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Dec 10, 2007, 8:25 PM
Hey guys, it's Illithid Dude. I'm taking over the LA Metro Rundown thread since DowntownCharlieBrown hasn't logged on since 2013. I'm only going to list projects eight stories and above (with a few exceptions) on the front page due to the sheer mass of seven story and below projects that are proposed / under construction. Let me know if I missed anything!

Under Construction

Century Plaza Hotel Redevelopment - 46 Floors x2


10000 Santa Monica Blvd - 39 Floors


6230 Yucca Street - 18 Floors


Wilshire at Crescent Heights - 18 Floors


3033 Wilshire Blvd. - 18 Floors


The Edition Hotel West Hollywood - 18 Floors


Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills - 17 Floors


The Current - 17 Floors


The Argyle Hotel - 16 Floors


Icon Hollywood Tower - 14 Floors


The Four Seasons Private Residences - 12 Floors


Dream Hotel - 10 Floors


Sunset and La Cienaga - 10 Floors x2 / 8 Floors x2


1601 Vine St. - 8 Floors


Culver City Creative - 7 Floors



Millenium Hollywood - 39 and 35 Floors


Century City Center - 37 Floors


698 New Hampshire - 35 Floors


11750 Wilshire Blvd. - 34 Floors


631 Vermont - 33 Floors


Crossroads of the World Redevelopment - 32 Floors, 31 Floors, and 30 Floors


Wilshire Gayley - 29 Floors


Hollywood Palladium Towers - 27 Floors x2


8th and Catalina Tower - 27 Floors


Horizon Hollywood - 26 Floors


100 Ocean Blvd - 25 Floors


Academy Square - 23 Floors


Ocean Avenue Project - 22 Floors


Hollywood Ivar Gardens - 21 Floors


5901 Sunset Blvd. - 15 Floors


333 La Cienaga Blvd. - 17 Floors


8150 Sunset Blvd. - 15 Floors / 11 Floors


Wilshire and La Jolla - 15 Floors


Museum Square Addition - 12 Floors


Screenland Lofts - 13 Floors


Plaza at Santa Monica - 12 Floors


Samitaur Tower - 12 Floors


Martin Expo Town Center 12 Floors


9900 Wilshire - 11 Floors x2


Vermont and Jameswood - 10 Floors x2


The Thompson Hollywood - 10 Floors


Academy of Motion Pictures Museum - 5 Floors


LACMA Renovation - ? Floors


Dec 10, 2007, 9:22 PM
Why make another thread?

Dec 10, 2007, 9:35 PM
Why make another thread?

The creator of volume 1 is no longer able to maintain the thread (notice the last update of page 1). After speaking with an administrator and a moderator, it was decided that a new thread should be created to keep the information updated. Volume 1 will be archived and linked to this thread shortly.

It is intended to mirror the LA downtown thread to maintain consistency.

If you have any suggestions for this thread, I will take any help I can get.

Dec 10, 2007, 9:37 PM
^ It says it at the top of the thread, but DaveinCali is simply too busy to update the old thread, so DowntownCB is taking over duties. Kind of like what we did with the downtown rundown thread. It's been run by the mods, so it should be kosher.

EDIT: Ha! DCB beat me to it.

Echo Park
Dec 10, 2007, 11:51 PM
I'm down with this thread. The old metro thread needed some organization. And to keep things in focus I really think we ought to keep this thread limited to L.A. proper and its enclave/semi-enclave cities (SaMo, WeHo, Beverly Hills and culver city). i think having something like A-Town or some SGV project might be too much. LBC and OC rightfully have their own threads.

Dec 11, 2007, 12:31 AM
Excellent start, btw, DCB. I remember seeing an updated render of Solair on Wishire but I can't find it. Perhaps fridayinla has one...

Dec 11, 2007, 2:03 AM
Great Job!. Please add the two 50 story condos for century city. Also, arent the Red Building and the Jefferson under construction (or site prep for the Jefferson)?

Dec 11, 2007, 2:32 AM
2 50-story condos for Century City? Outside of the Century, what else is planned at Century City? By the way, I see a fenced lot on the corner of Avenue of the Stars & Constellation...anybody know what's going on there?

Dec 11, 2007, 3:15 AM
Wilshire Barrington should be added to the approved or prep section. The site has been cleared of the rug place that was there.


Dec 11, 2007, 3:45 AM
That fenced lot at constellation and ave of the stars is where the twin 48 story towers are supposed to be erected. No activity for several months now tho.

Westfield is also planning a 40 story tower at santa monica blvd and ave of the stars, tearing down the 10 story building currenting occupying the property, adjacent to the mall.

Then there's the development at the old Robinson's/May (currently being utilized for several movie/tv shoots), a ten-story 5-star condo development. And in front of the Beverly Hilton is supposed to be the new Waldorf Astoria, at approx. 10-14 stories. Beverly Hills is worried about the congestion, so who knows what the status is on that one. Much like the large, fenced off lot next to 1800 CPE, on Santa Monica Blvd. It's been sitting there doing nothing for over two years after demo of the old two-story building that used to occupy the property.

This is all old news...

But, the Century is going up quickly, in case no one's noticed. Already working on the 5th or 6th floor. The oval pattern is quite evident. This is going to look great in CC...

Echo Park
Dec 11, 2007, 4:09 AM
Isn't the Noho TOD called NoHo Art Wave?

Dec 11, 2007, 2:57 PM
Then there's the development at the old Robinson's/May (currently being utilized for several movie/tv shoots), a ten-story 5-star condo development. And in front of the Beverly Hilton is supposed to be the new Waldorf Astoria, at approx. 10-14 stories. Beverly Hills is worried about the congestion, so who knows what the status is on that one.

Here is one-

regarding the NoHo art wave project, there are other renders and more info here:
http://www.acmartin.com/nav_page.html Go to the "selected work" tab.
Also of interest there is the "High rise Hotel/ Residential Project" listed under the same tab. Looking at render #3, can anyone identify where in L.A. (I assume it is downtown) that is supposed to be?

