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NEW DEVELOPMENT coming to Vermont and Wilshire.

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Wilshire center 2011 NEW DEVELOPMENT

Hobart property to gain Two-tower high-rise coming to Wilshire commercial building, park New life is expected for the long-vacant 2.2-acre lot on Hobart Ave. between Wilshire Blvd. and 7th St. The north half of the property has been purchased by the Hankey Group which plans a retail-housing complex. Don Hankey, principal, said his firm will erect a five-story building featuring 15,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, topped by 240 apartments on the remaining four floors. Community park The board of the Community Redevelopment Agency approved a joint purchase land deal with the Hankey Co. to share the southern portion of the property for use as a park. The park, roughly one-acre in size, will provide numerous amenities including a picnic area, sports courts, fitness 2011.01. 24

Construction is set to begin later this year on “The Vermont,” a J.H. Snyder Co. twotower development at the southeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. The $150-million mixed-use apartment complex will feature ground-floor retail and public open space on the twoacre property across from the Red Line subway stop. “We are excited to bring new life to this important intersection in the heart of the growing Mid-Wilshire District,” said Michael Wise, senior partner, J.H. Snyder Co. The Silver LEED-certified building includes a quarteracre central courtyard, 41,000 square feet for restaurants, and grocery, bank and other retail plus 77 public underground parking spaces at the dense intersection. The Vermont’s north and south towers will stand 22 and 28 stories tall, respectively, and include 464 one and twobedroom apartments. The design by Jerde Partnership architecture firm includes a lobby, pool and gym


THE VERMONT will be built across from the Red Line.

on the seventh floor, above the garage. Residents will also have a shared lounge-style workspace. As part of the project approved in April by the City Council, the developer will pay $1 million to a Community Benefit Trust Fund and build 96 affordable housing units in the vicinity. An estimated 1,500 construction jobs will be created for the project. Other Snyder projects include the Wilshire Court-

yard in Miracle Mile, the $300-million NoHo Commons mixed-use property in North Hollywood and the River Mall in Rancho Mirage. Completion of the Wilshire Center development is expected in 2013.


Population estimated at 42,611 per sq. mile Population in the Wilshire Center/Koreatown area is 124,281, based on Dept. of City Planning estimates. Boundaries, according to the L.A. Mapping Project, are Virgil to Western avenues between Beverly and Olympic boulevards. There are 42,611 people per square mile, among the highest densities in both the city and county.

stations, playground and a community garden. The Hankey Group also is developing a five-story building at Wilshire and Hoover boulevards.

Marketplace mall to open on Western Avenue in 2012 Wilshire Center/Koreatown will soon welcome its third major shopping center on Western Ave.—California Marketplace—occupying an entire block at 5th St. and Western Ave. The three-story center will contain 80,000 square feet plus two levels of underground parking. The ground floor will feature a grocery market while the second and third floors will have restaurants and retail stores. The top floor will also have an open patio. The shopping center is designed by Gruen Associates, the architectural firm that also planned the Koreatown Plaza which opened at Western Ave. and Ninth St. in 1987. Completion is expected by the fall of 2012.

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Temple plans renovation, new classrooms Wilshire Boulevard Temple is beginning a multi-year, multiphase redevelopment project of the 3.9-acre block known as Magnin Square at Wilshire and Harvard boulevards. Work is estimated to begin after the Jewish High Holy Days in October, necessitating closure of the sanctuary for approximately 24 months and reopening for High Holy Day services in 2013. At the center of the Phase 1 $140 million project is the restoration of its famed greendomed sanctuary, a local landmark that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1862, Wilshire Boulevard Temple is the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. Work has started on the redevelopment project that will encompass restoration, seismic and infrastructure upgrades of the historic structure. The ornate interior finishes will be cleaned and restored, including the famed Warner Bros. murals and the Kimball organ. Renovation of the 1929 twostory school building on Harvard Blvd. is planned along with construction of a new, four-story school building. Both structures will house the Erika J. Glazer Early Childhood Center and serve as the incubator space for the Richard and Geri Brawerman Elementary School East. The final proposed element is construction of a 500-space parking structure, with three below-ground floors and three above. At the 3.9-acre site along 6th St. plans call for a rooftop open-air play-yard on the top floor of the parking structure. The Karsh Family Tikkun

New housing for Southwestern Law School students Southwestern Law School’s Student Housing and Campus Improvement Project includes a 133-unit student housing complex at 7th St. and Shatto Place. The Groundbreaking is scheduled this year. Subsequent phases of the project will include the rehabilitation of the existing building at 3100 Wilshire Blvd. (the former Bullocks Wilshire building); the construction of a 450-seat lecture hall south of the 3100 Wilshire building; and the addition of a campus green. These elements are designed to enhance the campus and transform Southwestern from a commuter school to a more integrated academic community.

