “They’ve shown a commitment to the heart of the city, and Cal State LA’s students will benefit.”

Along with building its practice facility at Cal State LA, LAFC has pledged an additional $1.5 million to the University, which comes on the heels of a $100,000 contribution it made to the Cal State LA athletic department last fall.

https://lafc.com/lafc-announces-plans-establish-soccer-training-facility-cal-state-la/

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAn71iTXUAA3bYh.jpg

blackcat23
May 26, 2017, 5:23 PM
Hollywood and Wilcox

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/wilcox.jpg?itok=l3Jb0eRe (http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-hollywood-and-wilcox-project)

Doctorboffin
May 26, 2017, 5:25 PM
Absolutely lovely!

Steve8263
May 27, 2017, 6:40 PM
Well well, here's a Saturday shocker for you- fencing has gone up around the entirety of the House of Blues project site on Sunset Blvd, including the buildings to the south down the hill.

AECOM capital is listed on the signage indicating they probably have financing in place. Hunt Construction (Owned by AECOM now it appears) also mentioned presumably as the GC with a December 2019 completion date. Looks like this one is a go!

http://eyrc.com/work/sunset-time

https://api.eyrc.com/media/w_800/01hotel-sunset-wh-reapprovedcrop.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
May 27, 2017, 8:43 PM
Excellent. Thanks for letting us know

Bwin517
May 30, 2017, 4:13 PM
https://therealdeal.com/la/2017/05/30/uk-hedge-fund-backs-four-seasons-condos-to-the-tune-of-240m/

The Children’s Investment Fund (TCI), a U.K.-based hedge fund, is providing a $239 million construction loan for the Four Seasons Private Residences project near Beverly Hills, The Real Deal has learned.
The financing allows developer Genton Property Group and its partner Alcion Ventures to begin construction on the 58-unit luxury building, at 9000 W. Third Street. Genton CEO Jonathan Genton said he secured the loan based on more than $147 million in combines sales contracts and reservations for the units.
Securing capital during a drought in new development financing was a challenge, Genton said. Over the past year, banks have been cutting down their luxury condo construction lending, with some even stepping away from the market altogether amid concerns of a supply glut.
“There are a lot of people trying to get debt today,” Genton said. “It’s challenging — probably even more so in L.A. than in New York for projects of this calibre.”
While buyers had already reserved units at the luxury project, construction could not commence until the loan was secured, Genton said.
“It was critically important to our investors and international pool of buyers that we eliminated every obstacle before beginning primary construction,” he said. “While today’s challenging lending and regulatory environment pushed back out initial ambitious timeline, we are now moving full-steam ahead.”
Genton said he had shied away from deals that would have required him to bring on multiple lenders.
“We considered it, but if you open yourself up to club deals or mezzanine, everything gets a lot more complicated,” he said.
TCI, which donates a large share of its profits to its eponymous charity, has been an active lender on luxury condominium projects in New York. The fund ponied up $400 million for developer Harry Macklowe’s 432 Park Avenue and $600 million for Silverstein Properties’ Four Seasons-branded condo and hotel at 30 Park Place, both in Manhattan. It also put up $450 million for the Zeckendorf brothers’ 520 Park Avenue.
Genton said the loan for his West L.A. project was small by the fund’s standards. “They typically do only giant loans,” he said, adding that TCI may have been interested in aligning itself with the Four Seasons brand again. A spokesperson for the fund was not immediately available for comment.
HFF brokered the deal with TCI.
Genton is planning to ask as much as 50 percent more for his units than other condo buildings in the neighborhood, including other hotel-branded condos like the Montage and the celebrity hot spot Sierra Towers. The development has been in the works since 2008, when Genton acquired the site, and it was approved in 2009 by the City Council. But it’s faced a series of obstacles since then, including community opposition to its height and a battle with the owners of the Four Seasons Hotel next door.
The 9,000-square-foot penthouse, which comes with a private six-car garage, could become the most expensive condo ever sold in L.A., Genton predicted, though he declined to comment on its asking price.
The project is expected to be completed in two years.
Tags: Children’s Investment Fund, Four Seasons Private Residences, Jonathan Genton

blackcat23
May 30, 2017, 4:19 PM
Four Seasons branded condo tower starting construction

