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Los Angeles Construction News

Updates on new buildings and infrastructure under construction in LA.

More condos at South Park's megaproject Metropolis are now up for grabs

Wedged between the 110 freeway and Francisco Street, Metropolis is the largest mixed-use project under construction right now in Los Angeles. Its second tower, Metropolis 2, has topped out at 40 stories.

1,569 renters applied to live in this affordable housing complex

The 66-unit building is 100 percent leased and it hasn't even opened yet. More than half of the units were earmarked for LAUSD employees; the remainder were set aside for local families.

LA Rams stadium construction will ramp up soon

Lots of pre-construction work on the site of the future NFL football stadium has been going on, but pretty soon, we're going to start to see real work—excavation—on the Rams stadium.

Judges are moving into LA’s shiny new federal courthouse

The new courthouse takes its place in the Civic Center in Downtown. Architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the new 10-story courthouse to look like a floating cube (it's set atop a stone podium) with a pleated facade made of tempered glass.

Watch the Wilshire Grand get its spire, making it the tallest building in Los Angeles

With the spire, the skyscraper soars to 1,100 feet

Chinese investors are shaping the look of DTLA

Chinese developers have been behind at least seven of the last 18 land deals Downtown in excess of $19 million. One of the sites is poised to boast the biggest mixed-use development on the West Coast.

See the two mixed users rising next to DTLA's Herald-Examiner building

The pair of new buildings will bring housing, retail, and a public paseo to the neighborhood when they open next year.

The California Incline is reopening by Labor Day

The road, which is a major route onto PCH, has been closed for more than two years. When it reopens Sept. 1, cyclists will be able to cruise more safely to the beach and north to Malibu via a 16-foot wide protected bike line.

Here’s a peek inside the newly redone Hotel Fig

The hotel’s distinctly Moroccan theme was stripped away and replaced with modern, more traditional decor that's a lot brighter and a lot more chic. Closed since last fall, the hotel near LA Live is set to reopen in November.

Say goodbye to 8500 Melrose’s ugly black and white stripes

Those stripes and the zigzag-shaped edifice at Melrose and La Cienega have annoyed people for more than three decades. Work to redo the facade will start this summer.

Yamashiro renovations to start as early as this summer

The Hollywood restaurant’s new owners, who purchased the place in March, aren’t wasting any time. They say their renovations will be based on the property’s original 1914 plans.

DTLA’s development craze summed up in this single photo

The photo shows a whopping 150 cement trucks parading down Hill Street, en route to the Broadway Trade Center, which will be expanded and transformed into a food hall and hotel with a rooftop public park.

Apex II, a tall tower with a big digital sign, breaks ground

The tower will hold 341 apartments and ground-floor commercial space at 9th Street, between Figueroa and Flower, in DTLA’s South Park neighborhood. A giant LED sign will light up affixed to the exterior.

Work finally starts on apartments next to Capitol Records

114 "luxury" units in 18 towers on a half-acre site right next to Capitol Records and the Pantages. The site had been dug up multiple times by geologists searching for an earthquake fault.

A look at the top of LA's newest, tallest high-rise

The soon-to-be tallest tower in the West is getting its crown: a decorative glass structure reminiscent of a sail that will be topped by a steel spire. Photos from the roof show recent progress on the top of the 73-story tower.

Boxy ‘Icon Tower’ on Sunset now has its facade

Icon Tower is 14 stories tall, and it's helping alter Hollywood's skyline. The facade has lots of small windows and swaths of glass. Once finished, it will house Netflix employees and serve as the centerpiece of Sunset Bronson Studios' expansion.

DTLA's open-air mall ‘The Bloc’ opening this week

The Macy's plaza is totally transformed into a cool outdoor space that will house the hip Alama Drafthouse cinema. It's all thanks to a $160-million transformation that included ripping off the plaza's roof.

Peeking in on the construction of 'Skyspace'

The US Bank Tower's new observation deck and its glass slide are set to open later this month, so what better time to check in on all the work still being done?

Disneyland resort getting a swanky new hotel

The four-diamond hotel is expected to open in 2021. Amenities will include two pools and a rooftop restaurant with views of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. In building the luxury hotel, Disney appears to be taking advantage of new local tax breaks.

Tour the Bloc's Under-Construction Metro Portal

The portal at the Bloc will let people cross seamlessly into the train statin across the street without having to get onto street level and wait to cross the street.

Visiting the Sixth Street Bridge Mid-Demolition

After the bridge's February closure and a weekend-long shutdown of the 101 Freeway, the Sixth Street Viaduct's demolition has steadily continued. We checked in on the progress and got an up-close look at the concrete carnage.

Mansion Work in Hills Caused Serious Destruction

Demolition on a house on Sunset Plaza Drive in the Hollywood Hills turned into a disaster for the neighbors when the developer "dug too deep into the hillside." Whoops! Now the street is destabilized and a nearby house could collapse.

Looking Out (and Down) From Atop the Wilshire Grand

Yesterday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti took a trip to the top of the under-construction Wilshire Grand, the future tallest building in the West. The mayor snapped some great shots, but he's not the only one who's been taking photos from the top recently.

New LA Library Card Designed by Shepard Fairey

The Los Angeles Public Library's card was long overdue for an update, so known library booster Shepard Fairey and artist Cleon Petersona have designed a new version featuring Downtown's beautiful Central Library.

Area Around DTLA is US's Second Biggest 'Boom Town'

A section of Los Angeles in and around Downtown and Chinatown is predicted to see a veritable explosion in new households, the second biggest in the US, according to a new report from real estate data site

New Photo of Disney's Star Wars Construction Site

A new 360 degree photo shows construction beginning at Disney's new Star Wars-themed expansion. A bunch of familiar characters from the movies, from droids to stormtroopers seem to be helping with the construction.

Terrifying Views From the Top of the Wilshire Grand

GoPros strapped onto workers at the future tallest tower in the West offer some very scary perspective on what it's like to work on a 73-story building.

Watch a Bridge Get Demolished For the DTLA Subway

Take some time to enjoy the sight of two excavators going to town on a small bridge in Downtown LA. The demolition clears the way for a new subway station that'll be part of Metro's Regional Connector project, linking up several light rail lines.

See New Glass Slide Lifted to Top of US Bank Tower

A helicopter hoisted the terrifying new glass slide attraction to the 69th floor of the US Bank tower, where it will become part of a redesigned lookout area for what is (for now) the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Work Begins on Behemoth Arts District Project

Designs for the 472-unit complex had to be modified to satisfy the neighbors.

Future Tallest Tower in the West Hits Its Peak

12 shots of Downtown LA's Wilshire Grand to show off its big milestone.

First Photos of Red Line-Universal City Pedestrian Bridge

The controversial crossing is really starting to come together, and is set to open in April.

The Sixth Street Bridge's Looming Demolition Has Been Delayed

The First Piece of the First Purple Line Subway Extension Station Was Just Installed

Watch the Petersen Automotive Museum's Flashy New Facade Unfurl in Time-Lapse

See the Refreshingly Open Transformation Happening at Downtown LA's Macy's Fortress

Fly Over the Target, Trader Joe's, and More Being Built By USC

Fly Through All the Construction at USC Village as It Starts Getting Bricky

Union Station's Getting a New Bike- and Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover at Its Front Entrance