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City of Angels continues to transform: news from Urbanize L.A.

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66-story mixed-use tower designed by Callison RTKL with MJS Landscape Architects for downtown L.A.; image courtesy of MJS

66-Story Hotel/Condo Proposed Downtown

A project has been submitted to the Los Angeles Planning Department for a 66-story building containing approximately 200 condominiums, 220 hotel rooms, 94,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and a parking garage with more than 600 spaces. Designed by CallisonRTKL with MJS Landscape Architects, the structure would take shape north of the Staples Center and L.A. Live at 925 South Street, and join a significant number of new tall buildings in the area. It would sit atop a podium with an amenity deck. In April, city records indicated Regalian is the developer.

Dramatic Civic Center Revamp Envisioned

The Los Angeles City Council approved a Civic Center redevelopment plan that entails replacing the 1950s-era, Welton Becket-designed midrise headquarters of the L.A. Police Department with a 27-story, 450-ft.-tall office building for city employees. Construction of this phase of the project is expected to take place between 2018 and 2020, and key elements of the Becket design, such as a mural and sculpture, will be preserved. More than 5,500 city employees working out of leased spaced will be consolidated within the tower’s 1.2 million sq. ft. The entire plan involves new and reconfigured infrastructure, and will take place over 15 years.

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