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June 3, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
One of the most popular hotels in Hollywood is being acquired by Loews Hotels & Resorts, which plans a $26-million renovation of the inn at Hollywood & Highland Center. The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa will be rebranded as the Loews Hollywood Hotel after the sale closes later this month. Terms of the sale by landlord CIM Group were not disclosed, but hospitality industry experts familiar with the property valued the deal at about $165 million. Renovations will take place in phases over the next year to minimize disruptions for guests, Loews said.
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
January 7, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There is more tweaking than major renovation scheduled to take place at Dodger Stadium this off-season, not that the 52-year-old ballpark won't undergo some noticeable changes. The most significant upgrade, however, will go unseen by the fans. After spending more than $100 million on stadium improvements last season that included a new Dodgers clubhouse, this season the visitors' clubhouse gets a makeover. The Dodger Stadium visiting clubhouse was the smallest in the majors, but now visiting teams will have a new clubhouse behind the dugout that will be adjacent to the batting tunnel and training areas built last season.
April 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jewel Wade remembers the tense atmosphere at Compton Community College in 2006, when it was rumored the school would close. "The whole school was kind of depressing because nobody knew what was going on," Wade recalled Tuesday. State officials did strip the school of its accreditation and turned the campus into a satellite of a nearby two-year college. The $25-million library, which had been set to open in 2007, was found to be plagued with code violations and sat unused for nearly seven years before finally opening late last month after undergoing extensive renovations that cost an additional $4 million.
August 20, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The Petersen Automotive Museum's renovations could carry a $20-million price tag and add 15,000 feet of display space. Our sister blog, Highway 1 , reports that the Los Angeles museum's permanent collection will feature "European classics, hot rods, groundbreaking race cars" and green technology surrounded by "state-of-the-art lighting, digital displays and immersive learning stations. " Peter Mullin, the chairman of the museum's board, said Sunday that he hopes the new design and added attractions at the Wilshire Boulevard facility will boost repeat visits to 60% of its daily attendance.
July 8, 2011 | By Susan James, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, a popular tourist destination in Europe , and home to some of the world’s best-known paintings, will shut down next year, in October, and remain closed until March 2013 for renovation and security upgrades, officials say. To provide continued access to the core collection, a selection of 75 paintings and several works on paper will be exhibited at the Hermitage Amsterdam during the closure. The Van Gogh Museum, which is visited by about 1.5 million people each year,  has been victimized in the past by art thieves.
October 1, 2009 | Hugo Martin and Patrick J. McDonnell
The Hotel Bel-Air closed quietly Wednesday, shutting for two years of renovations without agreeing to a severance package with its unionized employees. The garden-shrouded resort -- for more than 60 years a retreat for presidents, movie stars and others -- has refused to commit to rehire 250 union employees after its multimillion-dollar face-lift is complete in 2011. Leaders of Unite Here Local 11 have accused the hotel's managers of using the renovation project to rid itself of the union.
January 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A commuter ferry involved in a crash Wednesday in Lower Manhattan that left 57 people injured, two of them critically, underwent significant renovations last summer that replaced its high-speed four-engine system with a propeller system that left it lighter and more fuel efficient. The changes to the Seastreak Wall Street, a 140.7-foot-long catamaran with three decks, were detailed in the online shipping magazine Marinelog in an August 2012 report , which explained how the engines had been swapped out for propellers by a Louisiana-based company.
December 27, 2011 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Ongoing stadium renovations won't affect the 90,000-plus fans expected to attend the 2012 Rose Bowl game between the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers, Rose Bowl officials said this week. The stadium is undergoing a five-year, $160-million renovation that includes adding luxury seats and a new press box to the 89-year-old facility. Construction on a new video board on the north side of the stadium is complete, and four tunnels on the south of the stadium have doubled in width.
July 20, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO
The West Valley Municipal Building will reopen today after a nine-month renovation project that included seismic retrofitting and expansion of staff and public areas. The center, at 19040 Vanowen St. in Reseda, houses several city branch offices. Those offices include the Department of Building and Safety, city attorney, dispute mediation, Community Redevelopment Agency, Bureau of Street Services and Contract Administration, Department of Transportation, and the Los Angeles Police Department.
