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.
Designed by global architect firm Gensler, Metropolis will consist of four high-rise towers: three residential and one boutique hotel. The four towers will be built side-by-side and cascade in height resembling “reception bars” on a cell phone screen. The three residential towers — the tallest at 56 stories followed by 40 stories and 38 stories — will add over 1,500 luxury condos to South Park with prices ranging from $600,000 to $2 million. Besides the spectacular city views from the high-rise units, Metropolis’ first tower will have an elevated podium about an acre in size with an amenity deck that will include a private lush green space with walkways, reflecting pools, and fire pits.
Metropolis stretches an entire block along Francisco St from 8th to 9th Street abutting the 110 freeway. Essentially, it expands the walkable sphere of Downtown LA further west of Figueroa and will help strengthen the urban pedestrian connection between South Park and the Financial District (part of the “Avenue of the Angels” plan). To help activate this quiet section of Downtown LA, Metropolis will include approximately 70,000 square feet of commercial retail space that will generate plenty of vibrant pedestrian activity once fully leased.
Phase I, which includes the
19-story 18-story boutique hotel and the shortest 38-story residential tower, is slated for completion in late 2016. Phase II, which includes the 56-story and 40-story residential towers, won’t be completed until sometime in 2018.
All Neoscape renderings provided by Metropolis