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  1. High-Rise Revamp Proposed for the Wilshire Courtyard Office Complex

     

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    A year-and-a-half after purchase the Miracle Mile's landmark Wilshire Courtyard office complex, developer Onni Group has submitted an application to the City of Los Angeles to add a pair of high-rise buildings to the site.

     

    Located at 5700 Wilshire Boulevard, the property is currently improved with a pair of six-story structures containing more than 1 million square feet of rentable space.  Onni, which reportedly paid $630 million for the 1980s complex, is seeking approvals to renovate the southern portions of both buildings while demolishing the Wilshire Boulevard frontage to make way for the development of two interconnected high-rise buildings containing 1.8 million square feet of offices and 117,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses.  A full buildout of the plan would expand Wilshire Courtyard's occupiable square footage to 2.34 million.

     

    Architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the proposed development, which would include a 35-story, 565-foot-tall building fronting Curson Avenue to the west and a larger 41-story, 655-foot-tall building facing Masselin Avenue to the east.  New parking for over 2,600 vehicles would be built on seven levels at the foot of the towers, adding to a three-level, approximately 2,000-car garage that already exists beneath the property.

     

    More below:

    https://urbanize.la/post/high-rise-revamp-proposed-wilshire-courtyard-office-complex

     

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  2. Australian Developer Adds Hotel to Proposed DTLA Condo Tower

     

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    The proposed development, slated to rise at the southeast corner of 11th and Hill Streets, Magnus Property Pte Ltd. of Singapore and Indonesian developer ASRI.

    Initially planned as a fully residential development, revised plans submitted to the City of Los Angeles now call for a 43-story tower with 319 condominiums on its upper levels and a 160-room hotel located below. The developer is in discussions with several luxury hotel brands, according to a news release.

    Koichi Takada Architects of Sydney is designing the tower, with MVE + Partners serving as the architect of record. Renderings show a building with a sculpted rooftop inspired by California's iconic redwood trees, as well as a green wall masking above-grade parking levels.

    With an obelisk-shaped profile, the tower is one of the first proposed buildings to take advantage of the City of Los Angeles' 2014 decision to relax a requirement for rooftop helipads on high-rise buildings.

     

    More below:

    https://urbanize.la/post/australian-developer-adds-hotel-proposed-dtla-condo-tower

     

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  3. Curving Steel Ribbons Start to Wrap Eric Owen Moss-Designed Office Tower

     

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    Six months after we last checked in, the curving steel skeleton of the Eric Owen Moss-designed Wrapper office tower is starting to take shape next to Metro's La Cienega/Jefferson Station in Baldwin Hills.

    The project, which replaced a parking lot at 5790 Jefferson Boulevard, will consist of a 17-story building containing 180,000 square feet of office space atop parking and ground-floor retail.

    The signature element of the building's design is a "continuous system of curvilinear ribbons," wrapping the exterior, allowing for an open interior without columns. The development will offer floor plates up to 22,000 square feet, with some floors featuring double-height ceilings up to 24 feet. Renderings show that the tower would be capped with a penthouse and rooftop deck, sitting more than 200 feet above ground level.

    Construction was previously anticipated to wrap up in 2021.

     

    More below:

    https://urbanize.la/post/curving-steel-ribbons-start-wrap-eric-owen-moss-designed-office-tower

     

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  4. A $2-billion condo-hotel complex bursting with gardens comes to Beverly Hills

     

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    Greenery-laden condominium towers and lush botanical gardens would transform a key stretch of Beverly Hills under a new $2-billion plan drawn to redevelop long-vacant land next to the storied Beverly Hilton hotel, where celebrities gather for the annual Golden Globe Awards.

     

    By putting its 340 residences in two towers as high as 32 stories, the complex called One Beverly Hills would have room for 8 acres of native plant gardens and water features woven with pathways, the bulk of which would be open to the public. There would also be a 10-story ultra-luxury hotel building.

     

    It’s an entirely new concept for a highly sought-after expanse of dirt, last occupied by a glamorous department store, that has beguiled multiple investors to spend well over $1 billion combined since 2007 without setting a single brick in place.

     

    More below:

    https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-06-28/prime-beverly-hills-spot-slated-for-a-2-billion-condo-hotel-complex

     

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  5. 2 hours ago, freefourur said:

    "free speech warrior" conservatives have been pumping Parler as an alternative to Twitter. The professional victim crowd (Nunes, Cruz, et al.) say that Twitter censors and censorship is bad.  I expect them to call out Parler now for their censorship. How long will it take for Parler to become a white supremacy safe space like all other conservative "free speech" zones?

     

     

     

    I had to Wiki this "Parlor."  It looks cheap.


  6. COTA: Free Fares to End This Summer, Shift to Cashless Payment Planned

     

    The free fare policy that was implemented this spring by the Central Ohio Transit Authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely come to an end this summer, although exactly how the transition back to full fares will work is not yet clear.