PLANS FOR Wilshire Boulevard Temple (shown in 1960s) to include sanctuary restoration, new school building and parking structure.

Olam Center is expected to occupy the ground floor along 6th St., which will house the Temple’s food pantry and provide space for other social service programs. The food pan-

try serves approximately 200 people/families with bags of food every Sunday. For more information and updates, visit the website: buildinglives.wbtla.org.

Funding approval to speed Wilshire subway expansion With the nexus of funding from areas throughout the availability and community County and beyond. support for the subway, the The subway extension projWilshire Center/Koreatown ect is slated to receive pararea is closer than ever to see- tial funding from Measure R, ing the “subway to the sea” approved by voters in November 2008. These become a real"Subway to the local funds will ity. be used to seek The Los Ange- sea" is closer than federal “New les Metropoli- ever to becoming a Starts” matchtan Transporta- reality. ing funds. tion Authority (METRO)’s Westside Subway Completion of the final Extension is one of its priority environmental and prelimiprojects. It will provide a high- nary engineering will make capacity, high-speed, alterna- the project eligible to compete tive for those traveling to key for these funds. destinations such as Miracle The Long Range TransporMile, Beverly Hills, Century tation Plan for Los Angeles City and Westwood, including County commits $4.2 billion the UCLA campus. More than (in 2009 dollars) over the next 300,000 people travel into the 30 years to building the projWestside every day for work ect.



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Agency is engine that fuels area improvements, housing, parks The area in the heart of the 16-mile Wilshire Boulevard corridor has been undergoing a resurgence led by the Community Redevelopment Agen-

cy of the city of Los Angeles (CRA). In 1995, after the civil unrest plagued parts of the Wilshire Center/Koreatown area, the CRA selected this

community as one of its 32 areas for redevelopment. CRA created the 1,207-acre Wilshire Center/Koreatown project to promote business

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expansion, create a mix of housing options and develop public improvements. The agency has contributed to the construction or rehabilitation of 350 housing units during the past five years. Two parks are in the works. A one-acre park has been proposed at Hobart Ave. and 7th St. Another park will be incorporated at a retail development by Hankey Group at Wilshire Blvd. and Hoover Ave. A $19 million community center for seniors at Olympic Blvd. and Normandie Ave. is another CRA project and is expected to open later this year. CRA is also funding a $1.3 million new gateway sign in

the same area. The agency donated $6 million to the Anderson Munger Family YMCA for its health and fitness facility at Oxford Ave. and 3rd St. Michael Russell, operations officer for the Wilshire Cener Business Improvement District, said “The CRA/LA has been instrumental in bringing so many great projects to reality. From streetscape improvements to transit-oriented developments, affordable housing, sustainability programs and most recently, parks. Many of these projects might still be just ideas, had it not been for the investments and the hard work of the CRA/ LA.”


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Investment Sales The following is excerpted from a report by the CommuInvestment Sales Investment Sales Site Selection & Acquisition nity Redevelopment Agency. Selection & Acquisition For 14-year-old Emmy Site Selection &Site Acquisition Owner User Acquisition Morales, who is disabled and Owner User Acquisition Owner User Acquisition Tenant Representationwalks with a rollator, her

