Figueroa Street, one of the key commercial spines of Central Los Angeles, links USC to Downtown Los Angeles.  Its importance is highlighted by the $20-million streetscape project now under construction between Exposition Park and the Financial District, but also by the recent barrage of mixed-use development planned along this stretch.

Here are the biggest projects planned or under construction along Figueroa, starting at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and moving north.


MyFigueroa is adding protected bike lanes, peak-hour bus lanes, expanded sidewalks, new lighting, outdoor seating, landscaping and other streetscape  and pedestrian safety improvements to Figueroa, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 11th Street.

The $20-million project is being lead by the City of Los Angeles, with designs by RELM Studio.

Completion is currently anticipated in early 2018.




Banc of California Stadium

The $350-million stadium, slated to be home the new MLS team LAFC in 2018, is now under construction at 3939 S. Figueroa Street.  Gensler is designing the open-air venue, which will seat 22,000 and provide numerous premium club areas.

The project is rising on the site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, a storied but underappreciated indoor venue that once hosted the Lakers.

The Fig

Irvine-based Spectrum Group has proposed redevelopment a 4.4-acre site adjacent to Banc of California Stadium with a series of mid-rise and high-rise buildings, highlighted by a 21-story tower.  A full buildout of the project - dubbed the Fig - would create a 298-room hotel, 222 units of student housing, 104 apartments and a parking garage.

Architecture firm WATG is designing the mixed-use complex, which does not have an announced timeline.

3031 Figueroa Street

El Segundo-based Vista Investments is pursuing the development of a new hotel near the USC campus, replacing the 1960s Vagabond Inn.  Plans call for a seven-story building featuring 275 guest rooms, 1,400 square feet of ground-floor retail and parking for 173 vehicles.

Operations of the hotel would be split between a select service brand and an extended-stay brand.

The project is expected to open in 2019.

2222 Figueroa Street

The proposed high-rise complex, designed by TCA Architects, would rise on a full city block adjacent to the Expo Line's LATTC/Ortho Institute Station.

The pair of apartment towers would include a total of 1,063 residential units - including 645 condominiums and 364 apartments - some of which woudl be set aside as affordable housing.  Plans also call for on-site amenities and approximately 20,000 square feet of street-fronting commercial space.

Currently, the property is improved with Texare Plaza, a low-rise commercial building that has been converted to lofts.

1600 Figueroa Street

L&R Group filed plans last year with the City of Los Angeles to construct a 52-story tower near the L.A. Convention Center, replacing a Toyota dealership.

The Gensler-designed tower, located at the intersection of Figueroa and Venice Boulevard, would create over 300 residential units, a 250-key hotel, 15,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for nearly 499 vehicles.

Renderings portray a unique design for the building, including a chasm cutting midway through the tower's mass.

A timeline for the project is unclear.

1400 Figueroa Street

Developers Quantum Capital Partners and Pacific Southwest Realty Service are currently framing a seven-story apartment complex at 1400 S. Figueroa Street, directly across the street from the L..A. Convention CEnter.  The project, designed by GMP Architects, will feature 110 residential units, 1,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses and various amenities.  Completion is anticipated in Spring 2018.

City Lights on Fig

At 1300 S. Figueroa Street, Trical Construction Inc. has proposed demolishing the 13-year-old City Lights on Fig apartment complex to allow for the construction of a skyline-altering hotel tower.

The proposed 53-story building, designed by Gensler, would contain two hotels totaling 1,024 guest rooms, served by amenities and food-and-beverage venues.

Trical has not announced an exact timeline for its development.

L.A. Convention Center


A proposed $350-million expansion of the L.A. Convention Center would dramatically increase the amount of event space provided by the facility, linking two halls currently separated on opposite sides of Pico Boulevard.  The City has also explored the possibility of building up to two new hotel towers directly on-site.

As of last year, the project was being explored as a potential public-private partnership with AEG.  The Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment giant already manages the Convention Center, and was the developer of the adjacent L.A. Live complex.

Fig + Pico

New York-based Lightstone Group is moving forward with plans to redevelop a narrow parking lot at the corner of Figueroa and Pico Boulevard with a two-tower hotel complex.

The Fig + Pico development, also designed by Gensler, will feature buildings of 42 and 25 stories, featuring a total of 1,162 hotel rooms with three operators.  Plans also call for amenities including roof decks, meeting space and ground-floor commercial uses.

The project would abut the Metro's busy Pico Station, which is served by the Blue and Expo Lines.

Several Marriott brands will reportedly occupy the towers.



A joint venture between the Hankey Group and Jamison Services, Inc., the two-tower Circa development is now nearing completion at the southeast corner of Figueroa and 12th Street.

