Located at the heart of Los Angeles lies the remains of what use to be the historic Macy’s sign, which hung outside Macy’s Plaza off W. 7th Street in DTLA. On Tuesday, May 27th construction teams, along with The Ratkovich Company, Edelman and Studio One Eleven, began destructing the Macy’s Plaza roof. This iconic moment marks the beginning of something brighter, more vibrant and diverse; it marks the beginning of new life for DTLA- The Bloc.
*Official Rendering of The Bloc
The Bloc is a unique mixed-use project designed as a destination for business people, shoppers and downtown residents. The Bloc represents a project that will meet the goals and aspirations for the City of Los Angeles. The design approach opens the project up to the city’s street life with a curated mix of landscape designs, featuring outdoor promenades, terraces and plazas. On Tuesday, construction crews began to remove the roof from Macy’s Plaza, bringing The Bloc to life.
Media, local residents and tenants gathered outside along Hope Street as sparks flew during the removal of the iconic Macy’s sign. President and CEO of The Ratkovich Company, Wayne Ratkovich, Los Angeles City Councilmember, Jose Huizar, and Senior Principal, Alan Pullman of Studio One Eleven, spoke about the improvements this project will bring to the city.
Wayne Ratkovich said, “Our aspirations of The Bloc are very high. We see it as a physical and cultural beacon, a truly transformative force, at the very heart of a rapidly revitalizing downtown Los Angeles.”
*The Ratkovitch Company and Studio One Eleven team giving a thumps up for the roof removal
During the event, local residents mentioned that The Bloc is just what their city needed. They said it’s great to finally see a location that connects to the metro and opens up to the city life.
“Our first thoughts were how to make the old Macy’s Plaza open up to the street, “said Senior Principal, Alan Pullman of Studio One Eleven. “ It really became a part of the pedestrian environment and vitality of what’s happening in downtown Los Angeles.”
In addition to roof removal, new tenants of The Bloc were revealed, including Nordstromrack.com- HauteLook, Wingtip, Starbucks, Popbar and LA Fitness. These various new tenants complement The Bloc’s vision of a uniquely multifaceted design.
*Removing of the Macy’s sign Tuesday, May 26th
Over the course of three weeks, construction crews will continue to remove the remaining roof panels and begin to install the metro connection. Once complete, teams will move into the final phase of construction in preparation for the grand reveal of The Bloc scheduled for late 2015.
The Bloc, an urban-design and transit oriented development, will revitalize the city of Los Angeles and give residents a destination experience they deserve.