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New Century Plaza Hotel Plan Trying For Century City Walkability

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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners rendering via the LAT

The Century Plaza hotel has been saved from demolition and now comes the tough part--making Century City pedestrian friendly. Developer Next Century Associates released a draft environmental impact report yesterday for its planned development of the Minoru Yamasaki-designed site, detailing what'll go in and around the restored mid-century hotel and two new 46 story towers. The LA Times reports that the developer plans to fill in the hotel's sunken plaza and connect the building to the street via "two low-slung pavilions with landscaping and fountains." They also want to convert the hotel's lobby into a breezeway. Inside the old hotel, they'll convert 726 rooms into 394 guest rooms and 63 condos, while the towers will have 290 condos (Will there be status wars between the hotel folk and the tower folk?). The towers will be filled out with 94,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and "up to 100,000 square feet of office space."

Under the plan, the hotel will stay eligible for the city's landmark status. The LA Conservancy and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are both on board at this point, but the LAT says there is the usual neighborhood grumbling that the project will increase traffic and strain infrastructure.
· Owner proposes saving Century Plaza hotel, building new condos [LAT]
· Revised Century Plaza Plan Would See Two Tall Towers Rise [Curbed LA]