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October 27, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles, the city's second-tallest building at 62 stories, has been sold to a New York investment company. Broadway Real Estate Partners on Wednesday confirmed it acquired the skyscraper in late August for about $185 million from Transwestern Investment Co. Aon Center, at the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street, has about 1 million square feet. It is about 80% occupied. Tenants include insurance giant Aon Corp.
September 15, 2005 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
ANYBODY who has moved from city to city over the years -- and that describes a significant portion of America's urban population these days -- knows there are two kinds of apartments you tend to remember: the ones you couldn't wait to get out of, and the ones whose charms stick with you, as a kind of regret, years after you've left.
August 2, 2005 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
When Santiago Calatrava's design for a slender, twisting skyscraper on the Chicago lakefront was unveiled last week, most of the attendant news coverage focused, predictably enough, on the tower's planned height. At 115 stories and 1,458 feet -- or an even 2,000 feet if you count the spire -- it would rank as the tallest building in the United States and among the three or four tallest in the world. Despite suggestions after Sept.
July 14, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Architect Frank O. Gehry will design a 40- or 50-story skyscraper next to his iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as other elements of the $1.8-billion complex planned along Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, officials said Wednesday. The selection had been rumored for weeks but nonetheless was greeted with cheers from project planners as well as experts, who said it would make the tower one of the most anticipated architectural efforts in the nation.
June 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
A federal engineering agency that investigated the World Trade Center collapse recommended Thursday that cities raise the fire standards for skyscrapers and develop new materials that could better protect tall buildings in an inferno. Engineers with the National Institute of Standards and Technology said, for example, that stairwells should be situated apart from each other so that if one is damaged another might still work.
June 22, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana City Council has approved construction of three 25-story residential towers near East Hutton Centre Drive and East Sandpointe Avenue, a project that underscores Orange County's trend toward high-rise buildings. The council on Monday night voted 7 to 0 to approve the MacArthur Place South project, which also includes a six-story condominium building and 14,000 square feet of commercial space.
June 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fire that burned atop an abandoned high-rise and spewed heavy smoke over Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday was the subject of an arson investigation, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire, at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, was reported by passersby before 4 p.m., said department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The fire started amid a tangle of rooftop machinery and debris from a renovation project. The high-rise has been vacant since December 2001.
May 5, 2005 | From Newsday
The soaring skyscraper that is supposed to rise from the World Trade Center site is going back to the drawing board. Gov. George E. Pataki said Wednesday that he and other officials involved with developing the site had agreed to revamp the design of the Freedom Tower to address security issues raised by the Police Department.
May 1, 2005 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
If San Diego high-rise developer Doug Austin has his way, three condominium towers up to 500 feet tall will form a new urban skyline above the agricultural Oxnard Plain in the next few years. Austin's plan calls for more than 1,000 condominiums in three slender towers -- two of 31 stories and one of 48 -- nearly twice as high as Ventura County's tallest building, which is itself an aberration in low-rise suburbia.
April 3, 2005 | Daniel Yi and David McKibben, Times Staff Writers
A developer's plan to build six residential high-rises in an area Anaheim officials tout as Orange County's future downtown underscores how the county's urban landscape is maturing, planning experts say. Lennar Corp., which recently bought the former El Toro Marine base, submitted plans to Anaheim in March to build the county's tallest residential building at 35 stories. The project in what is known as the Platinum Triangle also includes a pair of 24-story towers and three 23-story buildings.
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