After years of delays, the Frank Gehry-designed project seems to be moving forward steadily. Last month, developers Related Companies applied for building permits for the project site—a parking lot just east of the Disney Concert Hall, also designed by Gehry.
Documents presented to the Board of Supervisors offer a closer look at the project, and how it will fit into the existing Bunker Hill landscape. Models show the 200,000 square feet of retail space spread throughout the project, along the lower levels.
The stepped retail storefronts will be topped by a glassy 20-story hotel tower at First and Grand. Equinox, best known for their high-end gyms, has signed on to be the hotel operator.
At Second and Olive, the project’s second and taller tower would rise 39 stories and contain a mix of 128 condos, 214 market-rate apartments, and 86 affordable housing units.
After a decade of delays—developers once hoped to break ground on the project in 2007—Related expects to break ground next year, with completion slated for 2022.