Pei Cobb Freed & Partners' planned two-tower project will not bring down the Century Plaza
The Century Plaza Hotel in Century City will not go the way of the Ambassador Hotel. As anticipated, a deal was reached between Michael Rosenfeld's Next Century development company, City Councilman Paul Koretz, and preservation groups to save the Minoru Yamasaki-designed hotel at 2025 Avenue of the Stars. According to a press release sent out last night from Koretz's office, the developer may end up adding new structures behind or on the sides of the hotel (a proposal Koretz talked about late last year), while the hotel will be reconfigured, with a portion of the hotel rooms being turned into condominiums. According to a representative for Next Century, architecture firm Marmol Radziner will do the preservation work under this new proposal (the firm is known for their restoration and preservation work), while the site development architects are Pei Cobb Freed (who designed the original two-tower design) and Gensler. Rios Clemente Hale Studios is doing the landscaping. Koretz's press release also notes a Draft EIR for this revised project should be out by mid-summer, and if entitled, the project will see a construction time of three and half years.
· Century Plaza archives [Curbed LA]