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Hotel Planned On Lankershim Boulevard in NoHo Arts District

A rendering of the project and an aerial view of the property (AXIS/GFA via NoHo Neighborhood Association, Google Maps) 
A rendering of the project and an aerial view of the property (AXIS/GFA via NoHo Neighborhood Association, Google Maps)

A hotel could rise on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.

Agoura Hills–based developer Napa Industries filed plans late last week for the 171-room project, according to Urbanize. It is slated for 5041-5057 North Lankershim Boulevard at the corner of Hesby Street.

The development site is about 30,000 square feet, or two-thirds of an acre, and is currently home to two small retail buildings and a vacant lot. The project requires a series of discretionary approvals from the city, including a zoning change and a liquor license.

Architecture firm AXIS/GFA is designing the project. Renderings show a seven-story building with a V-shaped footprint. The design is typical of new construction infill hotels, with an unadorned modern-style façade in muted colors.

Plans include 9,350 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, underground parking, a conference facility, gym, and a rooftop deck and pool.

The development site is part of the NoHo Arts District, a theater and arts district established by the local chamber of commerce in the early 1990s. The area has attracted investment over the past few years.

Two big office deals within the surrounding blocks were made last year. New York Life Insurance Company paid $102.7 million for a renovated office building about a block north of the development site. Then Rockwood Capital and Artisan Realty Partners bought the Academy Tower office tower for $91.3 million. [Urbanize] — Dennis Lynch 

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Hong Kong and Singapore put their planned travel bubble on hold.

The governments of Hong Kong and Singapore have temporarily scrapped a plan for a travel bubble, as Hong Kong grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. The delay underscores the challenges of reopening international travel routes as efforts to control the virus remain unstable across the world.

The arrangement between the two Asian financial centers, which would allow travelers to bypass quarantine, was set to begin on Sunday. But Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary of commerce, said on Saturday that the two cities were pushing back the plan for two weeks because of a “recent upsurge in local cases” in Hong Kong.

“For any scheme to be successful, it must fulfill the condition of securing public health and also making sure that both sides would be comfortable and feel safe about the scheme,” Mr. Yau said, describing the delay as a “responsible” decision. Further announcements about the plan will be made by early December, he added.

The travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore would have allowed one designated daily flight into each city, carrying up to 200 passengers who tested negative for the virus.

After a period of relatively few infections, Hong Kong recorded 43 new cases and was verifying more possible ones on Saturday, the city’s health authorities said, up from 26 new cases on Friday. Singapore on Saturday recorded five infections, and said that all of them had been brought in from abroad.

Hong Kong has also further tightened its social distancing rules, banning live performances and dancing at bars and nightclubs, and banning room rentals for private parties.

In other news from around the world:

  • A day after Japan reported a record 2,427 new cases, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that the country would scale back a subsidy program for domestic tourism in places where infection rates are high. The roughly $16 billion “Go to Travel” program was meant to stimulate the economy, but many questioned its wisdom. Mr. Suga told the Japanese parliament on Friday that about 40 million trips had been taken through the program so far, and that 176 of the tourists had contracted the virus. Toshio Nakagawa, the head of the Japan Medical Association, has said that while there is no concrete evidence linking the program to the country’s recent surge in infections, “there is no mistaking that it acted as a catalyst.”

  • Portugal’s prime minister, Antonio Costa, said on Saturday that domestic travel would be banned and schools closed around

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180 condos, new hotel, retail planned for Enka site

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The FIRC Group Inc., based in Asheville, plans to build a 148-room hotel, 180 multi-family condominiums and 10,300 square feet of retail space on a 27-acre site in Enka. These renderings show the hotel and condo buildings. (Photo: Studio Z Architecture)

ENKA – An Asheville hotel company plans to build a 148-room hotel, 180 multifamily condominiums and retail space on a 27-acre site in Enka.

The FIRC Group Inc. has filed an application for the project with the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment, which will conduct a hearing on the proposal at its 9 a.m. meeting Nov. 18. The Board of Adjustment has final say on such projects in Buncombe County.

