Building L.A.: The Latest Information on 109 Downtown Projects

DTLA - The transformation of Downtown Los Angeles is no longer a subject of fascination solely for the city: The national and even the international press has jumped on the bandwagon, with numerous articles on the investment pouring into the area, and the residential, cultural and culinary rebirth.

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The activity is happening across Downtown, and though billions have already been spent, there is no sign of a slowdown. Just look at the mega-projects Circa and Oceanwide Plaza nearing the finish line in South Park, or the massive Aliso housing development under construction in the Arts District. Other huge projects have yet to break ground, indicating the boom could continue for the foreseeable future. 

Smaller projects are also part of the picture, and have the potential to enliven neighborhoods without overwhelming them. Just consider the proposed First and Broadway Park, or Terasaki Budokan, which will deliver athletic courts and community space to Little Tokyo. There are also a number of creative office space efforts, including the revival of the Ford Factory Building, which will bring a music company with hundreds of employees to the Arts District.  

In other words, Downtown Los Angeles remains exceptionally busy, and even after all the advances, more are likely.

In the following pages, Los Angeles Downtown News runs down the latest happenings on 109 projects. 

NEW PROJECTS

These projects were either publicly announced, were revived or gained prominence in the past six months.

949 S. HOPE ST.

Developer: Forest City

Budget: N/A

Height: 27 stories

Residences: 236 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Forest City last year announced plans to replace an office building next to Grand Hope Park and erect a residential project on the site. The development would have a landscaped podium one floor off the ground and a rooftop pool. Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the tower. Entitlements are being sought. 

1027 WILSHIRE

Developer: Amidi Real Estate Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 9 floors

Residences: 376 apartments

Anticipated Opening: 2020

Website: amidigroup.com/tenten-expansion

Key Details: A residential project at 1027 Wilshire Blvd. in City West, which had originally been proposed before the recession, broke ground in November. Developer Amidi Real Estate Group is positioning the project as the second phase of TENTEN Wilshire, the corporate housing development across the street that offers furnished units for short-term guests. The new building will have a rooftop pool deck, a screening room, a fitness center with lockers and 800 parking stalls. The two buildings will together have 603 furnished units.

1111 SUNSET

Developer: Palisades Capital Partners

Budget: $600 million

Size: 778 units

Anticipated Opening: 2023

Key Details: Palisades in January revealed designs for a 5.5-acre plot that it acquired for $30 million in 2015. The site, the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, will hold a mix of low-slung and high-rise buildings, including towers that stand 31 and 49 stories. There would also be a 17-story hotel with 98 rooms, retail along Sunset Boulevard, and 48,000 square feet of office space. Additionally, there will be two acres of public space designed by James Corner Field Operations. Architect Kengo Kuma is working with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, handling plans for the hotel. Natoma Architects is also part of the design team.

ANGELS LANDING

ANGELS LANDING

ANGELS LANDING

Northwest corner of Fourth and Hill streets

Developer: Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties

Budget: $1.2 billion

Size: an 88-story high-rise and a 24-floor structure

Anticipated Opening: 2024

Key Details: In December the city completed a public bidding competition by selecting a team known as Angels Landing Partners to develop the 2.24-acre property that had once been envisioned as the home for the third phase of the Cal Plaza complex. The developer will purchase the land for $50 million. The two buildings, which will be linked by a sky bridge, will have a total of 400 apartments and 250 condominiums; 20 rental units will be set aside as affordable housing. There would also be 500 hotel rooms in two different brands: One building would have an SLS hotel, and the other structure would house a Mondrian. The project will include 57,000 square feet of open space, including a 25,400-square-foot plaza, partially laid out in a series of platforms and staircases descending from Grand Avenue to the Metro rail stop at Fourth and Hill.

CITIZENM HOTEL

361 S. Spring St. 

Developer: BLVD745

Budget: N/A

Height: 11 stories

Size: 315 rooms

Anticipated Opening: 2020

The Latest: Dutch hospitality firm citizenM will operate the hotel being developed by BLVD745, which is also working on Broadway’s Hoxton Hotel. HLW International is designing the structure that would rise on a current surface parking lot at Fourth and Spring streets. Renderings show a dark metal exterior with a grid-like pattern of windows. The project would include a cafe and a bar.

ELYSIAN PARK LOFTS

1251 N. Spring St.  

Developer: S&R Partners and Lincoln Property Company

Budget: N/A

Height: Up to 14 stories

Residences: 920 apartments, including 17 live-work units

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The project would rise on a narrow, 8.08-acre strip of land adjacent to Los Angeles State Historic Park. The buildings would be divided between the north and south sections. There would be a total of roughly 18,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. The developer is preparing an environmental impact report for the massive project. 

FOURTH AND COLYTON

400 S. Colyton St.

Developer: Legendary Investors Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 11 stories

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The developer envisions a 255,000-square-foot creative office building on a current Arts District surface parking lot. The A+D Museum, which occupies part of the site, would be maintained and incorporated into the structure, which is being designed by the Downtown-based architecture firm Gensler. There would be an additional 15,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The developer is seeking approval from the Department of City Planning. 

HABITA ARTS DISTRICT

400 S. Alameda St.

Developer: Creative Space

Budget: N/A

Rooms: 66

Anticipated Groundbreaking: August 

Key Details: The three-story, 44,600-square-foot brick building in the Arts District will be transformed into a hotel. Renderings show a rooftop deck with a pool and a bar. The Mexican boutique hotel firm Grupo Habita would operate the project. Construction is expected to take a year. 

SIX FOUR NINE LOFTS

649 S. Wall St.

Developer: Skid Row Housing Trust

Budget: N/A

Height: 6 stories

Residences: 55 apartments

Anticipated Completion: N/A

Key Details: On Feb. 15, the nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust broke ground on the partly Proposition HHH-funded building that will create 55 units of permanent supportive housing. There will also be a 25,000-square-foot clinic operated by the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, as well as case managers on site for residents. The developer is working on three other partially Prop HHH-funded permanent supportive housing projects in Skid Row. 

WEINGART TOWER

WEINGART TOWER

WEINGART TOWER

554 S. San Pedro St.

Developer: Weingart Center and Chelsea Investment Corporation

Budget: $138 million

Height: 18 stories

Residences: 228 studios and 50 one-bedroom apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Skid Row service provider the Weingart Center plans to build the tower on a parking lot next to its headquarters. Renderings from Joseph Wong Design Associates show a glass and steel tower similar to many Downtown market-rate developments. Approximately 80% of the units would serve as permanent supportive housing, with the remaining dedicated to affordable housing. The Weingart Center is working on an environmental study for the project.

RESIDENTIAL-UNDER CONSTRUCTION

825 S. HILL ST.

Developer: Onni Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 49 stories

Residences: 490 apartments

Anticipated Completion: Late 2018

The Latest: Construction on the high-rise continues, with crews appearing to have finished vertical construction. Windows are being installed on all sides of the building and work continues on the roof. Onni representatives did not return multiple calls for additional updates.

888 S. HOPE ST.

888 S. HOPE ST.

888 S. HOPE ST.

 

Developer: CIM Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 34 stories

Residences: 525 apartments

Anticipated Completion: Summer 

Website: cimgroup.com/investments/888-s-hope

Key Details: The apartment tower includes an adjacent parking structure, which has a Petco store on the ground floor. There will also be a landscaped podium deck with a pool and gardens. 

The Latest: Construction crews have nearly finished the tower, which overlooks the FIDM park. Windows are being installed on the upper levels of the building and work is being done on the roof. 

