OlympicTowerLA.com 811 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
A new mixed-use hotel, retail and residential building development is under way in Downtown Los Angeles on Olympic. Across the street from The Ritz-Carlton, the new building will replace what is currently Downtown’s most convenient car wash. The cars of DTLA will get a little dirtier as there are no other quick drive-through car washes in the booming neighborhood.
With some unusual features including a weird pinch in the middle, Curbed LA calls the new building design “bonkers”.
At the end of 2015, plans were unveiled for a redevelopment of the Downtown Car Wash in South Park, Olympic Tower 60-story tower with LED signs and live plants interwoven into its exterior, along with a rooftop garden. 374 residential units, 33,500 square feet of office space, a 10,800-square-foot conference center, and more than 65,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space will join a 373-room hotel.
Architecture firm Nardi Associates says that the building will feature a structural grid with live plantings, like a gigantic “urban tree”. An open-air atrium will be encased by a metal structure with a sloping roofline, so the highrise will have a sharp roof instead of a helipad.
In 1980, the car wash developer paid only $525,000 for the parcel. By 2005, the land was valued at $2.4 million. In 2014, developer Ben Neman bought the parcel for $25 million.
The building’s height means that it would block views of the Hotel Figueroa. There is no word on whether the residential portion will be rental or condo, but rental is more likely based on what most other developers have been choosing.
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