Other renders of the Clubview tower can be found here-

Dec 11, 2007, 7:32 PM
Does anyone have renderings of the proposed 50 story towers in Century City?

Dec 11, 2007, 7:37 PM
But, the Century is going up quickly, in case no one's noticed. Already working on the 5th or 6th floor. The oval pattern is quite evident. This is going to look great in CC...

That is going up fast. I have not seen seen a picture posted of it out of the ground.

Dec 11, 2007, 8:25 PM
Great work DCB! The Wilshire and Barrington tower is now a Christmas tree lot... :(

Dec 12, 2007, 1:15 AM
Another one, 16 story condo in Hollywood on Yucca, completion set for 2009, to city this week.


Dec 12, 2007, 6:02 AM
I never really read curbed that much outside of announcements, are they a NIMBY-ish site? The seem down on this projcet: "It also appears that the building will have some kind of super graphic at its peak. Let the complaining commence. Completion is scheduled for 2009."

Do they carry an anti-density philosophy?

Dec 12, 2007, 6:18 AM
no not at all, its just little fun thats based on some of the idiot negative posters there. most people that are registered or are regular posters are cool, but some people post just to get a rise out of people.

Dec 12, 2007, 7:05 AM
:previous: Yes, agree, Curbed is pro-urban.

Here is one-

Other renders of the Clubview tower can be found here-

Steve, I found only one picture of Club View and it showed only half the building. Did I miss it?

The compilation post has been updated based on the suggestions in the posts above for everything I have renderings and enough info to post.

Still need:
Updated Solair rendering
The Gardens @ Wilshire Center rendering
Renderings for the Century City Proposals

If you run across these, please share.:)

Dec 12, 2007, 8:20 AM
Here are newer renderings of Wilshire Center...





Source: Gerding Edlen Development (http://www.gerdingedlen.com/project.php?id=44)

Dec 12, 2007, 8:48 PM
:previous: Interesting. The website lists the following facts:


Location: Los Angeles, CA

Project Scope:
Wilshire Tower: 18-story
Ground-floor retail space
228 urban homes
Vermont Tower: 10-story
177 urban homes
39,000 sq. ft. ground floor retail space

LEED Status: Gold (anticipated)

Project Cost: $318 million

Project Timeline: Jan. 2007-Apr. 2009

However, from the rendering I count 23 floor, not 18. :shrug:

Dec 13, 2007, 3:49 AM
a blurb I found, dated 10/27/07: regarding the twin towers in CC...

"JMB Realty Corp. of Chicago razed a bank and a club to make way for two 47-story towers and a 12-story loft. The 483-unit luxury project is being designed by local firm Johnson Fain Partners and will feature amenities such as wine cellars and a full-service concierge. JMB has not yet announced a construction timetable."

I went to the Johnson Fain site and there is no mention of this project...

It also states that Columbia Square in Hollywood is a 35 story tower, not 40...

Dec 13, 2007, 9:48 PM
^I found the rest of the article, but unfortunately the pictures were omitted.


Mapping the future.

by Miller, Daniel
Los Angeles Business Journal • Oct 22, 2007 • REAL ESTATE QUARTERLY: THE NEXT CENTURY

Century City's landscape has been reshaped over the last few years with the completion of the Constellation Place and 2000 Avenue of the Stars office buildings. But more changes are on the horizon with the planned development of perhaps 1,300 condominiums, which would transform the former 20th Century Fox back lot into more than just a neighborhood of daytime office workers. The map shows office, residential and retail projects planned, under way or recently completed.
SUNCAL CONDO (SITE), 10000 Santa Monica Blvd.


SunCal Cos. plans to build an undisclosed number of condominiums on this 2 1/4 acre Santa Monica Boulevard site it purchased for $110 million. The Irvine developer beat out Donald Trump in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction. The former owner tore down an office building before getting approvals for a high-rise office building it never constructed. SunCal has not released additional details about its project.
WESTFIELD CONDO (SITE), 1801 Avenue of the Stars.


Westfield Group plans to build high-rise condominiums at the site of this office building, which will be razed. The 260 luxury condos will be adjacent to the Westfield Century City mall, which the Sydney, Australia mall developer also owns and has recently upgraded at a cost of $170 million. Renovations include a new multiplex, luxury boutiques and an upgraded food court featuring trendy eateries.
CONSTELLATION PLACE, 10250 Constellation Blvd.


The building, better known as MGM Tower, opened in 2003 and was the first new office high rise in Los Angeles since the early 1990s. Developed by JMB Realty Corp., the $250 million tower includes a slate of entertainment-related tenants, including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and International Creative Management Inc. The 35-story, 775,000-square foot building is 100 percent occupied.
THE CENTURY (SITE), One Century Drive


Related Cos. of New York is the first developer in the ground with a new condo project for Century City. The 42-story, 140-unit project is meant to equal a Park Avenue condo tower and is slated to open in summer 2009 with a penthouse priced at roughly $25 million. The tower sits on the site of the razed St. Regis Hotel and was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
JMB CONDO (SITE), 10131 Constellation Blvd.


JMB Realty Corp. of Chicago razed a bank and a club to make way for two 47-story towers and a 12-story loft. The 483-unit luxury project is being designed by local firm Johnson Fain Partners and will feature amenities such as wine cellars and a full-service concierge. JMB has not yet announced a construction timetable.
2000 AVENUE OF THE STARS, 2000 Avenue of the Stars


This mammoth, $400 million office building is home to Creative Artists Agency Inc. Developer Trammel Crow Co. opened the building in January on the site of the former Schubert Theatre. Linked to the adjacent Century Plaza Towers by a grass park, the building includes Craft, chef Tom Colicchio's restaurant.


This former Park Hyatt hotel raised the InterContinental flag in January, marking the upscale business brand's return to Los Angeles after leaving downtown seven years ago. The 363-room hotel, owned by Sumitomo Realty & Development Co. Ltd., is undergoing an upgrade that will be completed by the end of the year.