     

    One thing that is known is that cash payment will not be returning – when fare collection resumes, riders will need to pay either via COTA’s mobile app, or on cards that can be loaded with funds and then used to pay the fare by tapping on the fare box (both options were rolled out last fall as part of the COTA Connector program). 

     

    Also under consideration by the transit agency is a plan to offer discounted fares to low-income riders.

     

    More below:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/free-fares-to-end-this-summer-cota-says-bw1

     

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  7. Phase three of Wasson Way trail underway

     

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    Construction began Monday on phase three of the Wasson Way trail, Local 12 reports.

     

    The trail already connects Evanston, Norwood and Xavier with Oakley and Hyde Park. Phase three of the project will extend the trail from Madison Road to Marburg Avenue. It’s expected to pave the way for runners, walkers and bikers and bring thousands of newcomers to the trail from Oakley, Hyde Park, Hyde Park Plaza and those living near Marburg and East Hyde Park.

     

    The construction project will also take care of some eyesores in the area. At least one old power pole along the former railroad was already knocked down and project leaders say there’s been concern about others falling but all will soon be removed.

     

    More below:

    https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/29/phase-three-of-wasson-way-trail-underway.html


  8. Popular Over-the-Rhine gathering spot getting a new name

     

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    The porch at Washington Park is getting a new name.

     

    On Monday, the Cincinnati City Development Corp. (3CDC) announced Pittsburgh-based PPG, a global supplier of paints, has struck a four-year naming rights deal for the outdoor venue. As part of the deal, the 2,926-square-foot space will be renamed "The Porch presented by PPG Paints," according to a release.

     

    Southwest Airlines was the site's previous sponsor.

     

    More below:

    https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/06/29/popular-otr-spot-getting-a-new-name.html


  9. Meanwhile, in reality...

     

    St. Louis couple point guns at peaceful crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign

     

    The protesters marching through St. Louis on Sunday evening were armed only with posters and chants, all meant to put pressure on Mayor Lyda Krewson to redirect city funds away from law enforcement.

     

    “Resign Lyda, take the cops with you,” they shouted on the way to the mayor’s house in the Central West End, banging on drums and carrying signs that said, “Respect us.” The first-term Democrat had publicly released the names and addresses of some fellow activists, and now they wanted to bring their demonstration to her door.

     

    But as the peaceful crowd of about 500 walked along a private, gated street, a white couple who emerged from a marble mansion had something else in mind.

     

    Around 6 p.m. Sunday, a barefoot man in a pink collared shirt walked out from the five-story house, carrying a semiautomatic rifle as he appeared to threaten the group. A few feet away, a woman pointed a pistol at the crowd, her finger directly on the trigger.

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    Yet the barefoot couple standing in front of the house’s perfectly manicured green lawns did not need to do much to defend the mansion. Moments after they pulled out their weapons, a black man in a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” shirt directed the crowd to keep moving.

     

    “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,” he shouted.

     

    More below:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/29/st-louis-protest-gun-mayor/


  10. 5 hours ago, jonoh81 said:

     

    Trump retweeted this video of a The Villages, FL resident screaming "white power" and then thanked them.  

     

    Should be interesting to see his supporters contort themselves to defend what is clearly obvious about him.

     

    The fact that there is a protest and counter-protest in The Villages to begin with is NOT a good sign for Trump.


  11. Artistic Apartment Building Opens in Franklinton

     

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    A new apartment building at the corner of State and Mill streets in Franklinton is now complete and ready for its first occupants. It will add 12 one-bedroom apartments to the neighborhood, along with a new piece of art – a mural by local artist Andrew Lundberg that covers a large portion the building’s facade.

     

    Units in the new building, which was first proposed in March of 2018, will rent for between $1,175 and $1,325 per month.

     

    “We’re receiving great interest in the apartments, particularly with the re-opening of the nearby draws like BrewDog and Land Grant’s beer garden,” said Shawn Kichline, of Oxide Real Estate Development.

     

    He added that the building’s 1,500-square-foot retail space, complete with rolling garage doors and room for outdoor dining, is available for lease. 

     

    More below:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/artistic-apartment-building-opens-in-franklinton-bw1

     

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  12. 1487 Brewery Bringing Biergarten Experience to Plain City

     

    A taste of the German biergarten experience is headed for Plain City.

     

    1487 Brewery and Biergarten will make its debut at 7620 Industrial Parkway later this summer. It’s the first brewpub location for 1487 which started distributing its beers in July of 2017.

     

    After living in Germany for work, Owner Ben King wanted to bring not only traditional-style “beer flavored beer” back to the U.S., but the experience and Bavarian culture that surrounded it.

     

    “We are all about following the traditional German guidelines for beer,” King says.

     

    More below:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/1487-brewery-bringing-biergarten-experience-to-plain-city-sp1

     

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