Feast Your Eyes: Latest Renderings Revealed for The Bloc Makeover in Downtown LA

A new vantage point revealed in this rendering of the Hope Street side with an updated Sheraton Hotel entrance

A new vantage point revealed in this rendering of the Hope Street side with an updated Sheraton Hotel entrance

Feast your eyes on the newest renderings of the exciting $160 million makeover of The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza) located in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District bounded by bustling 7th Street, Flower and Hope, as well as 8th Street to the south. The 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project will be transformed from the current eye-sore, brick fortress into an updated, modern commercial hub of 400,000 sf of retail, 750,000 sf office, and a $40 million updated 485-room Sheraton Hotel that will contribute significantly to the unprecedented urban revitalization happening in Downtown LA.

The newest renderings provided to DTLA Rising by The Ratkovich Company show some vantage points that answers a lot of questions and concerns, including how the project will address the sidewalks surrounding the project along Flower and Hope Street. (Still nothing yet on how 8th Street will look like, however.) Judging by the renderings, new pedestrian openings into the complex as well as the installation of new glass store windows along Flower and Hope Street will have much better interaction with pedestrians walking outside. In addition, large portions of the brick walls will be saved (understandably due to financial and engineering limitations) and repainted a silver-grey, which updates the facade and matches the overall new modern look of the project as much as possible.

The project will begin construction in the first quarter of 2014 and is slated to finish in the third quarter of 2015.

Will Eataly from NYC open on the lower level? Time will tell.

A view down Flower Street

A view down Flower Street

A view from 7th Street into the complex

A view from 7th Street into the complex

Another vantage point from 7th Street looking into the complex

Another vantage point from 7th Street looking into the complex

A closer view inside complex

A closer view inside complex

View from the lower level

View from the lower level

Another view from the lower level

Another view from the lower level

A view from within looking out to 7th Street

A view from within looking out to 7th Street

26 responses to “Feast Your Eyes: Latest Renderings Revealed for The Bloc Makeover in Downtown LA

  1. I’ll believe it when I actually see it. I hope they actually make it this nice and remove or cover up all that brick. Just seems too expensive

  2. Hey, where’d the Metro portal go!?

  3. Very nice! Marked improvement.

  4. Grrrrrrrr Leave them bricks alone, lol

  5. Is the post office gone?

  6. Overall a great improvement to this center. I like the new treatment to the Sheraton Hotel and am looking forward to the retail options this will bring. Will also be nice to have a Macy’s that doesn’t suck.

  7. Looks fairly ingenious. I learned today (at ULI’s ToLA event) that architecture firm Studio One Eleven is doing The Bloc design. http://bit.ly/GIvKE6

  8. The rendering from the Hope St. vantage point shows the exterior of Macy’s looking virtually unchanged. Are there no plans to update its exterior?

  9. i hope they keep the spiral parking garage entrance that takes seven minutes and thirty six seconds to reach the top.

  10. Why not create store fronts all around? Are there ordinances or setback regulations preventing this? hopefully the parking structure will be tackled in a later phase, that thing looks like 8-bit prison tumor. throw some signage or creative fill on there.

  11. It looks like a pretty cheap remodel — basically a paint and patch with new finishes and they removed the glass atrium

    • I think removing the ceiling on the bottom floor to expose the dismal food court area to the sky is more than a “paint and patch” job. Look more closely at the renders and then go walk around and see how it is now. This is a pretty major renovation.

      • I believe the food court area will have to remain covered, it’s UNDER the Macy’s store and the parking garage so there really is no way to open it up to the sky. The area in front of the Macy’s (I would guess from about the current L.A. Fitness north toward 7th Street) is another story.

  12. Brian, i think you are having vision problems.

    • It’s beautiful. For someone to say its a patchwork renovation is ridiculous. This is major. All around improvement compared to what’s there now.

  13. I wish there was better interaction along Flower, still seems like a blank wall towards the street with no.warmth or human scale, everything else is nice if not kinda insular, we shall see!

  14. I somewhat agree with Brian. Although at this point in our urban revival of downtown, it may be political incorrect to call this rennovation “cheap”, I’ve been to many downtowns around the world and these renderings seem just “okay”. Perhaps from what it was before, this is a major improvement. However, these pictures still remind me somehow of a suburban business park.

    The only major change I think is truly great is the projected direct Metro access to/from this courtyard. Everything else is what you would expect from any other urban downtown, and its only now that L.A. is barely catching up…

  15. Are there no better renderings to side streets? No stores or restaurants?

  16. I Love LA!

    DTLA is rising and rising and the slogan “I Love LA” will rise with it. Better get the t-shirt before it’s all gone!

  17. THIS IS JUST PATHETIC, WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO. I WILL MOST LIKELY LOSE THE HOT-DOG STAND FOR MY LUNCH AT THE FRONT.. DAMNIT…

  18. Perhaps the developer can add some sparkles to the exterior as well. Look at what Glendale galleria did with the new Bloomingdales. (The old galleria was very similar to the macys plaza. Old red brick fortress.) The sparkles also light up at night. LV in Vegas is another example that does animated lights at nite.

  19. This is a %1000 improvement. Simply beautiful.

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