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Milestone: Roof at The Bloc Really Coming Off in Downtown LA

The roof at The Bloc is finally coming off as part of the $180 million remodeling project to transform this "ugly duckling" into a "beautiful swan"

The roof at The Bloc is finally coming off as part of the $180 million remodeling project to transform this “ugly duckling” into a “beautiful swan”

Several months behind schedule, the roof is finally coming off at The Bloc in Downtown LA. What was scheduled to happen sometime in late February, the expansive atrium roof made of metal and glass that covered the front entrance to the former Macy’s Plaza started dismantling work in late May. However, it wasn’t until early last week that construction workers really started to tear off the roof piece by piece exposing a skeletal frame structure that now reveals the sky above. Standing next to the front entrance, even with all the messy construction going on, one can really get an exciting glimpse into what this place will be like once it completes its transformation into an outdoor shopping center filled with urban life and activity.

The massive 1.8 million square foot mixed-user, which includes not only shopping but a 32-story creative office tower and an upgraded Sheraton, is well on its way from “ugly duckling” to “beautiful swan” as promotional billboards onsite proclaim. For comparison, many downtown boosters (including myself) are raving over the 1.1 million square foot Broadway Trade Center (now apparently renamed “Eight Hundred One Broadway”) and what it’ll do for the Historic Core, which is to say a lot. That’s why I think it’s interesting to put into perspective just how big The Bloc really is (about 700,000 square feet larger than BTC) and how much synergistic impact it will have on the Financial District once it is completed, especially with the new exciting metro subway portal that will be included as part of the project. 

The updated timeline for completion is now scheduled for November of this year (crossing fingers that’ll actually happen), which is around the same time our brand new 41,000 square foot Whole Foods will be opening as well just a block away.

Here’s looking forward to November.

The skeletal frame structure is all that's left behind, which will be coming down as well in the next few weeks

The skeletal frame structure is all that’s left behind, which will be coming down as well in the next few weeks

Another view of the roof coming down at The Bloc

Another view of the roof coming down at The Bloc

Catchy positive phrases are posted all around The Bloc in anticipation of its opening later this year

Catchy positive phrases are posted all around The Bloc in anticipation of its opening later this year

Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy walking through covered walkways because it reminds me of being in a dynamic city like New York

Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy walking through covered walkways because it reminds me of being in a dynamic city like New York

3 Comments

  1. John G. says

    “Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy walking through covered walkways because it reminds me of being in a dynamic city like New York”

    You’re not crazy Brigham. It’s the sense of enclosure that gives one the sense of space and identity. It’s the same feeling you get when walking along a boulevard with the “street wall” around you from the buildings with no setbacks.

  2. Now if only those hideous canopies over the entrances to subway stops (5th and Hill, for instance) many were championing a few years ago could be dismantled as well…

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