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City picks design for new 6th St bridge

3 Jan 2013 · by ChrisSampaio

City picks design for new 6th St bridge

From Curbed:

Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilmember Huizar announced just minutes ago that they’ve selected HNTB‘s bridge design to replace the 1932 Sixth Street Viaduct (which has concrete cancer). The design, which is an over-the-top swoopy take on the current bridge’s arches, seemed to be a favorite among the three finalists, and Villaraigosa promises it “will be a world-class, iconic piece of Los Angeles infrastructure.” HNTB, with its partners Michael Maltzan Architecture, AC Martin, and Hargreaves Associates, won an international design competition, beating out AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff in the final round. Their design “includes canted cable supported arches, providing an iconic ‘stress ribbon’ for the whole length of the viaduct. The design also includes access points for the community at the base of each arch and community gathering space on either side of the river, as well as direct access to the river.” Construction on the city’s aspiring new icon is expected to start in 2015 and finish in late 2018 for a 2019 opening.




Parking Spaces into Parks

3 Jan 2013 · by ChrisSampaio

Parking Spaces into Parks

From Curbed LA:

Parklets (mini parks built in street parking spots, as seen every year on Park[ing] Day) are already in place in Long Beach and on their way in Los Angeles, so parklet fans are gearing up to make sure they are here to stay. Recently, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Complete Streets Initiative released a tool kit for designing and creating parklets. The tool kit compiles insights from already completed parklet projects in Long Beach, San Francisco, New York City, and more, in addition to coming up with some ideas for future parklets around Los Angeles (e.g., “Skid Row Revitalization Parklet,”“LA’s Diagonal Parklet,” and “Street Vending Parklet”). See all seven of those new ideas above.

The blog for architecture firm Studio One Eleven blog (they created some of the Long Beach parklets) says the tool kit “features parklet case studies and designs from around the world,” in addition to “providing all the necessary ‘tools’ to encourage users to adapt a program to their own communities.”

This is the first in a three-phase project–later phases will study the impacts of parklets on pedestrian traffic and business volume and the design and implementation of a parklet on Spring Street across from LA Café in Downtown LA. That parklet will join another parklet on Spring Street, one on Huntington Drive in El Sereno, and another on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Los Angeles’s planned parklets are pilot projects, so their success will determine the future of parklets in other neighborhoods in Los Angeles.




Beacon Lofts

3 Jan 2013 · by ChrisSampaio

Beacon Lofts

The Beacon LOFTS are almost ready and should be open for business by the end of the month. The 53 Live/Work in the Beacon LOFTS will be priced from the $200,000s to the high $800,000s, he said. The project transformed a six-story, 1923 building at Fourth and Alameda streets into residences ranging from 650-2,000 square feet.




Our AD at Burbank Airport

3 Jan 2013 · by ChrisSampaio

Our AD at Burbank Airport

This is our AD at Burbank Airport. We made this AD to advertise our Mission District LOFT in South Pasadena. It worked! We just opened  escrow today with multiple offers. We have a marketing plan for each LOFT and we know what works and what doesn’t. Thats why we are good at what we do! 

ps: Thanks Noel and Natalie (lady in the picture) Toledo for sending me this.




New Lofts coming to the Arts District by Toy Factory developer

3 Jan 2013 · by ChrisSampaio

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – A pioneering Arts District developer is giving his former business partners some competition. Paul Solomon, the onetime managing member of the development firm Linear City, is returning to the Arts District with a new project.

This time, as managing partner of Seventh Diamond LLC, he aims to transform the former California Walnut Growers Association building into housing for “artists and artisans,” according to paperwork filed with the city.

Solomon would not comment on the project except to say it is called The Walnut. According to plans that went before the Department of City Planning last month, the project aims to convert the vacant 1921 eight-story edifice at 1745 E. Seventh St. into 57 live-work units and one 6,000-square-foot commercial space.

The project would rise near Linear City’s trio of Arts District projects, the Biscuit and Toy Factory Lofts and Seven and Bridge. No timeline or budget information has been released for The Walnut.

New Lofts coming to the Arts District by Toy Factory developer