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/fourseasons2.jpg?itok=Ys2PcGX9 (http://urbanize.la/post/construction-finally-beginning-four-seasons-branded-condo-tower)

Doctorboffin
May 30, 2017, 11:07 PM
Has there been any news on Millennium Hollywood?

blackcat23
May 31, 2017, 4:18 PM
Well well, here's a Saturday shocker for you- fencing has gone up around the entirety of the House of Blues project site on Sunset Blvd, including the buildings to the south down the hill.

AECOM capital is listed on the signage indicating they probably have financing in place. Hunt Construction (Owned by AECOM now it appears) also mentioned presumably as the GC with a December 2019 completion date. Looks like this one is a go!

http://eyrc.com/work/sunset-time

https://api.eyrc.com/media/w_800/01hotel-sunset-wh-reapprovedcrop.jpg

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20170528_135140.jpg?itok=DtmyStSM
http://urbanize.la/post/west-hollywoods-sunset-time-hotel-scheduled-open-2019 (http://urbanize.la/post/west-hollywoods-sunset-time-hotel-scheduled-open-2019)

Bwin517
Jun 6, 2017, 5:20 PM
Good to see development moving to this area of LA

https://la.curbed.com/2017/6/6/15722756/jordan-downs-redevelopment-construction-ground-breaking-phase-one

Jordan Downs redevelopment: Construction finally starts on ‘beautiful new’ apartments
The public housing complex will be transformed—but some residents are still uncertain about the future
BY JENNA CHANDLER@JENNAKCHANDLER JUN 6, 2017, 8:45AM PDT
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A rendering of the type of housing that will be built on Century Boulevard. Renderings courtesy of Bridge Housing
To the beat of the the David Starr Jordan High School drum line, city leaders and developers plunged shovels into dirt off 99th and Laurel in Watts on Monday afternoon, ceremoniously marking the start of construction to rebuild Jordan Downs.

In the first phase of this massive makeover, the city of Los Angeles and developer Bridge Housing will erect 115 apartments next to the neglected public housing complex in South Los Angeles, where thousands of the city’s poorest residents live.

“We’ve got a housing crisis. We need to build more units, and that starts right here, right now, today,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Current Jordan Down residents will be able to move into these beautiful new residences ... and we’re not just building more housing, we’re building a community.”

Built for factory workers during WWII, Jordan Downs was converted to low-income housing in the 1950s. It weathered the crack cocaine epidemic and gang warfare that decimated South LA but has been neglected for years. Today, it’s almost barren of landscaping, an “island,” as described by Garcetti, of dilapidated stucco buildings separated from the rest of Watts; its nearest grocery store, a Food 4 Less, is 1 mile away.


City officials said that will change.

Their goal is to create a mixed income, “vibrant urban village.” Fully built, it will be comprised of at least 710 new apartments and townhomes, 9 acres of green space, and a community center that Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino hinted Monday may be designed by a “world recognized” architect. There will also be a grocery store and shops and restaurants on Alameda Street and Century Boulevard, which will be extended by a half-mile to connect Jordan Downs to the rest of the neighborhood.

Garcetti said they are building a “new main street” for Watts, so money will be kept local in black- and Latino-owned businesses.

City officials said residents will not be displaced during construction—and they’ll have new job opportunities, with 30 percent of the construction workforce coming from Watts.

The first 115 units will be reserved for tenants who earn 50 percent or less than Los Angeles County’s median income, which is $64,30 this year. Of those units, 72 will be reserved for current residents, and their rents will not increase, according to Jenny Scanlin, director of development at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

“There will be no change in how much they pay,” she said. “It’s still hard for them to believe.”