More: Enka clock tower may be demolished to accommodate large distribution center

FIRC is the company that built the Cambria Hotel in downtown Asheville and the Country Inn & Suites near Westgate Shopping Center. The company, headed by founder and President Tony Fraga, also owns and operates the Haywood Park Hotel downtown.

The Enka project, called “Enka Main Street,” will also include 10,300 square feet of retail space and a new restaurant, Café Verona. Plans call for the project to be built in phases, with a completion date in 2022, according to application documents.

The project will be located off Sand Hill Road, near Smokey Park Highway, behind the Ingles supermarket. The site, which has an address of 1568 Sand Hill Road, includes two parcels, both owned by FIRC.

The property is zoned “Commercial Services,” and the hotel, condos and retail are all allowable under that designation.

While some neighbors have complained about increased traffic in the area, particularly on Sand Hill Road, the traffic impact analysis conducted for the project states it “should not have a significant adverse impact on the surrounding roadway network.” The project will be accessible off Sand Hill Road by the current Ingles entrance, but application documents state the three buildings will have two access points from an existing side road.

In its application, FIRC noted the traffic study indicated “that no improvements are required in order for the connection to be approved (by the N.C. DOT). The project includes an extensive internal sidewalk system, facilitating pedestrian circulation

within the project site.”

The Asheville office of the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Nov. 17 plans do call for widening of N.C. 112 (Sand Hill Road/Sardis Road) from N.C. 191 (Brevard Road) to U.S. 19/23 (Smokey Park Highway).

“We have not vetted any concepts or plans yet,” DOT spokesman David Uchiyama said. “Once the project resumes, we’ll be looking at concepts, going to the public for

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Lee board to vote on next year’s calendar, 7-week summer break planned

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Kindergarten students and their family members were able to attend Caloosa Elementary in Cape Coral, Thursday, August 27, 2020, to a meet-the-teacher open house. The event was meant to help get the youngest learners ready for their first day of school.

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Is it too soon to start talking about summer vacation? Didn’t think so.

Students in Lee County are looking at about seven weeks of summer vacation if the school board signs off on the proposed 2021-22 school year calendar during its meeting Tuesday.

This year, school ends on June 17, with the first day of school in 2022 proposed for Aug. 10. Teachers would report a week earlier, giving them a six-week summer break.

The calendar is created by a committee of parents, community members, teachers, support staff and principals who figure out how holidays, breaks and state-mandated instructional hours fit into Lee County’s 180-day public school year.

More: Lee school board approves Aug. 31 as new start date

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There are three mini-vacations proposed in the school calendar: Thanksgiving, winter and spring break.

  • Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 22-26. School will resume Nov. 29.
     
  • Winter break will be Dec. 20-Dec. 31. School will resume Jan. 3, 2022, but the calendar says the first week back in school will be used as an exam week for the end of the first semester of school.
     
  • Spring break is set for March 21-25, 2022, with school resuming March 28.

A four-day weekend for Easter is also planned, with schools closed April 15-18, 2022.

Four holidays will be wrapped into three-day weekends: Labor Day (Sept. 6), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17), President’s Day (Feb. 21) and Memorial Day (May 30).

Schools will also be closed for Yom Kippur on Sept. 16, which is a Thursday.

Four professional duty days are on the calendar. These are days when teachers clock in-service hours, while kids stay home. The dates are Oct. 15, Jan. 11, March 18 and June 3.

Three hurricane makeup days are planned in the calendar:

  • Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
  • Jan. 10 (after the first semester exam week ends)
  • Feb. 18 (the Friday before the President’s Day holiday). 

These dates serve as place-holders in the calendar in cases of a weather-related closure, like those due to hurricanes or tropical storms, that require schools to be closed.

Historically, the district will use the dates closest to the storm day to fill in any missed hours from school. If schools aren’t cancelled due to storms, the students and employees get the day off.

