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Brigham Yen

10/26/12

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One of the most exciting new projects in Downtown LA’s redevelopment future is the $1 billion Wilshire Grand Center that has now begun pre-construction work with the dismantling of the existing Wilshire Grand Hotel at 7th and Figueroa.

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Taking apart the Wilshire Grand

LA Curbed | Adrian Glick Kudler

10/24/12

Chris Martin, the architect and project manager for the 70-story redevelopment of the Wilshire Grand, acknowledges that "People like explosions," but that's not the way the old 15-story (asbestos-packed) Wilshire Grand is going out.

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Work Officially Begins at Site of LA’s Second Tallest Tower

LA Curbed | Adrian Glick Kudler

10/23/12

The 1952 Wilshire Grand hotel finally started for-real coming down today at a big press event at which officials "cut a ceremonial beam out of the building's iconic entrance on Wilshire Blvd." (The building's been closed since last year.)

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The Wilshire Grand Hotel Is Officially On Its Way Down

LAist | Lindsay William-Ross

10/23/12

Ladies and gentlemen, the Wilshire Grand is officially coming down. Today demolition got underway at the longstanding hotel that is being torn down to make way for a massive new development.

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CurbedWire: Demo Starts for DTLA's Wilshire Grand, Sparklemotion on Hollywood Blvd.

Curbed LA | Neal Broverman

9/27/12

DOWNTOWN: It looks like the mid-century Wilshire Grand hotel is really starting to come down, with the construction of a giant skyscraper to hopefully follow. A poster on the SkyscraperPageForum snapped this picture of workers (un)hammering away in the Seventh Street lobby.

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Big Deals: South Park Carwash Site Will Probably Birth Mixed-Use Hotel

Curbed LA | Neal Broverman

8/29/12

The carwash/restaurant/ticket place that sits dead-center in the LA Live/South Park action is this close to being sold, the Los Angeles Business Journal reports (sub. req.), and it sounds like it'll almost definitely be the future home of a mixed-use hotel.

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Council panel approves $67.3-million subsidy for downtown hotel [UPDATED]

L.A. Now | Davod Zahniser

6/13/2012

June 12--A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council backed a $67.3-million subsidy for a new downtown hotel Tuesday, prompting a lawsuit threat from another hotel not far away.

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Council panel approves $67.3-million subsidy for downtown hotel

L.A. Now | William Nottingham

6/12/12

A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council backed a $67.3-million subsidy for a new downtown hotel Tuesday, prompting a lawsuit threat from another hotel not far away.

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Downtown L.A. hotel builder seeking $67.3 million tax break [UPDATED]

L.A. Now | David Zahniser

6/12/12

June 11--A Portland-based company planning a new 392-room hotel across from downtown's bustling L.A. Live entertainment complex would receive $67.3 million in taxpayer funds over the next 25 years, under a plan heading to the Los Angeles City Council.

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Big Deals: South Park Marriott Wants $67 Million Tax Break...Or Else

Curbed LA | Neal Broverman

6/11/12

The LA Live-adjacent double Marriott tower--which will house both a Courtyard and a Residence Inn--already has bulldozers moving dirt around South Park. But the Portland, OR developers of the 392 room hotel are throwing their weight around in an effort to get tax breaks from the city, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Downtown L.A. hotel builder seeking $67.3 million tax break

L.A. Now|William Nottingham

6/11/12

A Portland-based company planning a new 392-room hotel across from downtown s bustling L.A. Live entertainment complex would receive $67.3 million in taxpayer funds over the next 25 years, under a plan heading to the Los Angeles City Council.

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R.I.P.: Downtown's Wilshire Grand Hotel is liquidating...

Eater LA | Kat Odell

5/22/12

Downtown's Wilshire Grand Hotel is liquidating $2,000,000 worth of assets from plates to chairs, tvs to beds in preparation for its summer demolition. Korean Air and architect A.C. Martin Partners Inc. will build a 70-story $1-billion luxury hotel in its place to open January 2017


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Liquidation sale underway at Wilshire Grand Hotel

L.A. Now | Thomas Curwen

4/26/12

The Wilshire Grand Hotel closed Dec. 23 to make way for a new development but is now open as its owner attempts to sell as many appliances and accessories as possible in the coming weeks before the wrecking ball arrives.

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Wilshire Grand, Destined for Demolition, Holding "largest garage sale Los Angeles has ever seen"

LAist

4/24/12

The Wilshire Grand, once the Hotel Statler, is being liquidated (Vintage postcard) The Wilshire Grand Hotel closed its doors for good at the end of December, but before the walls come tumbling down to make way for a swanky high rise, all of the facility's furnishings are up for grabs.

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DevelopmentWatch: New Wilshire Grand Could Be Tallest Tower West of Chicago

Curbed LA | Neal Broverman

4/19/12

Korean Air's Wilshire Grand hotel project was recently downsized from two skyscrapers to one, ditching a planned office tower because Downtown's hotel demand is outstripping the office market (or so they tell us). But an interesting tidbit about the project, which will result in the hotel's current mid-century incarnation being torn down this summer, is that the new building could rise to 80 stories, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal's story [sub. req.] on the new plans. The Downtown News updated their Wilshire Grand piece from last month to address the possibility, writing that, "while specifications for the single tower are still under study...it would be closer in height to the approved phase two office building. That structure was most recently imagined as a 60-story tower, but the entitlements would allow for a building of 1,250 feet in height, or 75-80 stories. If Korean Air built the tower as tall as its approvals allow, it would surpass the US Bank Tower as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River."