The Park La Brea News reports that Associated Estates Realty has broken ground on a 175 unit apartment building at the parking lot behind the 1928 Desmond's Department Store at 5500 Wilshire Blvd.  The building is appropriately named "The Desmond on Wilshire."  Completion is expected by summer of 2015.

The Desmond on Wilshire joins a slew of other developments on the Miracle Mile, including the under-construction Wilshire at La Brea apartments and the upcoming 13 story Museum Square Office Building.

From the Web

Western Avenue Great Streets Project Expands in Scope

An extra $200,000 could pay for more items from a community wish list.

The people-friendly makeover imagined for Western Avenue through Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative could be getting a little bit grander in scope.

The project, dubbed "Welcome to Western," is intended to bring commercial facade improvements, new street trees, and public art installations to Western Avenue between 3rd Street in the south and Melrose Avenue in the north.  LA Más, the non