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Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new Civic Center Master Plan which envisions upwards of 2.2 million square feet of government offices and private development on the blocks surrounding City Hall.  IBI Group, the architecture and engineering firm behind the plan, has generated a glossy new rendering that portrays a full buildout of the new Civic Center in 2032.

The plan is described as an axis scheme in which City Hall serves as the point of origin for new pedestrian corridors radiating outwards towards Little Tokyo, Chinatown, the Arts District and other adjacent communities.  To facilitate this vision, a number of existing Civic Center landmarks would be redeveloped.

This includes Parker Center, the former LAPD headquarters which was denied landmark status earlier this year by the City Council.  The 1950s structure is slated for demolition and replacement with a 27-story, 700,000-square-foot office building.

Other properties, including City Hall South, the L.A. Mall, the Aiso Street Parking Garage, and the Metro Detention Center, are slated to give way for a mixture of open space, government offices and private commercial developments.  All new construction is expected to include active ground-floor uses, to stimulate the pedestrian traffic that the Civic Center currently lacks.

Also shown in the rendering is Park 101, the ambitious proposal to cap several segments of the US-101 freeway trench with green space.

Rendering by IBI Group

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Four-Story Development Tops Out at 1st & Fairfax

The project includes 45 apartments and ground-floor retail space.
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The wood-and-concrete frame of a small mixed-use development near The Grove is now complete. The four-story development, which comes from local real estate firm Conroy Commercial, replaces an auto body repair shop at 1st Street and Fairfax Avenue.  City records indicate the building will feature 45 residential units atop 1,258 square feet of ground-floor commercial space above a basement parking garage. Ovalle Architects, a Long Beach-based firm, designed the contemporary low-rise structure.