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Downtown Down to One Crane

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, April 08, 2009, at 03:07PM
Concerto Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The crane at Concerto prepares to lower one of its vertical sections.

During the residential boom of recent years, Downtown boosters liked to joke that the crane was the area's official bird.

That bird's become endangered.

Today the construction crane at Concerto is stepping itself down, leaving Downtown with just one remaining crane at L.A. Live's Ritz Carlton tower.

Of course, that's not exactly a bad thing. The cranes come down as construction projects complete, and their dwindling numbers simply mean that the projects started during the recent boom are nearing their opening dates.

In the summer of 2007, one could look from L.A. Live and see a half-dozen of cranes within just a few blocks. Two were on the L.A. Live project, one was at South Group's Evo, one was over Hanover's 717 W. Olympic, one high above work at Meruelo's 717 W. 9th. The final one went up on the site of Astani's Concerto project in July.

The sole remaining crane, positioned above the Ritz Carlton tower, will likely not last many more months. Glass installation on the project has less than a dozen floors to go, at which time the crane's work will be complete.

It will likely be a while before Downtown's next crane appears. A pair of large proposals have appeared in recent months and the Park Fifth and Grand Avenue projects are still slowly moving forward, but all need to secure financing and approvals before construction begins.

Concerto's sales center opened last week at the corner of Figueroa and 9th.

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