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64-story tower near FIGat7th could get underway by 2019

The Downtown LA project would include 781 units of housing

A rendering of the tower
The tall tower would include 781 condos and lower level commercial space.
Los Angeles Department of City Planning

In June—on the very same day the 73-story Wilshire Grand opened to the public—developer Brookfield Properties filed plans to construct a new 64-story skyscraper right across the street.

Now, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has released an initial study that offers new details about the project and gives an idea of when we can expect to see it rise. According to preliminary plans, construction on the tower would get underway in 2019 and wrap up in 2023.

The huge new development would be built at 945 West Eight Street, immediately west of the FIGat7th shopping center. It’s set to include 781 residential condos, plus 6,700 square feet of retail space. The tower would sit atop an 11-floor podium, which would be partially underground and would include commercial space and parking for 831 cars and 867 bikes.

Marmol-Radziner and Large Architecture are designing the project, which would have a neatly contemporary design with walls of glass and plenty of balcony space for residents. Planned amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness room, “indoor and outdoor recreational space,” and a community room.

In addition to these private amenities, the project would also incorporate publicly accessible open space, including an outdoor plaza that could include seating for a possible restaurant.

The development may not be the only new tower popping up in the area. On the other side of Figueroa Street, developer Mitsui Fudosan America plans to construct a 43-story high-rise with 436 rental units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space.

A group of buildings. In the center of the buildings is a plaza with trees. Rendering courtesy Brookfield