PreservationWatch: New Downtown LA Tower Would Block Views of Historic Eastern Columbia Clock

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*A rep for developer Trammell Crow Residential emails to point out their tower is only 26 stories, not the 30 depicted in this graphic

The petition, up to nearly 600 signatures since being launched two weeks ago, claims the Alexan project would “obscure the entirety” of the western facing clock of the Eastern Columbia Building and has three demands:

1. An environmental impact report with “shade and shadow analysis”

2. For the Secretary of the Interiors Standards to weigh in on the building not being “aesthetically congruent with its historic neighbors”

3. “‘Viewshed’ and ‘zone of respect’ protection of OUR Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments.”

While this is only the first major project for the SP-DTLA, it looks like it will be far from their last. Their goals are outlined on their website, with future plans to weigh in on the Pershing Square redesign, encourage the creation of more green spaces Downtown, streamline the Downtown development process, and create a “zone of respect” around historic buildings. So, look out gentrifiers and developers. There’s a new sheriff in town. —Jeff Wattenhofer

· Save The Eastern Columbia Clock Tower! [Change.org]

· Luxury Tower With Some Very Tiny Units Planned For Southern Historic Core [Curbed LA]

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