The tarp has come down at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue, giving passersby a first glimpse of a first glimpse of the $200-million South Block development.

The project, which comes from DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Clarrett West, consists of four seven-story buildings that will feature 507 apartments and approximately 60,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

VTBS Architects designed the mixed-use development, which is functionally and aesthetically similar to an earlier phase of the project located across the street - the Eastown apartments.

Completion of the South Block is expected in 2018.

Highland Park Senior Housing Project Faces Appeal

Plans call for a three-story building with 17 residential units.

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.