A rendering of 1000 Grand at the SE corner of Olympic/Grand in Downtown LA (Photo: TCA)
So the Hilton rumor at Olympic and Grand in South Park is now officially debunked — well sorta. It’s not that it wasn’t true that Hilton was eyeing the surface parking lot for development, it’s just that Hanover eventually won the battle in the next hottest section of South Park. Apparently, Hanover secured the deal early on and Hilton tried to “interject” but to no avail. Now Texas-based Hanover is planning to develop another 7-story mixed-user called “1000 Grand” at the SE corner of Olympic Blvd and Grand Ave (they’re currently building another mixed-user at Olympic and Hill), which is currently an ugly surface parking lot surrounded by the most cracked, tow up sidewalks you’ve ever seen in a developed nation. Shameful.
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Downtown Chicago is bustling and filled with a variety of commercial activities and is a great model for Downtown LA to follow
I spent last week in one of the country’s best downtowns — Chicago. I was invited by Downtown LA-based architect firm, TCA, to join the founder Thomas Cox on an Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference panel discussing Gen Y (a demographic group I belong to) and our shifting preference toward multifamily housing in urban centers away from the default auto-centric suburbia that the Baby Boomers — our parents — once salivated for. The panel discussion was held at the Langham Hotel in the heart of Downtown Chicago across from the brand new stunning Trump Int’l Hotel and Tower. Lodging nearby at TheWit (highly recommended), I was in the perfect central location to explore all the amazing urban attributes that Downtown Chicago has to offer.
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Corner of 8th and Hope: A new 22-story high-rise apartment tower is now about half way done with a completion slated for 2014
Okay, so we all know now that Downtown LA is in the midst of another impressive building boom with at least a half dozen high-rises under construction including the ginormous 73-floor Wilshire Grand Tower slated for completion in early 2017 (the West Coast’s tallest new tower in the making). Out of the half dozen, another one of those exciting new high-rises under construction is the 22-story apartment tower rising at the southwest corner of 8th and Hope on the northern edge of South Park (right across from the future Macy’s Plaza $160 million makeover). National development company, Wood Partners, is developing the residential high-rise project.
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A new vantage point revealed in this rendering of the Hope Street side with an updated Sheraton Hotel entrance
Feast your eyes on the newest renderings of the exciting $160 million makeover of The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza) located in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District bounded by bustling 7th Street, Flower and Hope, as well as 8th Street to the south. The 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project will be transformed from the current eye-sore, brick fortress into an updated, modern commercial hub of 400,000 sf of retail, 750,000 sf office, and a $40 million updated 485-room Sheraton Hotel that will contribute significantly to the unprecedented urban revitalization happening in Downtown LA.
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Rental buildings owned by Barry Shy, SB Main (seen above) and SB Spring (on the left), is in the process of being converted to condos
A downtown resident sends in a very interesting development happening at two of Barry Shy’s rental properties in the Historic Core: SB Spring and SB Main, two beautiful 12-story historic structures sitting side-by-side along 7th Street. According to a Notice of Public Hearing (announcing a hearing that already happened last month on Sept 26), these two rental buildings are currently in the process of being converted into condominiums through a tentative tract map that will permit the sale of 421 individual live/work condo units as well as 20 commercial condo units on the ground floor. As adaptive-reuse projects, these condos will require zero parking.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), for Transit Oriented L.A., a long-anticipated summit exploring how to dramatically improve transportation corridors. With interactive panel presentations from nationally recognized speakers, Transit Oriented L.A. – or ToLA– will expand the traditional emphasis on individual transit stations to a bold transformation of corridors to achieve a truly transit-oriented Los Angeles.
ToLA is Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, 90012.
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New renderings of The Bloc Downtown were released today showing a completely transformed retail center for the complex once known as Macy’s Plaza (Photo: The Bloc Downtown)
Everyone wants more retail options in Downtown LA. And more retail options we shall get. One of the most exciting redevelopment projects in Downtown LA will be the complete overhaul of Macy’s Plaza, which includes 2.4 million square feet of commercial space comprising a mix of retail, hotel, and office. The new $160 million makeover of Macy’s Plaza will be renamed The Bloc and will be redeveloped by its new owner The Ratkovich Company (they acquired the property back in May 2013 for $241 million).
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Located at 9th and Broadway, the historic L.L. Western Costume Company building is now the new headquarters for jewelry brand Sparkle Factory
Broadway is getting hotter every year with new retail announcements like Acne Studios and Urban Outfitters coming later this year. In early 2012, jewelry brand Sparkle Factory announced that they would take over the entire 7-story historic L.L. Burns Western Costume Company (built in 1914), which is a building rich with LA history as one of the most prominent outfitters for the stage and screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Located at 9th and Broadway, Sparkle Factory will become not only a flagship retail store for owner Tarina Tarantino’s colorful jewelry and accessories, but also a hub for local designers to showcase their own wares.
