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A Guide to the Near-Future of the Downtown LA Skyline

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2015 will be another huge development year for Downtown Los Angeles, with a slew of projects under construction or in the pipeline—now, from Kelvin Cheng, comes this rough look at what Downtown's skyline will look at the end of all that building, in the not-so-distant future. The visualization shows the view from the southwest and highlights two of Downtown's hugest projects, the Wilshire Grand mixed-use hotel tower and the sprawling Metropolis mixed-use megaproject. The tallest of them all, the 73-story Wilshire Grand, already has a rapidly rising concrete core and steel infrastructure peeking above ground level; meanwhile, construction crews at Metropolis are busy prepping the site and installing cranes. (The visualization does not include a few notable projects that are out of view or stalled, such as Park Fifth by Pershing Square). Down below you'll find a map guide to all the buildings on the visualization.


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1. Wilshire Grand Hotel

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930 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

By far the biggest Downtown tower, and technically the tallest, Wilshire Grand is already well into construction. The new tower will rise from the ashes of the dated and squat Wilshire Grand Hotel and will include office space and a 900-room InterContinental Hotel.

2. Metropolis

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West 8th Street & Francisco Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Greenland Group's Metropolis broke ground last year. The first phase of the five-building project will bring a 38-story residential tower and a 19-story hotel, the latter of which is slated to open in February 2016. The second phase, which includes a 40-story tower holding more than 500 condos, broke ground in December.

3. Renaissance Hotel

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West Olympic Boulevard & Georgia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2014 on the fifth Marriott-branded hotel in South Park. The $200-million Renaissance will hold 450 fancy hotel rooms, a 500-seat restaurant, rooftop pool, and meeting space within two towers, the tallest being 21-stories.

4. Fig Central

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South Figueroa Street & West 11th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The sluggish megaproject came back from the dead this December, when it was sold to Beijing-based Oceanwide Real Estate group. There's still no official timeline or date for groundbreaking; it's also not known how Oceanwide's plans for the site differ from past plans—if at all.

5. 801 S. Olive Street

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801 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA

Carmel Partners announced in January their plans to build this 27-story high rise in North South Park; it will have a nocturnally radiant parking garage.

6. 888 South Hope

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888 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

The parking lot at Ninth and Hope in South Park will be sprouting a 33-story tower from prolific developer CIM Group. The designs from architects RTKL show retail facing both Ninth and Hope in every possible groundfloor space, from the tower to the mixed-use parking structure (car levels sandwiched by retail on the ground floor, resident amenities on the roof).

7. 1212 Flower/Onni Group

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1212 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Omnipresent Onni Group plans to build two skyscraping towers on the parking lot of the office building at 1212 Flower, and while the plans are still very new, we do know the towers are expected to have condos—730 of them—and commercial space on the ground floor.

8. 888 Olive/Onni Group

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888 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Work is well underway on this 32-story tower at Ninth and Olive, which will have 283 apartments, groundfloor retail, and a huge parking garage.

9. 1050 Grand

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1050 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

This long-stalled condo tower is back as a 24-story tower designed by local firm HansonLA. The project, at one time known as the Glass Tower, will have 151 units, groundfloor retail (restaurants, shopping), and two-story penthouses on the roof.

10. 1200 Fig

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1200 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

This project's twin 35-story towers are designed to complement the Staples Center, located right across the street. The design also features "Sleek, gill-like façade protrusions."

11. 820 Olive Street/Onni Group

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820 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Onni Group is at it again, this time hoping to bring 589 residential units to Downtown in the form of a 50-story tower.

12. 1120 Grand/Mack Urban Project

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1120 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The first part of the Mack Urban megaproject spans four parcels and could break ground as early as this year. In its entirety, the project (there are six parcels in all) has the estimated completion date of 2024.

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1. Wilshire Grand Hotel

930 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

By far the biggest Downtown tower, and technically the tallest, Wilshire Grand is already well into construction. The new tower will rise from the ashes of the dated and squat Wilshire Grand Hotel and will include office space and a 900-room InterContinental Hotel.

930 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2. Metropolis

West 8th Street & Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Greenland Group's Metropolis broke ground last year. The first phase of the five-building project will bring a 38-story residential tower and a 19-story hotel, the latter of which is slated to open in February 2016. The second phase, which includes a 40-story tower holding more than 500 condos, broke ground in December.

West 8th Street & Francisco Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

3. Renaissance Hotel

West Olympic Boulevard & Georgia Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2014 on the fifth Marriott-branded hotel in South Park. The $200-million Renaissance will hold 450 fancy hotel rooms, a 500-seat restaurant, rooftop pool, and meeting space within two towers, the tallest being 21-stories.

West Olympic Boulevard & Georgia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

4. Fig Central

South Figueroa Street & West 11th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The sluggish megaproject came back from the dead this December, when it was sold to Beijing-based Oceanwide Real Estate group. There's still no official timeline or date for groundbreaking; it's also not known how Oceanwide's plans for the site differ from past plans—if at all.

South Figueroa Street & West 11th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

5. 801 S. Olive Street

801 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA

Carmel Partners announced in January their plans to build this 27-story high rise in North South Park; it will have a nocturnally radiant parking garage.

801 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA

6. 888 South Hope

888 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The parking lot at Ninth and Hope in South Park will be sprouting a 33-story tower from prolific developer CIM Group. The designs from architects RTKL show retail facing both Ninth and Hope in every possible groundfloor space, from the tower to the mixed-use parking structure (car levels sandwiched by retail on the ground floor, resident amenities on the roof).

888 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

7. 1212 Flower/Onni Group

1212 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Omnipresent Onni Group plans to build two skyscraping towers on the parking lot of the office building at 1212 Flower, and while the plans are still very new, we do know the towers are expected to have condos—730 of them—and commercial space on the ground floor.

1212 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

8. 888 Olive/Onni Group

888 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Work is well underway on this 32-story tower at Ninth and Olive, which will have 283 apartments, groundfloor retail, and a huge parking garage.

888 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

9. 1050 Grand

1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This long-stalled condo tower is back as a 24-story tower designed by local firm HansonLA. The project, at one time known as the Glass Tower, will have 151 units, groundfloor retail (restaurants, shopping), and two-story penthouses on the roof.

1050 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. 1200 Fig

1200 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This project's twin 35-story towers are designed to complement the Staples Center, located right across the street. The design also features "Sleek, gill-like façade protrusions."

1200 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. 820 Olive Street/Onni Group

820 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Onni Group is at it again, this time hoping to bring 589 residential units to Downtown in the form of a 50-story tower.

820 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

12. 1120 Grand/Mack Urban Project

1120 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The first part of the Mack Urban megaproject spans four parcels and could break ground as early as this year. In its entirety, the project (there are six parcels in all) has the estimated completion date of 2024.

1120 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015