DOWNTOWN NEWS 16-18 downtownPUBLICARTwalkingtours For more information and to download the tours visit crala.org/art W W W. D O W N T O W N N E W S . C O M April 18, 2011 Volume 40, Number 16 INSIDE Administrative Professionals Week PODCASTS LOS ANGELES Metro Mix Former Home of the Central Library Is Reborn as 88 Apartments Austin Beutner gets mayoral. 5 Another retailer for the Historic Core. 8 Staying green in Downtown. 10 photo by Gary Leonard Michael Fallas, whose family has long owned the Fallas Paredes discount store at 315 W. Fifth St., has turned the 10-story building into apartments. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR Historic Core office buildings and turn them into market-rate housing, a move made possible by the city’s 1999 passage of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance. That inspired Fallas to think differently for the future. It also put him on a road filled with tough obstacles and serious learning experiences as he set about transforming his property into a residential complex. It may have taken a lot longer than he anticipated, but now Fallas’ vision has born fruit. In February, the Metropolitan (not to be confused with the Metropolitan Apartments or the Met Lofts, both in South Park) opened as 88 apartments. “I love this building,” Fallas said one recent afternoon as he sat inside one of the units in the building at 315 W. Fifth St. Slim and with an almost constant smile that seems to hint at both pride in the project and relief that it’s completed, Fallas said the property, like most adaptive reuse projects in Downtown Los Angeles, has both classic touches and modern see Metropolitan, page 14 Get down with the Easter Bunny. W Gary Leonard’s living estate sale. Timeline to the State of the City 19 21 hen Michael Fallas purchased the 1913 Metropolitan building in the late 1990s, he didn’t have many plans for the structure. The ground floor was Fallas Paredes, a 40,000-square-foot store specializing in discount apparel. Most of the upper levels in the 10-floor edifice were storage space. Like many people, Fallas watched as Tom Gilmore was the first person to take dead old Parking, Education and a Wisconsin Smackdown by Jon ReGaRdie executive editoR Reviewing ‘God of Carnage.’ 22 23 CALENDAR LISTINGS 24 MAP 25 CLASSIFIEDS O n Wednesday, April 13, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa headed to Jefferson High School to deliver his sixth State of the City address. Most of the power establishment of Los Angeles followed. Here’s how it played out. 4:34 p.m.: Traffic is jammed all around the school, cars inching forward then waiting, belching exhaust. It’s nine days till Earth Day THE REGARDIE REPORT in a city someone once predicted could be the greenest big city in America. 4:41 p.m.: With the air Moscow bad and two snails outpacing the Mazda 6 in front of me, I see three police cars in a No Parking zone. A Crown Victoria pulls up behind them and stops. Uh oh! Methinks someone will get a ticket. Then the doors open and out pop Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Bill Rosendahl. Council carpool! They walk away, leaving the Crown Vic behind the black and whites. Council membership has its privileges. 4:50 p.m.: I’ve parked and am walking toward the school, thinking of Jefferson’s upgrades, including a 33-point API boost, since it got succubused into the Mayor’s Partnership for L.A. Schools several years ago. Then, egads, I see graffiti scrawled across the black steel cage protecting a vending machine. Suddenly I see State of the City, page 9 The Voice of Downtown Los Angeles photo by Gary Leonard Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa headed to Jefferson High School last week for his sixth State of the City address.