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Old Posted Feb 14, 2014, 9:37 PM
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Chinese developer unveils plans for Metropolis project in L.A.
By Roger Vincent
February 14, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

Chinese real estate developer Greenland Group revealed plans Friday for a quick start on the first phase of its $1-billion Metropolis Los Angeles project that is expected to redefine the downtown skyline.

Work is set to begin shortly on a high-rise hotel and a residential skyscraper on what is now a vast parking lot along the 100 Freeway north of Staples Center and LA Live. The buildings should be open by 2016.

"Greenland USA is pleased to join the downtown Los Angeles community and to make one of the largest investments in downtown in recent history," Chief Executive Ifei Chang said in a statement.

"Our company has the experience, expertise and leadership to promote the dynamic, urban lifestyle that is growing in downtown Los Angeles," she said. "We look forward to making an immediate impact on its continued revitalization."

Greenland USA is a subsidiary of Greenland Group, a Shanghai developer that bought the 6.3-acre site last month for nearly $150 million.

Previous owners of the property between 9th and 9th streets got city approval for 1.65 million square feet of hotel, condominium, office and retail development on a block that links the financial district with LA Live and Staples Center.

As designed by architecture firm Gensler, the hotel is expected to be 19 stories tall with 350 rooms. Greenland has not identified an operator for the inn, but hopes it will earn a four-star rating. The residential tower is anticipated to be 38 stories high.

Greenland did not say whether the residences would be apartments or condominiums. Apartments are in high demand, but there is a growing shortage of for-sale housing in downtown L.A. Units could also be marketed to mainland Chinese investors.

Greenland Group was formed in 1992 to build green belts around Shanghai and has evolved into a Fortune Global 500 company with major developments in London, Seoul and Sydney, Australia. In December, Greenland agreed to become the majority owner-developer of the $4-billion Atlantic Yards residential complex planned in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Founded 22 years ago, Greenland Group has expanded to more than 80 cities across China and is known as a leading developer of high-quality, high-rise residential and buildings and urban complexes," Chairman Yuliang Zhang said. "International expansion, in particular in particular in the U.S. market, is a strategic priority for us."
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2014, 9:47 PM
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Here's the whole project. It looks like we'll get at least one, maybe two 500-footers out of the development. That'll have a nice impact on the skyline when viewed from the west. But that's part of a later phase...


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Old Posted Feb 14, 2014, 10:55 PM
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Love the angular cuts on the corners. Crazy development for LA.
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What that (poorly written) article failed to mention is that Metropolis has been around for almost 30 years in one form or another. It's amazing that it's actually moving forward.

It's gone through [b]numerous[b] changes over the years.


http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs...opolis1990.jpg


http://i1.wp.com/brighamyen.com/wp-c...size=475%2C340


http://brighamyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1.jpg


http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.6079...363984&pid=1.7


http://www.afriat.com/images/metropolis.jpg


http://la.curbed.com/uploads/2008.09...etisfucked.jpg


http://gruenassociates.com/images_ne...etropolis1.jpg


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http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...11122032AM.jpg


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mljCZidOdr...etropolis2.jpg


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Looks like they saved the best for last.
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is that the final design?
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Congrats LA on a nice development to finally fill that hole in your skyline. I can't wait to see this and the Wilshire Grand when they are done.
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edit, see below regarding 50 and 60 storey phase 2

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Don't take those floor counts as gospel. I heard that from are reliable source, but I didn't speak to any project representatives. Sounds like plans aren't set in stone yet.
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I'm curious about what people think the odds of this actually happening (in this current design) actually are?

My gut tells me 25%
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Here's the whole project. It looks like we'll get at least one, maybe two 500-footers out of the development. That'll have a nice impact on the skyline when viewed from the west. But that's part of a later phase...

Gorgeous!! This is the facelift LA has been waiting for New doorway to the city....the way these 4 buildings step upwards towards the Wilshire Grand tower will be magnificient.

As for whether they'll be built, it sounds like Greenland has prioritized this project and the city is playing ball with approvals.... Digging is apparently starting as soon as next month....
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This Chinese company has worked on many great projects around the world. May more of this talent shine on many more cities in our great nation.
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Don't take those floor counts as gospel. I heard that from are reliable source, but I didn't speak to any project representatives. Sounds like plans aren't set in stone yet.
ok thanks for the info, i updated my post
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I'm curious about what people think the odds of this actually happening (in this current design) actually are?

My gut tells me 25%
well, they are less than 2 months from actual groundbreaking so i would say these are pretty close to the final product.
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well, they are less than 2 months from actual groundbreaking so i would say these are pretty close to the final product.
For all four towers?
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For all four towers?
No, only for two buildings.

This is called "phase one" and the first phase of the project will take about 30 months. There are no future details for "phase two", but it would probably involve a mix of residential and commercial uses in three towers. Let's hope the best.
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The designs are still preliminary according to Brigham. He also says that the hotel (Hotel Indigo) will open on February 14, 2016 (exactly 2 years after the ceremonial groundbreaking) and that the third and fourth towers will rise 50 and 60 stories, respectively.

http://brighamyen.com/2014/02/16/chi...t-downtown-la/

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^^^^ AWESOME. I think this is by far the best proposal for the metropolis site. Maybe its a good thing that it took this long for it to finally materialize.
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I think it's unrealistic that the latter towers are 50 and 60 stories. They don't appear to be in the renderings.
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^ Probably because these renderings are preliminary and are subject to change.
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