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JW Marriott in Downtown LA Adding New 38-Story Tower and 755 Rooms

A new rendering of the proposed JW Marriott expansion shows a gleaming 38-story tower (left) with 755 rooms totaling 1,756 rooms (Photo: AEG)

A new rendering of the proposed JW Marriott expansion shows a gleaming 38-story tower (left) with 755 rooms totaling 1,756 rooms (Photo: AEG)

This is huge! We all know building new hotels in Downtown LA is all the rage these days (like the new luxury Roberto Cavalli hotel coming to the $1 billion Fig Central project by Staples Center), but today’s news that JW Marriott is planning to add another 755 rooms in a brand new 38-story tower is definitely even more noteworthy than usual. AEG, the owner of LA Live where JW Marriott is located, is seeking support from the LA city council, and if approved, would expand the JW Marriott to 1,756 rooms making it the second largest hotel in California after the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square, which has 1,908 rooms according to the LA Times.

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Liberty Travel Opens Flagship “Hyper Store” in Downtown LA

A new Liberty Travel hyper store is now open at 888 W 6th Street in Downtown LA's Financial District

A new Liberty Travel hyper store is now open at 888 W 6th Street in Downtown LA’s Financial District

Most people nowadays search online when they are planning to book a trip somewhere through portals like Expedia or Travelocity. But Liberty Travel is betting that more people are yearning for personal face-to-face contact with a good ol’ fashion travel agent who can answer your questions right then-and-there and also still be able to look in their own database of hotels and airlines for special “off market” deals you might not find online on your own. And for those future travelers to faraway exotic lands, that in-person experience will be a lot more fun and interactive here in Downtown LA with the opening of a new Liberty Travel flagship store — called a “hyper store” — near 6th and Figueroa in the Financial District.

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The Emerson: Redefining Apartment Living in Downtown LA

The Emerson is Downtown LA's newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

The Emerson is Downtown LA’s newest luxury apartment tower now ready for move-ins (Photo: The Emerson)

Downtown LA’s newest luxury rental building, The Emerson, developed by Related California is setting a new benchmark for apartment living in the city’s cultural center. With stunning interiors designed by celebrated design firm Marmol Radziner, The Emerson brings simple elegance and superb interiors to the DTLA apartment landscape. Rising 20 stories high with residences ranging in size from studios to one and two-bedroom layouts, The Emerson offers an unparalleled level of services and amenities.

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Lift. Tone. Burn: Pure Barre Opens New Fitness Studio in Downtown LA

Workout studio Pure Barre is now open on Olive Street near 8th Street (across from Whole Foods) offering daily classes

Workout studio Pure Barre is now open on Olive Street near 8th Street (across from Whole Foods) offering daily classes

With over 250 locations in the US, you’ve probably heard of Pure Barre before (there are 17 locations in the LA metro). For those who haven’t, it’s a fitness studio offering daily classes that’s meant to whip you into tiptop shape using a mix of exercise techniques inspired by pilates, yoga, and dance. A brand new Pure Barre just opened last month in Downtown LA on Olive Street near 8th and it’s another strong sign that downtown is maturing into an actual livable community filling up with a diverse range of services and amenities for its growing population.

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CoCo Fresh to Bring Boba Milk Tea to South Park in Downtown LA

CoCo Fresh will offer a wide variety of boba drinks in their new downtown location near 11th/Hope in South Park

CoCo Fresh will offer a wide variety of boba drinks in their new downtown location near 11th/Hope in South Park

A couple weeks ago, we talked about the exciting changes coming to 11th and Hope, which included the retrofit of an existing parking structure by replacing the first level parking with 11,000 square feet of retail space — a revolutionary move for car-obsessed Los Angeles. Now, the first business to open in this new retail addition will be CoCo Fresh, which offers a wide variety of boba drinks (sometimes referred to as bubble tea) including favorites like the original milk tea or the aromatic passion fruit.

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Luxury Cavalli Hotel Coming to Massive Fig Central in Downtown LA

Fig Central, which recently broke ground, will catapult South Park to another level when completed several years from now (Photo: Oceanwide)

The $1 billion Fig Central, which recently broke ground across from Staples Center, will catapult South Park to another level when completed several years from now (Photo: Oceanwide)

In the increasingly crowded landscape of Downtown LA’s development boom, Fig Central across from Staples Center, having recently broken ground, will still stand out as one of the hugest game changing projects to date in Downtown LA. When completed several years from now, this truly massive $1 billion project on 4.6 acres of land will catapult South Park to a whole new level of urbanization. Three skyline-redefining towers designed by RTKL (shown in these new renderings released) will rise as part of the project — one 49-story tower and two 40-story twin towers — adding 504 new luxury for sale units to downtown’s condo-starved housing stock.

