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Old Posted Feb 17, 2008, 8:52 PM
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Hm... A new pic from the same angle from flickr:



I see that there are actually 2 blueand whte cranes and one other one in here,
Is the second vlue and white crane also for the usla building ,or is it for something else?
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The 2 blue and white cranes are for the UCLA reserach buildng. The third is setting up the kangaroo crane for the retirement home.
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I noticed the Wilshire Center project is listed as 'Under Construction" but I never knew it had already broken ground.The last time was in the area the site was cleared off Can someone confirm?

Angelenic.com is reporting this one at the "site prep" stage. It may have stalled at this point. Let's watch this one for a few weeks and if no progress, I'll move it back to "approved".
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 1:17 AM
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Any renderings of what will replace the mann national threatre in westwood?
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Angelenic.com is reporting this one at the "site prep" stage. It may have stalled at this point. Let's watch this one for a few weeks and if no progress, I'll move it back to "approved".
Does the glendale project I posted count? Or is this just an L.A. City-itself forum?
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Any renderings of what will replace the mann national threatre in westwood?


No rendering, but Curbed LA reports the following:

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Yup, it's a Mann hole. The former site of Mann National Theater on the corner of Lindbrook and Gayley Avenues in Westwood is now a construction site as the demolition of the theater leaves just a partial steel skeleton. In its place, "a one-story retail building with roof-top parking and solar panels" will be constructed.
Doesn't sound very interesting, only one story.
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It's pretty unfathomable how in this current climate--in 21st century LA--that one story retail buildings are still being built. its not even a matter of taste really, its just terrible land use in a metropolis where developable land is scarce.
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LA needs to pass some kind of ordanice stating that you cannot build anything under 10 stories. One story? Seriously?
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I agree, with very little choice in where you can build new constructions do to sheer lack of land, you would think people would try and make the most of what property they have. Thats the only way LA will urbanize. There does need to be an ordinance in some areas with a minimum number of stories. Maybe it will cause people to not build such sprawling buildings.
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LA needs to pass some kind of ordanice stating that you cannot build anything under 10 stories. One story? Seriously?
Hehehe, even I know that that won't happen for a while.
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Construction Watch: The Century and Its $27 Million Penthouse

By Dakota
February 20, 2008

Jean Nouvel's leafy blade isn't the only high-end project planned for Century City--construction continues on The Century, the 42-story, Robert A.M. Stern-designed building, a Related project that'll be topped off by a two story, five-bedroom unit listed for $27 million. Sadly, floor plans of the penthouse are only available to interested buyers, the plans protected to stave off the cat burglars, we imagine.









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The 105,000 square foot, seven-story Columbia Square building is located within a 125,000 square foot complex in the heart of Gower Gulch, at the intersection of W. Sunset Boulevard and N. Gower Street. Columbia Square was designed by Swiss-born architect William Lescaze in the style of International Modernism and built over a year at a cost of two million dollars, more money than had ever been spent on a broadcasting facility at that time. Opening on April 30, 1938, Columbia Square was the home of CBS’ Los Angeles radio and television operations from 1938 until 2007.


The Square's original configuration included eight studios. Nearby, the Square's large auditorium was capable of seating 1,050 audience members. The complex included Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant and a branch of the Bank of America. On April 21, 2007, KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV left the building and moved their operations to the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, thus ending Columbia Square's status as a broadcast facility, one of a very few remaining in Hollywood.


The northeast corner of the complex was renovated for the filming of the series. For the first time ever, the Hollywood Real World House will be "green" including everything from solar energy solutions to bamboo flooring, recycled glass counters, some sustainable furniture and recycled vintage décor, energy star appliances, a solar heated swimming pool and energy efficient lighting. Columbia Square is located 24.3 miles from the Venice Beach House, used in the filming of the second season.


