Curbed – Ride to the Airport: Here’s the Mindblowing Plan to Un-Fuck LAX Transportation

December 19th, 2014

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It’s not much consolation for anyone traveling over the next week, but LAX is moving on a massive overhaul of its ground transportation/arrival/departure situation that’ll bring the airport, if not into the Twenty-First Century, at least into the late Twentieth. Yesterday, the Board of Airport Commissioners voted to move ahead on the $ 4-billion Landside Access Modernization Program, which includes a new consolidated rental car center, new pick-off/drop-off/parking areas, and—most gamechangingly of all—an automated people mover to connect those spots with a stop on the forthcoming Crenshaw Line light rail and, of course, with LAX’s central terminal area. The idea is to keep anyone from ever being trapped in that terrible horseshoe road again.

Here’s what’s included in the LAMP:

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CONRAC: Right now, rental cars pick-up is spread all over Westchester; under the new plan, they’ll all be in the one Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center in Manchester Square, roughly between Century/Aviation/Arbor Vitae/La Cienega. (Manchester Square has become a ghost neighborhood since the ’90s, when LAX officials started buying up land there for this project, which was put on hold for years.)

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[Slide to see rental car locations now and in the future]

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Intermodal Transportation Facilities: There will be two big ITF areas for pick-ups, drop-offs, parking, shuttle service, and even check-in, eating, and shopping—one by the CONRAC and one on the existing site of beloved Lot C at Ninety-Sixth/Sepulveda. We’ll miss you, Lot C, but your time has come. Sorry.

Metro rail: Metro recently decided to add a very fancy new stop to the alread-under-construction Crenshaw Line; it’ll sit at Ninety-Sixth Street, next to one of the ITFs, and have bathrooms, WiFi, a pedestrian plaza, retail (so many places to shop in this plan!), and visitor info.

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LAX Train: The automated people mover will have six stops: at the CONRAC, the Crenshaw Line stop, and the Sepulveda ITF, and at three sites in LAX’s central terminal area, “connecting to the airline terminals with a convenient pedestrian walkway system,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office, which adds that it’s “Designed specifically for travelers with luggage.” The people mover combined with the CONRAC will take lots of those rental car shuttles off the roads; combined with the Crenshaw Line stop, it’ll hook LAX up to the Metro transit system.

The vote yesterday now kicks off the project’s environmental review process; actual construction won’t start until 2017 and won’t finish until, perhaps, 2024.
· Board Of Airport Commissioners Move Forward With $ 4 Billion Plan To Transform Arrival and Departure Experience With New LAX Train System [LA Mayor]
· Rail Connection to LAX Will Open By 2024 With Six Stops [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 9157 S Gramercy Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90047, $293,500 2 beds, 1.5 baths

December 19th, 2014

1632 sqft, 2 beds, 1.5 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – 90047
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Curbed – Beach Access Bingo: Paradise Cove Will Stop Illegally Charging For Beach Access

December 19th, 2014

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[Image via Mike Miller / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Score one for the public and the surfers and everybody who was ever met at Paradise Cove by someone telling them they had to pay money to get to the beach. Paradise Cove operators Kissel Company got in big trouble for using all sorts of crafty measures to deter people from using the beach for free, which is illegal under state law, and now they’re going to have to knock it off, says the LA Times. The California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission sent Kissel a letter on Halloween outlining all the violations and warning Kissel that failure to comply could result in $ 11,250-a-day fines. So now they’re listening.

In the letter, both commissions told Kissel that they may no longer charge a $ 20 walk-in fee, or have a locked gate keeping people off the pier, or have signs posted that discourage surfing (like those big surfboards that say “No Surfing”). In exchange, they’ll allow Kissel to keep charging $ 40 for parking in their lots, but that’s it. The gate blocking the pier is now unlocked and the agreement between the agencies and Kissel is in effect now. “This is a triumph for public access and proof that the threat of fines is a very effective enforcement tool. We’ve never seen a violation of this magnitude resolved so quickly,” the chairman of the California Coastal Commission says.
· Agreement reached in Malibu beach access dispute [LAT]
· Paradise Cove In Hot Water for Charging People to Surf [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – PreservationWatch: Historic Warner Huntington Park Theater Could Get Dramatic Retail Renovation

December 18th, 2014

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[Photos by Hunter Kerhart / South On Spring]

Designed by prolific theater architect B. Marcus Priteca, the beautiful old Warner Huntington Park theater, closed since the 1990s, is a great candidate for a restoration and a reuse in some kind of theater-y capacity, according to preservationists, but right now it has to dodge a looming retail conversion. Just this week, the Huntington Park Historic Preservation Commission voted to approve a resolution that would recommend the Planning Commission allow a dramatic conversion to turn the theater into a more retail-friendly space—step one would involve ripping out seats and walls.

The theater went up for rent this year, with a LoopNet ad including renderings showing a retail conversion of the space, but the ad was taken down shortly after Curbed posted about it last month.

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[A rendering from the now-removed listing]

The agenda for the Preservatoin Commission meeting where the resolution was discussed doesn’t get specific about the property owners’ conversion plan; it refers to the changes as “adaptive reuse.” (Official minutes for the meeting have not been posted.) But a release from the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, which attended the commission meeting this past Tuesday, says that the plan presented by the Warner HP’s owners would convert the space for retail use by flattening out the now-sloped floor inside the theater and removing all the original seating. It would also take out the front section of the original balcony, the backstage rigging (that would have controlled backdrops and curtains in the old theater), and sections of the original walls between the lobby and the theater.

Restoration of the building’s exterior (which is landmarked, though the interior is not) would also be part of the renovation package; after all those changes, it could end up being the only reminder that this place ever was a theater. LAHTF notes that no specific retail tenant was named at the meeting, so it’s not clear if there even is one at this stage.

A Huntington Park Planning Department staffer confirmed over the phone that the resolution was passed by the Historic Preservation Commission, and that the Planning Department is expected to review the matter sometime at the end of January.

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· Here Are the First Photos in 80 Years From Inside the Abandoned Warner Huntington Park Theater [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 564 S Sadler Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022, $665,000

December 18th, 2014

Property in Los Angeles, CA – 90022
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Curbed – Video Interlude: Take a Sped-Up Ride on the Gold Line Extension From Pasadena All the Way to Azusa

December 18th, 2014

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The tracks for the Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Azusa are now laid and the 11.5-mile leg of the line is now 80 percent complete. This super-sped-up video covers what’s expected to be a 17-minute ride in just six minutes, but it slows down at all the stations long enough for viewers to get a glimpse of what those will look like. (Also, 17 minutes to get from Azusa to Pasadena is the magical dream of anyone who’s ever driven the 210 Freeway at rush hour, so that’s going to be amazing.) The line’s scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.


· Travel Along the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa in Just 6 Minutes! [YouTube]
· See the First Train Move Along the Gold Line Extension’s Tracks [Curbed LA]
· See How They Made the Tracks on the Gold Line Extension [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 1834 W 65th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047, $290,000 2 beds, 1 bath

December 17th, 2014

1056 sqft, 2 beds, 1 bath, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – 90047
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