California communities build—or seek—catalyst developments

March 01, 2001 |

Like cities across the country, communities in the Los Angeles area have acted to revitalize their downtown areas, or are mapping plans to do so.

Santa Monica and Pasadena are two communities that have taken such action. Santa Monica brought business back to its downtown with the Third Street Promenade, a three-block pedestrian mall adjacent to the Santa Monica Place retail mall.

"Old Town Pasadena" was developed in the 1990s. Described as a blend of restored brick buildings with a "yuppie overlay," the area includes a variety of bistros, restaurants and boutiques.

Culver City was until recently expecting a 20-screen theater complex to anchor three blocks now used as parking lots. Then the bottom fell out of the movie theater business, and American Movie Corp. withdrew from the project. City officials began negotiations with another movie chain for a theater half the size of the one originally planned. Meanwhile, a six-screen theater at the south end of the downtown area does not generate enough business to keep local restaurants busy. Without attractions to keep them downtown after dark, local residents head for Santa Monica, Hollywood or Marina del Rey.


CONSTRUCTION COSTS





Excavation


$480,000


Utilities/connections


228,000


Concrete foundations, walls


3,684,000


Mechanical ventilation


48,000


Plumbing


615,568


Electrical


898,051


HVAC


344,577


Doors


93,708


Painting


125,000


Fire sprinklers


235,000


Tenant improvements


372,310


Retail storefronts


116,803


Exterior stucco


333,500


Rough carpentry


786,885


Structural steel


16,750


Sheet metal/gutters


55,439


Roofing


37,000


Window sash, screens and glass


77,708


Lightweight concrete decking


31,050


Insulation/weatherstrip


29,428


Drywall


202,500


Cabinets and counter tops


128,652


Iron stairs, railings


170,180


Concrete flatwork and brick pavers


235,000


Wardrobe mirrors


65,000


Waterproof decking


71,000


Finish carpentry


80,387


Built-in appliances


65,081


Carpet and vertical blinds


115,000


Landscape/sprinklers


94,100


Cleanup/general labor


98,644


Elevators


165,000


Communications/fire alarm


83,710


Signage


16,790


Temporaries/security


57,456



Total*



$10,257,279


*Excludes contractors overhead and fee

 

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