It’s official. The Bloc announced via its Instagram page today that they will be ripping the roof off the center court area of the mall sometime between April 27th and May 10th. Demolition crews will be removing the canopy made of glass paneling off first. The work will start closest to the Macy’s storefront and make its way toward 7th Street. The goal is to have the brick fortress completely renovated to an open air shopping center ready for business by October. On Instagram they said, “We are doing everything we can to make it happen.”
The Ratkovich Company is behind the project. On its website they describe the following:
The existing mall roof will be removed, opening the three-level retail plaza to light and air, as well as integrating the project with Seventh Street, a pedestrian friendly and historic thoroughfare connecting financial, retail and historic downtown districts. This multi-level outdoor space will become an open-air marketplace, filled with a wide selection of culinary delights and shopping that reflect the real LA.
When the complex is complete it will be the home to a newly renovated Macy’s and dozens of other retail outlets including Wingtip, an unnamed retail gallery from the people behind Apolis and Alchemy Works, plus an Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. Right not, these are the only businesses officially named on The Bloc website.
As soon as I read the news on Instagram this morning I ran over to 7th between Flower and Hope Streets to check out the progress and take a few pictures. Apparently you aren’t allowed to take photos of the construction site because I was stopped by a security guard. Don’t tell anyone, I had already taken these photos. It will be our secret.
There is a giant mural inside the Macy’s shows a rendering of the finished complex. I got to tour the construction site late last year and see more renderings of the project. I can’t wait for October!