Here’s What Happened During Last Month’s Development & Construction

Infamous developer Geoff Palmer has broken ground on his biggest project yet, which is called Ferrante. The massive complex will take over a 10-acre lot in City West, located right across the 110 Freeway from Palmer’s recently-completed Da Vinci Apartments. The current data center on the property is soon to be demolished. As expected, the new complex will have Palmer’s signature faux-Tuscan look that has garnered quiet the criticism from DTLA residents. In total, Ferrante will have 1,500 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail space. No timeline has been announced.

The second building in the 2-building Axis project is close to completion. The red metal sliding and white stucco facade is spot on to the rendering from Togawa Smith Martin. The project is rather basic looking compared to its historic neighbor, the Herald Examiner Building – however the seven-story will bring a much needed 177 residential units to the southern end of Hill St.

Apex 2 has nearly finished its facade treatment and it’s looking pretty snazzy. Although the design was originally supposed to match the first Apex tower, Holland Partner Group refined the design, giving it a more clean, minimal look. The framework for the separate retail structure on the corner of 9th and Figueroa has started to go up, and I expect the crane will come down shortly. The project is expected to open later this year.

Over in Historic Core, Perla has broken ground and is making headway. The lot is still being excavated and cleared, so no signs of any heavy duty equipment yet. This project is huge both in size and importance for Downtown. It is the first new-build condo building to come to the Historic Core in over 100 years. The 35-story mixed-use tower will bring 450 condominium units and 7,000 square feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space to the neighborhood in 2020.

The Regional Connector station at 2nd & Broadway is digging deep underground. Once completed, the station will connect office workers, residents and tourists of the area with the Metro Gold Line and the 7th St / Metro Center station. The current estimated opening date is 2021.

For more photos of development and construction, head over to my Flickr page.


Developer: G.H. Palmer Associates
Architect: Nelson / Boivin Architects and Planning
Ferrante Development Los Angeles

Axis at 1100 S. Hill St 
Developer: Forest City Enterprises
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux with direction from Togawa Smith Martin
Apex DTLA Architectural Photographer Hunter Kerhart

Apex 2
Developer: Holland Partner Group
Architect: Gensler & Preston Partnership
Apex 2 Los Angeles Architectural Photographer Hunter Kerhart

Developer: SCG America
Architect: CallisonRTKL
Perla Construction Los Angeles Architectural Photographer Hunter Kerhart

Metro Regional Connector
Builder: Traylor Bros. and Skanska
Designers: Hatch Mott McDonald and Aecom (Formerly URS Corporation)
Regional Connector 2nd and Broadway


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