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Downtown LA’s Fig Central Prepares for Groundbreaking; Cavalli Club Signing On

As construction is set to begin on the massive Fig Central project, a new tip has revealed the upscale Cavalli Club is slated to open inside the still-unannounced hotel

As construction is set to begin on the massive Fig Central project, a new tip has revealed the upscale Cavalli Club is slated to open inside the still-unannounced hotel

One of the most important plots of empty land centrally located in Downtown LA’s development landscape is the huge-ass parking lot across from Staples Center in South Park. The 4.6-acre site was purchased about a year ago by Beijing-based Oceanwide from Moinian Group for $200 million, according to the LA Times. That’s an astonishing $43 million per acre. What is set to rise here will not only fill in a huge gaping hole in South Park’s urban landscape, but will also be the next biggest thing in Downtown LA’s development pipeline.

For the past year, downtown boosters have been waiting eagerly (read: biting their nails anxiously) for Chinese developer Oceanwide to break ground on the massive new mixed-use project called Fig Central that will bring to this desolate-but-growing stretch of South Park 504 new condos in three new skyline-altering towers — two 40-story residential twin towers and one 49-story residential/hotel high-rise — and over 180,000 square feet of new shops and restaurants. In addition, there will be over 32,000 square feet of LED billboard displays along the Figueroa side of the project facing Staples.

And the wait is finally over! Just after Thanksgiving last week, the parking lot where Fig Central will rise was closed off and construction fencing (wrapped in blue tarp) went up around the entire perimeter of the project’s site bordered by 11th, Flower, 12th, and Figueroa.

Two large earth movers came onto the scene just before the blue construction fencing went up last week (first spotted by Building LA) signaling that groundbreaking would begin soon. It’s possible that construction could begin as soon as late December but more likely in January as Oceanwide secures construction permits from the city.

Also, a tipster sends in a juicy new detail revealing what the unspecified “celebrity chef restaurant and nightclub” will be as part of Fig Central’s mystery 183-room luxury hotel. Cavalli Club, known for its original extravagant location in Dubai’s fancy Fairmont Hotel and inspired by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, is slated to be a major attraction as part of Fig Central’s new hotel tower. Owned by Dubai-based Pragma Group, Cavalli Club now has three other party-central locations including: Miami, Milan, and Ibiza. Looking at Pragma’s website, you can see that their only hotel partner (so far) has been the Fairmont.

That begs the question: Will Fig Central’s luxury 183-room hotel be a Fairmont as well?

Fig Central will rise across Figueroa from Staples Center on the left

Fig Central will rise across Figueroa from Staples Center on the left

A peek inside the massive 4.6 acre construction site where Fig Central will rise

A peek inside the massive 4.6 acre construction site where Fig Central will rise

Large earth movers are now onsite ready to break ground

Large earth movers are now onsite ready to break ground

Another vantage point along Flower Street shows how much change is in-store for South Park in the near future

Another vantage point along Flower Street shows how much change is in-store for South Park in the near future

Some renderings of Fig Central

Fig Central will bookend the Staples Center along with LA Live, forming a more complete and robust entertainment district (Photo: DLANC)

Fig Central will bookend the Staples Center along with LA Live, forming a more complete and robust entertainment district (Photo: DLANC)

Fig Central will have three towers that will augment Downtown LA's growing skyline (Photo: DLANC)

Fig Central will have three towers that will augment Downtown LA’s growing skyline (Photo: DLANC)

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17 Comments

  1. Omg! This is earth shattering news. Cavalli Club will be a huge addition to the area. And with all the residents coming to the area, this is definitely a game changer.

  2. Sebastian says

    I’ve been waiting for this for a long long time. My only concern is the sidewalks, are they going to widen them? with so much foot traffic they need to have Broadway style sidewalks here.

    • John G. says

      DLANC documents (page 9) states “Section 10.F also requires a public sidewalk adjacent to projects of 15 feet in width, as well as the provision of Private Setbacks along certain frontages. All public sidewalks will be at least 15 feet in width. The private setback width of 8 feet will be provided on Figueroa Street.”

      So to my understanding, this is a total setback width of 23 ft. along Figueroa.

  3. but even the wide sidewalks of broadway are being eaten up w/ outdoor seating. Look at where Figaro was. They need to take outdoor seating into account when they figure width.

  4. John G. says

    Agree with Dion. I think we’ve waited far too long. Very excited like everyone else and with the next door twin towers slated for construction as well, our temporary skyline will consists of many cranes. This is a huge refresher from the boxy stumpies we’ve all been seeing.

  5. John G. says

    Quickly reviewed the DLANC documents and there’s ample sidewalk width on the Figueroa side – consisting of a double row of trees – each tree with a 6×6 ft. grate. Also the tallest tower (49 floors) will rise and top off at 677 ft., compared to the AEG Ritz Carlton hotel (54 floors) across the street at approx. 667 ft.

  6. Sebastian says

    I’m not a huge fan of the double trees, it’s not needed.

  7. Gerald says

    This is huge. Will the 3 towers be constructed in phases? At once? Anyone know?

  8. Sebastian says

    @ Gerald, dude it’s a Chinese company Im sure it will all be done in 1 phase.

  9. JJJJJ says

    This will be a huge game-changer with regards to perception. So many people come to downtown or even just LA for events at the convention center and staples center. All they see is downtown = parking.

    What the project needs is a mid-block crossing straight to staples, and one from staples to LA-live. There shouldn’t be an interstate equivalent running between these attractions.

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