Dec 15, 2007, 9:27 AM


Lights, Camera, Apartments
[November/December 2007]
By Allen Kenney

In 1913, legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille set up shop at the corner of Vine Street and Selma Avenue in Los Angeles to create Hollywood’s first full-length feature film, “The Squaw Man.” Nearly a century later, a parking lot now covers the site.

Now, Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) hopes to capitalize on the magnetic pull of the big screen to lure film buffs to 1540 N. Vine St., a planned 11-story luxury apartment building development to replace the blacktop hiding the spot where Tinseltown’s first motion picture was born.
Camden wants the apartment building—tucked in between the famous Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard—to evoke the glamour of 1940s-era Hollywood. While trying to maintain a contemporary ambience, the developers sought to create a classic Hollywood feel through the building’s architecture and signage. Architectural firm Thomas P. Cox: Architects, Inc. modeled the building’s design after local landmarks like the Roosevelt Hotel. Adding to 1540’s sense of history, the building site is located along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and will feature sunken relief sculptures along the building’s base depicting the filming of “The Squaw Man.”

The 300-plus new rental apartments should attract young, urban professionals “who like the notoriety of living in Hollywood,” says Rick Holcomb, vice president of real estate investments for Camden, who spearheaded the project. Holcomb notes that the development will be located in the diverse, up-and-coming area of East Hollywood.

Hollywood Makeover
The 1540 site lies within the Hollywood redevelopment zone run by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), a public agency created to “attract private investment into economically depressed communities, and to eliminate slums, abandoned or unsafe properties, and blight throughout Los Angeles.” CRA/LA’s efforts in Hollywood started in 1986, and the agency has participated financially in a number of private business projects in the area. Once one of Los Angeles’s most dangerous neighborhoods, some developers are now angling to transform Hollywood into an upscale residential area.

Southern California developer Bond Companies, for instance, has experienced success with a five-story mixed-use site at the corner of Vine and Sunset. The 750,000-square foot property features houses 300 apartment units and features retailers like Borders and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Just down the road from 1540 at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, Legacy Partners and Gatehouse are in the midst of building a 4.6-acre site that will include a new W Hotel, as well as condominiums and rental apartments. “It’s a very happening place,” Holcomb says.

A Perfect Fit
Construction on 1540 is expected to begin before the end of 2008, with units going into service by the end of 2010. Camden has aspirations of expanding its prescense in Southern California, making 1540 a key asset, according to Holcomb. The company currently operates 186 apartment properties across the country, including 10 communities in the San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles regions. The Hollywood project is one of 11 new ventures in Camden’s $2.2 billion national development pipeline.

“There is a clear supply-demand imbalance in Southern California, and there’s a real need for rental housing in this market,” Holcomb says. “The existing development pipeline can barely keep up with the demand for what’s needed.”
Holcomb cites Whole Foods’ participation in designing 1540 as one of the property’s biggest advantages. To satisfy the mixed-use component required for approval of the building plans, Camden partnered with the popular high-end grocer to design a space on the ground floor for a new store. Holcomb points out that Whole Foods’ participation is a huge plus for the property, beyond the visibility that the grocer’s brand name brings.

“We were very fortunate to have a lease in place with Whole Foods and have them cooperate with us in our design process in order to deliver a very functional store that is going to be quite a success,” Holcomb says, noting that many developers of mixed-use properties are forced to begin building without a retail tenant in place, hoping to lease the space out later. “We’re not spending substantial money on a store without knowing who our tenant will be.”

Another selling point is that 1540 is located less than a block away from a subway stop offering residents a 10-minute ride to downtown. The proximity to the subway station should seem even more appealing to passengers stuck in the estimated 170,000 cars crawling through the parking lot that doubles as Highway 101 during rush hour. The development site is just west of the freeway.

“Our residents will be able to walk a half-block, get on the train, take a 10 minute ride, and they’re right downtown where many jobs are located,” Holcomb says. “That’s a huge benefit with all the traffic congestion we have in Southern California.”

Making Its Debut
As many movie producers have discovered while bringing their box-office blockbusters to the big screen, the road to building 1540 proved difficult after Camden began to target the site three years ago. Holcomb likens the labyrinthine maze of bureaucracy in California to “skin on an onion.”

He notes that his team had to take part in more than 70 meetings with almost 20 different agencies in order to get the project up and running.

Holcomb readily admits that 1540 is a little out of character for Camden. He describes the company’s “bread and butter” as being “300-unit suburban communities that are three-story walk-ups.” However, he says, Camden is increasingly branching out into higher-density, urban projects like this.

Regardless of size, Holcomb contends that the long-term financial rewards will be great, enough so that Camden has been working through California’s complicated land entitlement process for more than three years to complete the deal. Holcomb quickly dismisses the idea that Camden is using 1540 just to make a splash.

“We’re not flashy,” Holcomb asserts. “This is going to be a signature property, but that’s not why we’re pursuing the deal.”

If so, Camden should probably hope to emulate the success that DeMille had on that site. “The Squaw Man” raked in $200,000 in worldwide ticket sales; it cost $15,000 to produce.

Dec 15, 2007, 9:38 AM
DCB, Wilshire Center is already under construction. Also, it's Gerding Edlen, not Gerdling Eldon.

Dec 15, 2007, 10:32 AM
imagine if LA's boulevards were lined, one plot after another, with these high density developments catered toward the car - and the every plot had 1 or 2 driveways which led to a multi-tiered private garage. Now imagine trying to walk a few city blocks as a pedestrian in this hypothetical city. Now imagine trying to drive.

is this actual progress or is this just density?

Dec 15, 2007, 9:51 PM
do you not think that this area is pedestrian friendly, especially since all the projects have ground floor retail and are near transit and every imaginable amenity? The area from La Brea to the 101 and from sunset up to Franklin has pretty much everything you need without getting into a car. obviously cars are still needed in LA and will be for a long time, but the people moving in here are not going to be driving up two blocks to get to a club or a grocery store.

