Posts Tagged ‘City’

Curbed – Checking In (Maybe): The city just handed a…

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

IMG_0483.jpg The city just handed a certificate of occupancy to the finally-renovated, Pershing Square-adjacent Hotel Clark, but don’t get too excited. New-York-based owner Chetrit Group has long been at war with a local union here, which challenged the project at every turn; a hearing on their latest appeal of the project won’t happen until September. Chetrit’s Trinity Auditorium nearby, which they’ve also renovated, is close to getting its COE as well. [DN, previously]

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Curbed – On the Racked: Huge Westfield Century City Makeover, RetailWatch at One Santa Fe, Uniqlo Popping Up All Over

Saturday, June 21st, 2014


CENTURY CITY: Westfield Century City’s $ 700-million makeover is going to be major. Set to be unveiled in spring 2017, the project promises 422,00 square feet of new retail space, 220 shops and restaurants, eight acres of outdoor space (including a new central plaza), 20 new residences across 10 floors, 3,375 new jobs, and 4,700 parking spaces. Rumored new tenants include Eataly, Tom Ford, and Nordstrom.

DOWNTOWN: DTLA Arts District’s One Santa Fe has signed its first beauty tenant. New York-based apothecary Malin + Goetz—known for its unique array of the unisex skin, and haircare products—will join the massive mixed-use development‘s roster at The Yards in 2016.

CITYWIDE: Uniqlo’s westward expansion continues. Before opening a slew of permanent SoCal stores, the popular global retailer of wallet-friendly apparel for men and women is set to open three pop-up shops next month. The lucky shopping centers are South Coast Plaza (July 3), Santa Monica Place (July 22), and the Beverly Center (July 31).
· Racked LA [Official Site]

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Curbed – Eatertastings: Eataly Lands in Century City, Westwood Fills a Storefront, Best Drinking in Los Angeles

Friday, June 20th, 2014


CENTURY CITY: Much-loved New York food court/market/restaurant Eataly has been sniffing around LA for years, but has now finally committed to a home at Westfield Century City mall—after the $ 700-million makeover that will add luxury residences to all that chain shopping. Look for Eataly to open up in 2017.

WESTWOOD: The future home of sandwich chain Ike’s Place has been empty for well over a year, which is the last thing Westwood needs. But Eater says a lease dispute is now over and an opening is finally imminent.

ALL OVER: Eater’s comprehensive guide to the best places for cocktailing in Los Angeles has been updated for your summer drinking pleasure. Newbies like Harlowe, Beelman’s Pub, and Terrazza all made the list.
· Eater LA [Official Site]

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Curbed – Groundbreakings: Ground Finally Breaks on 40-Story 10000 SMB in Century City

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Fits and starts is the best way to describe how work has gone on 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, the 40-story luxury residential tower in Century City, but construction is now apprently full-speed ahead and there was even finally an official groundbreaking yesterday. A hole to China has already been dug for the parking and foundation that’ll support the 283-unit project by Handel Architects and Miami developer Crescent Heights, but it will take another two to three years to finish the thing, Westside Today reports. No, this isn’t a Jean Nouvel-designed tower, as originally planned, but it’s not too shabby; shame there’s no retail though.

· 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard: Construction to Commence, Local Job Market to Expand [Westside Today]
· 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard Archives [Curbed LA]
· 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard [Official Site]

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Curbed – Neighbor Beefs: City Trying to Shut Down Highland Park’s Church on York Venue

Monday, May 19th, 2014

[Photo by Peter Gilstrap; stamp via Shutterstock / chrisdorney]

Last month it seemed like the city of Los Angeles might give the official ok to Highland Park’s beloved new arts space the Church on York, but instead it denied all permits on Friday, chalking the decision up to what the zoning administrator calls the proprietor’s “disregard for the law,” says the LA Times. According to the zoning admin who denied the Church, the space had taken out only five special event permits in all of 2013, which would mean that the vast majority of their shows were held illegally. (The venue had 20 scheduled shows in April alone.) Additionally, the zoning admin’s report claims, the LAPD—which had once written a letter of support for the venue—found show-goers smoking weed in the basement and the venue illegally sold alcohol while it was waiting for those permits to be approved.

The fire department shut the venue down Friday, pushing shows to other venues. The Church’s current plan of action includes trying to get temporary permits so that the rest of their scheduled shows can take place and possibly scrapping plans to serve booze. “We’re not going anywhere. I’m going to keep fighting,” the venue’s owner/operator said. Just today, the Church tweeted about a Jandek show this coming weekend, no alternative venue listed.
· Highland Park’s Church on York ordered to pull the plug on music [LAT]
· HP Neighbors Fighting Church on York’s Attempt to Go Legit [Curbed LA]
· 1913 Highland Park Church Transforms Into All-Ages Arts Space [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – ConstructionWatch: Inside the Guts of Eric Owen Moss’s Culver City Pterodactyl

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A reader has provided some dizzying new pictures of the under-construction Pterodactyl office project in Culver City’s Hayden Tract, designed by prolific Hayden firm Eric Owen Moss Architects. The roughly 16,000-square-foot Pterodactyl, described by its designers as an “intersection of nine elevated rectangular boxes,” is being built atop an existing four-level parking garage located behind the Stealth Building on Hayden Avenue. Moss’s office tells Curbed the Pterodactyl project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year and will be occupied by creative firm Omelet, currently located a few blocks away.

· Here’s How to Spruce Up a Garage: Put a ‘Pterodactyl’ On It [Curbed National]
· Pterodactyl Sighting in Culver City [Curbed LA]
· Pterodactyl – Culver City, California [EOM Architects]

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Curbed – City of Angles: “Lost” Echo Park Lautner Unearthed and Coming Up For Sale

Thursday, May 8th, 2014


Aren’t we lucky: some of the greatest architects of the Twentieth Century spent years building little (and big) gems all over Southern California, so many that we could lose track of some and only learn about them decades later. A “long lost” house by John Lautner—who designed some of the most incredible Modernist houses anywhere—is about to hit the market in Echo Park after 65 years with the same owner. The (future) listing even includes Lautner’s original plans from the Getty archives: this is for real. The Jules Salkin Residence was built in 1948, relatively early in Lautner’s solo career (he worked with Frank Lloyd Wright through much of the 1930s), and has a 1966 addition by Arthur Silvers.

According to the John Lautner Foundation, the house has been rented out for the last 17 years and “The family has been unable to do all of the repairs necessary over the years, so it is a little run-down.” That’s obvious from the photos, but you can also see the house’s excellent siting, fantastic built-ins, and lovely use of light. Listing agent Steven Gutierrez-Kovner actually grew up in the house and speaks very lovingly about the quality of the light and space. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms; an “adjacent, mostly flat, hillside lot, with almost 10,000sf and similarly spectacular views, will be listed separately.” Gutierrez-Kovner, who has been working with Lautner’s widow on the sale, is still nailing down a price but expects to make the listing public on Monday. He says there have already been inquiries from all over the world and they hope to sell to someone who will preserve the house.

· Long Lost Lautner-First Time on Market in 65 Years [1430 Avon]

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