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The W at Hollywood and Vine

Update from the Webcor site:

http://www.webcor.com/current.html?proj_id=242

January 2008

Approximately 220,000 cubic yards of soil were removed from the 4-acre site to make way for the 3-level subterranean parking garage. The 1,100 space parking garage is a joint project with the two Hollywood and Vine developers, Gatehouse Capital and Legacy Partners.
The concrete garage structure is nearing completion and the forming of Level 1 began in late December. All four cranes have been erected as well as six concrete placing booms. Some facts of our progress include:

3500 cubic yards of concrete poured in December
34,000 cubic yards poured to date.
11 million lbs of rebar








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Old Posted Feb 5, 2008, 6:35 PM
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Finally, Club View and Carlyle construction pics.

From TICONLA1 at SSC:

taken 02/04/08

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Thanks for the update. every time i go through Hollywood, im impressed by the level of construction and change for the better. Its truely becoming a neighborhood that isnt just based on one street and the fact that most of the new construction is on the sidestreets makes it even better. Now that most of the dead lots are gone, we need to focus on improving and replacing the one story BS buildings on Hollywood itself and finding a tenant for that older building ont he corner of Hollywood and Highland. I cant believe its still empty. A borders of B & N would be great there.
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The Century City / Beverly Hills Corridor is going to be pretty nuts in a couple of years with all these interesting projects...

New heights of luxury in Century City


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Artists rendering showing a 45-story condo building proposed for 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. on the edge of Century City. SunCal Cos. plans to build the 177-unit tower designed by architect Jean Nouvel. It would cost $400 million.
A garden-ringed condo tower is proposed for one of the Westside's most coveted available parcels.
By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 8, 2008
Plans for a 45-story, wisp-thin tower of ultra-luxury condominiums between Beverly Hills High School and Los Angeles Country Club are set to be unveiled today. Developers say it would be one of the most expensive residential buildings in the West.

The $400-million tower along one of the area's toniest corridors would be the first building in California designed by renowned Paris architect Jean Nouvel, known for his daring designs. He is proposing a narrow glass structure with sweeping views through the building and extensive greenery ringing each floor.

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The developer predicts the project will attract European and Asian globe-trotters as well as local empty-nesters ready to move from sprawling Westside mansions to roomy condominiums complete with concierge services, a private club, first-run movie screenings and valet parking.

Even at a time of economic uncertainty when Southern California employers are trimming payrolls, stock prices are falling and home values are dropping, the demand for luxury housing continues nearly unabated in the Westside. And with it has come more traffic and growing homeowner resentment about constant construction and congestion.

Prices have not been set for the proposed condos at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. But units in the ultra-luxury Century tower being built in nearby Century City are being offered at a range of $3.2 million to $30 million, and the Nouvel condos are expected to be even more pricey.

Two top-drawer projects are also being planned around the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards in Beverly Hills. Last year British developers paid $500 million for the former Robinson-May department store there where a 252-unit condo and retail complex designed by prominent architect Richard Meier has been proposed.

"How much can high-end product can the market bear in such a close proximity?" asked real estate broker Gary Weiss of Madison Partners, who called the planned Nouvel building "extraordinarily ambitious."

Nouvel's developer, SunCal Cos., said it was undeterred by slumping home sales In Southern California and hoped to break ground in 2009. The company said it expected to start seeking formal city approvals next week.

"What we are really doing is addressing an underserved component of the market," said Frank Faye, chief operating officer of SunCal. "We are confident we would be able to sell these units today and we will be able to sell them quite rapidly once they're made available."

Considered one of the most desirable locations for development in the country, the vacant lot was the subject of a high-profile bidding war in 2006 when Irvine home builder SunCal finally topped New York developer Donald Trump with a $110.2-million offer for just 2.4 acres.

Ever since, the site has been eyed with curiosity and suspicion in an area where homeowners have already expressed alarm about the rapid pace of development. "The truth is that people are happy in their neighborhood and they don't want to see it change," said Kevin Hughes, president of the Cheviot Hills Homeowners' Assn.

Plans call for 177 units, with two to six condominiums per floor. Elevators would serve every condo directly so there would be no corridors between units.

"Each residence is designed as a home in the sky surrounded by an abundance of plants and flowers but with no visual limits to the spectacular views of the city, mountains and ocean," Nouvel said.

In Los Angeles, "We have to build buildings especially for this climate," he said. "From the boulevard it will look like a vertical garden."