Dec 15, 2007, 10:09 PM
imagine if LA's boulevards were lined, one plot after another, with these high density developments catered toward the car - and the every plot had 1 or 2 driveways which led to a multi-tiered private garage. Now imagine trying to walk a few city blocks as a pedestrian in this hypothetical city. Now imagine trying to drive.

is this actual progress or is this just density?

I have to agree with edluva here.

Dec 15, 2007, 10:59 PM
^ Well I can tell you that Taipei, Taiwan for the longest time was exactly what edluva described. Before they started construction on the MRT (subway), it was incredibly dense (even more so than LA), and they had NO SUBWAY. The traffic made LA's traffic look like a walk in the park. I know because I experienced it. However, now they have completed a good portion of the subway, life is much better in Taipei now. You can get anywhere by subway, bus, taxi, and walking.

Dec 16, 2007, 2:59 AM
right. i dont think Edluva is wrong by the way, but i think LA is taking the right steps all over. it takes time.
now, back on topic..

Dec 17, 2007, 10:01 PM
Found the Solair Wilshire updated rendering, including the pool plus a picture of the model.

Photo Credit: solairwilshire.com

Photo Credit: solairwilshire.com

Flickr user: fridayinla

Dec 18, 2007, 12:47 AM
Solair on Wilshire is now visible from some stretches of the 101 - just east of Vermont. If you're making that drive, check it out. Just don't take your eyes off the road for too long. ;)

Dec 18, 2007, 9:12 PM
Here is one that is just about complete. The link has some construction shots that were taken in September.


Ideally located on Sunset Boulevard between Laurel and Hayworth avenues, 7950 West Sunset will offer183 apartment homes in a five-story building. The nearly two-acre site will also feature views of the Hollywood Hills, four rooftop patios, 13,000 square feet of street-level retail space, four levels of subterranean parking and convenient access to Hollywood and the Hollywood Freeway (101).

7950 West Sunset will be available for leasing in Winter 2007.

Photo Credit: Legacy Ptns

Photo Credit: Legacy Ptns

Dec 24, 2007, 1:55 AM
Solair Wilshire

From Flickr, by fridayinla

The Mercury

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Serrano Palace Tower

Recently completed...

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Gardens at Wilshire Center

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Equitable City Center

Recently completed...

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Kenmore Tower

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

LAUSD High School #3

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Wilshire Center

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Wilshire Vermont

From Flickr, by fridayinla

From Flickr, by fridayinla

Dec 24, 2007, 6:30 AM
Great update! When will Wilshire Center start construction?

Dec 24, 2007, 7:36 PM
I wrote about Wilshire Center on angelenic, along with the rest of those projects:


Dec 26, 2007, 7:44 PM
Was driving down the Sunset Strip to work today and noticed that the Hyatt is getting new cladding on the front, losing the balconies. It's now flat and glassy, very slick.

Also, the Luckman building at Carol Drive is being re-clad with new glass that is horizontally oriented as opposed to the vertical is had previously since the 70's. Much improved.

New little strip mall across from the Whisky is about halfway done, was a parking lot for about 20 years.

And what was an All American Burger, then Mexican food restaurant across from Rock n Roll Ralph's has been transformed into a nice 3-story mixed use development. Pinkberry has moved into the corner street level space.

And the whole block, diagonally across from the Virgin complex, where the Cocoanut Teaser stands, is totally fenced off. Have no idea what's happening there...

The Strip is finally lurching into the new millenia at last...

Dec 28, 2007, 9:52 PM
From www.Angelenic.com

A new eight-story residential structure is under construction on Kenmore north of 6th Street. SLAB Architecture designed the building which will contain 42 luxury units ranging from 1,360 to 1,960 square feet. Construction should wrap in 2009.


Dec 28, 2007, 10:00 PM
This one appears to be a six story residential due to be completed in 2008.

Photo Credit: http://www.nbgihomes.com/public/FutureProjects.aspx

Echo Park
Dec 28, 2007, 11:49 PM
Where's the ground floor retail? Sheesh.

Dec 31, 2007, 9:21 PM
^Agree. Retail may not be ideal on every street, but it sure is on Olympic. :no:

Does anyone know anything about these two projects?

Found them on www.slabarch.com , however there is no information about the status.

Harvard - 94 Units - residential

Hobart - 40 Units - residential

Dec 31, 2007, 10:24 PM
I don't know anything about them, except that I like 'em!

Jan 1, 2008, 4:52 AM
I didn't realize the scale of development outside of Downtown.

Jan 1, 2008, 5:28 AM
Car-oriented developments like those pictured above are not going to get us anywhere. ;)

Jan 1, 2008, 5:50 AM
I wish projects like those popped up in South Park. Those are nice.

Echo Park
Jan 1, 2008, 7:46 PM
I don't like the Harvard. I've grown so sick of this kind of architecture and you can see its already aging. Hobart isn't bad though.

Jan 2, 2008, 7:43 AM
where's GH Palmer when we need him?

Jan 2, 2008, 8:46 AM
From Flickr, by lizriz

Hollywood's Sunset + Vine Just Glassing Right Up

By Dakota
December 31, 2007

Jolly green giant! Following our October visit (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2007/10/constructionwat_2.php) to check out construction, Sunset + Vine, CIM's 63-unit apartment building (at least that was the figure initially) on the corner of Sunset and Vine is just shooting up. Still waiting word on how much these units will rent for.

From Flickr, by lizriz

From Flickr, by lizriz

Source: Curbed LA (http://la.curbed.com/archives/2007/12/hollywoods_tran.php#more)

Jan 2, 2008, 8:55 AM
it'd be sooo cool to live in an ultra-sexy condo/apt with a view - until i take the elevator to street level to contend with an urbane parking lot around a chain donut shop or some other shitty reminder of reality in los angeles.

Echo Park
Jan 2, 2008, 8:00 PM
^I actually like whats going around that intersection. Sad that those one story buildings wont go away any time soon but the infill going on between sunset and hollywood along vine is a good start to getting away form the linear density that runs throughout L.A. and give that hood more of a "three dimensional" feel to it

Jan 6, 2008, 6:33 PM
It is well under construction, but I just added this 7 story hotel to the first page.