It should be noted that the exam week after winter break is immediately followed with two possible days off for students, thanks to Jan. 10 being established as a hurricane makeup day and Jan.11 listed as a teacher-training day.

The Feb. 18 hurricane day falls on a Friday, too. If the day is unused, it would make for a four-day weekend for staff and students because the following Monday is

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Maryland football team moves out of hotel after four days, as planned

The Maryland football team has moved out of its hotel as planned Sunday and will continue daily testing, a university spokesperson said, four days after the team moved into the hotel to limit any potential spread of the coronavirus.

Last week, the university canceled Saturday’s game against Ohio State due to eight positive coronavirus cases on the team within a seven-day period. The Terrapins then moved into The Hotel in College Park on Wednesday night, monitoring players to avoid any further outbreak while planning to move out Sunday.

The university spokesperson said an update regarding case numbers will come early this week.

Maryland is still scheduled to face Michigan State on Nov. 21, but coach Mike Locksley said Thursday the team’s situation was “day-to-day.” He didn’t know when his squad would return to the practice field, and said he’s leaving most of those decisions to the medical staff.

The rise in coronavirus cases across the country is impacting college football programs. Fifteen games were canceled, rescheduled or postponed this weekend.

The outbreak among the Maryland football team comes during a time in which the state is seeing record-high positive cases. Maryland reported 1,840 new cases and nine deaths Sunday.

In an email sent out Friday, the university decided to move all classes online beginning Monday. Previously, about 15 percent of classes at the College Park campus had an in-person element.

 

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Developer buys remainder of site for planned 8-story LoDo project

T2 Hospitality bought the 0.22-acre parking lot at 1637 Blake St. in Denver for $3.55 million in 2018. Photo: BusinessDen

DENVER — The land has been secured for a hotel project planned in LoDo.

Newport Beach, California-based T2 Hospitality — which is currently constructing a hotel at the corner of 16th and Market — last week paid $3 million for the parking lot two blocks away at 1655 Blake St., according to public records.

The lot is 6,262 square feet, making the deal worth $479 square feet.

T2 did not respond to requests for comment. The lot represents about 40 percent of the site where the company has proposed an eight-story hotel. Materials submitted to the Lower Downtown Design Review Board in 2019 said the structure would have 177 rooms.

T2 purchased the remainder of the site — the 9,390-square-foot 1637 Blake St. parcel — back in 2018, paying $3.55 million. That site is also a parking lot.

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UPDATE 5-Biden aide says no U.S.-wide COVID lockdown planned as West Coast states advise against travel

(Adds New Mexico health order; updates latest national tallies)



A health care professional walks past an ambulance during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


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A health care professional walks past an ambulance during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

By Doina Chiacu and Sharon Bernstein

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden’s top coronavirus adviser said on Friday there were no plans for a wholesale nationwide lockdown to curb the surging COVID-19 pandemic, while three U.S. West Coast states jointly called for a halt in non-essential travel.

The warning against unnecessary transit came as the daily increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States rose to a record of over 177,000 on Friday, the fourth straight day a new all-time high has been set, according to a Reuters tally of figures from U.S. public health agencies.

California, Oregon and Washington urged residents to avoid venturing out of state, citing concerns raised by health experts that the coming holiday travel season would accelerate already alarming spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown took the additional step of ordering social gatherings limited to no more than six people, effective immediately, a restriction she said she was prepared to enforce.

“I am not asking you, I am telling you, to stop your social gatherings … and your house parties and to limit your social interactions to six and under, not more than one household,” Brown said.

Similarly, New Mexico’s acting health secretary, Billy Jiminez, extended through the end of November a three-week-old ban on gatherings of more than five people who do not live in the same household, along with a directive advising state residents to stay “in their homes for all but the most essential activities and services.”

That order also requires face coverings be worn in public and mandates the closure of workplaces not defined as “essential businesses,” such as grocery stores, farms, childcare centers, banks, “big-box” retailers, factories and healthcare facilities.

