Downtown LA's The Bloc (formerly known as Macy's Plaza or Macy's Fortress) is set to begin its huge makeover in the first few months of 2014, and developer Ratkovich Company has just released new renderings showing, as promised, a much more pedestrian-friendly building in place of the existing brick fortress. As we noted when the previous round of renderings came out, the Seventh Street entrance is the big winner in the makeover derby, but now we have a better idea of what will happen on the other four sides--it doesn't look like there's much by way of street activation there, but the Hope and Flower facades will at least get some windows to make them a little less pedestrian-repelling. All told, the $160 million renovation will turn The Bloc into the largest single mixed-use property in the city, with a renovated 485-room Sheraton, 750,000-square-foot luxury office tower, and more than 400,000 square feet of retail and outdoor space that "will provide a curated experience of local boutiques, artisans, premier retailers, and restaurants." Ooh, curated. Work should be done in the fall of 2015.
· Here's the Open New Look For Downtown's Macy's Fortress [Curbed LA]