From the website:

Montage Beverly Hills
Located in the Golden Triangle of Southern California's premiere neighborhood, Montage Beverly Hills will be the new centerpiece of Beverly Hills. The property is within steps of luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Christian Dior, Harry Winston, Prada, and world-class dining on and around the famous Rodeo Dr. With lush, native California landscaping and urban gardens, Montage is reintroducing classic Hollywood glamour to this metropolitan location.

Opening Fall 2008, Montage Beverly Hills will offer residential real estate, premiere dining, a luxurious spa, meeting space, street-level retail boutiques, expansive public colonnades and gardens connecting Beverly and Canon Drives, and a city-owned underground public parking facility with more than 1172 spaces.

Photo Credit: NY Times

12/05/2007 Construction Photo
Photo Credit: Curbed LA

Jan 6, 2008, 10:20 PM
bev hills has the sophistication of a mission viejo on steroids.

Jan 7, 2008, 3:14 AM
You are nothing if not consistent.

Jan 7, 2008, 7:27 AM
^as are you

Jan 7, 2008, 4:38 PM
Is that stucco?!

Jan 7, 2008, 5:28 PM
^Agree. Retail may not be ideal on every street, but it sure is on Olympic. :no:

Does anyone know anything about these two projects?

Found them on www.slabarch.com , however there is no information about the status.

Harvard - 94 Units - residential

Hobart - 40 Units - residential

Those projects Rich and I have had an eye on. I don't have any details about them. but the Hobart project site is up for sale now. I don't think either have entitlements yet.



Jan 8, 2008, 2:06 AM
Is that stucco?!

oh, i didn't even notice that. just icing on the cake. come to think of it, beverly hills and mission viejo architecture does literally look like the icing on cakes. very sophisticated stuff...i'd say a step above the orsini, even. but no surprise. we are, after all, a "world class city".

Jan 8, 2008, 4:52 AM
:previous: :haha:

Jan 8, 2008, 6:50 PM
oh, i didn't even notice that. just icing on the cake. come to think of it, beverly hills and mission viejo architecture does literally look like the icing on cakes. very sophisticated stuff...i'd say a step above the orsini, even. but no surprise. we are, after all, a "world class city". So are you complaining (or being saracastic) about the aesthetics or the lack of investment? Or since its Bev Hills, are you unhappy about too much investment?

That discussion lies completely seperate from my statement regarding citywatch's complaints of central-LA's aesthetics, in which I make the case that what he's really complaining about is lack of investment in the city-core...and not due to fucking telephone poles, or whatever other tired theory he keeps on bringing up.

Jan 8, 2008, 7:05 PM
^ ^ ^

Boy, by looking at one of those quotes you used, some people really must not like innovative and ambitious ideas or theories. People like that are :koko: because they think it is uneconomical, stupid, or a waste of time; but in a world can't advance without theories.

Jan 9, 2008, 12:25 AM
Thanks Friday for the info on Hobart and Harvard. I’ll keep them off the front page for now.

From Curbed LA:

Last time we stopped by 801 N. Fairfax, an under-construction 93-unit apartment building with 15,600square feet of retail, construction was just getting going. Also, it was sunny. Progress continues, as does the tagging--though the tagging is nothing compared to what's happening in the nearby alleyways off this project. Taggers are going to town back there! Move along 801 N. Fairfax, this area needs a bit of brightness.


Btw, I am not adding developments 5 stories and under to the first page. There are too many of them to track. If the majority feels differently, let me know.

Jan 10, 2008, 7:29 PM
I love the building on Sunset and Vine. I think Hollywood is becoming more and more urban all of the time. It is already somewhat walkable and could be easily developed into an urban paradise, since its one of the only areas of LA with a metro running through it.

Jan 10, 2008, 7:38 PM
I heard on the news that in Century City, 2 40+ story towers are approved.

Jan 10, 2008, 8:21 PM
I heard on the news that in Century City, 2 40+ story towers are approved.

Yes, and as soon as someone can provide a rendering, I will post it on the front page.

Jan 10, 2008, 8:29 PM
Sweet! So, um.....does anybody have any pictures?

Jan 10, 2008, 8:39 PM
Those 2 towers were discussed earlier here:


Jan 10, 2008, 10:07 PM
Don't hold your breath re the two 47 story towers. I work in CC and there has been no activity whatsoever on the property since the demo of the Century Club. The lot is fenced off, that's it. It will probably sit like that for quite awhile.

Meanwhile, the Century looks to be pouring floor no. 8 this week, Yay!

Jan 10, 2008, 11:16 PM
Meanwhile, the Century looks to be pouring floor no. 8 this week, Yay!

Floor # 8 and we have no pictures of it out of the ground??? Same with the Carlyle.

First person to post pictures of these two buildings wins a prize! :yes:

Jan 11, 2008, 6:05 AM
Don't hold your breath re the two 47 story towers. I work in CC and there has been no activity whatsoever on the property since the demo of the Century Club. The lot is fenced off, that's it. It will probably sit like that for quite awhile.

Meanwhile, the Century looks to be pouring floor no. 8 this week, Yay!

the reason there was no action is because they were settling the money issues with the homeowners groups. i think if someone is shelling out 7 million to appease homeowner groups, they are serious developers. i bet these go up.

Jan 11, 2008, 6:44 PM
I hope so. Another Tallest building in Century City is needed.:yes:

Jan 11, 2008, 11:47 PM

Condos, rentals and retail, with some high-rises, are planned for the sprawling site of the 1930s Wyvernwood apartments.
By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 11, 2008
In the Depression-era Wyvernwood Garden Apartments in the heart of East Los Angeles, the electricity often goes off if you try to run a toaster and a coffeepot at the same time. No cable TV, no high-speed Internet, no air conditioning.

The orange stucco buildings in Boyle Heights, home to about 6,000 residents, are showing their age. The neighborhood has been troubled by crime and gang activity for more than a decade. And what was once "America's largest privately owned community of rental homes" is ready for another giant step.