“Emmy didn’t really want to go outside very often,” said her mother, Carolina Flores, “but everything has changed since we moved into our new place. Now, Emmy wants to go Tenant Representation family’s new apartment has out all the time and does it on Tenant Representation her own.” brought new-found freedom. The Hobart, built in part The $16.9-million Hobart with a $1.2-million loan from apartments are within the the city Community Redevel- Wilshire Center/Koreatown Contact Michael J. Dunn Contact Michael J. Dunn opment Agency, is equipped Redevelopment Project Area with entrance ramps for hand- in Koreatown. The neighborContact Michael J. Dunn (2 1 3) 580-1400 | www.dunnpropert y group.com hood has the highest populaicapped access. 1 3)208 580-1400 | www.dunnpropert y group.com Prior to their new home, tion density in Los Angeles. 1 2 00 Wilshire Boulevard,(2 Suite | Los Angeles, CA 900 1 7 1 3) 580-1400 | www.dunnpropert y group.com and herCA family had 1 7 The five-story Art Deco-style 1 2 00 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 208 | LosEmmy, Angeles, 900 lived for nearly eight years apartment building replaced a lshire Boulevard, Suite 208 | Los Angeles, CA 900 1 7 in a one-bedroom apart- 16-unit dilapidated building ment a few blocks down the was designed by the architecstreet that lacked a handi- tural firm Archeon Internacap access ramp. The build- tional Group. The new coming also had an old-fashioned plex increased housing in the elevator whose two doors had neighborhood, eliminated to be manually opened and blight and enhanced attracclosed, making it impossible tiveness and security of the 900 block of S. Hobart Blvd. for Emmy to handle alone.

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Back to e-books, languages in fall at Kennedy

SHOOTING HOOPS at center’s new gym.

Center offers gym, tech lab, classes in Lafayette Park Local youngsters are enjoying the technology lab, gym and classrooms in the new addition to Lafayette Park Recreation Center, 625 S. Lafayette Park Place, The 11,000 square foot addition is a result of the partnership between Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)., a youth group, and the Dept. of Recreation and Parks to provide academics, arts, recreation and athletic programs. The project originated from requests by surrounding area whose needs outgrew the 3,700 square foot senior center. The new rec-

reation center increases the number of neighborhood youth served in 2011 by more than 60 percent. Kids’ programs Summer activities include: a boxing class, lessons in Chinese martial arts at a karate class Adult classes An aerobics class, boxing class and instruction on the correct way to use weights are offered as well as free classes in weight training, boxing, aerobics and Karate. To learn more, call 213-3840562.

It’s back to school for kindergarten through 12th graders at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Wed., Sept. 7. Six principals oversee 4,000 pupils in the Pilot Schools Network on the grounds of the former Ambassador Hotel, at 701 S. Catalina St. The L.A.U.S.D. complex embodies the late Sen. Kennedy’s social justice legacy. He was assassinated at the site in 1968. The six pilot schools are: Ambassador School of Global Education—an ele-

mentary school for kindergarten through fifth grade. Ambassador School of Global Leadership—Sixth through 12th grade. The curriculum includes languages and interaction with professionals who work in diplomacy, education, public service, business and trade. Los Angeles High School of the Arts—Ninth through 12th grade. Students study with professional actors, directors, dancers and singers. Lighting, set, sound, and costume

WORDS TO LIVE BY. The RFK Inspiration Park fronts the Kennedy campus. Art works and text spoken by the late senator are features of the green space.

designers and technicians also teach at the site. New Open World Academy—kindergarten through 12th grade. Students view textbooks on line at this technological-focused pilot and multilingual instruction in English, Spanish and Korean that begins as early as kindergarten. School for the Visual Arts and Humanities—Ninth through 12th grade. Internships at local museums are among offerings at this college preparatory pilot. UCLA Community School— kindergarten through 12th grade school offers partnerships with the university’s students and faculty. “We have a lot of great talent here,” says Jackie Olvera, RFK Community Schools operations manager. The Ambassador Hotel opened in 1921 and was a popular spot among Hollywood’s Golden Age and U.S. presidents alike. The 500-room hotel operated for 68 years before it closed in bankruptcy in 1989. For information on the Kennedy Schools, call 213480-4500.

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said the vacancy rate of 17.3 percent is on a par with other areas such as downtown. Sample sees more pedestrian activity on the boulevard, and more retail shops opening. He credits the opening of the new school on the Ambassador property as one of the incentives for new stores. Smaller buildings are coming on the market, he said. For instance, his firm is handling a two-story office building at Wilshire and Rampart for $7.45 million. Both agree the expansion of the Metro Purple line to Santa Monica is a plus factor in making the Wilshire corridor an attractive place to locate a business. And it will provide access to more employees.

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Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) has provided thousands of underserved and at-risk youth free after-school programs in academics, arts and athletics for more than 20 years. Headquartered at 2701 Wilshire Blvd., HOLA provides elementary, middle and high school programming for children and encourages leadership and personal development programs, said Tony Brown, director. For more information, call Brown at 213-389-1148 ext. 235 or visit the website at www.heartofla.org.