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Final Look for Downtown LA’s Eighth & Grand Revealed with Pretty Whole Foods

The final rendering of Eighth & Grand has been released showing glassy modern structure with a flagship Whole Foods on the ground floor (Photo: Eighth & Grand)

The final rendering of Eighth & Grand has been released showing glassy modern structure with a flagship Whole Foods on the ground floor (Photo: Eighth & Grand)

Just over two years ago, one of the largest residential mixed-use projects in Downtown LA broke ground at 8th and Grand in the Financial District adjacent to Bottega Louie. Now aptly named Eighth & Grand (instead of “G8″), the seven story, 700-unit development by San Francisco-based Carmel Partners is close to finishing their first phase out of potentially three, which will allow new residents to move in as soon as this summer with the project fully completed by early next year. The project has gone up relatively fast for such a large building by implementing the proprietary Conxtech construction technique using a steel frame “chassis based modular building system.” Due to the increased strength of a steel framed structure, the facade is able to incorporate more glass windows as well as a 40-foot rooftop pool.

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Village Market Grocery Store Coming to Rosslyn Hotel in Downtown LA

A new local grocery store called Village Market will open in a 3,200 square foot space in the Rosslyn Hotel at 5th and Main

A new local grocery store called Village Market will open in a 3,200 square foot space in the Rosslyn Hotel at 5th and Main

Last week, DTLA Rising revealed that the recently restored Rosslyn Hotel would be getting a new indie grocery store in a neighborhood still lacking in residential amenities. According to the building’s owner, SRO Housing Corporation, the new market will strive to be like a “mini Ralphs” where residents nearby in the Historic Core could get many of their grocery needs met, helping to make life more convenient. Now, more details have emerged including the grocery store’s name, which will be called “Village Market.” To be quite honest, I have a feeling the 3,200 square foot grocery store will be more similar to the 3,000 square foot Fresh & Easy Express concept (there’s one by USC) than a Ralphs. In any case, Village Market will include meats, produce, and other sundries that will cater to an established residential population.

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Endorsement: Re-elect Jose Huizar for Council District 14 of Los Angeles

Councilman Jose Huizar is seeking re-election in the City Council District 14 race (Photo: KCET)

Councilman Jose Huizar is seeking re-election in the City Council District 14 race (Photo: KCET)

The upcoming election for Los Angeles City Council District 14 presents voters with a stark choice about the future of Downtown LA. The leading candidates, incumbent José Huizar and former County Supervisor Gloria Molina, have very different views of what a downtown is and what it means. To frame the candidates’ positions, it’s necessary to first understand why DTLA, or any large city’s downtown, is important. It’s a lesson most of the country forgot after World War II and has had to painfully relearn, but here it is: a downtown isn’t just a plot of land in the city center, it’s a place of practical and symbolic importance. Downtown matters.

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Big Changes Coming to 11th/Hope in South Park in Downtown LA

A new mural and retail space added to the parking structure at 11th and Hope are just two of many exciting changes transforming this South Park intersection

A new mural and retail space added to the parking structure at 11th and Hope are just two of many exciting changes transforming this South Park intersection

Last year in March, we revealed some exciting plans about a parking structure at 11th and Hope that was getting the “mixed-use treatment.” The owner of the 7-story parking structure, Downtown LA-based PSP Investment Group, decided to do something pretty revolutionary for car-obsessed Los Angeles. PSP retrofitted the parking structure by replacing the first parking level facing Hope Street with new retail space totaling about 11,000 square feet. Basically, the very urban-conscious PSP went against the grain by taking away space reserved for cars and giving it back to people. A smart move given that the new retail space will eventually generate more pedestrian activity, adding a new spark of life to an otherwise very dead block.

