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Work on Playa Vista's Fake-Old Downtown Starts in June

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Images via Johnson Fain; last via LAT

The unfinished Playa Vista megadevelopment is surging forward again after years of delays--developer Lincoln Property Co. has unleashed designs for the 14 acre Runway at Playa Vista mixed-use complex, which they plan to break ground on in June. The downtown-ish Runway is the "key element of the second and final phase of Playa Vista," according to the LA Times. That phase, called broadly (and kind of eerily) The Village at Playa Vista, was delayed for eight years by environmental lawsuits, but finally got the go-ahead last month when the state Supreme Court declined to hear the case. It'll link up the existing residential and office developments at PV.

Runway will top out at four stories and be "about the size of four city blocks." It'll come stocked with a "premium grocery store," a 10-screen movie theater, restaurants, shops, apartments, and office space. Oh, and it will be Disneyfied: "It is intended to look as if it evolved more slowly over time. Building materials similar to those used on well-known Los Angeles shopping streets such as Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will be incorporated, and full-grown native California trees will be brought in to add a sense of permanence." There will also be canopies at the entryways, fountains and firepits, and a 1,400 car garage accessed off Jefferson (plus more parking for the apartments).

Johnson Fain designed the $260 million plans. The project will take about two years.
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