Columbia Square was acquired for $15 million by Sungow Corp. in 2003. In August 2006, the property was acquired by Las Vegas-based developer Molasky Pacific, LLC for $66 million. They plan to redevelop the 125,000-square-foot complex to continue to attract entertainment industry tenants. The mixed-use project valued at $850-million will take up an entire city block. The developers plan to restore the 105,000 square foot historic CBS building as creative office space along with an additional 380,000 square foot office tower, 400 housing units, 12,200 square feet of retail and a 125-room boutique style hotel. Groundbreaking is anticipated for 2009.
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they still make that show?
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Last night's town hall meeting for residents of the Southeast Valley was a barn burner, lasting until 9:00 pm or so. Congratulations to Councilwoman Wendy Greuel (CD2) for showing up at 9:30 after everyone had left. Smart move. We made it for the last part due to another Valley bitchfest meeting we had to attend. Much of what we did hear was from Councilman Tom LaBonge (CD4), who seemed rather subdued, and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who was all but frothing at the mouth with his nonsensical anti-development ranting. Good lord, it's hard to believe somebody hasn't kicked Zev back into whatever bureaucratic cubby hole he's been hiding in for the last decade. Isn't he partly/largely to blame for all the problems he's now complaining about?


Zev gained a few rounds of applause for his paraphrasing of the famous pornography quote from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, stating that he knows what an obscene development is when he sees it - even when he sees the rendering. He also stated his opposition to the development of the Universal City Red Line station by Thomas Properties for NBC as it's currently proposed - being too tall and dense. Like the recent LA Weekly article, Zev managed to repeatedly take slaps at the City's Planing Department, referring to them at one point as "Ivory Tower planners."

We spoke with several people in attendance afterwards about what we missed, including a member of a Valley neighborhood council. Apparently, some poor sap from the MTA spoke and was hissed and booed unmercifully for allowing dense transit oriented development (TOD) around the metro stations. Zev later ridiculed TOD, noting that parking reductions for transit oriented development, specifically the Universal Red Line/NBC development, was dumb because not everyone will take the subway to work. The audience applauded, Zev smiled. By the end of the night, the once packed ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Studio City was largely empty, with a few blue-hairs and no-hairs remaining. Congrats to Zev Yaroslavsky for wrapping up the old, white NIMBY vote so early in his quest to become our next Mayor.
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^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.


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^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.

This seems to be the typical chicken and the egg argument. Should we start developing TOD in anticipation of a transit infrastructure, or should we wait a lifetime until we have legitimate transit before we develop TOD? From what I've seen so far, the demand seems to be in place for TOD, when looking at the success it has had in Pasadena and Hollywood. Not to mention the projects starting up in the SGV in anticipation of a Gold Line extension. I'm a firm believer in economics, and if there is demand for this type of development, we should supply it. Especially because it pushes the city towards a more sustainable development model.
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^and I can't diasgree with Zev and the NIMBY's either. Hate to say "told you so" but it echos what I've been ridiculed for being negative about since years ago when I said these so-called "transit oriented" developments are a crock of shit and that you're not functionally transit oriented in any real-world sense of the phrase unless you have actual transit to orient yourself to. an isolated subway line does not constitute "transit" for 90+ percent of would-be dwellers and if it's painful to fess up to that reality, then join the mass of jaded politicians who've convinced themselves that densifying without infrastructure is progress. It's good to focus on the positive, but in the end, LA still sucks at nearly everything. LA is the civic equivalent of a loser.

edluva...LA needs to develop; we cannot remain stagnant. But the question is, "where do we develop?" Shall we continue with suburban developments in Las Lomas or Santa Clarita, or start building smartly in the City of Los Angeles. If so, it's inefficient to build single-family tract homes anymore. Development has to be focused on our existing or future rail corridors. North Hollywood/Universal City both have Metro stations, it makes sense to develop dense around the stations. Granted, not everybody will use Metro Rail, but the option is there. In my bldg, couples can go with only 1 car; which would be infeasible in Las Lomas, but doable when Metro can be your other option.

But, I agree that development has to be smart. Why are high/mid rises being built in South Coast Plaza? That makes no sense. There's tons of room for development in El Segundo, yet the Metro Green Line stations are surrounded by parking lots and suburban office malls; that's where density development would be good.

Development is also good b/c LA NEEDS more tax dollars. We have too much space taken by freeways/parking garages that prevents LA from collecting more revenues.
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HEY! I like that show lol.

Question for anyone out there: Was something demolished to building The Century tower?
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