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.