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Earlier this month, Woodbridge Capital Partners quietly kicked off construction for the $2.5-billion redevelopment of the landmark Century Plaza Hotel.

The project, which has been considered in some shape or form for nearly a decade, is starting with the refurbishment of the 50-year-old hotel, which sits at the southwest corner of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars.  Architecture firms Gensler and Marmol Radziner will build upon the historic design by Minoru Yamaski, converting the upper floors of the 16-story edifice into 63 condominiums and retaining 400 hotel rooms and 93,000 square feet of commercial space on its lower levels.

At the back of the property, plans call for the demolition of hotel amenities followed by the construction of twin 46-story towers with a combined total of 300 condominiums.  Architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners has designed the two buildings in the shape of Reuleaux triangles, mimicing Yamasaki's iconic Century Plaza Towers across Avenue of the Stars.

The project will also create new open space, designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, including plazas, water features and landscaped courtyards throughout the property.  At a later point, the hotel and condo complex may also offer a direct connection to the future Century City Station on Metro's Purple Line.

Completion is expected in 2019.

Rendering of the Century Plaza development (Image: New Century Partners)
Rendering of the Century Plaza development (Image: New Century Partners)
Rendering of the Century Plaza development (Image: New Century Partners)
Rendering of the Century Plaza development (Image: New Century Partners)
Rendering of the Century Plaza development (Image: New Century Partners)
Site plan for the Century Plaza development (Image: New Century Partners)

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A large parking lot next door to the Union Station Terminal Annex Building is slated for development as a data center. CoreSite Realty Corp., a Denver-based owner and operator of data centers across the country, is behind the proposed development, which would raze the parking lot at 900 N. Alameda Street for the construction of a four-story, 93-foot-tall data center with nearly 180,000 square feet of floor area.