Last month, we learned that The Ratkovich Company is investing a cool $160 million into renovations for DTLA's embarrassingly ancient Macy's Plaza, now called The Bloc. Locals are pretty pumped about the much-needed facelift, and the first set of renderings were even promising enough to inspire Uniqlo LA location nominations.
In an attempt to stray shoppers away from the Zara-equipped FIGat7th and the increasingly popular 9th and Broadway shopping stretch, The Bloc has just released a snazzy new series of updated imagery. Highlights include installed greenery, a fountain, glass store windows and a modernized design. It all looks very Santa Monica Place-ish, which is Ratkovich's goal.
Still no word on new tenants (Macy's and Sheraton Hotel will remain, of course), but we're sure the eye-catching spot will attract some rad retailers. As far as an opening date, DTLA blogger Brigham Yen reveals that "the project will begin construction in the first quarter of 2014 and is slated to finish in the third quarter of 2015."
· The Bloc [Official Site]
· Where Should Uniqlo Open Its First LA Store? [Racked]
· Ace, Aesop, Acne: DTLA's 9th and Broadway Is Where It's At [Racked]
· DTLA Macy's Plaza Facelift Includes New Name, Open-Air Vibe [Racked]
· Feast Your Eyes: Latest Renderings Revealed for The Bloc Makeover in Downtown LA [Brigham Yen]