City seeks bids from contractors to demolish Parker Center

The former LAPD headquarters failed to receive landmark status

Parker Center at 105 N. Los Angeles Street (Credit: Getty Images)
Parker Center at 105 N. Los Angeles Street (Credit: Getty Images)

Here comes the wrecking ball.

The City of Los Angeles is moving forward with its plans to demolish the Parker Center and has started reaching out to contractors for the project, Urbanize reported.

Demolition for the eight-story building at 150 N. Los Angeles Street – previously used as the LAPD’s headquarters – is estimated to cost around $12 million. It will begin in April 2018, according to an invitation sent out to potential firms.

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The city is planning to build a 28-story, 750,000-square-foot office building in its place, much to the chagrin of preservationists who contentiously debated the tear down. The proposed tower, part of the 15-year Civic Master Plan meant to revitalize government offices, will also include ground-level commercial space.

Parker Center, named after LAPD chief William Parker, was a critical site during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Los Angeles City Council voted a unanimous “no” to the 1955 building, designed by Welton Becket, when it was under consideration as historically significant building. [Urbanize]Natalie Hoberman