New Look for Civic Center Tower: New designs have been revealed for Tribune Real Estate’s planned high-rise just south of Times Mirror Square. The initial plan called for a structure resembling stacked, offset boxes. Updated designs from architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz show the 37-story project as a streamlined glass and steel tower. The building at 222 W. Second St. would contain 680 apartments, with 190 studios, 257 one-bedrooms, 229 two-bedrooms and four penthouses. The project would rise over the coming Regional Connector station at Second Street and Broadway. However, work on the tower would only begin after the transit project is built, and the debut of the Regional Connector was recently pushed back from 2021 to 2022. Tribune Real Estate previously stated it would take approximately three years to build the tower. The budget has not been not disclosed.
Mateo Street Makeover: More than two years after plans were first filed, there are new details on the proposed transformation of a 1.43-acre site in the Arts District. Documents filed with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use committee offer updated renderings and breakdowns for Dart Partners and Mateo Arts’ mixed-use project. A nine-story building at 1024 Mateo St. would replace an industrial edifice, and would have 106 live/work condos (with nine set aside for affordable housing) and nearly 120,000 square feet of commercial space; about 27,000 square feet would be used for retail and restaurants, with the remainder holding offices. Renderings from Gensler show a glass-fronted building wrapped in balconies, with a courtyard in the middle of the third floor and a landscaped amenities deck on the roof. No budget or timeline have been announced.