SP-DTLA's First Project--Don't Block The Clock
30 Story Project Will Bury The Eastern Building
When the lights on the Eastern Columbia Building at 9th and Broadway were relit, it represented a rebirth in Downtown Los Angeles. One of the country's most significant Art Deco buildings, it is unique for several reasons. One, it is amongst one of the only high rises in America left with a four-sided, neon, functioning art deco clock tower. The words "four-sided" here are significant, as currently, that iconic clock can be seen across Los Angeles from all of its four sides.
Dallas-based Trammell Crow has plans on changing that with their proposed Alexan, a 28-story glass and steel residential skyscraper which they wish to construct on an immediately adjacent parking lot on the northeast corner of 9th and Hill Streets. While this type of building is common--and welcomed--in South Park, where new construction is the norm, the SP-DTLA is taking a stand that this destroys the historic integrity that is precisely what makes the Historic Core such a vital and important part not only of Los Angeles, but also of California.
We appreciate and understand that, for decades, Downtown Los Angeles was a pariah to developers. We give credit to the dozens of developers, city officials and activists who worked tirelessly to change the environment of this remarkable neighborhood. There are now not one, or two, but three high rises planned for this immediate vicinity. The tap has been turned on, and we feel that now is the time to make sure the flow of development is steady and reasonable. As a community, now is the time to move past and moderate the "any and all development" mentality for downtown, as well as to encourage the City Planning Department to adopt a zone of respect in and around the Historic Core of L.A.’s unique Downtown.
We support development on this parking lot. Let Trammell Crow build. Let it be the right project, Let it be a project that preserves a Zone of Respect for one of Los Angeles's most remarkable pieces of architecture. Let it be a building that preserves the unique view of the clock from all four sides for generations to come. Let's stand together as a community and demand that history has more value than a transaction. History matters. Tell the city: Don't Block The Clock!
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