Monthly Archives: July 2015

Downtown L.A.’s The Bloc Featured in Mark Magazine


Mark magazine is a platform for the practice and perception of architecture at the dawn of the third millennium. Since its launch in 2005, the magazine has proven to be a timely, visual, non-academic publication full of first-hand information from creative people. Mark has a radically international perspective, shining its spotlight on starchitects and new talent alike. The magazine explores the boundaries of architecture and anticipates the industry’s future- featuring downtown L.A.’s The Bloc.”  Read the full story here.


Urban Land Institute Tours The Roost

Approximately thirty people from The Orange County/Inland Empire Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Group visited The Roost to get a firsthand look at the recently completed adaptive re-use development. Comprised of three existing distinct buildings, and the addition of three re-purposed shipping containers to increase the leasable area, The Roost has already made a huge impact on the City of Santa Ana.


ULI Members as they toured The Roost

ULI members were extremely impressed with The Roost and said it was, “the hippest low-key project in Orange County,” and that the tour was, “the grooviest ULI event of the year!”

The tour coincided with the opening of Scoops Ice Cream, the first tenant to open in the fully leased development. Thanks to an announcement in OC Weekly and via social media, Scoops was packed with ice cream devotees the very moment the doors opened. Along with Scoops, future tenants to open include a food and beer garden, yoga studio, and a maker’s shop.


Scoops during their soft opening. They sold out of every flavor!

The developer Davin Gumm, architect Michael Bohn, and contractor Luis Soto, led the tour and spoke about the projects opportunities, such as the strong community presence, the eclectic mix of existing buildings already on the site, and the location being near the Station Transit Oriented District, which reduces parking requirements.


(Left) Phil Bacerra, Planning Commissioner of Santa Ana, (Middle) Michael Bohn, Architect, (Right) Davin Gumm, Developer

The mission of the ULI Young Leaders Group cultivates and engages ULI members under the age of 35, who are the next generation of leaders, to innovate and collaborate in an effort to improve the future of responsible land use. The adaptive re-use project is scheduled to fully open late 2015 — stay tuned for more project updates and for the grand reveal of The Roost.

Not Just Retail, It’s a Whole New Bloc


The Bloc, a unique mixed-use project designed as a destination for business people, shoppers and downtown residents, was featured in a six page spread in Urban Land Magazine.  In place of the homogeneous, inward-facing structure of the former Macy’s Plaza, The Bloc opens up to city street life with an eclectic mix of forms and uses that represents the diversity of today’s downtown Los Angeles. Featured are vibrant outdoor promenades, terraces, and plazas animated by landscape, water features and programmed events.

“This is Southern California’s largest single-asset, mixed-use development- it is considered a single asset because the retail center, office building, and hotel are all owned by one developer/owner and are three components of one large mixed-use project- and it provides a core focus for the downtown community and region.” (Patricia Kirk, Writer).

Read the full story below: “Not Just Retail, It’s a Whole New Bloc”