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.