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Restored Rosslyn Hotel to Get “Mini Ralphs” Market in Downtown LA

The Rosslyn Hotel has undergone a full restoration bringing back the glimmer in this historic gem, and now a new local grocery store will occupy its corner retail space at 5th and Main

The Rosslyn Hotel has undergone a full restoration bringing back the glimmer in this historic gem, and now a new local grocery store will occupy its corner retail space at 5th and Main

Speaking of new markets coming to Downtown LA (like the exciting news from last week regarding a giant Whole Foods opening in November of this year), another smaller local indie market is slated for the newly remodeled Rosslyn Hotel at 5th and Main in Downtown LA’s Historic Core. The still-unnamed market will be going into a 3,200 square foot corner space that used to be Bert Green Fine Art who is credited for founding in 2004 the popular DTLA monthly Art Walk. According to the building owner SRO Housing Corporation — which just recently completed a full restoration of the 13-story beaux arts historic gem — the new market will strive to be like a “mini Ralphs,” or basically a neighborhood grocery store carrying pretty much a little bit of everything you would need like cereal, fresh produce, and even meats.

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Whole Foods Announces Nov 2015 Grand Opening in Downtown LA

A new 41,000 SF Whole Foods store is opening in Downtown LA in early November of this year

A new 41,000 SF Whole Foods store is opening in Downtown LA in early November of this year

Earlier today, a press conference announcing the opening date for Whole Foods was held across the street, catercorner from the future grocery store site at 8th and Grand in Downtown LA. The event was put on by Councilman Huizar and reps from Whole Foods who confirmed the current targeted opening date of Nov 4, 2015, which will be a Wednesday. The new 41,000 square foot grocery store will include a restaurant and bar, a coffee bar, and outdoor patio seating that will wrap around the entire corner of 8th and Grand. The front entrance will be located toward the middle of the block on the Grand Ave side just a bit south from Bottega Louie. In addition, the store sits underneath 700 luxury rental units under construction called Eighth & Grand, which will also be opening in several phases over the next year. The developer of this project is Carmel Partners of San Francisco.

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AT MATEO: New Arts District Retail Hub Breaks Ground in Downtown LA

A new 130,000 square foot retail hub is coming to Downtown LA's Arts District (Photo: At Mateo)

A new 130,000 square foot retail hub is coming to Downtown LA’s Arts District (Photo: At Mateo)

With so many new developments under construction in the Arts District, Downtown LA’s industrial chic community is about to get even hotter in the next few years. Adding to the fire is a new exciting retail project aptly named AT MATEO that just broke ground in mid-January last month. So aptly named because you can bet a lot of Angelenos will be “at Mateo” when this thing is finished in about two years. Purchased last summer for $32.5 million by a joint venture between ASB Real Estate Investments and local real estate firm Blatteis & Schnur, five large warehouses occupying a huge block bounded by Mateo and Palmetto will be converted into an open-air 130,000 square foot retail hub consisting of a major retail anchor, grocery store (I’ve heard they are courting the ever elusive Trader Joe’s), and numerous restaurants and retail shops. In addition, a 400-space parking structure will be incorporated into this $30 million redevelopment project.

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Brigham Yen on CCTV: Chinese Companies Invest in Downtown LA

With so many Chinese companies investing in strategic mega projects here in Downtown LA — Shanghai Greenland’s Metropolis; Beijing Oceanwide’s Fig Central; Shenzhen Hazens’ redevelopment of the Luxe Hotel site — it makes total sense that China’s main broadcast network, CCTV (accessible to a billion viewers worldwide), run an updated story about all this frenetic real estate activity here in LA’s rising urban center.

Reporter May Lee of CCTV America (based in Washington, DC) reports on the increasing number of Chinese investments in the U.S., and specifically focusing on the hot market here in Downtown LA with “no sign of slow down” yet.

Please enjoy the video above and check out the full story by clicking here.

Decades Dark, Clifton’s New Neon Signs Relit Again in Downtown LA

Clifton's new neon signage turned on last night for the first time during the Night on Broadway event that drew thousands of Angelenos to Downtown LA (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)

Clifton’s new neon signage turned on last night for the first time during the Night on Broadway event that drew thousands of Angelenos to Downtown LA (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)

In another truly momentous milestone for the revitalization of Broadway, new neon signs that were installed this past week were turned on for the first time — after at least four to five decades of being dark — during last night’s Night on Broadway event that attracted thousands of Angelenos who gathered downtown to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Councilman Jose Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway effort. Just last Monday, DTLA Rising first reported that signage was being tested and installed on Clifton’s historic facade as a precursor to a very likely, and much-anticipated, grand opening later this year.

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