City Councilman Jack Weiss, who represents Century City, said he supported Nouvel's concept. "We have never had someone of this caliber designing something residential on the Westside," he said.

"My public-policy goal has been to make Century City a world-class residential destination," Weiss said. "That creates benefits because people can live near where they work and traffic is generated at off-peak hours."

But some neighborhood residents are skeptical about how beneficial ultra-luxury housing would be.

"To make Century City truly livable you need housing for people who work there who aren't presidents of their companies," said Barbara Broide, president of the Westwood South of Santa Monica Boulevard Homeowners Assn. "That's what we need to take car trips off the street."

The mayor of Beverly Hills echoes Broide's concern about how the building might add to congestion. "It will not be easy to digest for Beverly Hills people who are already getting a lot of traffic that is not Beverly Hills traffic."

Faye, the developer, however, said that the residential tower would generate less traffic than the office building that used to occupy the site. The previous owner demolished the building that once housed several tenants, including Jimmy's restaurant.

Faye also said he thought the Nouvel building would be set apart from rivals both in price and amenities. But competition lurks with many other pricey units coming to market.

Westfield, the owner of Century City's shopping center, plans to build 262 upscale condos or apartments to complement its recent $170-million makeover of the mall. And Century City landlord JMB Realty Corp. plans to build 483 units on Constellation Boulevard.

Owners of the Beverly Hilton Hotel also plan to add upmarket condos as part of a major upgrade and expansion on the property. Other high-end condos overlooking Los Angeles Country Club and at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills are being built.

The Nouvel design of SunCal's planned tower is intentionally ambitious, Faye said. "This is an exciting opportunity," he said. "The worst thing we could do is under-deliver."
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^Looks good. At least housing for the uber rich in CC looks immune from the housing slump de-railing or delaying a lot of the project DT.
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Finally. I was wondering when something was going to be announced for the property at 10000 Sta Mon Blvd.

While I don't offer much hope for anything happening for at least another year or so, due to the approval process, I'll be sure to offer bird's eye pics of it going up, since I'm in the building next door. All the tenants are a buzz over this one, since everyone on the east side of the building will be losing their views. No one is looking forward to the construction noise/congestion that it will bring, everyone's already complaining. I can see Beverly Hills sueing to prevent this from happening. Let's keep our fingers crossed on this one.
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This will be an excellent addition to the first page. Also, Nadel has updated renders for Wilshire/ Hobart on their website. (Under the portfolio/ residential tab)
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Awesome, so DCB, can you update page 1?
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Has wilshire/ barrington begun construction?
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Has wilshire/ barrington begun construction?
Nope, it's one of the many projects on hold. Made for a nice Christmas tree lot during the holidays though.
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Taken on 2/4/08,

Looks like it's up to the 10th floor, and rising fast

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This will be an excellent addition to the first page. Also, Nadel has updated renders for Wilshire/ Hobart on their website. (Under the portfolio/ residential tab)


I see the renderings for Wilshire/Hobart on the Nadel website are a clearer view of the tower, however I an unable to copy them. If someone can copy and post in this thread, I will place it on the first page.

Although the rendering for 10000 Santa Monica isn't clear, I posted it on the front page. The rendering is a tease and leaves you wanting to see more.
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I really wonder if this has a prayer of being built in this market, but it is a damn nice looking tower:

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I really wonder if this has a prayer of being built in this market, but it is a damn nice looking tower:




Thanks WonderlandPark. Below is the old rendering that I found confusing as to the massing of the building. The new one is much clearer.


Photo Credit: Nadel Architets


I really wonder about all the larger projects under "proposed" having a chance. Sure, a few of them will never make it, but some may be so far in the future that the architecture will need to change so they don't look dated from the day they're complete.
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Does anybody know what the blue and white crane in the distance in the center of this pic is for? (photo from flickr):

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2 for a UCLA research building
http://dailybruin.com/news/2006/sep/...-to-replace-p/

And 1 for a retirement home on the old parking lot for the Westwood United Methodist Church on Wilshire
http://www.today.ucla.edu/campus/071...tiree-housing/

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I love that view from the Getty because it seemingly combines the Century City and Westwood clusters into one contiguous skyline, when in fact they are separated by quite a distance.
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^^Thanks for the quick answer gwyoung! They look like they will be nice buildings!
on an unrelated note:

How is construction progressing on the "red building" at pacific design center?
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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?
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What are they building ( or demolising? ) at the bottom right part of this flickr pic? Does anybody know what was there before?

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