Aerial view of the first phase of the rebuilding of Jordan Downs. Renderings courtesy of Bridge Housing
Jordan Downs opened without fanfare in 1955. While the mood was celebratory at Monday’s groundbreaking, behind the scenes, residents are nervous, said Thelmy Perez, coordinator at the nonprofit LA Human Right to Housing Collective, which works directly with Jordan Downs residents.

“There’s a sense of uncertainty,” she said.

That’s in large part because of concerns over soil contamination on the 20-acre swath where the first phase of redevelopment will be built. For about six decades, it was used for steel manufacturing and metal processing, then by a trucking company that stored engine oil, diesel, gasoline, and paint thinner on the property, according to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

In 2011, according to KPCC, three years after the city purchased the land, the soil tested positive for toxins that can cause cancer, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

In January, after the city removed hundreds of thousands of tons of soil from the site, state regulators concluded the area where the 115 homes will be constructed had been adequately cleaned up and did not “contain chemicals at concentrations which would could pose a risk” to future residents.

Perez says residents are worried about toxins that have seeped into old Jordan Downs.

Lead concentrations from 14 of 30 samples taken from Jordan Downs three years ago exceeded the California Human Health Screening Level for residential properties. State regulators, however, issued a decision that, “no further action was necessary,” because the levels were, “similar to those found in urban areas of Los Angeles.”


Since then, residents have pressed for more sampling. Their fears were heightened this spring when the Los Angeles Unified School District filed a lawsuit against the housing authority in an effort to get it to pay for a three-year clean-up of lead and arsenic from soil at neighboring David Starr Jordan High School.

“Some of our own investigation showed that the very identical contamination at the property had spread ... onto the high school property,” attorney Barry Groveman told the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Times, the lawsuit claims the housing authority told the school district in 2016, “that it would not investigate contaminant levels beyond its property line because such an investigation could put potential federal funding [for the redevelopment project] at risk.”

Perez says Jordan Downs residents who are concerned about contamination are hesitant to move out in order to protect their health, because they would lose their spots in the new development.

“They have been given a guarantee that they can move into one of those new units, but the caveat is that they’re not allowed to temporarily leave during construction,” she said.

“We don’t want to stop the development. We believe people should have beautiful, clean housing. But if residents are getting sick while development is happening, they should have the ability to move out and come back when it’s ready,” Perez said.

Speaking through a translator to the crowd gathered for Monday’s groundbreaking, Amanda Valle, president of the Jordan Downs Resident Advisory Council, was only enthusiastic. She recalled that about two years ago, a reporter asked her what her vision was for Jordan Downs.

He chuckled, she said, when she told him that she dreamed of Jordan Downs becoming “something like Santa Monica.”

“This dream today is a reality,” Valle said.

BrandonJXN
Jun 6, 2017, 5:47 PM
^ Truly great news. Especially for Jordan Downs. Hopefully, everyone will be able to live harmoniously.

ConstructDTLA
Jun 7, 2017, 5:53 PM
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4204/34256195904_e242c6e4aa_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Xzj)1601 Vine (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Xzj) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4209/34256194514_9479bf83df_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Xam)Blvd 6200 (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Xam) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4229/34256195214_9c102c7581_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Xnq)Blvd 6200 (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Xnq) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4289/34256188884_9957e07f34_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Vuh)Westlake to Koreatown (https://flic.kr/p/Uc6Vuh) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

blackcat23
Jun 8, 2017, 8:07 PM
AC Hotel under construction on the Miracle Mile

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/achotel.jpg?itok=AFm9fr4x (https://urbanize.la/post/work-underway-new-ac-hotel-miracle-mile)

LAsam
Jun 8, 2017, 9:06 PM
^ Looks kinda bland, but I suppose it all depends on what materials they end up using. It would be nice if some of these developers reached a little higher in terms of aesthetics.

