On Tuesday, the downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) Macy’s and Bloc plaza underwent major developments for the continued construction of the $180M conversion project. The dated indoor mall will be transformed into an outdoor shopping area. Completed in the early 1970′s, the mall currently sits between 7th and Flower streets as a part of Broadway Plaza. Over the years, this busy intersection has exploded with growth and retail development. In order to keep up with the times, developer Wayne Ratkovich, in conjunction with the National Real Estate Advisors, suggested tearing down unsightly brick walls and tattered roof tops in exchange for state-of-the-art glass windows and sophisticated styling. Additionally, the construction of a pedestrian passageway connecting the Bloc to 7th Street/Metro Center Station will be the first underground Metro connection to a private development. This mix-use property project consisting of restaurants, retail outlets, a 32-story office building, and high-rise hotel is slated to be complete by November 2015. According to an LA Times article, designer Ratkovich was quoted saying, “We’re not only ushering in a new wave of physical and cultural change at the Bloc, but also within the larger urban fabric of the vibrant downtown community.”
Some anticipated tenants of the development include the first West of Davio’s outside of Boston, an Italian steak and seafood restaurant, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Popbar and N’ice Cream, and TLT Food. Additionally, many are awaiting the installation of San Francisco’s one-stop modern man shop, Wingtip. The store will offer apparel, footwear, luxe leather goods, fishing gear, and single malt scotches – every man’s living essentials. Macy’s will remain the location’s primary department store. City Councilman Jose Huizar believes the renovated shopping center will have a huge impact on the retail landscape of downtown LA for the better.
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