We saw a pic on Wednesday of early demolition work happening at DTLA's Wilshire Grand tower and now we have confirmation that the building is indeed in the throes of the long kiss goodnight. A PR rep for Wilshire Grand, which is coming down to make way for Korean Air's 70-story $1 billion office/hotel skyscraper, gives us the nitty-gritty. Regarding impacts to pedestrian and traffic flow: "Seventh is unaffected, excepted for the small bike lane," Sean Rossall of Cerrell Associates tells us in an email. "On Fig, the parking lane and one lane will be impacted. No lanes will be impacted on Wilshire. On Francisco, it will be turned into a one way street with two lanes." The demolition will be floor by floor (no wrecking balls) and take about a year. Even as the building is coming down, early excavation for the new tower is expected to begin in March or April, Cerrell says. Architect Chris Martin is managing the development through a new venture called Martin Project Management, while his firm AC Martin is handling designs. As recently reported by the Downtown News, part of the tower plans include "high-speed elevators [that] will ferry hotel visitors to a top-floor 'lobby in the sky.'"
· Wilshire Grand Archives [Curbed LA]