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Mapping 25 In-the-Works Buildings Set to Alter LA's Skyline

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While city planners were wringing their hands and fretting that recession-bruised developers were going to leave Los Angeles with a permanently stumpy Downtown, plans were being drawn up for four new towers in the Historic Core and North South Park. Those join 21 other projects across town that will add--or are already adding--buildings of 20 stories or more to the city skyline. For your heightened pleasure, here's a map showing all 25, from the 70-story Wilshire Grand Downtown to a clutch of Century City towers and two proposed hotels in Santa Monica. We're not giving the Curbed guarantee that these will all get built, but even the ones that were seemingly scuttled by the recession are now showing some new signs of life.

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1. Wilshire Grand Hotel, 70 stories

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930 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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The 70-story Wilshire Grand will be the tallest building west of the MIssissippi when it opens in March 2017. It's due to bring 900 hotel rooms plus office space, restaurant, retail, and a "sky lobby" to Downtown LA.

2. Century Plaza Towers, 46 stories

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2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Initial plans for these towers required demolition of the midcentury Century Plaza Hotel, but earlier this year a new plan was agreed for two residential towers designed by Pei Cobb Freed. The project will add a retail and restaurant plaza, renovate the hotel, and create more than two acres of public open space. The hotel will end up with 394 rooms and suites and 63 "luxury" condos.

3. LA Central, 45 and 33 stories

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1101 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

This huge development across the street from Staples Center was approved back in 2007 and has gone nowhere. The LA Times reported it was up for sale in June and could add as many as 1,500 residential units and 700 hotel rooms plus retail, parking and tons o' signage to the LA Live area.

4. SB Omega, 40 stories

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601 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

One of four projects prolific Downtown developer Barry Shy has in the works, the SB Omega will bring 500 apartments to what's now a parking lot in the Historic Core.

5. Stationers Building, 40 stories

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533 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

A late edition to the list, the 40-story mostly residential Stationers Building was announced just last week. It's a very new and as-yet-unentitled project courtesy of Joseph Hellen, who owns the Spring Arcarde Building next door, a couple theaters on Broadway, and a bunch of Downtown residential buildings.

6. 1000 Santa Monica Boulevard, 40 stories

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10000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

According to Building Los Angeles, work began this summer on 1000 Santa Monica Boulevard, which will add 283 "glass residences" and "luxury leasing" to Century city. Originally planned as a 45-story "green blade" by Jean Nouvel, this version is from Handel Architects.

7. Westfield Tower, 39 stories

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1801 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Proposed in 2006 and approved in 2009, this 39 story residential tower had a slow start but initial work is underway. Demolition of the Welton Becket-designed office building it's replacing is expected in early 2014

8. Millennium Hollywood, 39 and 35 stories

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1720 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This enormous Hollywood development with its Capitol Records-surrounding towers was on the glide path to constructiontown as it racked up approvals from the city. Now its being sued by two groups, and fears its right on top of an earthquake fault are requiring more testing.

9. City Market, 38 (?) stories

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1057 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

City Market is an enormous 10-acre project in the Fashion District and announced in January 2013. Plans are vague but indicate that they're planning for buildings to range in height from three to 38 stories.

10. Metropolis, ???

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West 8th Street & Francisco Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

This project has been floating around in various incarnations for decades. In fact, a 1980s iteration by Michael Graves made it into the Never Built Los Angeles exhibit. More recent plans have been more mid-rise than high-rise, and the site is likely selling or has recently sold to a Shanghai-based real estate company.

11. Century City Center, 37 stories

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Avenue of the Stars & Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Approved as a two-tower affair in 2006, the project was slimmed down in 2011 and will eventually be right on top the Century City Purple Line station

12. 888 Hope, 33 stories

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888 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Building Los Angeles says CIM submitted revised plans to the Department of Building and Safety not too long ago for a 33-story tower. CIM's website calls it a 42 story building with 34 floors of condos, groundfloor retail and lots of parking.

13. 888 Olive, 32 stories

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888 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Vancouver-based Onni group picked up this project in 2011, and broke ground in January 2013. The 32-story mixed-user will have groundfloor retail and 283 residential units when it opens, which it's scheduled to do in 2015.

14. The Vermont, 29 and 23 stories

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3150 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

The Vermont in Koreatown topped off in June and is due to open in mid 2014. When it does, it will bring 464 residential units, retail including a supermarket, and a bunch of parking to a lot across the street from a Red and Purple Line station.

15. Hollywood Palladium Residences, 28 stories

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6215 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This two-tower project planned for the parking lot behind the Hollywood Palladium is still in its infancy. But assuming it makes it through the approvals process unscathed, it will bring two 28-story towers with either 598 or 730 residential units, depending on whether they add a hotel.

