After standing in the heart of the Civic Center for 63 years, Parker Center is coming down: The city will begin demolition of the structure at 150 N. Los Angeles St. on Monday, Aug. 20.
Mahmood Karimzadeh, principal architect for the Bureau of Engineering, recently explained that the demolition would take place over the course of 500 days and cost $16.7 million. Particular attention will be placed on mitigating hazards caused by debris and hazardous materials as crews work to strip the 63-year-old edifice. The demolition will precede construction of a 27-story tower that will house city workers now working in many different buildings across Los Angeles. The new building is expected to cost $708 million.
The timeline and details of the demolition were first reported in Rafu Shimpo. Parker Center, which opened in 1955 and was later named for former LAPD Police Chief William Parker, has been largely empty since 2009, when the department moved to the new Police Administration Building on First Street.