Complete redevelopment
Complete redevelopment
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Wyvernwood Garden Apartments
Wyvernwood Garden Apartments
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Thursday the residents got word about dramatic changes ahead, as urban redevelopment -- already remaking Hollywood, Echo Park and downtown -- appears ready to leap across the Los Angeles River. And with it comes excitement and angst about how gentrification will change the old neighborhood.

The Miami investment firm that has owned Wyvernwood since 1998 announced plans for a $2-billion redevelopment that would nearly quadruple its size by 2020. By then, all 1,187 existing units would be replaced with 4,400 environmentally sensitive condominiums and apartments, plus retail space.

If finished as planned, the complex would include some 24-story high-rises and rival in scope Park La Brea in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, one of the largest housing projects in the West. Wyvernwood would have more than 20,000 residents served by new stores and offices.

Owners said they hoped to be leaders in a revival of Boyle Heights that would bring large-scale residential and commercial investment to some of the city's oldest districts. Developers are jockeying to buy another neighborhood landmark, the historic Sears tower and warehouse on Olympic Boulevard, a few blocks away.

"It's an exciting time for Boyle Heights," said City Councilman Jose Huizar, who has lived in the Latino neighborhood most of his life. He supports plans for Wyvernwood but also put the owners on notice that the tenants must be a priority.

He vowed that the city approval process would include substantial public comment.

"I want to ensure that existing tenants have the first opportunity to live in new homes and that tenants are treated with respect and taken care of," he said.

The developer's executive vice president, Steven Fink, sought to put tenants at ease in a low-key meeting Thursday night for about 200 residents. The development would take at least two years to get city approvals and 10 years more for the stage-by-stage transformation of Wyvernwood, he said.

"No one will be asked to move for any reason associated with this plan until absolutely necessary. . . . We are years away from beginning construction," Fink said.

Residents offered a variety of comments, including concerns about expected rent hikes, increased density and crime protection. The landlord assured tenants they would be eligible for relocation payments if forced to move.

Barbara McNeely has lived in Wyvernwood, which opened in 1939, for 60 years. When she moved in as a youngster, she recalls, the complex had mostly white residents and had a waiting list, and most tenants were college educated.

"They sent you flowers when you moved in," she said. "It was quite beautiful and a very good place to raise kids."

She said she would like to see the comeback of downtown Los Angeles spread into her neighborhood and bring more people with money to spend. Like the popular home-improvement television show, she said, "We need an extreme makeover."

Things have changed since the 70-acre complex was hailed by the builders as "unusually practical and thoroughly comfortable and convenient." The 153 mostly two-story buildings in a park-like setting were considered the nation's largest housing development, so big the builders had to set up a sawmill there to cut enough lumber.

After World War II, the character of the neighborhood began to change; many of its more prosperous residents moved to the suburbs as "white flight" swept Southern California. By the late 1980s, Wyvernwood had a reputation as a haven for gangs

Things have generally gotten better at Wyvernwood in recent years, said Juan Flores, 76, who with his wife, Andrea, moved into the apartments 30 years ago. In the 1980s, he said, drug dealers trolled the neighborhood, drunks stumbled about and young gang members shot it out. One of his sons was assaulted once and his car was shot up one day.

But in the 1990s, security guards were hired to work at the apartments, and things improved, he said.

Today, units at Wyvernwood that range from one to three bedrooms now rent for $1,225 to $1,540 a month.

The new apartments would rent for substantially more, but no estimates of rents or condo prices have been given. Owner Fifteen Group Land & Development plans to make 15% of the units affordable under city guidelines based on income and family size. Existing tenants would have priority.

The owner of the Sears tower and warehouse building wants to sell it for an enormous residential and retail development. Popular Los Angeles boxer Oscar De La Hoya and Fifteen Group are among those interested.

"People totally underestimate the economy of Boyle Heights," said Mark Weinstein, owner of the Sears building.

The $900-million Gold Line light rail under construction in the area is causing hardships for local merchants now but is expected to attract millions of dollars' worth of investment from real estate developers who want to build housing and shops around its stations.

Wyvernwood is about a mile south of the new rail line, but the developers propose adding streets to the complex that would improve connections to public transit and make it easier for police and other emergency responders to get around. Some of the streets would restore thoroughfares that were closed in the late 1930s when Wyvernwood was built.

Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, who has served in Boyle Heights for 45 years, said she was in favor "of giving people a better place to live and supporting them with things that make life convenient."

Such development could help address problems at Wyvernwood, she said.

"When people live so closely together and they don't have all the things they need, it breeds problems -- gang problems, family and economic problems."

Neighborhoods east of the Los Angeles River "have a lot of potential for infill development over time," said former city Planning Director Con Howe, who now manages a fund that provides money for low-cost housing. "It's definitely a strengthening neighborhood."

Howe said he was skeptical about whether there would be enough economic growth in the area to support high-rise condos. But developer Fink said that such towers were years away and that he expected the market to pick up in the meantime.

The word Wyvernwood has mythical origins -- a wyvern is a winged dragon in ancient lore. How the name came to East Los Angeles is unknown, but Wyvernwood was the first of a handful of "garden city" projects built in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, said Linda Dishman of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Other examples included Lincoln Place in Venice, which is being turned into a condominium complex. Chase Knolls in Sherman Oaks was threatened with demolition in 2000 but was declared a cultural monument by the city and continues to operate as apartments.

"These complexes have been somewhat under attack," Dishman said, but the conservancy hasn't decided whether to make an issue of Wyvernwood's historic status. "We'll wait to see the plans."

Resident Juan Flores said he was not too worried about the changes coming for the Wyvernwood. He'd like to stay, but he's philosophical about it all.

"I don't think we have the force to make the owner do otherwise," Flores said. "He's going to do what he wants. If I can stay here anyway, I'll stay."

Jan 11, 2008, 11:52 PM
^ Thank you Gold Line!