1400 S. FIGUEROA ST.

Developer: DHG Family Trust

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 110 apartments

Anticipated Opening: July 

Key Details: The South Park project will offer a host of amenities such as a fitness center, a pool and a spa. There will also be 1,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

The Latest: The project is entering the stretch run, with construction expected to be complete this summer.

AXIS APARTMENTS

1100 S. Hill St. and 1200 S. Broadway

Developer: Forest City

Budget: $135 million

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 391 apartments (total of two phases)

Opening: June 

Website: axisdtla.com 

Key Details: This development comprises two separate apartment buildings a few blocks from each other in South Park. Axis on Twelfth, at Broadway and 12th Street, opened last August and has 214 residential units. Axis on Eleventh, which is at Hill and 11th Street, is nearing the end of construction. It will offer 177 apartments. Units will have a keyless entry system and a washer and dryer. 

FOREMAN & CLARK BUILDING

404 W. Seventh St.

Developer: Bonnis Properties

Budget: N/A

Height: 16 stories

Residences: 125 apartments

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2019

Key Details: A restoration of the former department store in the Jewelry District is underway. That will include the preservation of the project’s Art Deco lobby.

The Latest: All interior demolition work has been completed and seismic upgrades and structural improvements are about to begin. When that is complete, there will be a simultaneous restoration and build-out of the residential units from the second floor to the penthouse. The firm Avison Young is seeking a tenant for the ground-floor retail space.

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/732 S. SPRING ST. 

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/732 S. SPRING ST.

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/732 S. SPRING ST. 

 

Developer: Holland Partner Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 24 stories

Residences: 303 apartments 

Anticipated Opening: Late 2018

Key Details: The Historic Core project from the prolific developer will have a pool and outdoor terrace, along with 7,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The design from MVE+Partners features a line of balconies and a wavy main facade. 

The Latest: The lower levels of the tower have been completed and construction continues toward the top. Work on the interior is also underway.

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/751 S. SPRING ST.

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/751 S. SPRING ST.

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/751 S. SPRING ST.

 

Developer: Holland Partner Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 24 stories

Residences: 275 apartments 

Anticipated Opening: Late 2018

Key Details: The Historic Core project, just down the street from another Holland Partner Group development, will have a pool and rooftop deck, along with 8,900 square feet of ground-floor retail space. MVE+Partners is handling the designs.  

The Latest: Parts of the lower facade have been competed, and work continues on the upper levels and on the interior build-out. 

HOLLAND PARTNER GROUP/SOUTH PARK

712 W. Ninth St. 

Developer: Holland Partner Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 28 stories

Residences: 341 apartments 

Anticipated Opening: Late 2018

Key Details: Preston Partnership is designing the South Park tower that features box-shaped clusters of balconies. Nearly 11,700 square feet of retail space will front the sidewalk, primarily along Ninth Street. 

The Latest: The facade is being completed, with glass installed to the top of the building.

HOPE+FLOWER

1212 S. Flower St.

Developer: Onni Group

Budget: N/A

Height: A 40-story tower and a 31-story tower

Residences: 730 apartments

Anticipated Opening: 2019

Website: hopeflowerdtla.com

Key Details: Onni’s project will comprise two towers linked by a podium. Renderings show sleek, glassy high-rises with some units sporting cantilevered balconies. There will be 842 parking stalls.

The Latest: Construction has progressed above street level, with the first few floors poured. Onni did not return multiple calls seeking additional updates.

JADE ENTERPRISES/ONYX

424 W. Pico Blvd.

Developer: Jade Enterprises

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 410 apartments

Anticipated Opening: 2018 

Website: onyxdtla.com

Key Details: The South Park project being designed by architecture firm TCA has studio and one-bedroom apartments with NEST thermostats and in-unit washer and dryers; some residences have small balconies. Units go from 437 square feet. Building amenities include EV charging stations, a sky deck and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. 

The Latest: Construction crews have nearly completed their work, and finishing touches are being applied to the interior and exterior of the complex.

JADE ENTERPRISES/TOPAZ

550 S. Main St.

Developer: Jade Enterprises

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 159 apartments

Anticipated Opening: April 2

Website: onyxdtla.com

Key Details: The building in the heart of the Historic Core includes studio to three-bedroom apartments with keyless entry systems, NEST thermostats and walk-in closets. There are 14 floor plans with rents starting at $1,825. There are also EV charging stations, bike storage, a saltwater pool and a hot tub. 

The Latest: Crews have removed the tarp covering the exterior, revealing a blue-accented façade with a modern blade sign. 

MACK URBAN/AVEN

MACK URBAN/AVEN

MACK URBAN/AVEN

 

1120 S. Grand Ave.

Developer: Mack Urban

Budget: $1.2 billion (entire development)

Height: 38 stories

Residences: 536 apartments

Anticipated Opening: 2019

Website: mackredev.com/properties/aven

Key Details: Last year Mack Urban opened the Wren apartments, the first phase of its six-acre South Park development. Construction began in June on the second phase, dubbed Aven, which will include 810 parking spaces, ground-floor retail, a seventh floor amenities area, a 32nd floor observation deck, and outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts. The entire development will consist of six buildings. 

The Latest: Construction continues on Aven. In November Mack Urban representatives revealed designs for a 15,000-square-foor public park that will be built as part of the tower. The facility, known as South Grand Park, will be on Grand Avenue between 11th and 12th streets.  

MUSEUM TOWER

255 S. Olive St.

Developer: Goldrich and Kest Industries and Shappell Properties

Budget: $26 million

Height: 20 stories

Residences: 217 apartments

Anticipated Completion: Late 2019

Website: themuseumtowerapts.com

Key Details: Renovation of the 1992 Bunker Hill residential complex began last July and will take place in phases. The work will occur two floors at a time. New amenities will include a fitness center, a yoga studio and swimming pool. 

The Latest: The first round of 20 upgraded apartments opened this month, and another 24 units will be finished in late April. The lobby has also been renovated.

PARK FIFTH

PARK FIFTH

PARK FIFTH

 

Fifth Street between Olive and Hill

Developer: MacFarlane Partners

Budget: N/A

Height: 24 stories and 7 stories

Residences: 660 apartments

Anticipated Completion: 2019

Website: macfarlanepartners.com  

Key Details: This two-building project occupies a full block along Fifth Street. The shorter structure will have 313 apartments and the taller building will provide 347 rental units. The project, just north of Pershing Square, will have a total of 13,900 square feet of retail space. Both buildings will have rooftop pools and the developer is aiming for LEED Silver certification.

The Latest: Framing is being installed on the top level of the seven-story structure. At the taller building, multiple levels of concrete have been poured, and work has started on the 10th floor.

PERLA

PERLA

PERLA

 

Fourth Street and Broadway

Developer: SCG America, a subsidiary of Shanghai Construction Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 35 floors

Residences: 450 condominiums

Anticipated Opening: 2020

Website: scgamerica.com/losangeles

Key Details: The plot at the southeast corner of Fourth and Broadway will become home to the Historic Core’s first residential high-rise. Architecture firm CallisonRTKL is handling designs for the tower that has a curved 10-story podium, with a rectangular structure on top. The project encompasses more than a half-million square feet of space. Residences will be 400-1,300 square feet and prices are expected to start in the $400,000s. Parking will be on the second through sixth floors. The podium will hold a four-story, Art Deco-style atrium, and amenities will include outdoor areas with a pool, kitchens and dog runs.

The Latest: A groundbreaking for the project took place on Sept. 21 and crews are in the early stage of construction.

THE ALISO

THE ALISO

THE ALISO

 

950 E. Third St.

Developers: Legendary Development and Brookfield 

Budget: N/A

Height: 6 stories

Residences: 472 apartments

Anticipated Completion: Late 2018

Key Details: The Arts District project will create five residential buildings, and there will be shared courtyards. A paseo connecting Third Street with Traction Avenue will run north-to-south through the site. 

