Rick Caruso has built up an empire of shopping centers that look like nostalgic Main Streets ripped from a dream (The Grove, Americana at Brand), and one of his in-the-works projects is pretty much all of downtown Pacific Palisades, which he's calling Palisades Village. Caruso has envisioned turning the posh neighborhood's sleepy main drag into a fully Grovey retail heaven, as seen in full detail in new renderings (via Urbanize LA).
The new views of Palisades Village, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, show one- and two-story buildings spread out with trees, little green spaces, and seating mixed in between.
According to the website for the project, the complete, renovated downtown Pac Pal will include a five-screen movie theater (a new iteration of the Bay Theater, which hasn't operated since 1978), a "specialty" grocery store, and more parking courtesy of an underground garage.
The new shops and eateries will be arranged on and around a more pedestrian-friendly Swarthmore Avenue (wider sidewalks, reduced to one car-traffic lane) and the remade downtown's new "centerpiece" will be a park off Swarthmore and Monument, previously a parking lot.
The remodel of downtown Pac Pal is expected to open in late 2017.
- Fresh Renderings for Palisades Village [ULA]
- Palisades Village [Official site]
- Here's the Jaw-Dropping Plan to Grove-ify Downtown Pac Pal [Curbed LA]