BrandonJXN
Jun 8, 2017, 9:17 PM
AC Hotel under construction on the Miracle Mile

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/achotel.jpg?itok=AFm9fr4x (https://urbanize.la/post/work-underway-new-ac-hotel-miracle-mile)

Yeesh. This looks like it was plucked right out of 1958. I know it's a rehab of a old office building but at least try to make it look contemporary.

blackcat23
Jun 12, 2017, 9:12 PM
Vermont Corridor

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/vermont_1.jpg?itok=_cVELXDz (https://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-k-towns-vermont-corridor)

ocman
Jun 12, 2017, 11:30 PM
Vermont Corridor

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/vermont_1.jpg?itok=_cVELXDz (https://urbanize.la/post/fresh-renderings-k-towns-vermont-corridor)

Now that's the kind of design I want to see in DTLA. Gensler is so hit and miss.

bzcat
Jun 13, 2017, 12:47 AM
I like the Vermont development but 1,700 parking spaces right near the subway station? Ugh. At least the stand alone parking garage could be demolished later.

Doctorboffin
Jun 13, 2017, 12:48 AM
^really? I personally absolutely despise the revision.

IMBY
Jun 14, 2017, 7:06 AM
Yeesh. This looks like it was plucked right out of 1958. I know it's a rehab of a old office building but at least try to make it look contemporary.

Color can make all the difference in the world, but if this chosen color prevails for this building, perhaps some compassionate, creative street artists will come along and give it some nice "finishing touches".;)

I react so angrily to shades of brown because I live in Las Vegas and live with it every single day, as the mentality here is: color the buildings so it blends in with the desert landscape. Shade of brown from one end of the Las Vegas Valley to the other. I'm surprised that the mentality also doesn't also include cars and clothing with shades of brown.

cargocultpants
Jun 14, 2017, 4:29 PM
I actually like the hotel conversion (other than the parking lot.) Retains its bauhaus-ey charm.

Wilcal
Jun 14, 2017, 4:51 PM
https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/achotel.jpg?itok=AFm9fr4x[/URL][/QUOTE]

Yeesh. This looks like it was plucked right out of 1958. I know it's a rehab of a old office building but at least try to make it look contemporary.

I actually like the hotel conversion (other than the parking lot.) Retains its bauhaus-ey charm.

Hey, hey, easy there--1958 was a great year. I happened to be born just one year past "Sputnik" and the "Edsel" Right Citywatch?

colemonkee
Jun 15, 2017, 2:27 PM
Just down the street from that project, here's the hotel at Wilshire and Crescent Heights from last Friday. Really coming along, and looks like 4-5 floors from topping out.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7991/BNH3ZJ.jpg
Image Source: Me and my outdated iPhone

cargocultpants
Jun 15, 2017, 3:16 PM
Wilshire / Crescent heights is housing, not a hotel, I believe.

More interestingly - Clippers to Inglewood? http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-clippers-inglewood-arena-20170614-story.html (Or just leverage for a better deal at Staples?)

colemonkee
Jun 15, 2017, 4:19 PM
^ You are correct! 158 residential units + retail, to be exact.

112597jorge
Jun 15, 2017, 9:29 PM
Wilshire / Crescent heights is housing, not a hotel, I believe.

More interestingly - Clippers to Inglewood? http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-clippers-inglewood-arena-20170614-story.html (Or just leverage for a better deal at Staples?)

Hoping they move out of staples. It's a win win, they won't be overshadowed by the lakers as much as they are right now, lakers get their arena back to themselves, and the city gets another arena creating a new entertainment district in Inglewood.

WestCoastSupertall
Jun 15, 2017, 9:37 PM
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4205/35290586706_2c3199c95d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VLvtVu)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/VLvtVu) by Blake Alexander (https://www.flickr.com/photos/136245160@N06/), on Flickr

Marriott Edition, Weho. Working on the 7th floor

Blesha13
Jun 15, 2017, 10:43 PM
Wilshire / Crescent heights is housing, not a hotel, I believe.

More interestingly - Clippers to Inglewood? http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-clippers-inglewood-arena-20170614-story.html (Or just leverage for a better deal at Staples?)