The Latest: Framing has been completed on all of the buildings. The façade has been finished on one structure and it is expected to open in the summer, with the remaining four buildings coming online in the following months. 

RESIDENTIAL-IN PLANNING

211 W. ALPINE ST.

Developer: Izek Shomof

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 122 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Late summer

Key Details: Plans include 120 subterranean parking spaces and 124 bike spaces, plus about 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and commercial space. The project would set aside six residences for very-low-income individuals. 

The Latest: The prolific developer’s newest residential project, about a block south of the Chinatown Gold Line Metro station, has received its entitlements and could break ground in late summer, according to Shomof. 

520 MATEO ST.

Developer: Carmel Partners

Budget: N/A

Height: N/A

Residences: 600 condominiums

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Mid-2019

The Latest: Carmel Partners has hit delays as it seeks entitlements for a project that would rise on a two-acre plot along Santa Fe Avenue and Fourth Place in the Arts District. The project would include 60,000 square feet of retail space. A 1988 industrial building on the site would be demolished. 

641 IMPERIAL ST.

641 IMPERIAL ST.

641 IMPERIAL ST.

 

Developer: Adam Lindemann

Budget: N/A

Height: 12 stories

Residences: 140 live/work units

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The live/work building would have a concrete and glass design from the Downtown-based architecture firm Johnson Fain. Along with the units, there would be 7,000 square feet of office space and an equal amount of commercial space. The building is intended to meet LEED Platinum standards.

The Latest: Entitlements are being sought for the Arts District project.

920 S. HILL ST.

920 S. Hill St.

Developer: Barry Shy

Budget: N/A

Height: 32 stories

Residences: 239 condominiums

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Late 2018

Key Details: Along with the the residential units, the project at the southern end of the Historic Core would have four ground-floor retail spaces. The work would include improvements to an adjacent alley and lush landscaping.

The Latest: According to a spokesperson for the developer, entitlements have nearly been completed for the project. 

1045 S. OLIVE ST.

1045 S. OLIVE ST.

1045 S. OLIVE ST.

 

Developer: Crescent Heights

Budget: $300 million

Height: 70 stories

Residences: 794 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The Miami-based developer has hired architecture firm ODA for the South Park project. Plans call for a series of three-story indents along the height of the skyscraper; these would hold pools and courtyards. The project would also have wraparound, cantilevered balconies.

The Latest: Entitlements are being sought. 

1340 S. HILL ST.

Developer: Chernoff Family Trust

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 235 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Details and designs were revealed last June for a proposed L-shaped building in South Park that would include 47 units of workforce housing and 12 apartments for low-income individuals in addition to market-rate residences. Attempts to reach the developer for additional information about the project were unsuccessful.  

ALEXAN

850 S. Hill St.

Developer: Trammell Crow Residential

Budget: N/A

Height: 27 stories

Residences: 305 apartments

Anticipated Completion: N/A

Key Details: The status of Trammell Crow Residential’s proposed tower is uncertain, and representatives of the developer did not return multiple calls for comment. Although the City Council had approved the project, neighbors have organized a protest against the building, arguing that its size and design do not fit the aesthetic of the Historic Core. 

BEACON TOWER

343 S. Hill St.

Developers: Equity Residential 

Budget: N/A

Height: 33 stories

Residences: 428 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

The Latest: The developer is still seeking entitlements for this project and does not have a groundbreaking date planned. 

BROADWAY AND OLYMPIC CONDOS

995 S. Broadway

Developer: Barry Shy

Budget: N/A

Height: 15 stories

Residences: 163 condominiums

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Third quarter 2018

Key Details: The project would include a pool, a gym and a number of recreational spaces, among them a rooftop deck. The ground floor would have nine commercial spaces ranging from 360 to 775 square feet.

The Latest: Entitlements have been secured and the developer aims to start construction in the fall. 

BROOKFIELD TOWER

BROOKFIELD TOWER

BROOKFIELD TOWER

 

945 W. Eighth St.

Developer: Brookfield

Budget: N/A

Height: 64 stories

Residences: 781 condominiums

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Brookfield plans to build a high-rise on a grass-covered lot next to its 777 Figueroa and Ernst & Young Plaza projects. The firms Marmol Radziner and Large Architecture are handling designs for the Financial District mega-development, which would connect to the upper plaza of the FIGat7th shopping center. The project from the prominent Downtown landlord and developer would include 831 parking spaces.

The Latest: Brookfield is seeking entitlements for the tower. 

EIGHTH AND FIGUEROA TOWER

744 S. Figueroa St.

Developer: Mitsui Fudosan America

Budget: N/A

Height: 43 stories

Residences: 436 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Website: mfamerica.com/portfolio 

Key Details: According to the most recent available information, the developer is still securing entitlements for the Financial District building. The glass and steel tower, being designed by the architecture firm Johnson Fain, would hold a landscaped podium, 10,000 square feet of commercial space and 400 bicycle parking spaces. It would rise next to the FIGat7th complex on a one-acre surface parking lot.

EIGHTH AND HOPE TOWER

754 S. Hope St.

Developer: Mitsui Fudosan America

Budget: N/A

Height: 39 stories

Residences: 409 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Website: mfamerica.com/portfolio 

Key Details: According to the most recent available information, the developer is still seeking entitlements for the high-rise, proposed for the site of a current parking structure in the Finacial District. It would include 494 parking spaces, with the above-grade stalls housed in a perforated metal podium. Architecture firm Johnson Fain is handling designs.

FASHION DISTRICT RESIDENCES

212 E. Seventh St. 

Developer: Realm Group and Urban Offerings

Budget: N/A

Height: 33 stories

Residences: 452 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The tower would have have a parking podium with up to 561 stalls, along with approximately 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail/commercial space. A pedestrian paseo would run between the rear of the project and the adjacent Santee Court Apartments. The developers have agreed to aside 11% of the units for very-low-income renters. 

The Latest: The project has secured approvals from the Central Planning Commission and is expected to get the green light from a City Council planning committee, and then the full council, this month. 

FERRANTE

FERRANTE

FERRANTE

 

1000 W. Temple St.

Developer: G.H. Palmer Associates

Budget: N/A

Height: N/A

Residences: 1,437 apartments

Anticipated Opening: N/A

Website: ghpalmer.com

Key Details: Developer Geoff Palmer’s massive project just west of the 110 Freeway would include parking for 2,600 vehicles and 1,680 bicycles, along with approximately 30,000 square feet of commercial/retail space. 

The Latest: Demolition of existing buildings on the 9.6-acre site happened last year, but it is unclear whether the project has secured its entitlements or has a groundbreaking date for new construction. G.H. Palmer Associates did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

GRAND AND CESAR CHAVEZ TOWER

510 N. Grand Ave.

Developer: Zion Enterprises and TA Partners

Budget: N/A

Height: 22 stories

Residences: 299 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

The Latest: Zion Enterprises and TA Partners purchased the 1.37-acre site at the edge of Chinatown last spring. Entitlements were secured by a previous developer, though it remains unknown when work will begin.

JADE ENTERPRISES/EMERALD

1340 S. Olive St.

Developer: Jade Enterprises 

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 154 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

The Latest: The developer has secured entitlements but construction on the South Park building has not started.

JADE ENTERPRISES/SAPPHIRE

1111 W. Sixth St.

Developer: Jade Enterprises 

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 369 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The prolific Downtown developer plans to demolish a City West office building to create a complex with two buildings linked by a sky bridge. 

The Latest: Entitlements are still being sought.