The dire situation has prompted a growing list of state and local governments to re-impose restrictions they eased during a summertime ebb in COVID-19 outbreaks.

The governors of six states in the Northeast, the region hit hardest in the early months of the pandemic, plan an emergency meeting this weekend to coordinate responses, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The country’s patchwork of measures will likely remain intact after Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20 following his election defeat of Republican President Donald Trump, the head of the Democrat’s coronavirus advisory board said.

“We’re not in a place where we’re saying shut the whole country down,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Right now the way we should be thinking about this is more like a series of restrictions that we dial up or down depending on how bad a spread is taking place in a specific region,” he said.

Murthy’s comments were a sharp rebuttal to Trump’s repeated campaign assertions that Biden was intent

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Biden aide says no U.S.-wide COVID lockdown planned as West Coast states advise against travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden’s top coronavirus adviser said on Friday there were no plans for a wholesale nationwide lockdown to curb the surging coronavirus as three U.S. West Coast states jointly called for a halt in non-essential travel.

The joint advisory from California, Oregon and Washington urging residents to avoid venturing out of state came as health experts voiced concerns that the coming holiday travel season would accelerate already alarming spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown took the additional step of ordering social gatherings limited to no more than six people, effective immediately, a restriction she said she was prepared to enforce.

“I am not asking you, I am telling you, to stop your social gatherings … and your house parties and to limit your social interactions to six and under, not more than one household,” Brown said.

The increasingly dire situation has prompted a growing list of state and local governments to re-impose restrictions they eased during a summertime ebb in COVID-19 outbreaks.

The governors of six states in the Northeast, the region hit hardest in the early months of the pandemic, plan an emergency meeting this weekend to coordinate responses, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The country’s patchwork of measures will likely remain intact after Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20 following his election defeat of Republican President Donald Trump, the head of the Democrat’s coronavirus advisory board said.

“We’re not in a place where we’re saying shut the whole country down,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Right now the way we should be thinking about this is more like a series of restrictions that we dial up or down depending on how bad a spread is taking place in a specific region,” he said.

Murthy’s comments were a sharp rebuttal to Trump’s repeated campaign assertions that Biden was intent on locking down the country if he were elected president.

Medical experts point to increased indoor gatherings with the onset of winter, along with lapses in social distancing and mask-wearing habits, as the main factors stoking an ominous nationwide surge in coronavirus transmissions and the rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive.

The mounting caseload is starting to strain the resources of some hospitals and is on track to push many to the brink, they warn.

“I’m 100% worried about the holidays,” Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonary specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, told Reuters on Friday. “We don’t have an endless ability to surge.”

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Announcing the West Coast travel advisory, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said a strict mandate was ruled out over concerns that “COVID fatigue” might spark a backlash, leading people to behave in ways that are less safe.

The advisory urges individuals entering or returning to the three states to self-quarantine for 14 days, the presumed incubation period for the virus.

On Thursday, California became only the

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French Starchitect Jean Nouvel Will Literally Carve a Hotel Out of Rock in Saudi Arabia’s Planned Cultural Hotspot, Al-Ula

Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled renderings of an astonishing new hotel planned for the city of Al-Ula in the Northwestern region of Saudi Arabia, which Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is determined to transform into a cultural destination.

The site, where the Nabatean tribe of craftsmen carved arresting structures out of sandstone 2,000 years ago, is the target of a multi-billion-dollar initiative. Prince Salman’s plans, which are moving forward under the auspices of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, include a proposed network of museums and archaeological sites centered on a sprawling museum of Arab culture.

The announcement of the new hotel by Nouvel, a bona fide “starchitect” whose past projects include the National Museum of Qatar in Doha and the Start Museum in Shanghai, brings the Crown Prince’s vision a step closer to reality.

The futuristic hotel, called Sharaan, looks like something out a sci-fi film set. It will be built inside a nature preserve of the same name, and is expected to be completed in 2024.

The patio at Jean Nouvel's Sharaan in Al Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al Ula.