The twin 36-story buildings, designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux, will feature 648 apartments and 48,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

An opening of the project is scheduled for Spring 2018, at which time rents will range from $3,000 to $25,000 per month.

Oceanwide Plaza

The $1-billion Oceanwide Plaza development - located on a full city block opposite Staples Center - consists of three towers up to 677 feet in height.  A 184-key Park Hyatt hotel with 164 branded condominiums is slated to occupy its tallest building, while twin 40-story towers to the south will feature 340 additional units.

A key element of the project - which is being designed by CallisonRTKL - is its podium structure, which feature a 166,000-square-foot retail galleria on its first three levels.  On the exterior, an LED ribbon will stretch the full distance of Figueroa betweeen 11th and 12th Streets.

Large amenity decks are planned for both towers, featuring garden areas, swimming pools and athletic facilities.

Completion of Oceanwide Plaza is on track to occur in 2019.

The project was originally envisioned as the retail component of the adjacent L.A. Live complex.


1020 Figueroa Street

A proposal to construct a tower complex at 1020 S. Figueroa Street received the approval of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission last week, taking the project one step closer to fruition.

Shenzhen Hazens, the Chinese firm behind the development, intends to demolish the existing Luxe Hotel adjacent to L.A. Live to construct two towers featuring a 300-key W Hotel, 435 condominiums and ground-floor commercial space.

The project's design team includes Gensler, Steinberg Architects and AHBE Landscape Architects.

Olympic Tower

The inexplicable car wash at Figueroa and Olympic Boulevard is slated to bite the dust for a 57-story mixed-use tower, under plans from developer Ben Neman.

The proposed 740-foot building, designed by architecture firm Nardi Associates, would include 374 residential units, 373 hotel rooms, approximatley 33,000 square feet of office space and 65,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.  Plans also call for 1,000 automobile parking spaces across a 14-level, partially-underground garage.

Renderings of the project, which does not have an announced timeline, show a slim tower with landscaping, LED lights and photovoltaic panels embedded into its facade.  Outdoor decks and various amenities are planned at multiple points throughout the building.





Hotel Figueroa


Completion is nearing for the $30-millino renovation of Hotel Figueroa, the 90-year-old venue best known as a billboard targeting patrons of Staples Center and L.A. Live.

Green Oak Real Estate and Urban Lifestyle Hotels shut the building down in 2014 after purchasing it for $65 million, with the intent of refurbishing it to its past glory.

Its 270 guest rooms will be returned to their original Spanish Mediterranean decor, while its common areas and amenity spaces undergo similar treatment.

Figueroa Centre

At 925 S. Figueroa Street, developer Regalian, LLC filed plans last year for a 1-million-square-foot mixed-use development that would create the third tallest building in Los Angeles.

The proposed Figueroa Centre development, slated for a current parking lot north of the Hotel Figueroa, would rise to a maximum height of 975 feet above street level.  Plans call for 200 condominiums, 220 hotel rooms, 617 parking spaces and approximately 94,000 square feet of commercial space within the building.

Architecture firm CallisonRTKL is designing the project, which hopes to break ground in 2020.

Apex II

Holland Partner Group is midway through construction for the second Apex tower, located at the corner of 9th and Figueroa Streets.  The 28-story building - designed by Gensler and the Preston Partnership - will feature 341 rental apartments and 11,600 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Completion is expected in late 2018.

The project represents the long-awaited final buildout of the Apex property - originally known as Concerto - which was first proposed by developer Sonny Astani.



Fig & 8th

Following more than 20 years of ownership of a parking lot at Figueroa and 8th Street, Mitsui Fudosan America finally reinitiated development plans for the property last year.

The approximately one-acre lot is slated for a 42-story building that would feature 436 apartments, 10,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 479 vehicles.

Johnson Fain is designing the modern high-rise tower, which would have an exterior of steel and glass.

An environmental report points to a groundbreaking date for the project next year.  MFA and Johnson Fain have also teamed on a similar project at 8th and Hope Streets.






Figat7th Tower

In June, Brookfield filed plan with the City of Los Angeles to construct a tower on a long vacant lot abutting the Figat7th shopping mall.

The proposed development, part of a 35-year-old master plan for the surrounding property, would create 780 residential units with residential amenities and street-fronting commercial space.

Marmol Radziner and Large Architecture are designing the project, which has not announced its anticipated timeline.

Wilshire Grand


In June, Angelenos celebrated the completion of the Wilshire Grand, a $1.2-billion development that created what is arguably the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

The 73-story tower, designed by A.C. Martin, features a decorative rooftop spire which peaks 1,100 feet above the intersection of Figueroa and Wilshire Boulevard.  Inside, it features 350,000 square feet of offices, 45,000 square feet of commercial space and an 889-room Intercontinental Hotel.

The project is the result of a five-year effort, bankrolled by owner Korean Air.