JADE ENTERPRISES/MAIN STREET PARK

1100 S. Main St.

Developer: Jade Enterprises

Budget: N/A

Height: 8 stories

Residences: 379 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The glassy mid-rise building would include 26,000 square feet of commercial and office space, plus a media room, gym and pool. The building, being designed by architecture firm MVE+Partners, would also have 40 units of low-income housing. 

The Latest: The developer is in the entitlement process.

JMF TOWER

333 W. Fifth St. 

Developer: JMF Development 

Budget: N/A 

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

The Latest: According to the most recent available information, developer Jeffrey Fish is still seeking entitlements for the project. Initial renderings show a tall, thin tower that would rise on an L-shaped lot that wraps around his Pershing Square Building. There were two initial designs discussed: one 55 stories with 100 condos, 200 hotel rooms and 27,500 square feet of retail; and another that stands 57 stories, with 142 condominiums and 25,000 square feet of retail. 

LOTUS 77

118 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St.

Developer: Etco Homes

Budget: N/A

Height: 9 stories 

Residences: 77 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: This month/2020

Website: etcohomes.com.communities

The Latest: A representative of the developer said construction financing is nearly secured and the goal is to break ground in March. The 77-unit building across from Little Tokyo’s Weller Court shopping center will include a rooftop pool and spa, and there will be 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The one- and two-bedroom residences will be up 1,249 square feet.

OLYMPIA

OLYMPIA

OLYMPIA

 

1001 W. Olympic Blvd.

Developer: City Century, a subsidiary of the Shanghai-based Shenglong Group

Budget: N/A

Residences: 1,367 units

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Website: city-century.com/our-communities/olympia

Key Details: The three-tower residential complex would rise east of the 110 Freeway, near L.A. Live. A podium with 40,000 square feet of retail space would connect the high-rises. The Olympia, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, would also have 115,000 square feet of open space, much of it in the form of gardens. City Century intends to secure LEED Silver certification for the project.

The Latest: The developer is seeking entitlements.

ONNI GROUP/1000 S. HILL ST.

Developer: Onni Group 

Budget: N/A

Height: 48 stories

Residences: 498 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Onni plans to replace a surface-level parking lot with a glass and steel high-rise; Chris Dikeakos Architects is handling designs. Plans also call for 8,700 square feet of retail space at ground level and 711 parking spaces.

The Latest: The developer is seeking entitlements for the South Park project. 

ONNI GROUP/2117 E. VIOLET ST.

Developer: Onni Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 13 stories

Residences: 509 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Arno Matis Architecture is designing the Arts District building, which would replace some industrial structures on Violet Street. The project would hold 433 market-rate apartments and 76 affordable housing units. 

The Latest: Onni Group is seeking entitlements. The developer did not return multiple calls for comment.

ONNI GROUP/TIMES MIRROR SQUARE COMPLEX

202 W. First St.

Developer: Onni Group

Budget: N/A

Size: 3.6 acres

Residences: 1,127 units

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The Onni Group plans to replace two buildings on the campus while retaining other structures, including the Los Angeles Times headquarters. It remains unknown whether or not the Times would stay in the building. The new towers would stand 37 and 53 stories tall. The project in the heart of the Civic Center would also have 34,500 square feet of commercial space. 

The Latest: Onni is pursuing entitlements for the project. 

PALMETTO COLYTON 

527 Colyton St.

Developer: Bolour Associates

Budget: N/A

Height: 12 stories

Residences: 310 condominiums

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Late 2020 or early 2021

Website: bolourassociates.com  

The Latest: Bolour Associates plans to build a mid-rise complex on a currently empty lot in the heart of the Arts District. In addition to 310 residential units, the building, designed by architectural firm Ankrom Moisan, will offer 25,000 square feet of commercial space.

SB OMEGA

601 S. Main St.

Developer: Barry Shy

Budget: N/A

Height: 38 stories

Residences: 452 condominiums

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Late 2018

Key Details: The Historic Core high-rise from the prolific developer would have residential units on the upper levels, 15 ground-floor retail spaces totaling 22,000 square feet, an acre of open space for residents, and a 420-foot pedestrian promenade on Main Street.

The Latest: Shy has nearly secured entitlements for the project and aims to start building by the end of the year.

SP7

647 S. San Pedro St.; 519 E. Seventh St.

Developer: Skid Row Housing Trust

Budget: N/A

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 100 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Skid Row Housing Trust is still seeking entitlements for an affordable housing project that would renovate and modernize a 19-unit Skid Row building on San Pedro Street. A warehouse on Seventh Street would be demolished and replaced with an 81-unit structure. Killefer Flamming Architects is handling the designs.

VARA

1233 S. Grand Ave.

Developer: City Century, a subsidiary of the Shanghai-based Shenglong Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 22 stories

Residences: 148 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Early 2019

Website: city-century.com/our-communities/vara

Key Details: The South Park project would have a rooftop terrace, as well as some townhouse-style units. Plans call for a pool and ornate lobby. Construction is expected to take two years. 

The Latest: The developer is in the plan check phase.

MIXED USE

6AM

6AM

6AM

 

Sixth and Alameda streets or 1211 Wholesale St. 

Developer: SunCal 

Budget: $2 billion

Opening: N/A

Website: suncal.com/our-communities/6th-alameda 

Key Details: The project would have 1.4 million square feet of apartments and 674,000 square feet of condominiums (comprising 1,305 apartments and 431 condos), located in seven-story structures and a pair of 58-story towers. There would also be 265,000 square feet of space each for a hotel and offices, 64,000 square feet of retail, 18,000 square feet for a school, and another 18,000 square feet for cultural uses.

The Latest: Irvine-based SunCal submitted plans for 6AM to the city in September 2016. Entitlements are expected to be secured by the end of this year. The futuristic, concrete-and-steel design comes from architecture firm Herzog + de Meuron.

333 ALAMEDA ST.

Developer: 3 Alameda Plaza

Budget: N/A

Residences: 994 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

The Latest: The developer plans to replace the Little Tokyo Galleria with a project that would have four towers standing up to 34 stories. An environmental impact report is being prepared for the effort that would contain approximately 160 residences for low-income individuals. The complex would also have 100,000 square feet of commercial space.

670 MESQUIT

670 MESQUIT

670 MESQUIT

 

606-694 S. Mesquit St.

Developer: VE Equities and the Gallo Family

Budget: N/A

Size: 1.8 million square feet

Residences: 308 apartments, 236 hotel rooms

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The massive Arts District project would replace a cold storage facility. The development would create five buildings, which would include a hotel, a museum, and residential and commercial elements. Bjarke Ingels Group is designing the project that would also have 2,000 parking spaces and 930 bicycle parking spots. 

The Latest: The developer is seeking entitlements. 

BROADWAY TRADE CENTER

BROADWAY TRADE CENTER

BROADWAY TRADE CENTER

 

Eighth Street between Hill and Broadway

Developer: Broadbridge Capital

Budget: $130 million purchase price; construction budget not disclosed

Size: 1.1 million square feet

Anticipated Opening: N/A

Key Details: The effort continues to turn the 1908 Beaux Arts complex, once the home of Hamburger & Sons department store, into a multi-use development with elements including a food court, retail space, a creative office component, a private club, a hotel and a park on the seventh-floor roof deck.

The Latest: Work on the facade and interior demolition has been completed and crews are moving into structural and interior improvements. While there is no opening date, a representative for the project said there is probably two years of construction remaining.

