Posts Tagged ‘Look’

Curbed – Green Space: Take a Look at Grand Park’s Forest-y Forthcoming Playground

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Downtown’s Grand Park is getting a playground with Teletubby-esque mounds, a tunnel, and a modern tree fort with an enclosed, 12-foot tube slide. Intended for five- to 12-year-olds, the much-needed kid-space fills a gap at LA’s newish central park, where there’s currently no designated play-place for the elementary-school set (they do gravitate to the fountain, however). The $ 1-million, forest-themed play area breaks ground tomorrow, and, when finished, will be about 3,700 square feet, reports the Downtown News. Designed by local firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios (also the park’s architects), the play area should be up and running by November.

· $ 1M Playground Coming to Grand Park [LADN]

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Curbed – LA River Rising: Take a Look at the LA River’s First Visitor Center and Cafe

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


[All photos by Grove Pashley]

Just in time for the sure-to-be sweltering summer, the LA River has a riverside “oasis” cafe opening up. Hop off the LA River bike path at Newell Street to find the Frog Spot, the new visitor center for Friends of the LA River that will double as a cafe serving up coffee, snacks, and entertainment. (It’s also accessible from the street and has “ample parking.”) Starting this past weekend, the Elysian Valley cafe—operating out of a white trailer—offers neighbors and weary river path travelers free WiFi and ice water, popsicles, public restrooms, outdoor seating under “shade sails,” and “the only bocce ball court on the LA River.” They’ll also have patches and pumps for bikers, and lots of information about the river, kayaking trips, and more.

The Frog Spot is funded by Miss Me Jeans, REI and Metabolic Studios, but all sales at the cafe and from future events will go toward further FoLAR programs along the river. The cafe is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 am to 4 pm through October 5. Ticketed events will take place Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm, and information on those events will be at Frog Spot’s website.
· Frog Spot Cafe [Official Site]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal : First Look at 33-Story Mixed-Use Tower Headed For South Park

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

We heard the news back in April that the parking lot at Ninth Street and Hope in North South Park would be sprouting a 33-story tower from prolific developer CIM Group, but we’ve had to wait until today to get a good look at it. As seen on Brigham Yen, the designs from architects RTKL show retail facing both Ninth and Hope in every possible groundfloor space, from the tower to the mixed-use parking structure (car levels sandwiched by retail on the ground floor, resident amenities on the roof).

Between the FIDM, the Ralphs, nearby restaurants, and the pricey 8th + Hope up the block, which will see move-ins this summer, there’s sure to be plenty of foot traffic for the new shops when they open. The parking structure’s expected to wrap construction next summer, and the tower should break ground in the late fall of this year and be ready sometime in 2016.
· New Renderings Reveal Lots of Ped-Friendly Retail Coming to 888 S Hope in Downtown LA [BY]
· 33-Story Rental Tower, Mixed-Use Garage Headed to NoSoPa [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – DevelopmentWatch: First Look at Expo-Adjacent Denny’s Mixed-User in SaMo

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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[Conceptual rendering of 1560 Lincoln via Santa Monica Planning Commission Report]

Back in 2012, plans were announced to turn a Denny’s on what will be Expo-adjacent property into a mixed-use development, but they’ve just finally made their way to the city approval process, reports the Santa Monica Daily Press. Last week, developer NMS Properties informally presented their designs to the planning commission ahead of official negotiations with Santa Monica. Plans call for a five-story building with 100 units and 11,500 square feet of groundlevel commercial space, but city officials weren’t bowled over, critiquing what they felt was a lack of green space and an “inconsistency” with surrounding buildings, among other things.

They were joined by reps for FSTAR, whose own mixed-use project at the site of a shuttered Norms is kitty-corner to this one. These are dark, sad times for Santa Monicans who love to eat breakfast for dinner. Both projects are headed to negotiations at city hall, then onto the city council, which will have to give final approval.

SMDP calls these “the first two projects proposed as a part of City Hall’s long-term plan for a residential mixed-use corridor along Lincoln near the incoming Expo Light Rail station.”

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· Development of Norms, Denny’s plots considered [SMDP]
· Denny’s to Join SaMo’s Expo Line Terminus Mixed-Use Party [Curbed LA]
· Stubby Lincoln/Colorado Mixed-User in SaMo is First of Four [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: First Look at the Crenshaw Line’s LAX-Adjacent Century Station

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Behold the future Century/Aviation station for the Crenshaw Line, which Metro will begin working on next month. The first step in building that pretty elevated station will be what they’re calling the Century Crunch, when Century and Aviation Boulevards will be restricted for 57 hours between July 25 and July 28 so workers can tear down the 1960s-era rail bridge that crosses Century, according to The Source. The current bridge is only one-track, but the new light rail bridge will have to accommodate trains traveling south to Redondo Beach and north to the Crenshaw District. The rendering doesn’t show a connection to an LAX-bound people mover—that’s because there’s a good chance a PM will connect at a recently-proposed new station on the Crenshaw Line, less than a half-mile north at Ninety-Sixth Street.

· Attention LAX passengers: Aviation/Century intersection to be closed July 25-28 — allow extra time driving to airport! [The Source]
· Now Metro Wants New Crenshaw Line Station to Connect to LAX [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Rendering Reveal: Here’s the New Look For Three Sunset Junction Gamechangers

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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It’s been ages since we last heard from developer Frost/Chaddock about its huge plans for Sunset Junction, comprising three mixed-users with a total of about 310 units and 16,000 square feet of retail. But F/C recently held a neighborhood meeting and shared freshly-tweaked renderings by Killefer Flammang for 4301 Sunset (site of the eyesore Bates Motel), 4100 Sunset (site of the 4100 Bar), and 4000 Sunset (site of a row of shops that F/C demolished back in 2011). Kanner Architects had also designed one of the buildings, but is no longer involved.

F/C’s James Frost tells us that 4100 Sunset will feature a public plaza at the corner of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, as well as a big oak tree (he says the city demanded more parking at this mixed-user, which they agreed to at great cost). Locals were clamoring for an arts or music conservancy at 4000 Sunset and the project will have a community room that can be used as such. F/C also promises public art at each project, Zipcar spaces, and short- and long-term bike parking and service stations.

Frost could not provide a timeline for groundbreaking, which may frustrate those anxious to see that ridiculously gross Bates Motel get the heave-ho. While the environmental impact report is finished and financing is shored up, Frost says he will whitewash the motel and work to add an art installation there for the time being. As far as lingering community resentment over the retail at 4000 Sunset being demolished, Frost says he went through the proper channels for the demo and that the stores were in disrepair and subject to regular flooding.


· First Look at Silver Lake’s 4100 Bar, Bates Motel Replacements [Curbed LA]
· Meet the Last Piece of the Big Sunset Junction Mixed-Use Plan [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Mayoral Home Makeovers: Get an inside look at the…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

2014%205%20getty%20house%20small.jpgGet an inside look at the Garcettis’ $ 453,000 Getty House renovation, which started with “Let’s get some new lightbulbs,” and ended with window screen alterations, ripping out carpet in two locations, an asbestos hunt, and a weeklong deliberation on the appropriate shade of white paint. (Timid White? Mayonnaise? Cotton Balls?) [LAW, previously]

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