Finally! Lakers can finally have the arena to themselves with the exception of the Kings. Now if only they can build a ballpark for the Dodgers right where the proposed Farmers Field was suppose to be built. ;)

Illithid Dude
Jun 16, 2017, 12:39 AM
Wilshire and Crescent Heights is low key my favorite high rise under construction rn.

King Kill 'em
Jun 16, 2017, 4:15 AM
Wilshire and Crescent Heights is low key my favorite high rise under construction rn.

It would be really great to see more highrise constriction in that part of town. That's why I hope Zumothor's LACMA never gets built because it would waste a perfect lot for a highrise.

The Illusive Man
Jun 19, 2017, 4:33 PM
Finally! Lakers can finally have the arena to themselves with the exception of the Kings. Now if only they can build a ballpark for the Dodgers right where the proposed Farmers Field was suppose to be built. ;)

That's not going to happen for a very very long time. Dodger Stadium is a cathedral and looks better than ever. They do a good job of maintaining and upgrading it.

ChelseaFC
Jun 20, 2017, 10:23 PM
Task Force Being Assembled for Civic Center Improvement Initiatives in Pasadena

http://pasadenanow.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bennet-plan-740.jpg

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/task-force-being-assembled-for-civic-center-improvement-initiatives-after-kimpton-hotel-project-failure/

blackcat23
Jun 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
Onni + Saitowitz + Hollywood

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/1360vine1.jpg?itok=ghahIp0B (https://urbanize.la/post/first-look-onnis-upcoming-hollywood-tower)

SD_Phil
Jun 21, 2017, 11:07 PM
Onni + Saitowitz + Hollywood


I like it!

From the article:
The Canadian firm's latest project calls for the construction of a 21-story tower at 1360 N. Vine Street, creating 429 residential units, parking for 677 vehicles and upwards of 60,000 square feet of pedestrian-oriented commercial space. The proposed development would allow for either office space or a grocery store, in addition to neighborhood-serving commercial uses.

The high-rise development would create a mixture of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 525 square feet to 3,000 square feet in size. A total of 15 of these units would serve as live/work units. Six existing bungalows on the property are being retained and rehabilitated through the project, and would be reused as either residential units or high-turnover restaurant space moving forward.

caligrad
Jun 24, 2017, 7:18 PM
Wilshire / Crescent heights is housing, not a hotel, I believe.

More interestingly - Clippers to Inglewood? http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-clippers-inglewood-arena-20170614-story.html (Or just leverage for a better deal at Staples?)

Wait..... The story headline says "Inglewood to explore NEW Arena for clippers????

Ok. I'm all for the Clippers leaving staples center. and its BRILLIANT to set up shop right next to the Rams and now ridiculous Chargers. But. a NEW arena???? What's wrong with the Forum and its multi million dollar if not billion dollar makeover?. LA has a lot of Arenas/Stadiums/Fields, arguably the most in any city in the world....Do we need another one in the Basin ?? If they would have said the Valley or San Bernardino. Maybe. Hell, Move to San Diego, that would be great. But. Another Arena in Inglewood. Away from most direct access to mass transit. Seems like that can go either way, especially since they will always be second rate to the Lakers no matter how many wins they get.

Resident
Jun 25, 2017, 12:15 PM
But. a NEW arena???? What's wrong with the Forum and its multi million dollar if not billion dollar makeover?.

I'm sure they would loooovvveee playing in a stadium that has a grand total of 0 luxury boxes. And the same place they could have moved to for 20 years.

They will be totally fine with a new stadium.

Blesha13
Jun 26, 2017, 12:02 AM
I'm just curious, but are there any plans to develop the parking lots at Dodger Stadium? I know Guggenheim owns the majority of the lots and Frank McCourt owns a small part of it. This should be moved to the other thread, but since we're talking stadiums thought I'd just leave this here.

Valyrian Steel
Jun 26, 2017, 12:13 AM
I like it!

From the article:

Oh man, I can sense Robert Silverstein and the NIMBY Army getting their pitchforks ready for this one.