As part of its comprehensive, still-in-progress makeover, The Bloc retail complex in Downtown’s Financial District (formerly the bricky, fortress-like Macy’s shopping center) is bringing a lot of exciting new additions DTLA, like a boozy Alamo Drafthouse arthouse theater, a replica of the Tail O’ the Pup hot dog stand, and a brand new tunnel to connect the shopping hub directly to the Seventh Street/Metro Center station. The latter will let Blue, Expo, Red, and Purple Line passengers exit the station right in the thick of all the retail action, as demonstrated by a new video on The Source.
The portal will connect the north side of Seventh Street, where the rail station is located, with the south side, where The Bloc is, eliminating the hassle of going upstairs from the station and waiting to cross the street to get to the shopping center. Under construction now, The Bloc is expected to be ready for business sometime in 2016. Although work on the tunnel is also underway now, it’ll be finished a little after The Bloc, in late 2016, Metro estimates. Until then, we can just watch this video and imagine strolling through.
· Video: rendering of new tunnel between 7th/Metro and The Bloc [The Source]
· FiDi’s The Bloc Retail Complex is Getting Its Own Subway Portal [Curbed LA]
· See the Refreshingly Open Transformation Happening at Downtown LA’s Macy’s Fortress [Curbed LA]