Jan 13, 2008, 7:33 PM
Saw Kathy Griffin at the “Kodak Shopping Mall”, as she referred to it in her show and stayed a night at the Renaissance Hotel. Saturday was a gorgeous day and the hotel had some spectacular views.

Pulling into Hollywood with view of cranes from The W at Hollywood and Vine


Cool lighting on exterior of Geisha House Restaurant


Scene from the Hollywood and Highland complex


Views from the Hotel

Century City and Westwood to the West


Downtown to the East


View toward Sunset and Vine


View across Hollywood with Korea town upper right and DT upper left


Jan 14, 2008, 3:35 AM
Awesome pics DowntownCharlieBrown!
That last one showed how ripe that skyline is ready for growth.

The revitalization appears to be penatrating all across the County.
Baldwin Park Revitalization
San Fernando Valley Mega-mall
Santa Anita Mega Mall

I know it sounds silly, but when you think about it, Los Angeles IS booming!

Jan 16, 2008, 7:01 PM
Floor # 8 and we have no pictures of it out of the ground??? Same with the Carlyle.

First person to post pictures of these two buildings wins a prize! :yes:

Photos of the Century can be found here:

and has its own thread here:

Jan 19, 2008, 3:54 AM
Thanks Steve for posting the website.

Here is the update on The Century from the website:

January 2008

The tower structure has reached level 8 with a 6-day-per-floor cycle. The MEP rough-in is progressing through level 3 and the top track has begun on level 3 and 4. The exterior skin of precast for the high-rise and exterior stone for the low-rise is set to begin this month.
All pictures from Webcor





Still looking for pictures of the Carlyle.

Jan 19, 2008, 4:36 AM
That overhead shot is cool. It shows the dual core structure.

Jan 19, 2008, 6:48 AM
Ooh,The Century reminds me of something minor out of Dubai.

Jan 25, 2008, 5:22 PM
I've been hoping someone would post photos of the site of the Tussand's wax museum next to Grauman's Chinese Theater, which broke ground several months ago. But this video of work on it is even better:

Nothing better than seeing another gap or deadzone being sent to the great beyond! (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=R3Ky0nMgUC8)

The former parking lot directly next to Grauman's has been one of the major gaps on Hollywood Blvd, & in the hood overall. So to know it's finally being replaced deserves a round of:


A vid of the same site at the beginning of work. (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iUGibY-CgaY)

Feb 5, 2008, 6:11 PM
Update from the Webcor site:


January 2008

Approximately 220,000 cubic yards of soil were removed from the 4-acre site to make way for the 3-level subterranean parking garage. The 1,100 space parking garage is a joint project with the two Hollywood and Vine developers, Gatehouse Capital and Legacy Partners.
The concrete garage structure is nearing completion and the forming of Level 1 began in late December. All four cranes have been erected as well as six concrete placing booms. Some facts of our progress include:

3500 cubic yards of concrete poured in December
34,000 cubic yards poured to date.
11 million lbs of rebar




Pictures from Webcor

Feb 5, 2008, 6:35 PM
Finally, Club View and Carlyle construction pics.


taken 02/04/08

Club View



The Carlyle



Feb 5, 2008, 7:13 PM
Thanks for the update. every time i go through Hollywood, im impressed by the level of construction and change for the better. Its truely becoming a neighborhood that isnt just based on one street and the fact that most of the new construction is on the sidestreets makes it even better. Now that most of the dead lots are gone, we need to focus on improving and replacing the one story BS buildings on Hollywood itself and finding a tenant for that older building ont he corner of Hollywood and Highland. I cant believe its still empty. A borders of B & N would be great there.

Feb 8, 2008, 6:14 AM
The Century City / Beverly Hills Corridor is going to be pretty nuts in a couple of years with all these interesting projects...

New heights of luxury in Century City
Jean Nouvel
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Artists rendering showing a 45-story condo building proposed for 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. on the edge of Century City. SunCal Cos. plans to build the 177-unit tower designed by architect Jean Nouvel. It would cost $400 million.
A garden-ringed condo tower is proposed for one of the Westside's most coveted available parcels.
By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 8, 2008
Plans for a 45-story, wisp-thin tower of ultra-luxury condominiums between Beverly Hills High School and Los Angeles Country Club are set to be unveiled today. Developers say it would be one of the most expensive residential buildings in the West.

The $400-million tower along one of the area's toniest corridors would be the first building in California designed by renowned Paris architect Jean Nouvel, known for his daring designs. He is proposing a narrow glass structure with sweeping views through the building and extensive greenery ringing each floor.

Jean Nouvel
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The developer predicts the project will attract European and Asian globe-trotters as well as local empty-nesters ready to move from sprawling Westside mansions to roomy condominiums complete with concierge services, a private club, first-run movie screenings and valet parking.

Even at a time of economic uncertainty when Southern California employers are trimming payrolls, stock prices are falling and home values are dropping, the demand for luxury housing continues nearly unabated in the Westside. And with it has come more traffic and growing homeowner resentment about constant construction and congestion.

Prices have not been set for the proposed condos at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. But units in the ultra-luxury Century tower being built in nearby Century City are being offered at a range of $3.2 million to $30 million, and the Nouvel condos are expected to be even more pricey.

Two top-drawer projects are also being planned around the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards in Beverly Hills. Last year British developers paid $500 million for the former Robinson-May department store there where a 252-unit condo and retail complex designed by prominent architect Richard Meier has been proposed.

"How much can high-end product can the market bear in such a close proximity?" asked real estate broker Gary Weiss of Madison Partners, who called the planned Nouvel building "extraordinarily ambitious."

Nouvel's developer, SunCal Cos., said it was undeterred by slumping home sales In Southern California and hoped to break ground in 2009. The company said it expected to start seeking formal city approvals next week.

"What we are really doing is addressing an underserved component of the market," said Frank Faye, chief operating officer of SunCal. "We are confident we would be able to sell these units today and we will be able to sell them quite rapidly once they're made available."

Considered one of the most desirable locations for development in the country, the vacant lot was the subject of a high-profile bidding war in 2006 when Irvine home builder SunCal finally topped New York developer Donald Trump with a $110.2-million offer for just 2.4 acres.