CIRCA

CIRCA

CIRCA

 

1200 S. Figueroa St. 

Developer: Partnership led by Jamison Services and Hankey Investments

Budget: $500 million

Height: Two 36-story towers

Residences: 648 apartments

Anticipated Opening: Summer 

Website: circala.com

Key Details: The massive complex near the Convention Center will have 770 parking stalls and a seven-story podium with 48,000 square feet of retail space. There will also be a two-acre amenity deck and a 15,000-square-foot ribbon of signage along Figueroa Street.

The Latest: The interior buildout for the towers continues, though the opening has been pushed from spring to summer. Circa’s leasing office is opening this month, according to a project representative. 

COLLEGE STATION

Northeast corner of Spring and College streets

Developer: Atlas Capital

Budget: N/A

Anticipated Opening: N/A

Key Details: College Station would have six low-rise buildings with retail on the ground floor and plazas between the structures. Sited on 5.7 acres across from Los Angeles State Historic Park on the edge of Chinatown, it would create a total of 770 apartments and 51,000 square feet of retail, including a 37,000-square-foot market.

The Latest: The draft environmental impact report for College Station was released in March, with another round of public comments and approvals needed before it can move forward. College Station does not yet have a groundbreaking date, according to a project representative. 

FIGUEROA CENTRE

913 S. Figueroa St.

Developer: Regalian

Budget: N/A

Height: 66 stories

Size: 200 condominiums, 220 hotel rooms

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: 2020/2023

Key Details: The proposed high-rise would be the third-tallest building in Downtown, and would rise next to the refurbished Hotel Figueroa. CallisonRTKL is the architect on the project that includes 22,766 square feet of event and ballroom space. There would also be 50,000 square feet of restaurant space in the South Park development. 

The Latest: Regalian is seeking entitlements. 

HERALD EXAMINER RENOVATION

1111 S. Broadway 

Developer: Hearst Corporation and Georgetown Co.

Budget: $50 million

AnticipatedOpening: 2019

Key Details: The renovation of the 103-year-old landmark will restore Julia Morgan’s design while converting the interior into approximately 80,000 square feet of creative office space. There would also be ground-floor retail. 

The Latest: Construction started in late 2016, but the bulk of the interior work has been pushed into this year, with an opening slated for 2019. The first revealed tenants of the building are chef-restaurateur couple Margarita and Walter Manzke, who will be operating a restaurant on the ground floor. 

LA PLAZA CULTURA VILLAGE

LA PLAZA CULTURA VILLAGE

LA PLAZA CULTURA VILLAGE

 

Developer: County of Los Angeles and Trammell Crow

Budget: $140 million

Anticipated Opening: Late 2018

Key Details: The residential project with retail and arts components is rising on two county-owned (former) parking lots; it will have buildings rising four, five and eight stories. Architecture firm Johnson Fain is designing the project that will have 355 apartments; 20% will be set aside for low-income residents. The project will hold more than 43,000 square feet of commercial space. A long paseo will run between the buildings.

The Latest: The paseo has taken shape, and construction continues on the mid-rise buildings flanking it. The walkway will connect Olvera Street and Union Station to the Fort Moore Memorial on Hill Street.

LUXE HOTEL REDEVELOPMENT

1020 S. Figueroa St. 

Developer: Shenzhen Hazens

Budget: $700 million

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Summer

Key Details: The two-tower South Park project on the site of the Luxe City Center Hotel would have a 49-story condominium building (with 435 residences) and a 29-floor W hotel. There would also be 59,000 square feet of retail space. 

The Latest: Chinese developer Shenzhen Hazens has secured entitlements and expects to break ground in the middle of this year, according to a project representative. Gensler has been tapped to design the hotel, and Steinberg Hart will handle the condo tower.

METROPOLIS

889 Francisco St. 

Developer: Greenland USA, a subsidiary of Chinese developer Greenland

Budget: $1 billion

Opening: In phases through 2019

Website: metropolislosangeles.com

Key Details: The already-open first phase includes an 18-story, 350-room Hotel Indigo and a 38-floor tower with 308 condominiums. Phase 2 has 40- and 56-story condominium buildings with 514 and 736 units, respectively. Metropolis also has 70,000 square feet of retail space. 

The Latest: Greenland is deep in construction. The 40-story condo tower is slated to debut this year, while the final (and tallest) tower is scheduled to open in 2019. One twist: The already complete Hotel Indigo and the third tower have both been put up for sale. 

OCEANWIDE PLAZA

OCEANWIDE PLAZA

OCEANWIDE PLAZA

 

1100-1198 S. Figueroa St.

Developer: Oceanwide 

Budget: $1 billion

Anticipated Opening: 2019

Website: oceanwideplaza.com

Key Details: Designed by CallisonRTKL, the project rising across from Staples Center will hold a 53-story tower and two 40-floor buildings on a 100-foot-tall podium (with 1,400 parking stalls). Plans from China-based developer Oceanwide include 504 condominiums and 184 hotel rooms (under the Park Hyatt brand), plus more than 166,000 square feet of retail space. Oceanwide Plaza will have a 40,000-square-foot LED sign along Figueroa. 

The Latest: The three main towers are nearly topped out, and the lower-level podium’s facade is taking shape. 

OLYMPIC TOWER

811 W. Olympic Blvd.

Developer: Neman Family Real Estate

Budget: N/A

Height: 57 stories

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: The Olympic Tower would rise on the site of South Park’s Downtown Car Wash, adjacent to the just-reopened Hotel Figueroa. The project designed by architect Nardi & Associates would include 374 residential units, 373 hotel rooms, 33,500 square feet of creative office space and 65,000 square feet of retail space. Representatives of the developer did not return repeated calls for comment. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLOWER MARKET

755 Wall St.

Developer: Southern California Flower Market

Budget: N/A

Height: 14 stories

Residences: 290 apartments

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: One of the market’s two buildings will be renovated; the infrastructure would be improved and new office space would be created on an upper level, while the ground floor would continue to serve as a hub for floral vendors. The second structure would be replaced with a residential building.

The Latest: The Department of City Planning is reviewing the project’s environmental impact report. 

THE GRAND

THE GRAND

THE GRAND

 

Southeast corner of First Street and Grand Avenue

Developer: Related Companies 

Budget: $950 million

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: Fall/2022

Website: related.com

Key Details: The complex being designed by Frank Gehry would have a 39-story tower with 436 residential units (20% would be set aside as affordable housing), a 20-story building holding a 314-room Equinox hotel, and a 209,000-square-foot retail and restaurant component that will be open to Grand Avenue. There will be a movie theater in the project.

The Latest: In January Related released updated designs for the project and announced that the Downtown office of the firm AECOM will serve as construction manager on The Grand. The Chinese company Overseas Real Estate Pte. Ltd, also known as CORE, will invest $290 million in the project.

THE REEF

1933 S. Broadway

Developer: Avedis and Ara Tavitian

Budget: $1.2 billion

Anticipated Opening: 2021

Key Details: The Reef would spread across two city blocks on either side of Broadway. Phase one would hold a 208-room hotel and a seven-story building with about 100 apartments, plus an eight-story parking structure, retail and commercial spaces, and a 17,000-square-foot public plaza. The second phase would bring mid-rise buildings with about 440 apartments, as well as 32- and 35-story towers with nearly 900 combined condos, along with more retail space and parking. As part of its agreement with the city, the developer is allocating $15.2 million to preserve affordable housing and is setting aside 5% of the apartments for low-income renters.

The Latest: The Reef has secured final city approvals, but does not yet have a groundbreaking date, according to a project representative. The project would begin with the construction of the first phase, known as the “West Block.” The second phase would start around the time the first eight-story parking structure is completed.

