The Mayor and a slew of dignitaries attended the groundbreaking of two new Downtown residential towers and the topping of a third on October 27th, according to a press release from the South Group.
More than 600 people, including the Mayor and City Councilmember Jan Perry, joined the South Group development team in toasting downtown L.A.'s new "South" community. The event featured the topping off of Elleven, and the groundbreaking of Luma and Evo, the South Group's trio of residential towers that are the first new ground-up buildings in downtown L.A. in 20 years. "This kind of development -- transit oriented, resource sensitive and environmentally responsible -- is the kind of smart growth that will not only accommodate the needs of our city and citizens now, but will continue to serve us well in the future," Mayor Villaraigosa said.
The highlight, and there weren't many, according to the release was the playing of an Earth harp - "a stunning, large scale, architectural stringed instrument" that went from the stage to the top of the Elleven tower. Luma and Elleven are both completely sold out. Evo, having just broken ground, is presumably still open for buyers.
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