The Grand, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is slated to spanthree city blocks and would be one of the largest projects of itskind in the country. The architectural centerpiece of the Grandwill be a 48-story tower at Second Street and Grand Avenue,including a 295-key Mandarin Oriental Hotel with 266 for-saleluxury residences. Designed by Gehry, the Mandarin will be similarto the AAA, Five-Diamond hotel in New York City at Related's TimeWarner Center.

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At First and Olive Streets, a 19-story residential towerdesigned by Gehry will combine 126 market rate condominiums and 98units of affordable housing. Other elements will include a250,000-sf retail pavilion planned for boutiques, restaurants andother tenants.

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Other elements of the Grand will include a new 16-acre civicpark with terraces, lawns, gardens and plazas that will become thecenterpiece of the Grand's landscaped public spaces. Theconstruction schedule originally called for it to be completed andopened in late 2010. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and retailpavilion were slated for opening in early 2010, with theresidential towers scheduled for a summer 2011 opening. How thoseschedules may or may not be affected by the delayed start ofconstruction has yet to be announced.

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The Grand Avenue Committee acts under the direction of the LosAngeles Grand Avenue Authority, a joint powers body includingrepresentatives from the city, the county and the state. Theauthority is charged with implementing the plan for remaking GrandAvenue via a public/private partnership to develop the fourdowntown parcels where the development is planned.

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