Marina Marketplace Opening Spring 2013

Marina Marketplace, next to our Marina Glencoe Studios, is currently being renovated and should be completed by spring this year.  Marina Marketplace is a place for shopping, dining, entertainment, and fitness with popular stores including Barnes and Nobles, Sport Chalet, DSW Shoes, Gelsons, to name a few.  New additions in the spring will include Yard House, Pier 1 Imports, Le Pain Quotidien, and Tender Greens.  Restaurants will have outdoor dining areas with umbrellas and creative lighting.  Marina Marketplace will also have plenty of parking for customers.

AMC Dine-in Theaters and Equinox have recently opened.  AMC Dine-in Theaters contains two types of theaters: one as a casual dine-in and the other with a full cocktail bar and luxury recliners.  Moviegoers can reserve their seats prior to arrival.  During the movie, one can place an order as easy as pressing the call button for a server.  Whether people are waiting for a movie to start or hanging around after the movie has finished, MacGruffins Bar and Lounge is open for patrons to enjoy.

Please visit here to view the new full directory of Marina Marketplace.

Creative Multifamily

PMI, one of the pioneers of creative office, is now focusing its attention on “creative multifamily” properties.  This undertaking targets gentrifying urban areas, focusing on neighborhoods that are near public transit and local amenities (bars, restaurants, shopping, etc.).  By utilizing many of the architectural elements popular in our creative office product, PMI renovates obsolete properties into hip, modern apartments that appeal to Gen Y, knowledge workers, the creative class, and urbanites; hence, the “creative multifamily.”

lofts2The goals of creative multifamily renovation include:

  • Highlight structural building elements wherever possible.  This may involve any of the following: removing drywall ceilings and exposing the natural wood ceilings to achieve volume, restoring the original wood floors or removing carpet to polish concrete slabs, and cutting new windows and sliding doors.
  • Reconfigure and improve the floor plan, layout, and circulation to meet the needs and lifestyles of the Gen Y knowledge worker.  This reconfiguration may combine living, dining, and kitchen into one large room that encourages collaboration.  Kitchens are opened up and dining bars are employed to create a café atmosphere.  Bedrooms are enlarged to efficient sizes.  Interiors are made to feel modern while maintaining the architectural character of the original structure.
  • Create new, centrally located common area patios with tables, chairs, and barbeques in a hotel roof club atmosphere.  This recognizes the collaborative and social nature of the Gen Y knowledge worker.
  • Modernize the bathrooms with contemporary cabinets but maintain the tiles in character with the buildings.  Kitchens have contemporary cabinets and counters with new stainless steel appliances.
  • Recognize the new green initiatives by installing insulation, double pane windows, and skylights.
  • Create indoor/outdoor living by making private outdoor spaces accessed through large interior door openings.
  • Equip units with new HVAC split systems and a washing machine and dryer.

Like their desire for a different office environment, this generation’s knowledge workers desire a different, more relevant and expressive apartment environment with affordable rents.  Creative multifamily provides a more expressive and design oriented dwelling for the young creative knowledge worker.  This resonates with their hip and collaborative nature and will satisfy their desire to live in an urban property that is “not their father’s first apartment.”

Architectural Features of Hipster Design in Northeast Los Angeles

The article discusses the design features used by flippers who sell to hipsters in Northeast Los Angeles

“I wanna inject a little bit of youthfulness,” says Jones, “a little bit of modern into it, so what I’m looking for are these sort of modern elements juxtaposed with this vintage thing, a modern-vintage hybrid.”

Why I’m Fine With the ‘Hipster Flip’ Phenomenon – Los Angeles – Arts – Public Spectacle.

PMI Launches PMI Creative Multifamily

PMI has launched its new company to acquire, renovate, and convert multi-family properties into creative housing spaces.  PMI will utilize many of the techniques and skills in its creative office division and apply them to apartment living to create new and different rental housing experiences for urban dwellers.  PMI already has projects under way in Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Hollywood, California.