16. Marriott Courtyard/Marriott Residence Inn, 23 stories

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930 Georgia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Joining a cluster of South Park hotels, this double header is under construction and due to open its 23 stories holding 450 hotel rooms some time in 2016.

17. 8th and Hope, 22 stories

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West 8th Street & South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

The project formerly known as iHope when CIM was developing it finally got underway when Wood Partners bought the project. It'll have 22 stories, 290 one- and two-bedroom apartments with "floor-to-ceiling glass," balconies, and "high-end interior finishes," along with an elevated pool deck with "oversized pool" when it opens in (last we heard) 2014.

18. Ocean Avenue Project, 22 stories

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101 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Ocean Avenue Project is a condo/hotel/museum condo wrapped in a Frank Gehry-designed package. Announced earlier this year, it's making its way through the approvals process--the design review board likes it but the height runs afoul of SaMo's proposed new height limits.

19. Columbia Square, 22 stories

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6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Work has just begun on Columbia Square, a rare Hollywood project that seems to have earned a modicum of goodwill (or at least not hate) from the neighbors. It'll feature a 22-story residential tower with 200 apartments, 33,000 square feet of retail, three renovated historic structures, two new office buildings, and four and a half levels of underground parking (more than the city requires).

20. Sunset Gordon, 22 stories

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5939 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

It was a long road for the On Top of Old Spaghetti Factory project, but construction is well underway at last. The mixed user developed by CIM will have 301 residential units plus 40,000 square feet of retail and office space in its 22 stories when it opens. Which it's due to do next year.

21. Fourth and Broadway, 22 stories

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Broadway & West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Prolific Downtown developer Izek Shomof bought this small parking structure earlier this year with plans to build a 22-story residential tower. And that's about all we know.

22. Fairmont Miramar, 21 stories

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101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monicans are currently at war over the proposed redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, which would replace 11 and 12-story buildings with six and 21-story ones. It's still just in the planning stages.

23. Broadway and Olympic, 20 stories

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Broadway & West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Another of Barry Shy's projects in development, this one will top out at 20 stories along Olympic and add 250 residential units to the burgeoning North South Park neighborhood. It's likely to be permitted (if things go according to plan) in 2014.

24. 916 S. Hill Street, 20 stories

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915 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

And another of Barry Shy's floated projects, for another North South Park parking lot. This one will add 250 apartments and he expects it to be permitted some time in 2014.

25. Renaissance Hotel, 20+ stories

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West Olympic Boulevard & Georgia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Oh look, another member of the Marriott family coming to LA Live. This one was announced in March 2013 with few details: 450 rooms in "more than 20 stories." Last we heard it was due to break ground in early 2014 and open in 2016.

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1. Wilshire Grand Hotel, 70 stories

930 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The 70-story Wilshire Grand will be the tallest building west of the MIssissippi when it opens in March 2017. It's due to bring 900 hotel rooms plus office space, restaurant, retail, and a "sky lobby" to Downtown LA.

930 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2. Century Plaza Towers, 46 stories

2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Initial plans for these towers required demolition of the midcentury Century Plaza Hotel, but earlier this year a new plan was agreed for two residential towers designed by Pei Cobb Freed. The project will add a retail and restaurant plaza, renovate the hotel, and create more than two acres of public open space. The hotel will end up with 394 rooms and suites and 63 "luxury" condos.

2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

3. LA Central, 45 and 33 stories

1101 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This huge development across the street from Staples Center was approved back in 2007 and has gone nowhere. The LA Times reported it was up for sale in June and could add as many as 1,500 residential units and 700 hotel rooms plus retail, parking and tons o' signage to the LA Live area.

1101 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

4. SB Omega, 40 stories

601 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

One of four projects prolific Downtown developer Barry Shy has in the works, the SB Omega will bring 500 apartments to what's now a parking lot in the Historic Core.

601 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

5. Stationers Building, 40 stories

533 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

A late edition to the list, the 40-story mostly residential Stationers Building was announced just last week. It's a very new and as-yet-unentitled project courtesy of Joseph Hellen, who owns the Spring Arcarde Building next door, a couple theaters on Broadway, and a bunch of Downtown residential buildings.

533 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

6. 1000 Santa Monica Boulevard, 40 stories

10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

According to Building Los Angeles, work began this summer on 1000 Santa Monica Boulevard, which will add 283 "glass residences" and "luxury leasing" to Century city. Originally planned as a 45-story "green blade" by Jean Nouvel, this version is from Handel Architects.

10000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

7. Westfield Tower, 39 stories

1801 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Proposed in 2006 and approved in 2009, this 39 story residential tower had a slow start but initial work is underway. Demolition of the Welton Becket-designed office building it's replacing is expected in early 2014

1801 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

8. Millennium Hollywood, 39 and 35 stories

1720 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This enormous Hollywood development with its Capitol Records-surrounding towers was on the glide path to constructiontown as it racked up approvals from the city. Now its being sued by two groups, and fears its right on top of an earthquake fault are requiring more testing.