WALNUT BUILDING

1745 E. Seventh St.

Developer: Hillcrest Company

Budget: N/A

Height: 8 stories

Residences: 57 live/work units

Anticipated Opening: 2018

Key Details: The Hillcrest Company last year announced that it had begun renovations on the 100,000-square-foot former home of the California Walnut Growers Association, though representatives did not return recent calls for comment. Previously announced plans included retail and office space on the first two floors, with residential units above.

CIVIC

FIGUEROA CORRIDOR BIKEWAY

Budget: $20 million

Anticipated Opening: April

Website: myfigueroa.com

Key Details: The road diet from 41st Street in South L.A. to Seventh Street in Downtown is cutting eight driving lanes to five on Figueroa, and creating new bike lanes with curbs that protect cyclists from cars. MyFigueroa, as the project is known, also will install transit platforms that extend the sidewalk, new landscaping, lighting and signage.

The Latest: MyFigueroa broke ground in October and work is progressing on both the main Figueroa path and the 11th Street spur, which runs to Broadway. Improvements on the north side of 11th Street are ongoing and will be followed by south side construction. Bus shelters are being installed on the east side of Figueroa. 

FIRST AND BROADWAY PARK 

FIRST AND BROADWAY PARK

FIRST AND BROADWAY PARK  

Developer: City of Los Angeles

Budget: $28 million

Size: 2 acres

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: Winter 2019/September 2020

Key Details: The design from Mia Lehrer + Associates features a central hardscape plaza that would be flanked by pockets of greenery with seating. A two-story structure on the northwest corner of the site would hold an amphitheater-like seating area. 

The Latest: A joint team of landscape architects and city planners are continuing to create the final design plan over the course of 2018, with the goal of wrapping up by fall and then locking down funding and approvals, according to a representative from City Councilman José Huizar’s office.

LOS ANGELES STREETCAR

Budget: $278 million-$290 million 

Anticipated Opening: N/A

Website: streetcar.la

Key Details: The 3.8-mile urban circulator would travel in a loop from the Civic Center to South Park, with a main spine on Broadway. A spur to Grand Avenue and Second Street is no longer part of the project. The streetcar has secured $65 million for construction via a tax that would be levied on property owners along the route.

The Latest: Streetcar officials and 14th District City Councilman José Huizar are seeking to secure $200 million for the project from Metro’s Measure M pot. The money is currently set to arrive in 2053, but project backers want to expedite the schedule to complete the streetcar in 2020. That timeline would require a surplus of tax revenues from Measure M, according to a Metro representative. Officials are also searching for a federal Small Starts grant and are looking at potential public-private financing options. 

MERCED THEATER AND MASONIC HALL

420 N. Main St.

Developer: City of Los Angeles

Budget: $38 million

Size: 18,000 square feet

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: August 2018/2021

Key Details: The transformation of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument property will retain the east and west facades while adding more natural light to the south perimeter. Government access Channel 35 will be a tenant and plans call for a 49-seat television studio that can host performances and events.

The Latest: Following a review of initial construction bids that came in higher than anticipated, the city is re-evaluating the scope of the project and exploring financing options.

MUSIC CENTER PLAZA RENOVATION

MUSIC CENTER PLAZA RENOVATION

MUSIC CENTER PLAZA RENOVATION

 

135 N. Grand Ave.

Developer: Music Center and the County of Los Angeles

Budget: $40 million

Opening: Spring 2019

Key Details: The project will rework the 54-year-old Bunker Hill performing arts campus, flattening various rises and dips, and increasing visibility and access from Grand Avenue. Plaza capacity will increase from 2,500 to 5,000 people, and there will be five dining and drinking options at a variety of price points. When completed the updated Music Center will have a welcome center and permanent restrooms. 

The Latest: The County Board of Supervisors in December approved plans and a $40 million budget (up from the previous $30 million) and work began in January. One of the first components will be moving the Jacques Lipchitz “Peace on Earth” sculpture from the middle of the plaza to a spot near Hope Street on the western side.

PERSHING SQUARE REDESIGN

532 S. Olive St.

Developer: City of Los Angeles

Budget: $50 million

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Website: pershingsquarerenew.com 

Key Details: The design from Paris-based Agence Ter would flatten the park down to street level, improve sight lines and create greenery across most of the property. Amenities and a shade structure would run along Hill Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. 

The Latest: The city has secured $1.5 million for a feasibility study and an additional $2 million in Quimby fees, paid by area developers for park creation. Officials also revealed updated plans in December that switched around the placement of some park features. A parking garage would continue to operate under the park.

REGIONAL CONNECTOR

REGIONAL CONNECTOR

REGIONAL CONNECTOR

 

Developer: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Budget: $1.75 billion

Anticipated Opening: 2021

Website: metro.net/projects/connector  

Key Details: The 1.9-mile Regional Connector will join three area light rail lines to streamline cross-county travel and reduce the need for transfers. The project includes new stations at First and Central, Second and Broadway, and Second and Hope. 

The Latest: All aspects of the Regional Connector project are in progress, including underground tunneling and construction of stations in Little Tokyo, the Historic Core and Bunker Hill. The budget has ballooned from its initial figure of $1.36 billion. If the project is not completed by May 2021 it would risk losing federal grant dollars. 

SIXTH STREET VIADUCT REPLACEMENT

SIXTH STREET VIADUCT REPLACEMENT

SIXTH STREET VIADUCT REPLACEMENT

 

Developer: City of Los Angeles

Budget: $482 million

Size: 3,500 feet long

Anticipated Opening: 2020

Website: sixthstreetviaduct.org

Key Details: The new Sixth Street Viaduct, designed by Michael Maltzan, will have a “ribbon of arches” theme along with bicycle and pedestrian paths. There will also be a 12-acre park underneath the bridge. While much of the recreation space will be on the Boyle Heights side, an art park on the Arts District side will be named for the late developer Leonard Hill. A public art component is also being designed by artist Glen Kaino.

The Latest: Demolition of the old viaduct was completed in 2016. Construction continues with columns, Y-bents (to hold up the deck) and the placement of seismic bearings. The next milestone will be the placement of bridge elements over the 101 Freeway this month. 

COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL MEDICAL PAVILION

1245 Wilshire Blvd.

Developer: Good Samaritan Hospital

Budget: $80 million

Size: 190,000 square feet

Opening: 2018 

The Latest: The City West project is partially open, with 28 doctors seeing patients in their Medical Pavilion suites. Radiation/Oncology services are scheduled to see their first patients in June. The Frank R. Seaver Ambulatory Surgery Center, with eight operating room suites, a pharmacy and outpatient clinics, is slated to open in August.

LUCAS MUSEUM OF NARRATIVE ART

LUCAS MUSEUM OF NARRATIVE ART

LUCAS MUSEUM OF NARRATIVE ART

 

3800 S. Vermont Ave.

Developer: George Lucas

Budget: $1 billion

Size: 312,000 square feet

Anticipated Opening: 2021

Website: lucasmuseum.com

Key Details: The Lucas Museum broke ground in Exposition Park on March 14. The museum being designed by Ma Yansong will display Lucas’ collection of film artifacts, animation and art. The museum will have two wings, with a theater in each one. The main exhibit space will be on the fourth floor. There will also be a fifth-floor terrace with trees, along with 11 acres of open space and 2,425 parking stalls. 

TERASAKI BUDOKAN

237-249 S. Los Angeles St.

Developer: Little Tokyo Service Center

Budget: $25 million

Size: 39,000 square feet

Anticipated Opening: 2019

Website: terasakibudokan.org

Key Details: The sports, activities and community complex being designed by Gruen Associates will include a four-court gymnasium, rooftop terrace, outdoor event space and a meeting room. It will host basketball games, martial arts tournaments, programs for seniors, community activities and more.

