DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Architect Frank Gehry, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and civic leaders on Monday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for The Grand, a long-delayed massive development on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

When it’s done, developers say The Grand will boast retail, residences and a hotel. The project will also feature public open space along Grand Avenue between First and Second streets.

Gehry has drawn up iconic institutions in L.A. such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad museum.

“No city in the world has such great architecture within four blocks,” said Broad. “And today we’re adding the crown jewel — The Grand by Frank Gehry.”

The development is scheduled to open to the public in 2021 and is expected to generate some 10,000 new jobs.

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  1. Wishful thinking. The city government is considering a new Anti Landlord Harassment Law. Supporters of the ordinance want it to cover rent control as well as all other housing. That seems to be the right thing to do because even tenants who are not rent control deserve harassment protection, such harassment laws already in place under state or federal law that supposedly protect all tenants from harassment and retaliation. I feel the City government has taken on more than it can handle. Just like the horror over lack of parking in Los Angeles. The city government calls parking a “housing service”. But then the city rent control and code enforcement participate in discriminatory lack of enforcement of parking rights. The city needs to design a comprehensive plan for parking that can compensate and level out the playing field when there are buildings where parking spaces are not being utilized. The city has inserted itself between the landlord- tenant and the rental agreements but it needs to do so in a reasonable and good faith manner. I can imagine the scores of new developments of the high rents buildings will not want to be under the harassment laws but even rich people deserve protection that is consistent with other laws. G. Juan Johnson.

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