Another Boutique Hotel Coming to 7th Street in Downtown LA

The historic Foreman & Clark building at 7th/Hill, currently a jewelry mart, is slated to become a new boutique hotel (Photo: Hunter Kerhart Photography)

The historic Foreman & Clark building at 7th/Hill, currently a jewelry mart, is slated to become a new boutique hotel (Photo: Hunter Kerhart Photography)

Just last week, we were treated to the wonderful news that the gorgeous-but-dilapidated Giannini Building at 7th and Olive was snapped up by NY hotel developer Sydell Group to be converted to a high-end boutique hotel most likely under their NoMad brand. Now, prepare for this. Another upscale boutique hotel is currently in the early stages of development on 7th Street just one block east from the Giannini.

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10E Brings Mediterranean Cuisine to Fine Arts Building in Downtown LA

Mediterranean restaurant 10E opened last year in the spectacular Fine Arts Building in Downtown LA on 7th Street

Mediterranean restaurant 10E opened last year in the spectacular Fine Arts Building in Downtown LA on 7th Street

In December 2014, 10E Restaurant quietly opened its doors on the ground floor of the Financial District’s historic Fine Arts Building, which itself is welcoming a major new office tenant from New York. Occupying a beautiful space with ornate vaulted ceilings, the restaurant took 2 years to build following a more than decade’s long run as a less-than-stellar McDonald’s. The result is a formal, but comfortable setting with a great mezzanine level bar overlooking the dining room below. You would hardly know that the smell of Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets once wafted through the space. The restaurant’s name 10E, an interpretation of the ancient Armenian name Tenney, is reflective of the menu’s inspiration and the heritage of the restaurant’s two owners which is Armenian and Lebanese.

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Historic Giannini Building to Become Posh Boutique Hotel in Downtown LA

The historic 1923 Giannini Building on 7th Street, once the LA headquarters for Bank of Italy, which ultimately became Bank of America, will be converted to a posh boutique hotel

The historic 1923 Giannini Building on 7th Street, once the LA headquarters for Bank of Italy, which ultimately became Bank of America, will be converted to a posh boutique hotel

This is huge! According to the LA Times, the Giannini Building at 7th and Olive was just purchased by NY-based hotel developer Sydell Group, which is also currently converting the Commercial Exchange a block south at 8th and Olive into the trendy hostel Freehand. The news of the Chetrit Group selling this amazing 12-story historic edifice for $39 million to one of New York’s best boutique hotel developers — they opened The Line here in Koreatown, for instance — is especially significant given the building’s strategic location along 7th Street.

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Now Open: CoCo Fresh Brings Boba Milk Tea to South Park in Downtown LA

CoCo Fresh is now open at 11th/Hope in South Park offering a large variety of boba milk tea drinks

CoCo Fresh is now open at 11th/Hope in South Park offering a large variety of boba milk tea drinks

Boba fans in South Park rejoice! The popular Taiwanese drink is now serving at CoCo Fresh (announced in February), which soft opened yesterday on Tuesday near 11th and Hope just a couple blocks east from Staples Center. Billed as the largest boba chain in the world with over 1,900 locations from Asia to South Africa, London to the Philippines and now Los Angeles, CoCo Fresh offers a wide variety of drinks to choose from like jasmine or taro milk tea to mango or passion fruit green tea (and boba is optional, although I highly recommend it!). Other types of drinks are available as well including fresh fruit juice, slush, and yogurt.

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Renderings Revealed: Shenzhen Hazens’ Flagship $700M Project in Downtown LA

Renderings of Shenzhen Hazens' new massive $700 million project shows three new towers across from LA Live (Photo: Shenzhen Hazens)

Renderings of Shenzhen Hazens’ new massive $700 million project shows three new towers across from LA Live (Photo: Shenzhen Hazens)

Metropolis and Fig Central — both a pretty $1 billion a piece — aren’t the only massive Chinese developments that will redefine South Park in Downtown LA in the coming years. Renderings for another massive $700 million development in South Park by a third Chinese developer have been revealed showing three beautiful towers designed by architect firm Gensler. Last summer, Shenzhen Hazens purchased the Luxe Hotel at 1020 S Figueroa across from LA Live and two adjacent parcels north and south of the hotel forming a large contiguous L-shape development site. The Shenzhen, China-based developer plans to redevelop the entire site (including the removal of the Luxe Hotel building) with a brand new mixed-use mega project that will include 650 luxury condos, a 250-room hotel, and 80,000 square feet of commercial retail space with a pedestrian plaza along Figueroa.

