At the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street, the concrete skeleton of Onni Group's latest apartment tower in Downtown Los Angeles has passed the halfway mark on its ascent.

Aerial view looking northChris Dikeakos Architects

The tower, now rising from a property which has the dual addresses of 230 W. Olympic Boulevard and 1000 S. Hill Street, will eventually stand 54 stories and feature 685 apartments above ground-floor commercial space and podium parking for more than 1,000 vehicles.

IBI Group is serving as the architect of record for the project, building off of an entitlement design from Chris Dikeakos Architects. Plans show a building rising 590 feet in height - still good for one of the city's tallest residential buildings, but shy of the 60-story, approximately 760-foot-tall building originally pitched by Onni.

Aerial view looking southeastHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

Windows and now wrap much of the trunk of the building, and indicate a similar, contemporary look which will match that of Onni's other Downtown towers. However, plans do call for masking the building's above-grade parking with habitable spaces and residential units along both Olympic and Hill.

The tower stands out along low-slung Olympic Boulevard, but could eventually herald in the construction of three similar-scaled high-rise buildings one block to the south on 11th Street from Mack Real Estate Development and Crescent Heights. Plans for a fourth tower from the Australian developer Crown Group recently saw entitlement proceeding cancelled by L.A. city officials due to a lack of progress.

Aerial view looking north from above Hill StreetHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

Onni Group is not done building in Downtown. The Vancouver-based developer also has two towers planned at the former home of the Los Angeles Times, as well as a mixed-use project in the Arts District. Outside of Los Angeles, the Vancouver-based firm is planning office, residential, and hotel projects in Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, Long Beach, and Glendale.

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