New Renderings Show Two Huge Towers Coming To L.A. Times Complex
In summer of 2016, Canadian developer Onni Group dropped a cool $120 million to scoop up the Times Mirror Square complex that houses the L.A. Times. The firm then announced plans of developing a mixed-use space that includes offices, retail stores, and even apartments.
Now, we're getting a visualization of what may materialize, as Onni Group has submitted renderings of their proposal to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, reports Urbanize LA. The images show a pair of sleek-looking towers that are decidedly free of curves (seriously, this is like the perfect antithesis to the Walt Disney Concert Hall).
As noted in the documents, the "North Tower" will rise 37 stories and will be constructed at the corner of 1st Street and S. Broadway, while the "South Tower" will stand 53 stories and be constructed by 2nd Street and S. Broadway. The North Tower is expected to house 450 residential units, while 677 will go in the South Tower. Put together, the towers will also include over 34,000 square feet of retail space.
Certainly, these towers would bring a significant change to Times Mirror Square. It doesn't mean, however, that the entire complex will be replaced by the new structures. As noted at Urbanize LA, only the 1970s extension of the building will be demolished to make way for the towers (according to current plans). The 1935 building (which holds the famous Globe Lobby), as well as a structure built in 1948, will be rehabilitated and outfitted with new office space. Furthermore, the new towers will be separated from the older structures by an open-air paseo that includes restaurants and walkways.
The L.A. Conservancy has a great breakdown of when the separate structures of Times Mirror Square were built, and how they differ from each other.
According to The Architect's Newspaper, construction is anticipated to start in 2019, with the towers opening in 2023.
In late 2016, a spokesperson at Tronc Inc. (the owner of the Times) said that the newspaper had no immediate plans to move out of Times Mirror Square.