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Aussie Fast-Fashion BNKR Opening First US Store in Downtown LA

Aussie fast fashion label BNKR will be debuting their first US location in Downtown LA this year at 9th/Broadway

Aussie fast fashion label BNKR will be debuting their first US location in Downtown LA this year at 9th/Broadway

As we wait eagerly for high-end French label A.P.C. to open (hopefully) later this month near 9th and Broadway, we have yet another fashion forward brand from Australia that will be making this hot intersection into their new US flagship debut that is sure to make a lot of women very happy. First reported on Apparel News, the fast-fashion Aussie brand BNKR (pronounced “bunker”) will be opening their very first brick and mortar store outside of their only other store in Adelaide, Australia here in Downtown LA at the historic 1916 Blackstone building, which was a former department store converted to 82 lofts in 2010.

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The Emerson: Redefining Luxury Apartment Living in Downtown LA

The Emerson is Downtown LA's newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

The Emerson is Downtown LA’s newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

Downtown LA’s newest luxury rental building, The Emerson, developed by Related California is setting a new benchmark for apartment living in the city’s cultural center. With stunning interiors designed by celebrated design firm Marmol Radziner, The Emerson brings simple elegance and superb interiors to the DTLA apartment landscape. Rising 20 stories high with residences ranging in size from studios to one and two-bedroom layouts, The Emerson offers an unparalleled level of services and amenities.

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24 Hour “DTLA Urgent Care” Opening Soon in Downtown LA

DTLA Urgent Care is planning to open a 24 hour urgent care center on the ground floor of the new L&R mixed-use parking structure in northern South Park

DTLA Urgent Care is planning to open a 24 hour urgent care center on the ground floor of the new L&R mixed-use parking structure in northern South Park

Thank goodness! We are finally getting a real urgent care here in Downtown LA. I can’t tell you how excited I am from personal experience as someone who had to leave downtown recently when I needed a reputable urgent care. I know, I know. It’s not a sexy bar or restaurant or even the next flagship retailer, but this should be just as exciting for people who understand that you cannot become a livable community here in Downtown LA without having basic services available to all residents. And one of those “must haves” in any established residential community is access to great health services. That’s why I’m very excited to announce that “DTLA Urgent Care” will be opening this year in northern South Park at 8th and Francisco St.

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Must Do: Tour the Beautifully Restored Union Station in Downtown LA

Considered the last great rail station in the country, Union Station celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and underwent a full restoration

Considered the last great rail station in the country, Union Station celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and underwent a full restoration

If you haven’t been to Union Station lately, you’re totally missing out! The grandest rail station on the west coast just got so much grander. The 76 year old Spanish Revival/Art Deco masterpiece recently underwent a much needed extensive restoration and upgrade as part of Union Station’s short and long-term master plan (that you can read all about on Metro’s official blog The Source). The short-term changes are pretty much completed now, which included not only restoring the station’s amazing architectural features — like the dozen magnificent 3000-pound bronze chandeliers that hang in the main waiting room and grand ticket concourse — but also upgrades like new beautiful signage and wayfinding signs, digital information screens that dramatically improve the transit users’ experience, and even bringing back an old fashioned shoe shine stand. And for Amtrak lovers, a new metropolitan lounge was introduced in late 2013 you have to check out.

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Giant 1200 Fig Project Preps for Ground Breaking in Downtown LA

1200 Figueroa will add twin 36-story towers and 648 luxury condos to South Park's burgeoning entertainment district (Photo: Harley Ellis Devereaux)

1200 Figueroa will add twin 36-story towers and 648 luxury condos to South Park’s burgeoning entertainment district (Photo: Harley Ellis Devereaux)

It never gets old when we say South Park is truly on fire! Another massive mixed-use project called 1200 Figueroa is preparing to break ground very soon across the street from both Staples Center and the even more massive $1 billion Fig Central project. Talk about future synergy! A downtown resident sends in these great snap shots (below) taken yesterday from the Expo Line train as construction crew members were seen setting up barricades along the perimeter of the 2.7 acre project site. According to public records, the ground breaking will allow the project to begin foundation work (excavation and shoring), which also includes two parking levels underground.