March 27, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
In a sign that the definition of prime office space is undergoing a dramatic shift, an old downtown Los Angeles office complex - once considered second rate - is now outperforming many of its newer, glitzier competitors. PacMutual Plaza, which dates to 1908, was one of the best addresses in Southern California until an unprecedented office building boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought a stately new crop of skyscrapers to town. For decades to follow, PacMutual - in the same block as the Biltmore hotel in Pershing Square - was a lower-cost alternative to such elite enclaves of corporate America as U.S. Bank Tower, Two California Plaza and the Gas Company Tower.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
If Leonardo DiCaprio needs to take a breather after his hard-fought Oscar battle, he can retreat to the Palm Springs estate he recently bought for $5.23 million. Set on 1.3 acres in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the renovated 1963 estate designed by architect Donald Wexler was once owned by Dinah Shore , the big band-era singer, television show host and avid golfer who died in 1994. The 7,022-square-foot Modernist showplace has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wooden ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and a sunken bar in the living room.
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
"I felt a creative spirit the first time I walked in this house," says Rina Welles of the 1921 Santa Monica house that was once home to renowned German playwright Bertolt Brecht. "I liked the energy. " The foursquare house was where Brecht penned "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" and other plays during the 1940s. Today the house is one component in a multigenerational family compound for Welles, husband David Golubchik, her mother, Joanna, and their children, Leah, 10, and Alek, 6. The home, which has been renovated and complemented by a new addition by Dub Studios , also stands as a success story for preserving cultural landmarks in fresh and inviting ways.
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jared Padalecki, who stars on the long-running CW series "Supernatural," has recorded a very down-to-earth house sale in the San Fernando Valley for $2.4 million. The 1924 Spanish-style home, featuring vaulted beam ceilings and stained glass, has been fully renovated. A rough-hewn wooden door serves as the house's portal, so to speak. The 3,818 square feet of space inside includes a massive arch-topped window, a glass-enclosed library/office, a family/game room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
March 6, 2014 | By Steve Waters
DORAL, Fla. - It was only the first round Thursday, but the 68-player international field at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship got a taste of just how fearsome the new Blue Monster can be. The opening day at Trump National Doral had strong, shifting winds, rain, a storm delay, a tornado watch and a suspension of play because of darkness. As a result, there were plenty of birdies, but also plenty of bogeys, doubles and worse. Only two threesomes completed 18 holes.
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Like a take-it-outside scrape between two once-friendly drunks, the sibling rivalry comedy "Awful Nice" has a kind of bro-logic fascination embedded in its rambunctious male humor. How does a bonding moment turn sour? When is an insult a compliment too? Is there a smidgen of love accompanying that swing to the head? This is not to say that writer-director Todd Sklar's loose, unkempt tale of two long-incommunicado brothers on a disastrous trip to claim their dead father's inheritance is some model of broken-relations satire.
June 6, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
More than $1 million in public and private funds have been spent over the last year or so to renovate university residences of several new California State University presidents, improvements officials say are necessary as the pressure on campus leaders to raise funds becomes more acute. Repairs to many of the homes had been delayed for years and the transition to new campus leaders provided a natural window to conduct the remodels, Cal State officials said. The $1 million is a small sum in a university system with about 420,000 students and more than $2 billion in state funding.
June 22, 2011 | Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
With a $6.6-million construction grant at stake, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday endorsed the Autry National Center of the American West's plan to reconfigure galleries at its museum in Griffith Park, creating permanent displays of Native American artifacts. The proposal, which would be routine for most other museums, became contentious last month because it dovetails with the larger, longstanding question of whether turning the Griffith Park site into a home for the Autry's Native American collection spells the end of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington.
February 16, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN DIEGO - Above the water line, the Point Loma wharf at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is impressive: large, high-tech ships dock there before cruising off to research sea life and climate conditions around the world. The skyline of downtown San Diego skyscrapers looms across the bay. Underwater, however, is a much less glamorous view of the concrete pier and wharf, with rotten and broken pilings, exposed rebar and dangling wooden supports. It is a glimpse, scientists say, of the worrisome decay that could threaten their efforts to better understand tsunamis, seismic faults and the effect of pollution on fish.
January 31, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas obtained a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building. The request to approve the work comes after The Times reported that county-paid crews installing a security system last year replaced his garage's interior walls, installed electrical wiring and equipment, and put in appliances - without city permits.
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