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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: First Look at First Big Mixed-User on the LA River in Frogtown

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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Renderings by Killefer Flammang via Riverfront Creative Campus

Last month, we got a brief glimpse of the river-lovin’ “creative campus” bringing 40 live/work units to just-starting-to-gentrify Frogtown. Now, we’re getting a more detailed tour of the place, which will be combining new construction with the adaptive reuse of a 1947 bow-truss building that stands between the site and the river path, turning it into a connector and allowing people to move freely between the river and the new buildings, says KCET.

The complex will include eight affordable housing units (previous reports had said three) and three levels of underground parking. The eco-friendly development is also set to incorporate “a storm water recycling system with a giant cistern at the basement [that] would … help capture, treat and re-use the water” after rains. Retail space will take up 15,500 square feet on the ground floor and, because of tax credits, developers Terra River LLC are opening the space up with discounted rates for nonprofits and community-owned businesses. “We’re trying to build for the future but respect what’s already here,” the cofounder of Terra River says.

But many neighbors still aren’t sold on the development. No one mentions gentrification by name here, focusing instead on the development’s comparative size (the 56-foot-tall building designed by Killefer Flammang will be fairly tall for the area), and fears that the new mixed-user might bring in more cars than the neighborhood can handle.


· Riverfront ‘Creative Campus’ Coming to Elysian Valley [KCET]
· Frogtown’s First Big Gentrification Meteor Could Be About to Hit [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: First Look at the Arts District’s Fancy First Shopping Center

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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Five warehouses at Palmetto and Mateo in the Arts District will give way to an open-air shopping center as the neighborhood marches along to total fancification, but as open-air malls go, this one’s looking less Grovey and more like Old Town Pasadena. Wood, concrete, and repurposed brick will be the overarching design elements of At Mateo, as the approximately 130,000-square-foot shopping complex is called on its official site, sent to us by a friendly tipster. Renderings show brick-faced little warehouses with tons of industrial-chic windows up front, walkways and paseos with plenty of seating, and outdoor dining—an overall classy experience that recreates the Arts District right in the middle of the Arts District.

Created to fit into “a neighborhood as electrifying and gritty as New York in the ’70s” but much cleaner, and with more places to get cold-pressed juice and fewer places to get murdered, the handsome mall will bring “artisan eateries and drinking establishments, fashion-forward retailers and local services,” plus a parking garage with space for about 400 cars. The website says that the shopping center “will become the social epicenter of the Arts District” when it opens in the fall of 2016.


·At Mateo [Official Site]
· The Arts District is Getting a Grove-Style Open-Air Mall [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Rendering Re-Reveal: Here’s the Latest Look For Super-Fancy Palms Mixed-User

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Straddling the line between Palms and Culver City (but technically in Palms), NMS@Culver City is one of the better-looking developments to go up in the area in recent years. (True, there’s not stiff competition; some of the projects have been downright hideous.) This newest rendering, by way of Building LA, gives a better picture of what’s in the cards for the new luxury development on the block, which is already well into construction.

According to NMS’s website, the six-story mixed-use structure will house 131 super-fancy studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with amenities like a “deluxe fitness center, comfortable community lounge and theatre.” There will also be 12,500 square feet of retail at street-level. The Killefer-Flammang-designed project is a little behind schedule (it was originally aiming for a spring 2014 opening, then just a 2014 opening), and now reports say it’ll be ready to go by some point in 2015.
· New Look for Culver-City-Adjacent Mixed-User [BLA]
· Checking in on Palms’s NMS@Culver City Project [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – On Broadway: An interesting look at that Downtown…

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 5.58.28 PM.pngAn interesting look at that Downtown artery, Broadway, from the 1930s to now, examining the parallels between Broadway’s revitalization and that of Downtown on a broader scale. “Revitalization, in the context of Broadway, is an interesting word. Many people visiting or shopping on Broadway would probably view it as already vital…” [Curbed, image via]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: AD’s Coca-Cola Factory Gets a New Look as Fourth & Traction

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Since the all-cash purchase last spring of the former Coca-Cola factory in the Arts District, we’ve known this spot was destined to become creative office space, but this is the first we’re seeing of the new look for the strikingly handsome brick building, henceforth known as Fourth & Traction. According to a release for the development, the restoration and renovation taking place will capitalize on the structure’s 14-foot ceilings, big windows, and “panoramic rooftop views,” add a new atrium in the lobby, and create a 10,000-square-foot rooftop “penthouse” with a landscaped deck, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit.

The completed building will also have a 300-space parking structure rising next to it (which is nutso for the AD) and a “flagship restaurant” on the ground floor. Basically, it’ll be a super-cool place to work. The project, a venture by GPI Companies and Atlas Capital, is scheduled for completion toward the end of 2015.


· Arts District’s Old Coke Factory Swept Up in Gentrification Wave [Curbed LA]
· Eateries, Offices Coming to AD’s One-Time Coke Factory [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Adaptive Reuse: Here’s a look at the abandoned…

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

1tumblr_nd399eqsia1r4vadxo3_r1_1280.jpgHere’s a look at the abandoned Brutalist megastructure in Liberia slated to be the country’s next pop-up ebola treatment center. Construction for what was slated to be Liberia’s defense ministry halted in 1984, when warfare made such plans something of a frivolity. In the decades since, the unfinished building has held soldiers and refugees. Now there are plans to turn it into a makeshift care center for ebola patients. Curbed National has the details. [Curbed National]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: First Look at Brand New Boutique Hotel For Hollywood/Western

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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[Images via Atelier V]

Well, this could certainly change the tone around Hollywood and Western. These are the first renderings for the forthcoming “European-style” boutique hotel referred to as Hollywood Hotel on the website of architect atelier V (via Building LA). The six-story building at Hollywood Boulevard and St. Andrews Place will have 80 rooms, 867 square feet of restaurant space at street level, a rooftop bar and deck, and a courtyard on the second level with a lap pool and cabanas.

“We are in the process of working with the planning department for securing of the entitlements, this will be a long drawn out process and we don’t anticipate construction anytime sooner than early to mid 2016 or so,” Atelier V’s principal wrote on the firm’s site back in January. Why is this so complicated? The hotel is within the jurisdiction of the Vermont/Western Specific Plan (which mandates lower density for hotels), but the city has also encouraged higher densities around transit-accessible locations like this one, which is within walking distance of the Red Line’s Hollywood/Western station. “Anything less than the ideal room count [80] would not have made financial sense” for the developer, so that’s what they’re going to fight for.

Just across St. Andrews to the east, a new 280-unit mixed-user is on the way from developer Sonny Astani. Formerly known as High Line West and now just called 5500 Hollywood Boulevard, it joins the hip hotel and, potentially, a much less hip and much more troubled Target in leading the renaissance around oft-neglected Hollywood/Western.


· First Renderings for Hollywood/Western’s Boutique Hotel [BLA]
· Eighty Cool Rooms : atelier V designs boutique hotel for East Hollywood [Atelier V]
· New Boutique Hotel in the Works for Hollywood/Western [Curbed LA]

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