The Latest: ​The long-awaited project broke ground last August, nearly a quarter-century after it was first proposed. The Budokan has been named for the late scientist and philanthropist Dr. Paul I. Terasaki, whose foundation donated $3.5 million to the project.

VARIETY ARTS CENTER 

940 S. Figueroa St. 

Developer: Robhana Group

Budget: N/A

Anticipated Opening: 2018

Key Details: The 1923 Variety Arts Center, a designated city Historic-Cultural Monument, is being renovated, and the anchor tenant will be the mega-church Hillsong L.A. The church will use the 1,100-seat ground-floor theater for weekly services and will also occupy some of the building’s upper-floor office space. Additional offices will be rented out to other tenants.

The Latest: A representative for Hillsong would not comment on the status of the renovation, but did say that the church has not yet moved in to the building.

BUSINESS

537 S. BROADWAY

537 S. Broadway

Developer: King’s Arch

Budget: $7.35 million purchase price; $4 million for renovations 

Height: 6 stories

Anticipated Opening: June

Website: kingsarch.com

The Latest: A renovation of the Historic Core building began in 2016. It features six 15,000-square-foot offices, all designed for single-story tenants. The suites have concrete floors, 14-foot ceilings and a private kitchen. The building also offers a large shared roof deck. Leases are signed for the second and sixth floors, and the other spaces are still available.

AT MATEO

AT MATEO

AT MATEO

 

555 Mateo St.

Developer: Blatteis and Schnur

Budget: $90 million

Anticipated Opening: 2018

Website: atmateo.com

Key Details: A series of low-rise buildings constructed on the site of some former Arts District warehouses will deliver more than 200,000 square feet of space, along with 540 parking stalls.

The Latest: While construction was mostly completed last year, At Mateo has yet to open, and published reports have stated that previous plans for a retail-dominated project could shift to an effort more focused on office space. Meal-replacement company Soylent has signed a lease to move its headquarters there.

CALIFORNIA MARKET CENTER

110 W. Ninth St.

Developer: Brookfield Office Properties and Jamison Properties

Budget: N/A

Height: 13 stories

Size: 1.8 million square feet

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Summer

Key Details: Brookfield and Jamison intend to convert a portion of the massive complex into Class A office space, while an undisclosed percentage of the building would continue to operate as wholesale fashion showrooms. The ground floor would be improved and would hold a number of shops and restaurants.

DEARDEN’S AND NORTON BUILDINGS

700 S. Main St., 755 S. Los Angeles St.

Developer: Urban Offerings and ESI Ventures

Budget: N/A

Size: 200,000 square feet

Anticipated Completion: N/A

Website: urban-offerings.com

The Latest: Urban Offerings had been in the midst of turning the 64,000-square-foot Norton Building, on Los Angeles Street, into an office complex. In February, the developer acquired the former Main Street home of Dearden’s department store, and will transform that 140,000-square-foot structure as the projects are united. Published reports said the Norton Building could be topped by a food court with up to eight vendors. 

FORD FACTORY BUILDING

777 S. Santa Fe Ave. 

Developer: Shorenstein Properties

Budget: N/A

Height: 5 stories

Size: 254,000 square feet

Anticipated Opening: Summer 

Key Details: Warner Music Group is relocating staff from Burbank and West Los Angeles to the Arts District. The company has a 13-year lease on the building that fronts Seventh Street. The 1912 edifice is being completely transformed into creative office space. There is also an adjacent 600-stall parking structure.

The Latest: Most of the renovations have been completed and crews are now building out the office space for the music company.

HYPERLOOP CAMPUS

2110 E. Bay St.

Developer: Tishman Speyer

Budget: N/A

Height: 8 stories

Size: 222,000 square feet

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: Tishman Speyer plans to build an office campus on the site of the Arts District headquarters of Hyperloop. The project would include 444 parking spaces for employees. It is uncertain if Hyperloop would remain in the new offices. 

The Latest: Tishman Speyer is still pursuing entitlements.

L.A. JEWELRY MART RENOVATION

L.A. JEWELRY MART RENOVATION

L.A. JEWELRY MART RENOVATION

 

712 S. Olive St.

Developer: Atlas Capital

Budget: N/A

Height: 6 stories

Size: 169,000 square feet

Anticipated Opening: Summer

The Latest: Atlas is nearly at the finish line on the transformation of the 101-year-old brick edifice in the heart of the Financial District. Work began about 18 months ago, and Cushman and Wakefield has been hired to lease the structure, which is being marketed as creative office space. The project includes 13-foot high ceilings and an interior light well.

MERRITT BUILDING

761 S. Broadway

Developer: Bonnis Properties

Budget: N/A

Height: 9 stories

Size: 50,000 square feet 

Anticipated Completion: N/A

Key Details: The Historic Core building, an eyesore for years after being tagged by graffiti, will be reborn as creative office space. The exterior, including the stately columns that run nearly the length of the structure, are being cleaned. The ground floor will have 9,400 square feet of retail space, while the upper levels will serve as offices. 

The Latest: Crews are continuing internal demolition of old walls ahead of a full renovation. The project will include infrastructure upgrades for the building that originally opened in 1915. 

TRUST BUILDING

TRUST BUILDING

TRUST BUILDING

 

433 S. Spring St.

Developer: Rising Realty Partners

Budget: N/A

Height: 11 stories

Size: 320,000 square feet

Anticipated Opening: Summer

Key Details: The property long known as the Title Insurance Building is now the Trust Building. Rising and its partner Lionstone Investments have launched the renovation of the 1928 Art Deco historic landmark originally designed by Parkinson and Parkinson. The firm Architectural Resources Group is the preservation architect. Genlser is handling interior elements that do not require specific preservation.

The Latest: The developers in April released new renderings that show a lobby with preserved historic elements, upper-floor offices with exposed ducts and a roof deck with outdoor seating areas. There will also be ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

SOHO HOUSE

Address: 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Developer: Soho House

Budget: $18.5 million for acquisition; transformation budget undisclosed

Size: 7 stories

Anticipated Opening: 2019 

Key Details: The Downtown Los Angeles location of the members-only club Soho House includes plans for a bar, gym and screening room. Despite the members-only designation, the first floor of the 100-year-old-building, which is being designed by the firm Killefer Flammang Architects, will be open to the public.

The Latest: According to a representative for Soho House, the project will open early next year.

HOTELS

ARTS DISTRICT FIREHOUSE

710 S. Santa Fe Ave. 

Developer: Creative Space

Budget: N/A

Height: 2 stories

Size: 9 rooms

Website: artsdistrictfirehouse.com.

Anticipated Groundbreaking: Spring 

Key Details: The former Engine Co. No. 17 fire station is being turned into a boutique hotel. The small establishment would include an outdoor patio and there would be space for retail and a restaurant.

The Latest: The City Council recently approved the project and the developer is doing the final preparations. 

CAMBRIA L.A. LIVE

CAMBRIA L.A. LIVE

CAMBRIA L.A. LIVE

 

926 James M. Wood Blvd.

Developer: Pacific Property Partners, Choice Hotels, Sun Holdings DTLA, Barry Beitler

Budget: N/A

Height: 18 stories

Size: 247 rooms

Anticipated Opening: Late 2019

The Latest: Crews broke ground on the South Park hotel in late 2017. It will include a pool deck on the roof. The Cambria brand is aimed at business travelers.

CAMBRIA SPRING STREET

419 S. Spring St.

Developer: PNK Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 14 stories

Size: 180 rooms

Anticipated Opening: 2019

Key Details: The hotel, aimed at business travelers, will include a ground-floor restaurant as well as a bar and lounge. PNK Group is transforming the interior of a 122,200-square-foot building that was constructed in 1927. 