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A new 42,000 square foot Whole Foods Market is slated to open in the future 700-unit Carmel Partners mixed-use apartments in 2015
Okay, so it’s the last day of July, but can you believe that this month alone there have been not one, not two, but three grocery store related news topics in Downtown LA? First you had specialty market Urban Radish opening in the Arts District on July 4. Then two weeks ago on July 18, the first urban format Smart & Final Extra store opened at 8th and Figueroa in South Park. And now the big boy to top it all off is the exciting announcement (and confirmation) that Whole Foods Market will be opening a new store in Downtown LA in 2015!
Designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture, Medallion 2.0 would add up to 400 new rental units, a theater, more retail space, over half an acre of green space. The project is slated to break ground in late 2015 at 3rd and Main St (Photo: Kevin Tsai Architecture)
A lot of exciting developments have been happening at the Medallion Apartments recently in the Old Bank District at 4th and Main. The mixed-use complex with 96 apartments for rent — taking up the entire half block of 4th Street from Main to Los Angeles St — added a brand new vegan restaurant called Dr J’s Vibrant Cafe with Sushi Zo opening later this year. In addition, six more indie restaurants, an indoor farmers’ market, and a slew of artisanal eatery shops (under the expert guidance of John Edwards of Raw Inspiration) are slated to open on the lower level next year that will literally transform the Medallion into a foodie hub. But all that Medallion fun doesn’t end there because something even larger looms on the horizon code named “Medallion 2.0.”
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Rendering of a new 7-story mixed-use project called Urban Village South Park is slated to break ground in Sept/Oct 2013, rising near Olympic and Olive (Photo: Urban Village)
Last May, rumors were circulating that Hilton was in escrow to purchase a surface parking lot at Olympic and Grand adjacent to the former Crash Mansion nightclub (which is getting torn down). Several new sources have stepped up since then confirming once again that Hilton is, indeed, still interested in the site. However, the urban-infill fun doesn’t stop there. Now, a new mixed-use project adjacent to the potential future Hilton tower, called “Urban Village | South Park,” is slated for a Sep/Oct 2013 groundbreaking near Olympic and Olive according to Brett Shaves and Joshua Host, the founders of Urban Village who will be developing the ground-up project. Entitlements for the project were secured on May 20, 2013.
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Rumors have it that New York’s enormously popular Eataly restaurant and market is in serious discussion to open as part of Macy’s Plaza’s $160 million makeover (Photo: The Bloc)
Not so fast West LA. A source who wishes to remain anonymous has informed me that Eataly — the enormously popular Italian restaurant and market from New York founded by Oscar Farinetti — is in “serious discussions” to open at Macy’s Plaza, or more accurately, as part of the future $160 million makeover project called “The Bloc.” In case you missed it, Macy’s Plaza was purchased by The Ratkovich Company earlier this month in June for $241 million with exciting plans to redo the entire complex, including a $40 million Sheraton revamp and a multi-million dollar upgrade to elevate the current dismal Macy’s to flagship status.
Super fun! I was on LA’s local FOX 11 news channel today discussing with co-anchors, Maria Sansone and Tony McEwing, some of the exciting things happening in Downtown LA’s urban renaissance as well as promoting DTLA Rising to more Angelenos out there.
Please enjoy the video!
Rumors have it that organic market Erewhon will be opening at the One Santa Fe project in the Arts District when the mixed-use project is completed late next year (Photo: Michael Maltzan Architecture)
One of the largest projects under construction right now in Downtown LA is the massive quarter-mile long One Santa Fe mixed-use project in the burgeoning Arts District, designed by Michael Maltzan. When completed late next year, One Santa Fe will add 438 apartments for rent and 79,000 square feet of commercial space (office, retail, and a 99-seat community theater). As to be expected with a growing residential population, grocery stores are all the rage in Downtown LA, so the developer of One Santa Fe was smart to allocate 15,000 square feet for just that purpose. But what kind of grocery store will it be?
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Major upgrades are coming to Macy’s Plaza after being acquired by The Ratkovich Company
One of the biggest eye sores (and embarrassments) in all of Downtown Los Angeles — the 1970s “shopping fortress” known as Macy’s Plaza — has a very bright future ahead of it. One of LA’s most respected developers, The Ratkovich Company, has successfully acquired the dated complex from Jamison Services, Inc for $241 million according to the LA Times. The purchase, which closed escrow last week, includes not only the retail portion (Macy’s, Express, Bath and Body Works, LA Fitness, etc.) but also the 23-story, 485-room Sheraton hotel and the 33-story 700 S Flower office tower totaling 2.4 million square feet. Ratkovich plans to spend $160 million to upgrade the entire complex with some very exciting changes that will dramatically alter the urban landscape of the Financial District.
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