The patio at Jean Nouvel’s Sharaan in Al-Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.

“My philosophy is always to work with the setting,” Nouvel says in a short video describing the project. “That’s the basis of a contextualist’s work—and that’s what I am. This richness of everything that is there is indeed these rocky masses, this solidity, and the water underneath.”

“To build here is to deepen the location,” he adds.

For the project, Nouvel plans on sculpting within the landscape itself, “rather than competing with it,” according to a statement.

His designs are inspired by how the Nabateans built out the landscape in order to have shelter from the intense heat of summer and extreme cold of winter.

“We are in a desert and the desert is always a mystery,” Nouvel says in the video. “It is always eternity. This is Al-Ula and it is, in effect, an open-air museum.”

When completed, Sharaan will include 40 guest suites and three resort villas. A retreat summit center near the resort will feature 14 private pavilions.

But Salman’s projects have not been without critics. Western cultural leaders have come under fire for collaborating with his government following the murder in 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which is widely believed to have been organized by the Crown Prince.

See more images of Nouvel’s planned hotel below.

A design for a room at Jean Nouvel's Sharaan in Al Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al Ula.

A design for a room at Jean Nouvel’s Sharaan in Al-Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.

A design for Jean Nouvel's Sharaan in Al Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al Ula.

A design for Jean Nouvel’s Sharaan in Al-Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.

A design for a room at Jean Nouvel's Sharaan in Al Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al Ula.

A design for a room at Jean Nouvel’s Sharaan in Al-Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.

A design for an elevator at Jean Nouvel's Sharaan in Al Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al Ula.

A design for an elevator at Jean Nouvel’s Sharaan in Al-Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.

A design for Jean Nouvel's Sharaan in Al Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al Ula.

A design for Jean Nouvel’s Sharaan in Al-Ula. Image courtesy Jean Nouvel and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.


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Trump Had Planned to Attend Election Party at His Hotel but Family Now Says They Might Be at the White House



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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has reportedly scrapped plans for him to attend a party at his Washington, D.C., hotel on election night — though his family said the change was simply part of a possible relocation to the White House instead.

When asked about a report in The New York Times that the president would be canceling his planned attendance at an already-promoted party, the president’s son Eric Trump told Fox & Friends on Friday that they were just looking to moving the event.

“No, we’re thinking about moving it actually, over to the White House,” Eric said. “We’re looking at that right now. It’s going to be a great night. It’s going to be a really beautiful night. I’m really excited.”

The Times, citing aides and “multiple fund-raising solicitations” already sent to supporters, reported that President Trump had planned to be at the event, which was described in one campaign email as an “invitation-only Trump Election Night Party at his favorite hotel in Washington, DC.”



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He hosted a similar gathering, this time in New York City, at the end of the 2016 election

Asked about his plans on Friday morning outside the White House, Trump told reporters, “We haven’t made a determination.” 

He suggested he was limited by local regulations being enforced amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

RELATED: 7 Hospitalized After Trump Rally When Many Supporters Were Stuck in the Cold Trying to Get Home

In D.C., COVID-19 regulations require that events have no more than 50 people in attendance, with groups of no more than six being seated at least six feet apart.

The president has openly chafed at following public health guidelines around slowing the virus, however.

“We have certain rules and regulations. You know, Washington, D.C., is shut down. The mayor has shut it down.  So we have a hotel; I don’t know if it’s shut — if you’re allowed to use it or not, but I know the mayor has shut down Washington, D.C.  And if that’s the case, we’ll probably stay here or pick another location,” Trump, 74, said Friday. “I think it’s crazy Washington, D.C., is shut down. Can you imagine?”

(A campaign spokesperson did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has not publicly announced his plan for election night, though the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, have gone out of their way to hold virtual and socially distanced events.

Trump, meanwhile, has held a slew of in-person (and sometimes indoor) rallies seeking to reframe the public’s view of how he has handled the pandemic, even after he was diagnosed and hospitalized with coronavirus. 

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