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Report: Gehry's New Grand Avenue Plans Are Best Yet

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Architect Frank Gehry is about to present yet another plan for the huge redevelopment of Grand Avenue on Monday, according to blog LA Cowboy. Developer Related Cos.' latest development agreement with the joint powers authority that controls the Grand Avenue Project ends with on January 20, so the timing sounds right. Gehry designed the original GAP about a decade back, but following years of delays and rejiggering, was taken off the project earlier this year. Just last month, County Supervisors rejected designs by another architecture team for the avenue's Parcel Q, calling them uninspired. The project has its groove back with Gehry back on board, says Westwater, who saw renderings of the architect's plans: "Rather than having the entrance to the public courtyard being two narrow passageways on either side of [a proposed] apartment building, the entire public plaza now sweeps out to the street--and the sidewalk--it all but physically pulls pedestrians off the sidewalk and into the space." The plans include landscaping and lighting elements meant to bridge wide-ass Grand Avenue. A hotel is definitely in the works--we already know SLS is sniffing around Bunker Hill. All in all, Westwater says Grand Avenue 87.0 is a win: "The design is both striking and simple at the same time. It looks like nothing ever built in LA and yet still feels very much like an LA building."
· Frank Gehry Back as Architect for Grand Avenue Project! [LA Cowboy]
· Grand Avenue Project [Curbed LA]