1720 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9. City Market, 38 (?) stories

1057 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

City Market is an enormous 10-acre project in the Fashion District and announced in January 2013. Plans are vague but indicate that they're planning for buildings to range in height from three to 38 stories.

1057 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. Metropolis, ???

West 8th Street & Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This project has been floating around in various incarnations for decades. In fact, a 1980s iteration by Michael Graves made it into the Never Built Los Angeles exhibit. More recent plans have been more mid-rise than high-rise, and the site is likely selling or has recently sold to a Shanghai-based real estate company.

West 8th Street & Francisco Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. Century City Center, 37 stories

Avenue of the Stars & Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Approved as a two-tower affair in 2006, the project was slimmed down in 2011 and will eventually be right on top the Century City Purple Line station

Avenue of the Stars & Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

12. 888 Hope, 33 stories

888 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Building Los Angeles says CIM submitted revised plans to the Department of Building and Safety not too long ago for a 33-story tower. CIM's website calls it a 42 story building with 34 floors of condos, groundfloor retail and lots of parking.

888 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

13. 888 Olive, 32 stories

888 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Vancouver-based Onni group picked up this project in 2011, and broke ground in January 2013. The 32-story mixed-user will have groundfloor retail and 283 residential units when it opens, which it's scheduled to do in 2015.

888 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

14. The Vermont, 29 and 23 stories

3150 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010

The Vermont in Koreatown topped off in June and is due to open in mid 2014. When it does, it will bring 464 residential units, retail including a supermarket, and a bunch of parking to a lot across the street from a Red and Purple Line station.

3150 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

15. Hollywood Palladium Residences, 28 stories

6215 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This two-tower project planned for the parking lot behind the Hollywood Palladium is still in its infancy. But assuming it makes it through the approvals process unscathed, it will bring two 28-story towers with either 598 or 730 residential units, depending on whether they add a hotel.

6215 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

16. Marriott Courtyard/Marriott Residence Inn, 23 stories

930 Georgia Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Joining a cluster of South Park hotels, this double header is under construction and due to open its 23 stories holding 450 hotel rooms some time in 2016.

930 Georgia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

17. 8th and Hope, 22 stories

West 8th Street & South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The project formerly known as iHope when CIM was developing it finally got underway when Wood Partners bought the project. It'll have 22 stories, 290 one- and two-bedroom apartments with "floor-to-ceiling glass," balconies, and "high-end interior finishes," along with an elevated pool deck with "oversized pool" when it opens in (last we heard) 2014.

West 8th Street & South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

18. Ocean Avenue Project, 22 stories

101 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Ocean Avenue Project is a condo/hotel/museum condo wrapped in a Frank Gehry-designed package. Announced earlier this year, it's making its way through the approvals process--the design review board likes it but the height runs afoul of SaMo's proposed new height limits.

101 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

19. Columbia Square, 22 stories

6121 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Work has just begun on Columbia Square, a rare Hollywood project that seems to have earned a modicum of goodwill (or at least not hate) from the neighbors. It'll feature a 22-story residential tower with 200 apartments, 33,000 square feet of retail, three renovated historic structures, two new office buildings, and four and a half levels of underground parking (more than the city requires).

6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

20. Sunset Gordon, 22 stories

5939 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

It was a long road for the On Top of Old Spaghetti Factory project, but construction is well underway at last. The mixed user developed by CIM will have 301 residential units plus 40,000 square feet of retail and office space in its 22 stories when it opens. Which it's due to do next year.

5939 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

21. Fourth and Broadway, 22 stories

Broadway & West 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Prolific Downtown developer Izek Shomof bought this small parking structure earlier this year with plans to build a 22-story residential tower. And that's about all we know.

Broadway & West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

22. Fairmont Miramar, 21 stories

101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monicans are currently at war over the proposed redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, which would replace 11 and 12-story buildings with six and 21-story ones. It's still just in the planning stages.

101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

23. Broadway and Olympic, 20 stories

Broadway & West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Another of Barry Shy's projects in development, this one will top out at 20 stories along Olympic and add 250 residential units to the burgeoning North South Park neighborhood. It's likely to be permitted (if things go according to plan) in 2014.

Broadway & West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015

24. 916 S. Hill Street, 20 stories

915 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

And another of Barry Shy's floated projects, for another North South Park parking lot. This one will add 250 apartments and he expects it to be permitted some time in 2014.

915 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

25. Renaissance Hotel, 20+ stories

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

Oh look, another member of the Marriott family coming to LA Live. This one was announced in March 2013 with few details: 450 rooms in "more than 20 stories." Last we heard it was due to break ground in early 2014 and open in 2016.

West Olympic Boulevard & Georgia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015