January 13, 2010 |
The latest addition to the downtown Los Angeles skyline is expected to debut with a big splash -- make that a big flash -- tonight, when lights in the city's newest high-rise snap on for the first time. Owners of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott tower are rigging lights on the top 27 levels to flick on floor by floor in a rising wave to celebrate completion of the hotel, the last piece of the massive L.A. Live entertainment complex. The attention-grabbing stunt will cost about $100,000; by no means a pittance but still a fraction of the $2.5-billion overall cost of L.A. Live, which sits next to Staples Center and is already home to Nokia Theatre and other attractions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2010 |
Hollywood's tallest tower has shed its bones and skin -- and hopefully its reputation as the most cursed building in town. The slender 20-story Sunset Vine Tower that was Los Angeles' first modern skyscraper when it opened to international acclaim in 1963 at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street has been converted into a luxury apartment building that will have its coming-out party Thursday. The skyscraper has been vacant since late 2001, when an electrical transformer exploded, plunging it into darkness and sending employees of 40 companies with offices there running down stairwells to safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1990
Four floors of a downtown Los Angeles high-rise occupied by International Business Machines Corp. were flooded early Friday when an air conditioning water pipe burst. The floors in the Wells Fargo Center at 355 S. Grand Ave. were drenched with about 40,000 gallons of water, standing 2 inches deep in some places. The 1 1/2-inch pipe apparently ruptured on the 16th floor and the water flowed to the 15th, 14th and 12th floors before it was shut off, City Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said.
January 4, 1990 |
Even as office space continues to multiply on North Brand Boulevard and Central Avenue, major Glendale employers already are looking for ways to move their huddled masses to less expensive quarters. The exodus mirrors an emerging phenomenon in which more prestigious companies are moving to Glendale's high-rise corridor as its reputation becomes more upscale. Fidelity Federal Bank, which has its headquarters at 600 N. Brand, set the lead 18 months ago.
January 8, 2005 |
Seeing James "Bubba" Stewart's likeness on magazine covers at newsstands is nothing new. The Florida teenager attracts attention as if he were a rock star instead of a motorcycle rider. Actually, calling Stewart "a motorcycle rider" is like calling Eric Clapton "a guitar player." But that's what Stewart does.
HOME & GARDEN
March 17, 2010 |
Singer-songwriter Paul Anka has purchased a unit at the Carlyle Residences, a newly built 24-story high-rise along the Wilshire corridor. The condominium that Anka bought has two bedrooms in 2,800 square feet. The sales price was not available, but the unit was listed at $3.6 million. Condos with the same floor plan are priced from $2.7 million to $5.3 million. The tower has 78 units with 2,700 to 5,000 square feet of living space. All have private elevator entrances and access to amenities, including concierge service, fitness facilities and a dining room.