Arts District Mixed-Use Project Approved

Arts District in LA

A contentious mixed-use project was pushed on to the next step last week of the development cycle after the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to advance the development, in the process rejecting an appeal that sought to prevent its construction. The real estate investment firm Jade Enterprises is behind the project, which will bring 110 live/work apartment units, over 164,000 square feet of officer and commercial space. Read more

Building Up Downtown, Part Two

Downtown LA

Downtown has experienced an unprecedented development boom over the past two decades, with new high-rise residential and commercial developments ushering in a new era of the Central City. Read more

Metropolis Tower Converts to Apartments

Metropolis Los Angeles

One of Downtown’s mega projects is turning its final, in-construction tower into apartments. Metropolis, at Eighth and Francisco streets, comprises four high rises, three of which are finished. The last, a 58-story edifice, planned to house 685 condos, but those units have now been converted to apartments. Read more

Updated Designs for Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station

Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station

In 2014, construction crews began work on one of the region’s most ambitious transportation projects, the $1.75 billion Regional Connector.

Meant to weave together three different rail lines to allow riders to ride from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica, or Long Beach to Azusa without switch trains, the massive 2.1-mile subway project beneath the streets of Downtown will see the construction of three new rail stations, one of which is the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station at First Street and Central Avenue.
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Onni Sets Start Date for Times Mirror Square Redevelopment

Times Mirror Square Redevelopment

The Onni Group plans to replace two buildings at Times Mirror Square with a pair of high-rise residential towers. A trio of older buildings would be saved and repurposed.
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New Details on Financial District High Rise

Financial District High Rise

A 45-story tower in the Financial District from Mitsui Fudosan America, the U.S. arm of the Japanese developer, has taken a step forward with the publication this month of the project’s initial environmental study. The documents show a significant redesign.

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The Walnut Building Returns

Walnut Building in LA

“I think we’re one of the tallest buildings in the Arts District,” Ryan Afari said on a cloudy weekday afternoon.

Afari made the comment while standing on the rooftop deck of the Walnut Building. He pointed to the Toy and Biscuit Company lofts a few blocks away, the two structures that kicked off the Arts District residential boom more than a decade ago.

The Walnut Building is the latest project from developer the Hillcrest Company, which previously tackled Downtown endeavors including the Chapman Lofts in the Historic Core and the Commodore Building in City West. Like its Arts District neighbors, the Walnut is an aged commercial structure that has been turned into housing. The exterior has been fully restored, and the rooftop refashioned to provide a deck with a sweeping view.

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Continental Building in Los Angeles

Continental Building in Los Angeles

The Continental Building, one of Downtown Los Angeles’ first high-rise structures as well as the first old building to be turned into modern housing as part of the Downtown adaptive reuse craze, is getting ready for another change: It will become a hotel. Documents filed last week with the Department of City Planning detail plans to convert the 12-story building at 408 S. Spring St. into a 140-room boutique hotel.

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A View from Salesforce Tower’s Ohana Floor

Salesforce Tower View SF

Outside of the Upper Haight, you can’t get much higher in San Francisco than the 61st floor of the Salesforce Tower—aka the Ohana Floor—the very top of the city’s tallest tower. Read more

Sports complex in Little Tokyo – Budokan of Los Angeles

Sports complex in Little Tokyo

BUDOKAN OF LOS ANGELES: More than 90{a3a96561f1931cff034342fa80212b7a95ecea3cbb82e64902a22555cf3a09e1} of the $24 million needed to build a sports complex in Little Tokyo has been raised, according to nonprofit developer the Little Tokyo Service Center.

The Budokan of Los Angeles would rise at 237-249 S. Los Angeles St. and include a two-court gymnasium. There would also be a rooftop terrace, outdoor event space and community rooms. The complex will host volleyball and basketball games, as well as martial arts lessons and tournament and other activities, said fundraising director Mike Murase.

A groundbreaking for the 63,000-square-foot project is scheduled for next year. Photo by Little Tokyo Service Center