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1340 S. Figueroa Plans Studio Daniel Libeskind / Cypress/Fifield

1340 S. Figueroa Moves Forward with Shorter Vision

By Eric Richardson — November 03, 2011 — 8 Comments

The economic downturn has put a 36-story chop on plans for 1340 S. Figueroa. New owners are moving forward with plans for seven-story development with 250 apartments.

Cleantech Manufacturing Center Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

CRA Tries Again with Scaled-Back Deal for Cleantech Center

By Eric Richardson — October 31, 2011

L.A. may finally have found a buyer for its Cleantech Manufacturing Center, but the terms appear to soften several key policies related to wages and potential tenants for the industrial site.

Village at USC Rendering USC

USC Has Big Plans for Retail at Mixed-Use Village Development

By Eric Richardson — October 28, 2011 — 4 Comments

USC's students have long lived and played Downtown, but a major new development on the north side of campus could lure Downtowners south for retail and potentially Trader Joe's.

7th Street Viaduct Retail Rendering Arthur Golding / L.A. River Revitalization Corp.

River Corp Sees a Retail Future for the Historic 7th Street Viaduct

By Dando Guerra with Eric Richardson — October 21, 2011 — 6 Comments

The 7th Street Viaduct is a double-decker architectural oddity created in 1927. To the newly-created River Revitalization Corporation, the historic structure also represents a potential dining and retail marketplace destination.

Downtown Women's Center Randall Michelson/

Women's Center Recognized with National Preservation Award

By Eric Richardson — October 20, 2011 — 2 Comments

The new home of the Downtown Women's Center—a former shoe factory built in 1926—will be one of 23 projects honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation this evening at its annual conference.

Kyoto Grand / Weller Court

By Eric Richardson — October 12, 2011 — 1 Comment

Little Tokyo's Kyoto Grand Hotel will officially become a DoubleTree in the Spring of 2012, completing plans first put in motion during the structure's recent bankruptcy case.

L.A. Cleantech Incubator

By Eric Richardson — October 11, 2011 — 9 Comments

The Mayor's three-year-old "Cleantech Corridor" is getting its first major anchor as the city officially opens the doors on an incubator intended to act as a magnet for green jobs.

Charnock Block Laurie Avocado

Meeting to Discuss Future of 1888 Pershing Hotel

By Eric Richardson — October 04, 2011 — 2 Comments

The fate of the 1888 Pershing Hotel will be the topic of a Thursday evening town hall meeting hosted by DLANC and the Skid Row Housing Trust.

Farmers Field Gensler / AEG

State Hurdles Passed, Stadium Talk Returns to L.A.

By Eric Richardson — September 21, 2011 — 15 Comments

With its state bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, talk of AEG's proposed Farmers Field project returns to L.A. on Monday with a meeting on transportation issues.

Related Companies - Grand Avenue M2 Related Companies / Arquitectonica

Plans to be Presented for Broad-adjacent Tower

By Eric Richardson — September 13, 2011 — 21 Comments

The 19-story, 258-unit residential tower designed by Arquitectonica is designed to complement the Broad Museum, under construction next door on Grand Avenue.

735 S. Broadway Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

A Thin Residential Conversion Proposed for Broadway

By Eric Richardson — August 22, 2011 — 9 Comments

The shabby four-story building at 735 S. Broadway may not seem the most likely place for residential development, but that's exactly what is proposed for the 1908 structure.