In February 2012, we reported that Wood Partners filed permits with the City of LA to begin construction on their new 22-story 290-unit apartment tower in Downtown LA. Then early last month, ground broke on the new project at the SW corner of 8th and Hope with a timeline to finish construction in 2014. The developer of the new mixed-use urban infill project, Wood Partners, is a national developer with a construction portfolio totaling $5.5 billion. Not only will the project add tremendous value to the immediate neighborhood by activating the corner with pedestrian and commercial activity — there will be 5,000 square feet of retail space at the corner — but Wood Partners is also reaching out to the community to get involved with the project through their “8th and Hope” blog. One of the first outreach efforts entails getting feedback from the downtown community to name the new apartment tower!