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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.

Highland Park Senior Housing Project Faces Appeal

Plans call for a three-story building with 17 residential units.
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This week, the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission will take up an appeal of the St. Mary Senior Citizen Housing Project, a proposed senior apartment building in Highland Park. The project, the applicant for which is listed as the Presiding priest of the Holy Virgin Mary, calls for the construction of a three-story, 17-unit development at 767 N. Avenue 50.