EVERY FRIDAY at the Wilshire/Vermont Metro station residents and employees check out the fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market.


Variety of health facilities at YMCA

A fitness center, indoor pool and rooftop track are among the amenities at the YMCA to begin construction at 249 S. Oxford Ave. at the northwest corner of Oxford and Third St. The $14 million Anderson Munger Family YMCA facility is scheduled to break ground in the beginning of 2012. “The new YMCA will offer youth programs to kids in one

of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the country,” said campaign co-chairs Bill and Karla Ahmanson, Hancock Park. An array of recreation and health programs will be offered for 2,700 youth and families in the 29,000–square foot facility. Preschool, after-school and teen programs will be included.

Housing options in Wilshire Center Single family homes available for sale •141 N. Berendo St., 4 bedrooms/ 3 baths, $599,000. •169 S. Ardmore Ave., 4 bedrooms/ 2 baths, $539,000. • 452 N. Westmoreland Ave., 3 bedrooms/1 bath, $469,000. • 234 S. Kingsley Dr., 3 bedrooms/1 bath, $450,000. • 416 N. Serrano Ave., 3 bedrooms/1 bath, $419,000. Apartments available Ardmore Court Apartments, 510 S. Ardmore Ave. Studios begin at $950; 1 bedroom, 1/bath units start at $950, 2 bedroom, 2/bath begin at $1,545. Gaylord Apartments, 3355 Wilshire Blvd. singles: $1,400, 1-bedroom, 1/bath, $1,560. Serrano Tower, 511 S. Serrano Ave. singles: $795, 1- bedroom, 1/bath $1,050. Langham Apartments, 715 S. Normandie Ave. Singles start at $860; 1 bedrooms start at $1100, 2 bedrooms, begin at $1,600. Villa Serrano, 940½ S. Serrano Ave. 2 bedrooms, 1/bath, $1,895.




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Real estate brokers who handle commercial sales and leasing in the Wilshire Center/ Koreatown corridor are optimistic about the future. “Wilshire Center is one of the best rental values in the Los Angeles office market,” said Michael Dunn. Dunn, principal in Dunn

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Eateries offer array of international cuisine

HOLA, athletes poets, puppets at Sunday concerts

Blake to oversee six police stations in new position

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WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE Historic neighborhood landmark is renovating and growing BUILDING LIVES Capital Campaign Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a fixture in the community since 1929, begins a two year renovation of its historic sanctuary in October 2011. During this time we will continue to offer our current and expanding programs, including our Parenting Center, Nursery School, Religious School, Torah study and other adult learning opportunities. And this fall, we open our new Brawerman Elementary School East kindergarten class at full enrollment. Through construction we will add a grade each year to our elementary school, continue feeding our hungry neighbors at our food pantry on Sunday mornings—as we have for over 25 years—and we will enhance our social services programs. Shabbat services will continue every Friday night and Saturday morning. We welcome you and your family and look forward to sharing this journey with you. Together we will enrich Jewish life and the City of Los Angeles. For further information, please call (213) 388-2401 and ask for member services.

ERIKA J. GLAZER EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Now in its third year, The Erika J. Glazer Early Childhood Center has fast become one of the most highly regarded Nusery Schools in Los Angeles. We are currently running Parent and Me classes as well as a full day Nursery School program. The programs are based on a developmental approach and include a combination of Reggio Emelia, Montessori and High Scope philosophies. Applications are currently being accepted for September 2011 admission. Registration forms for Parenting Center classes are available on our website.

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BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EAST Opening its doors this fall, Brawerman East expands the mission of the wildly successful Brawerman Elementary School West. With its location on the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple Campus, Brawerman East fuses the past, the present and the future into a compelling curriculum that roots students in the history of the Jewish people, develops students’ sense of self and prepares students to be good citizens in a multi-cultural city and world. A dynamic response to education, students at Brawerman East will experience the highest academic standards with the added privilege of attending school at an historical landmark, a living example of Jewish history.

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RELIGIOUS SCHOOL The Wilshire Boulevard Temple Religious School is where children of all ages learn to embrace and love Judaism. We offer unique experiences in a nurturing environment that enable students to feel connected to the Jewish community and grow up embracing a life rich with Jewish values, self-esteem and humanity. Our unique Center for Learning and Engagement provides an innovative and substantive Reform Jewish education based on the values, traditions and history of Judaism. We provide the only accredited once-weekly Jewish education program in the nation.


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