For more than 10 years now, downtown L.A. has been gentrifying right before our very eyes. Besides the monthly Downtown L.A. Art Walk, a new Whole Foods market, and amazing live-work industrial-residential lofts for sale and for lease, we can now look forward to a newly renovated open-air shopping mall in DTLA.
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Originally opened in 1973, Macy’s Plaza property is now undergoing a $160 million modernization as visualized above.
A Ratkovich spokeswoman says that when it’s finished, The Bloc, as it will be known, will be “the single largest mixed-use property in L.A.”
The huge building will contain 1.8 million square feet of retail, office and hotel space at 7th and Hope streets in Downtown Los Angeles. Construction is well under way, and while some of it may be completed by the end of 2015, much will not be done until sometime in 2016.
The Bloc will be an open, pedestrian, bicycle, and commuter-friendly complex. The project will also include a luxury office tower and a remodeled 485-room Sheraton Hotel. A new Italian steakhouse, TLT, Urban Oven, and Popbar are all slated.
One restaurant, already open, is called District on the Bloc. There diners can enjoy Scottish salmon, porcini-dusted whole branzino, sunchoke puree, rapini, heirloom carrot, sundried tomato and sherry jus. A visit there is not complete without a Moscow mule.
The remodeled mall is also expected to welcome a Starbucks Evenings location with on-site beer and wine licenses not far from where a new subway access point is being built.
A new pedestrian tunnel will LA’s busiest subway station, 7th Street-Metro Center, with The Bloc, allowing convenient roaming between Metro trains, shopping and dining.
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