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Barista Society Opens Beautiful Coffee Bar at Union Station in Downtown LA

Union Station gains new high-end coffee bar Barista Society now open in the eastern wing of the station

Union Station gains new high-end coffee bar Barista Society now open in the eastern wing of the station

Third wave coffee bar Barista Society soft opened today inside the beautifully renovated Union Station in Downtown LA — the transit hub of the west coast. Having gained a loyal following of coffee fanatics with his first location at Library Tower, which opened in May 2013, owner Charn Bak is now planning to ramp up more openings this year — potentially three more — starting with his second location here in the eastern wing of Union Station near the Red and Purple Line subway entrance and the Patsaouras Bus Plaza. The third location will be located at California Plaza with another fourth undisclosed location somewhere in the Financial District.

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Bar & Kitchen at O-Hotel Getting Major Facelift in Downtown LA

A rendering of the new Bar & Kitchen facade with a new direct front entrance and expansive windows for added transparency (Photo: Bar & Kitchen)

A rendering of the new Bar & Kitchen facade with a new direct front entrance and expansive windows for added transparency (Photo: Bar & Kitchen)

The 67-room boutique O-Hotel in South Park packs a lot of punch for its relatively small size. Not only is it home to disco bar Honeycut and D’Vine Wine Bar (both located in the basement), but it’s also home to the popular Bar & Kitchen restaurant housed in the hotel’s lobby helmed by Chef Vahan Tokmadjian. Construction started early last month in March on giving the restaurant a full facelift that will give it a stronger independent identity instead of being just a “hotel restaurant.” Expect not just a new look, but a new menu as well.

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New Renderings of $1 Billion Metropolis Project in Downtown LA

Newest Metropolis renderings released showing four gleaming glass and metal towers abutting the 110 freeway (Photo: Greenland USA)

Newest Metropolis renderings released showing four gleaming glass and metal towers abutting the 110 freeway (Photo: Greenland USA)

It was almost exactly a year ago when the $1 billion Metropolis project broke ground. For decades, the 6.3 acre site sat vacant as an ugly parking lot where, time and time again, failed attempts at developing the site perpetuated its anti-pedestrian scar on the urban landscape. Now, one can see the massive project under construction along the 110 freeway, rising at the northwestern edge of Downtown LA’s booming South Park district. New renderings provided by the developer, Greenland USA, has been released showing a more finalized idea of what the end product will look like.

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Ten50 Tower to Add 151 Condos to South Park in Downtown LA

Trumark Urban broke ground in mid-March on a new 22-story condo tower named Ten50 in the burgeoning South Park district of Downtown LA (Photo: Trumark Urban)

Trumark Urban broke ground in mid-March on a new 22-story condo tower named Ten50 in the burgeoning South Park district of Downtown LA (Photo: Trumark Urban)

Addressing some of the pent up demand for more condos in Downtown LA, SF-based Trumark Urban broke ground last week on a new condo tower just a stone’s throw from Staples Center and the new massive $1 billion Fig Central project, which also just started construction recently. Aptly named Ten50 for its location at 1050 S Grand Ave in burgeoning South Park, plans call for a 22-story tower with three subterranean levels for parking (totaling 25 floors) and 151 condos for sale. The amenity-rich building will strive to be “boutique style” according to the developer, obviously distinguishing itself from the other much larger projects in the immediate area, including the aforementioned Fig Central that will have over 500 condo units.

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Two Guns Espresso Coming to Figueroa at Wilshire Tower in Downtown LA

Two Guns Espresso from Manhattan Beach is opening their second location here in Downtown LA in the heart of the Financial District

Two Guns Espresso from Manhattan Beach is opening their second location here in Downtown LA in the heart of the Financial District

Third wave coffee has finally arrived in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District, which is currently dominated mostly by Starbucks, Starbucks, and a couple of Coffee Beans. (Okay, there is third-wave Barista Society at Library Tower, but that’s borderline Bunker Hill.) Close to all the action, the very popular Two Guns Espresso from Manhattan Beach will be opening soon at the base of the Figueroa at Wilshire tower — a 53-story skyscraper owned by Brookfield situated directly across the street from the highly anticipated Wilshire Grand.

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