Beverly Hills' long-vacant Robinsons-May building is officially no more! The above image, captured from the 42nd floor of the Century Plaza Towers, shows demolition well underway on the mid-century department store at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard. The eight-acre property, located near the confluence of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, is the site of a long-standing proposal for a Richard Meier-designed luxury condo development. Consisting of two mid-rise towers, the $500 million project would create 235 residential units and 21,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space. However, any development plans are likely on hold, pending a sale of the property by current owner Joint Treasures International, Ltd.
Heavy equipment is also active on other projects nearby. Across the street in Century City, developer Crescent Heights is in the midst of construction on a 39-story luxury apartment tower at 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard. One block east, preliminary work began in April for a 12-story, 170-room Waldorf Astoria hotel. The two projects are expected to open in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
- Site of Former Department Store in Beverly Hills... (Los Angeles Times)