Ever since, the site has been eyed with curiosity and suspicion in an area where homeowners have already expressed alarm about the rapid pace of development. "The truth is that people are happy in their neighborhood and they don't want to see it change," said Kevin Hughes, president of the Cheviot Hills Homeowners' Assn.

Plans call for 177 units, with two to six condominiums per floor. Elevators would serve every condo directly so there would be no corridors between units.

"Each residence is designed as a home in the sky surrounded by an abundance of plants and flowers but with no visual limits to the spectacular views of the city, mountains and ocean," Nouvel said.

In Los Angeles, "We have to build buildings especially for this climate," he said. "From the boulevard it will look like a vertical garden."

City Councilman Jack Weiss, who represents Century City, said he supported Nouvel's concept. "We have never had someone of this caliber designing something residential on the Westside," he said.

"My public-policy goal has been to make Century City a world-class residential destination," Weiss said. "That creates benefits because people can live near where they work and traffic is generated at off-peak hours."

But some neighborhood residents are skeptical about how beneficial ultra-luxury housing would be.

"To make Century City truly livable you need housing for people who work there who aren't presidents of their companies," said Barbara Broide, president of the Westwood South of Santa Monica Boulevard Homeowners Assn. "That's what we need to take car trips off the street."

The mayor of Beverly Hills echoes Broide's concern about how the building might add to congestion. "It will not be easy to digest for Beverly Hills people who are already getting a lot of traffic that is not Beverly Hills traffic."

Faye, the developer, however, said that the residential tower would generate less traffic than the office building that used to occupy the site. The previous owner demolished the building that once housed several tenants, including Jimmy's restaurant.

Faye also said he thought the Nouvel building would be set apart from rivals both in price and amenities. But competition lurks with many other pricey units coming to market.

Westfield, the owner of Century City's shopping center, plans to build 262 upscale condos or apartments to complement its recent $170-million makeover of the mall. And Century City landlord JMB Realty Corp. plans to build 483 units on Constellation Boulevard.

Owners of the Beverly Hilton Hotel also plan to add upmarket condos as part of a major upgrade and expansion on the property. Other high-end condos overlooking Los Angeles Country Club and at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills are being built.

The Nouvel design of SunCal's planned tower is intentionally ambitious, Faye said. "This is an exciting opportunity," he said. "The worst thing we could do is under-deliver."

Feb 8, 2008, 6:23 AM
^Looks good. At least housing for the uber rich in CC looks immune from the housing slump de-railing or delaying a lot of the project DT.

Feb 8, 2008, 8:58 PM
Finally. I was wondering when something was going to be announced for the property at 10000 Sta Mon Blvd.

While I don't offer much hope for anything happening for at least another year or so, due to the approval process, I'll be sure to offer bird's eye pics of it going up, since I'm in the building next door. All the tenants are a buzz over this one, since everyone on the east side of the building will be losing their views. No one is looking forward to the construction noise/congestion that it will bring, everyone's already complaining. I can see Beverly Hills sueing to prevent this from happening. Let's keep our fingers crossed on this one.

Feb 8, 2008, 10:13 PM
This will be an excellent addition to the first page. Also, Nadel has updated renders for Wilshire/ Hobart on their website. (Under the portfolio/ residential tab)

Feb 9, 2008, 3:22 AM
Awesome, so DCB, can you update page 1?:D

Feb 9, 2008, 3:52 AM
Has wilshire/ barrington begun construction?

Feb 9, 2008, 4:30 AM
Has wilshire/ barrington begun construction?

Nope, it's one of the many projects on hold. Made for a nice Christmas tree lot during the holidays though.

Feb 9, 2008, 8:07 AM
February 4, 2008

Taken on 2/4/08,

Looks like it's up to the 10th floor, and rising fast


Feb 11, 2008, 1:50 AM
This will be an excellent addition to the first page. Also, Nadel has updated renders for Wilshire/ Hobart on their website. (Under the portfolio/ residential tab)

I see the renderings for Wilshire/Hobart on the Nadel website are a clearer view of the tower, however I an unable to copy them. If someone can copy and post in this thread, I will place it on the first page.

Although the rendering for 10000 Santa Monica isn't clear, I posted it on the front page. The rendering is a tease and leaves you wanting to see more.:coolugh:

Feb 11, 2008, 1:58 AM
I really wonder if this has a prayer of being built in this market, but it is a damn nice looking tower:


Feb 11, 2008, 2:29 AM
I really wonder if this has a prayer of being built in this market, but it is a damn nice looking tower:


Thanks WonderlandPark. Below is the old rendering that I found confusing as to the massing of the building. The new one is much clearer.

Photo Credit: Nadel Architets

I really wonder about all the larger projects under "proposed" having a chance. Sure, a few of them will never make it, but some may be so far in the future that the architecture will need to change so they don't look dated from the day they're complete.

Feb 11, 2008, 2:37 AM
Does anybody know what the blue and white crane in the distance in the center of this pic is for? (photo from flickr):


Feb 11, 2008, 3:38 AM
2 for a UCLA research building

And 1 for a retirement home on the old parking lot for the Westwood United Methodist Church on Wilshire

Feb 11, 2008, 4:20 AM
I love that view from the Getty because it seemingly combines the Century City and Westwood clusters into one contiguous skyline, when in fact they are separated by quite a distance.

Feb 11, 2008, 5:01 AM
^^Thanks for the quick answer gwyoung! They look like they will be nice buildings!
on an unrelated note:

How is construction progressing on the "red building" at pacific design center?

Feb 11, 2008, 8:10 AM
I noticed the Wilshire Center project is listed as 'Under Construction" but I never knew it had already broken ground.The last time was in the area the site was cleared off Can someone confirm?

Feb 12, 2008, 1:59 AM
What are they building ( or demolising? ) at the bottom right part of this flickr pic? Does anybody know what was there before?


Feb 16, 2008, 6:52 AM
Have they started the reclad of 9200 sunset?