Times Mirror Square could get two tall towers and 1,127 residential units

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Vancouver-based developer Onni filed plans Thursday with the city planning department to get the ball rolling on demolishing two buildings at Times Mirror Square, the longtime home of the Los Angeles Times building in Downtown.

One of those buildings would be the 1970s-era William Pereira addition to the Times building. Razing it would make way for two new high-rise towers with 1,127 housing units and more than 34,000 square feet of commercial space. Pereira was a prolific modernist architect whose works include the original LACMA campus.

It had been reported in June that some structures in Times Mirror Square, including that Pereira addition, would be demolished in order to make way for new residential and retail elements on the site.

The new filings also indicate that three buildings would be preserved.

Based on previous reports, those would probably be the older segment of the complex along Spring Street—including the 1935 moderne building and a connecting tower addition dating to 1948—which might be renovated to become offices and retail space.

Tribune Media officially announced the sale of the Times complex to Onni in September; it didn’t disclose how much it paid for the prominent site. The Los Angeles Times reported the price tag was $100 million, but the Los Angeles Business Journal had put it at $120 million.

Nearby, Tribune Media is planning a tall, Jenga-like tower on Second and Broadway, above the future Regional Connector station.

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