Last month, architecture firm MVE + Partners and engineering firm Glotman Simpson granted Urbanize and architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart a tour of 755 Spring, one of two mixed-use towers now rising at the intersection of 8th and Spring Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.

The project, which replaced a longtime surface parking lot, is a 24-story structure that will feature 287 residential units and 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.  The design is described as a blend between old and new, with a base that draws from its historic surroundings and modern elements above.

Its sister development, a second 24-story tower located across the street at 732 Spring, will feature 300 units atop 7,500 square feet of street-fronting commercial space.  Its facade is highlighted by a weave pattern that is intended as a tribute to the surrounding Fashion District.

Both towers - expected to open in 2018 - are being developed by a Holland Partner Group, a real estate firm based out of Vancouver, Washington.

8th & Spring. Image via MVE + Partners.
732 Spring. Image via MVE + Partners.

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Mixed-Use Development Planned Near Laguna Niguel Metrolink Station

The project is part of the city's Gateway District.

The Laguna Niguel Planning Commission has approved a mixed-use development near the city's Metrolink Station.  The joint venture between Blackwood Real Estate and Walbern, located near the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Forbes Road, will consist of 100 two- and three-bedroom apartments in a seven-story building.  Plans also call for 2,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space, as well as a pool courtyard, a fitness center, a private garden, and a sky deck.