To say that there's a lot of movement on the Downtown Los Angeles development scene would be an understatement, but even with a list of everything that's going on (like the one compiled by the Downtown News recently), it's hard to get the full picture, not just of what's happening right now, but also of what could exist in a a few years' time. And so we've mapped out all the Downtown developments that have been announced, revived, or re-envisioned in the last six months. One trend that's immediately visible is, of course, explosive action in South Park, but throughout the neighborhood there are also some massive megaprojects coming back to life—Metropolis, Fig Central, Grand Avenue. It's completely possible that some of these projects will languish for years, but at least you'll know where they were supposed to be once upon an early 2014.Read More
Mapping 23 New Developments on the Way in Downtown LA
Grand Avenue Project
County Supes signed off in January on the new Frank Gehry designs for the Grand Avenue project's Parcel Q (across from the Disney Concert Hall), with residential, retail, hotel, and public space. The current goal is to start work on the parcel in early 2015 and finish by 2018.
200 S. Main Street
We saw renderings about six months ago for the eight- or nine-story, 238-unit mixed-use building in the works for the Vibiana-adjacent site—good news to those who worried that site, which is entitled for a skyscraper, would end up with a huge tower that would dwarf the charming former cathedral.
Broadway @ 4th
The latest renderings for this development by Downtown veteran Izek Shomof show a tall 34-story tower instead of the originally-planned 22.
We got a look at the new twinkly exterior of this seven-story mixed-user that straddles the Historic Core and Skid Row just a few months ago. It's expected that it will get entitlements this June; groundbreaking could happen by the end of this year.
Metropolis, Phase One
Greenland Group's Metropolis broke ground on Valentine's Day and 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.
820 Olive Street
801 S. Olive Street
1001 S. Olive Street
This 201-unit mixed-use project that developer Lennar announced in November will add to bustling Olympic and Olive. Lennar also bought out the nearby Urban Village development and will use part of the space for this project.
Olympic & Olive
Forest City Enterprises
In late 2013, veteran Downtown developers Forest City (Metro 417, Blossom Plaza) purchased two parcels next to the historic Herald Examiner Building—one at Broadway and Twelfth and one at Hill and Eleventh. The plan is to turn them into mixed-users, though no timeline's been announced.
Mack Urban Project, Phase One
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.
1249 Grand Avenue
Another seven-story low-rise is slated to rise on this current parking lot. 1249 Grand Avenue will have 112 rental units, underground parking, and 5,000 square feet of groundfloor retail according to a recent presentation given to the DLANC.
Renderings of Jade Enterprises' Onyx Apartments suggest the two-building project will have seven stories. Entitlements are still in the works and no timeline's been revealed for completion yet.
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.
1133 Hope Street
This 28-story tower by Amacon will contain 208 residential units and groundfloor commercial space. Recent renderings from a presentation to the DLANC (pdf) show another handsome but boring boxy glass tower.
The Case Hotel
Frank Stork, Channing Henry, and the Kor Group bought the 1924 building (formerly a YMCA) for $13.5 million in December with plans to turn the place into a hotel (no word on a brand or operator yet).
Herald Examiner Building
The sale of two parcels adjacent to the Julia Morgan-designed 1914 complex might have kickstarted the long-awaited plans to renovate the place and turn it into retail and creative office space; work could start within the year.
Developer Sonny Astani bought, then flipped, this site to an Arizona-based firm. Astani will still have a hand in turning the parcel into an eight-story, bike-friendly, 640-unit project.
Broadway and Ninth
Geoff Palmer of the Orsini fame is bringing a non-Italian, non-exciting, double-building complex to this busy stretch of Broadway, as we saw about a month ago. Two buildings—one seven-story, one 10-story—will bring nearly 700 apartments.
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.
695 S. Santa Fe
The project formerly known as AMP Lofts came back just three months ago, when it was spotted moving through the planning channels with a new design by Shimoda Design Group. The six-story, 240-unit project will also have a big 25,000-square-foot park.