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Mapping 23 New Developments on the Way in Downtown LA

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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.

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1. Grand Avenue Project

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699 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.

2. 200 S. Main Street

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200 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.

3. 5-OH

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432 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

From the ashes of Park Fifth rises 5-OH, a 24-story tower with 300 residential units by MacFarlane Partners. Next door, 315 units in a stubby low rise. No completion date set yet.

4. Broadway @ 4th

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400 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The latest renderings for this development by Downtown veteran Izek Shomof show a tall 34-story tower instead of the originally-planned 22.

5. Topaz

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540 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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.

6. Metropolis, Phase One

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

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.

7. 820 Olive Street

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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.

8. 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 that will have a nocturnally radiant parking garage.

9. 1000 Grand

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1000 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

This seven-story mixed-use development from Hanover Company is slated to break ground in the next three months and will have 274 rental units and 12,000 square feet of retail.

10. 1001 S. Olive Street

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1001 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

11. Olympic & Olive

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958 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hanover Company's addition to this soon-to-be-bustling intersection is a bike-friendly development with 263 apartments. We see about seven stories in the renderings, keeping with the SoPa trend.

12. Forest City Enterprises

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Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

13. Mack Urban Project, Phase One

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1142 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.

14. 1249 Grand Avenue

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1249 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

15. Onyx Apartments

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500 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

16. 1212 Flower

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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.

17. 1133 Hope Street

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1133 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

18. The Case Hotel

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1106 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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).

19. Herald Examiner Building

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1111 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

20. G12

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1200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

21. Broadway and Ninth

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1026 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

22. 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.

23. 695 S. Santa Fe

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695 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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.

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1. Grand Avenue Project

699 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.

699 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. 200 S. Main Street

200 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.

200 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

3. 5-OH

432 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

From the ashes of Park Fifth rises 5-OH, a 24-story tower with 300 residential units by MacFarlane Partners. Next door, 315 units in a stubby low rise. No completion date set yet.

432 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

4. Broadway @ 4th

400 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The latest renderings for this development by Downtown veteran Izek Shomof show a tall 34-story tower instead of the originally-planned 22.

400 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Topaz

540 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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.

540 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

6. Metropolis, Phase One

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

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.

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

7. 820 Olive Street

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

8. 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 that will have a nocturnally radiant parking garage.

801 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA

9. 1000 Grand

1000 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This seven-story mixed-use development from Hanover Company is slated to break ground in the next three months and will have 274 rental units and 12,000 square feet of retail.

1000 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. 1001 S. Olive Street

1001 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

1001 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. Olympic & Olive

958 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hanover Company's addition to this soon-to-be-bustling intersection is a bike-friendly development with 263 apartments. We see about seven stories in the renderings, keeping with the SoPa trend.

958 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. Forest City Enterprises

Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

13. Mack Urban Project, Phase One

1142 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.

1142 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

14. 1249 Grand Avenue

1249 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

1249 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

15. Onyx Apartments

500 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

500 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

16. 1212 Flower

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

17. 1133 Hope Street

1133 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

1133 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

18. The Case Hotel

1106 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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).

1106 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

19. Herald Examiner Building

1111 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

1111 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

20. G12

1200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

1200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

21. Broadway and Ninth

1026 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

1026 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

22. 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

23. 695 S. Santa Fe

695 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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.

695 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021