The Latest: Crews are doing demolition on the interior, ahead of seismic upgrades to the building. 

CECIL HOTEL RENOVATION

640 S. Main St.

Developer: Simon Baron Development

Budget: N/A

Height: 15 stories

Anticipated Opening: N/A

Website: simonbaron.com

Key Details: The developer previously announced plans to renovate the historic Main Street property, keeping half of the structure as a hotel, with the other side holding 301 micro apartments. However, the status of the project is unknown, as representatives of the developer did not return multiple calls for comment. 

FIG + PICO

Northeast corner of Figueroa Street and Pico Boulevard

Developer: Lightstone 

Budget: N/A 

Height: 42 and 25 stories

Size: 1,130 rooms

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: Late 2018/2020

Key Details: The two-tower project would have a total of three mid-priced hotels. The larger building, which would face Figueroa Street, would hold a pair of Marriott-branded establishments: a 410-room AC Hotel and a 410-room Moxy Hotel. The other structure, which would face Pico Boulevard, would have a 310-room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. The project would rise on an 18,800-square-foot lot across from the Convention Center. 

The Latest: On Nov. 28, a City Council committee voted to sell the city-owned lot to Lightstone for $9.6 million, and the developer also agreed to purchase two other adjacent privately owned parcels. As part of the deal the developer will get to keep $67.4 million in transient occupancy taxes over a 25-year period. A city report estimated the cost of the project at $454 million. 

HOXTON HOTEL

1060 S. Broadway

Developer: Ennismore Design Studio

Budget: N/A 

Height: 10 stories

Rooms: 174 

Opening: Late 2018

Website: thehoxton.com

The Latest: Hoxton, a London-based boutique hotelier, purchased the Los Angeles Railway building in 2016 and has started work on transforming the historic property that is a block south of the Ace Hotel. The project will include a ground-floor restaurant, a basement bar, and a rooftop pool and restaurant.

MORRISON HOTEL 

1246 S. Hope St.

Developer: Relevant Group

Budget: $110 million

Height: 12 stories

Size: 245 rooms

Website: relevantgroup.com

Anticipated Groundbreaking/Opening: 2018 /2020

The Latest: Relevant will renovate the existing four-story 1915 South Park structure and build a 12-story edifice on a lot in back of the building. The plan for the formerly vacant property, which was made famous on the cover of The Doors’ 1970 album of the same name, includes an 8,200-square-foot rooftop deck and roughly 24,000 square feet of open public space. 

PROPER HOTEL

PROPER HOTEL

PROPER HOTEL

 

1106 S. Broadway

Developer: Kor Group and Stork/Alma Development

Budget: N/A

Height: 13 floors

Size: 148 rooms

Opening: Fall 2018

Website: properhotel.com/hotels/downtown-la

The Latest: The developers are deep in the transformation of the 1924 Case Hotel. Architecture firm Omgivning is handling designs for the project that will feature three food and beverage spaces and a rooftop pool. The hotel’s suites will include one that previously served as a basketball court. Another will have an indoor pool. The hotel will have a fitness center.

SPRING STREET HOTEL

633 S. Spring St.

Developer: Lizard Capital

Budget: N/A

Height: 26 stories

Rooms: 176

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: A slim concrete and steel building in the Historic Core would rise on the site of a current parking lot and include a rooftop lounge and restaurant. Designs are being handled by Adam Sokol Architecture Practice and the development would include an underground, 63-car automated parking facility

TRICAL HOTEL

1300 S. Figueroa St. 

Developer: TriCal 

Budget: N/A

Height: 53 stories

Size: 1,024 rooms

Anticipated Groundbreaking: N/A

Key Details: TriCal, which built the 100-apartment City Lights on Fig building at 1300 S. Figueroa St. 13 years ago, announced plans last year to raze the complex and build a high-rise on the site. Renderings from architecture firm Gensler show a sleek building with undulating glass and a pointed top, plus a pool deck about 10 stories off the ground.

The Latest: TriCal began seeking entitlements for the hotel last year, and the process is continuing. There is no timeline to start construction. 

OPENED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS

255 GRAND

255 S. Grand Ave

Developer: Goldrich and Kest Industries and Shappell Properties

Budget: $34 million

Height: 27 stories

Residences: 391 apartments

Completed: December

Website: 255grand.com

The Latest: The renovation of the Bunker Hill tower’s 391 apartments was finished in December. The units in the 1989 building have been modernized, and interior upgrades include the creation of a fitness center and meeting rooms. Some remaining mechanical work is being done to the elevators. The building is 95% occupied. 

E ON GRAND

1249 S. Grand Ave.

Developer: 4D Development 

Budget: $35 million

Height: 7 stories

Residences: 115 apartments

Opened: October

Website: eongrandla.com

The Latest: Move-ins at the South Park project started in the fall. E on Grand, designed by AFCO Architects, has an interior courtyard, and there are balconies on every unit above the ground floor. Residences go from 566 square feet and have a washer and dryer, marble showers and a NEST thermostat system. Building amenities include a dog run and a hot tub. Rents average $3.20 per square foot. The retail lineup includes a Starbucks.

GRETHER AND GRETHER LOFTS

730 S. Los Angeles St.

Developer: South Park Group

Budget: N/A

Height: 6 stories

Residences: 72 live/work units

Opened: Nov. 9

Website: gretherandgrether.com

The Latest: South Park Group completed its transformation of a designated City Historic Landmark that originally opened in 1921. The renovation, designed by David Gray Architects, turned the Fashion District former office structure into a residential complex where amenities include a rooftop lounge with a hot tub, a dog run and cooking facilities. The studio and one-bedroom apartments start at $1,800 and have names such as the Beelman and the Laughtner.

HOTEL FIGUEROA RENOVATION

939 S. Figueroa St.

Developer: Capital Hall Partners/Urban Lifestyle Group and Green Oak Capital

Budget: $30 million purchase price; construction cost N/A

Height: 14 stories

Rooms: 268 rooms

Opened: Feb. 19

Website: hotelfigueroa.com 

Key Details: The landmark structure just north of L.A. Live reopened last month after a two-year renovation. The entire 1926 edifice was gutted and rebuilt, and the property known for its Moroccan decor now offers a more elegant, Spanish Colonial-inflected look; the design came from the firm Studio Collective. The project includes six new dining and drinking areas. Additionally, the pool has been redesigned, and amenities include spa service and pet-friendly offerings. Rates start at about $370.

NOMAD HOTEL

NOMAD HOTEL

NOMAD HOTEL

 

649 S. Olive St. 

Developer: Sydell Group

Budget: purchase price $39 million; construction budget N/A

Height: 12 stories 

Size: 241 rooms

Opened: Jan. 21

Websitethenomadhotel.com/los-angeles

The Latest: Guests are now checking in to the refurbished 1923 building at the northwest corner of Seventh and Olive streets. New York-based developer the Sydell Group has turned the former headquarters of the Bank of Italy into an upscale boutique establishment. Killefer Flammang Architects handled the design. Part of the old banking floor now operates as the lobby, and another part is a bar and restaurant. Rates start at $335 a night. Still to come is a rooftop swimming pool. The project includes 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

SKID ROW REFRESH SPOT

557 S. Crocker St.

Creator: Skid Row Community Improvement Coalition and City of L.A. 

Budget: $1.87 million

Opened: Dec. 4

The Latest: The city-owned lot now holds a community hygiene center. Created in response to the severe shortage of public restrooms in Skid Row, the ReFresh Spot has a trailer with eight toilet stalls, six showers and six hand washing stations. Plans call for expanding the ReFresh Spot and adding two more trailers with additional showers, toilets and laundry facilities.

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