The Los Angeles area has a number of exciting upgrades and renovations planned for its near future. Here is a look at just a few of the changes you can expect to see in the upcoming months and years.
The Herald-Examiner Building
Located in Downtown Los Angeles and designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, the Herald-Examiner Building will soon be undergoing revitalization. After standing vacant since 1989, the former newspaper headquarters situated at Broadway and Eleventh Street will soon serve as a mixed-use community featuring creative office and restaurant space.
According to reports, the $40 million project will restore the two-story lobby of the 1914 building. The project will also involve reopening the Herald-Examiner’s windows located along the street. The windows have been closed since a decade-long strike that started in 1968. The remainder of the interior, which is not considered to be as architecturally significant as the lobby and exterior, will be turned into an 80,000 square feet space for creative office space. The entire renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
In addition to the restoration project taking place with the Herald-Examiner Building, developer Forest City is bringing two mixed-use communities to the area. One, which will be located right next to the Herald-Examiner Building along Hill and Eleventh streets, will feature 177 units and 7,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Another, which will be located nearby at Broadway and Twelfth, will boast 214 units along with 7,500 square feet of retail space. Both buildings are expected to be finished by June 2017.
Sunset Strip Mixed-Use Project
Developer Townscape Partners is working on constructing a new mixed-use building on the eastern edge of the Sunset Strip and at the base of the Hollywood Hills. A similar project was proposed for the 8150 Sunset project in 2013, but residents did not react very well to the plans. In an effort to get support for the project, Townscape Partners has brought in Frank Gehry to create the new design plan. Gehry has reportedly developed several different potential plans, which will soon be submitted for a new environmental review process. The design plans reportedly have five structure containing apartments, condos, retail space and entertainment space along with open public space. The buildings are also reportedly lower in height in order to allow them to blend in with their surroundings.
The current plans for the project call for a three-story retail building designed in such a way to draw people in toward the interior plaza. The southern part of the site will feature two residential buildings, including an 11-story building on the eastern side and a 15-story building on the west side. These buildings will hold a total of 249 apartments and condos.
Lincoln Boulevard Makeover
The section of Lincoln Boulevard situated between 10 Freeway and Santa Monica’s border with Los Angeles at Ozone Avenue will also be receive a makeover. The plans for what has been named the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor (LiNC) involve transforming the space into an inviting space for pedestrians, bikes, cars and buses. Among these changes will be dedicated peak-hour bus lanes, more crosswalks, better sidewalk lighting, nicer landscaping and street furniture. In this way, officials hope to cut down on conflicts between people on foot, on bikes and in cars while also improving traffic flow.
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