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Next week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will consider developer Jia Long USA's proposal to construct a mixed-use high-rise building near the Wilshire/Vermont subway station in Koreatown.

The project, dubbed Wilshire Gate, would rise from a property at 631 S. Vermont Avenue, replacing Denny's restaurant and an adjoining parking lot.  Plans call for a 33-story, 450-foot-tall building, featuring 250 apartments - including 22 very low-income units - 200 hotel rooms, 16,000 square feet of office space, a 483-stall parking garage and ground-floor retail uses.

Since first revealed earlier this year, Jia Long has tapped architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed to refine the look of the proposed tower, along with Archeon Group and YKD Landscape.  New renderings portray a boxy high-rise building, wrapped with glass and aluminum panels.  A green wall at the back of the property obscures above-grade parking levels, while amenities activate the tower's podium and roof levels.

Construction of Wilshire Gate would occur over approximately 24 months, although a groundbreaking date has not been announced.

The property abuts the future site of the Korean American National Museum, which will also feature a housing component.  Opposite Vermont Avenue, Trammell Crow Company is preparing to redevelop a series of L.A. County properties with apartments and office space.

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A series of early 20th century buildings in Silver Lake could make way for a new development of small lot homes.

The project, filed earlier this week with the City of Los Angeles, would replace a triplex at 1756-1762 Griffith Park Boulevard with 12 single-family residences.