November 11, 2006
Bill Plaschke's story in last Sunday's Times ["Floored"] about the anonymous tycoon donating $5 million to USC so he could immortalize his dear friend, a regular decent guy, was very touching. I kept rereading the article, hoping to glean a specific reason for such an over-the-top donation. Then it hit me. From their relationship, the tycoon got a real down-to-earth friend who enabled the tycoon to keep both of his feet on the ground. The very decent Jim Sterkel achieved lasting fame.
October 23, 2001 |
Downtown Los Angeles will get a rare type of new housing--lofts for sale--in a $25-million project by Hollywood-based CIM Group and Lee Group of Marina del Rey. The companies acquired a former industrial building at 1140 S. Flower St., near Staples Center, and plan to convert the 111,000-square-foot property into 88 lofts that will sell from the high $200,000 range to $500,000.
March 14, 2000 |
As downtown Los Angeles landlords struggle to fill buildings, the State of California has emerged as a major real estate player and prized tenant. Three agencies are preparing to occupy an entire 13-story building in the city's historic core later this year. Meanwhile, Caltrans will look for space to accommodate an anticipated 300 new engineers and downtown employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1997 |
As part of an ongoing attempt to decentralize government services, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend $50,000 to study the feasibility of creating two "mini city halls," one of which would be located in Reseda. The West Valley Constituent Service Center would be located in the municipal building on Vanowen Street adjacent to the West Valley Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996 |
When the city's Building and Safety Department sets out this week to crack down on buildings that have not been inspected for earthquake damage, one structure will not be hard to find. It's the department's own facility in West Los Angeles, one of 61 structures that officials say have not undergone the mandated inspections. Inspection of the two-story, 3,800-square-foot building at 1828 Sawtelle Blvd. was required by December 1995.
November 25, 2001
Talk about an understatement: "This city doesn't have a great track record ... of creating successful public places." But developer Dan Rosenfeld, whose understatement that is, sees a chance to reverse the trend--if local officials stay focused. Over the summer, the Los Angeles City Council took the first steps toward creation of a long-planned public plaza in the heart of downtown by finalizing a complicated land swap with the state and budgeting $25 million.
August 8, 2002
On Sunday, panelists invited by the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, will present their concerns on the recent demolition of several significant modern homes. The Preservation Summit will include Ken Bernstein of the Los Angeles Conservancy, Peter Moruzzi of Palm Springs Modern Committee, Dan Rosenfeld of Urban Partners, Christopher C. Martin of AC Martin Partners and Katharine Hummer, historic preservation commission member for the city of Glendora.
July 30, 2003 |
The Bradbury Building, a downtown Los Angeles landmark born in the Victorian era and used as part of the apocalyptic backdrop for the film "Blade Runner," has been sold to a Hong Kong investor with a taste for historic properties. The principals wouldn't discuss the sale price, but a knowledgeable source said the figure was about $6 million. The five-story brick edifice at 3rd Street and Broadway is renowned for its dramatic atrium, cage elevators and cast-iron decoration.
January 28, 2011 |
One of the region's most prolific commercial developers said he would start building again with the launch of a $150-million high-rise apartment complex in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles. Builder Jerry Snyder plans to break ground this summer on a 464-unit complex at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, where he had previously announced his intention to build a vertical retail mall. FOR THE RECORD: Apartment development: An article in the Jan. 28 Business section about a planned apartment development at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles referred to City Councilman Herb Wesson as Ed Wesson.