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1920’s Boyle Heights’ landmark Sears Roebuck building generates gentrification talks as CCDG and Hamid Behdad begin plans to renovate this multi-use property space.  The historic landmark is currently abandoned.  11 stories tall and covering several football fields of real estate, a rebuild is sure to boost the economy in the Boyle Heights neighborhood.  Read more about this project, reactions from neighbors and insight on this historical build in the article featured on 89.3 KPCC. … Click to read full article →

Broadway Downtown

Central City Development Group is set to be a major player in the transformation of the Downtown Los Angeles Skyline.  It has been generations since a high-rise building has debuted on Broadway, but the introduction of the mixed-use structure Broadway @ 4th will be twice as tall as any other building in the historic core of downtown.   The 450 unit, 34 story project will be one of the tallest buildings in the Southland.  A building of such size in a city with such strict zoning laws meant that intense restrictions and building code had to be satisfied.  For this reason, … Click to read full article


The Gould School of Law is pleased to announce Hamid Behdad, Zev Yaroslavsky, Wayne Ratkovich and an impressive list of speakers for the 2014 Real Estate and Business Forum on March 5th. Behdad, along with other speakers, will be covering sessions in this workshop including one on the challenges and opportunities of urban resurgence in downtown Los Angeles. This conference is one that you will not want to miss, especially if you are a graduate student pursuing a masters’ in Real Estate Development or a Juris Doctorate’s degree. Others attending this conference will be professionals whose businesses involve marketing and … Click to read full article

Bottega Louie

When bustling Bottega Louie announced plans to expand in Downtown Los Angeles; they knew there was no better development consultant to advise them with their expansion in downtown than Hamid Behdad and CCDG.  With expertise in city codes, permitting process and with a myriad of professional relationships developed over a lustrous career, Mr. Behdad is a magic man when it comes to renovation and development. Below is a write up in the Los Angeles Times about Bottega Louie and their expansionary vision. Bustling Bottega Louie cooks up expansion plan Bottega Louie rents space in a historic office building across 7th … Click to read full article


Owners have big plans for the Sears Roebuck & Co stating, “With a property of this size, I have the opportunity to develop an entire neighborhood.”   This is not merely big talk, as efforts were made to bring Central City Development Group on board for the developmental plans of this renovation project of the Sears Tower in Boyle Heights.  With CCDG and found Hamid Behdad’s proven track record of transforming old industrial buildings into residential and multi-use space, the Sears Roebuck & Co renovation is bound to be a success. The following is an article from the Los Angeles Times … Click to read full article

Hamid Behdad

Hamid Behdad is the director of reuse projects in the downtown Los Angeles area. He also founded the Central City Development Group (CCDG) using his skills and creativity to renovate numerous complexes. Behdad is a master at turning old or abandoned commercial real estate into residential and multi-use complexes. His work with the Medici loft district located in City West won the Downtowners of Distinction award. The Medici, comprised of 600 units, was one of the earliest luxury housing developments in the Downtown area. The Pegasus is the newest development led by Behdad, located off Flower Street in the Historic … Click to read full article


Downtown’s Adaptive Reuse Boss Reigns Over Revitalization by Jason Mandell A year ago, Mayor James Hahn assigned Hamid Behdad the grandiose task of bringing the city’s oldest buildings back online. Since that time, Behdad, project manager for adaptive reuse in the mayor’s business team, has worked steadily to transform Downtown’s turn-of-the-20th-century structures into modern, livable and safe residences, all while maintaining the buildings’ historic character. Known among local developers as the “adaptive reuse czar,” Behdad has presided over a dramatic rise in building renovation that will bring thousands of new residents Downtown over the next several years. “Unlike any other … Click to read full article


Central City Development Group has been getting outstanding Press for their recent developments.  For the first time in the History of Los Angeles, a business is able to place their sign atop a residential high rise thanks to the expertise of Hamid Behdad and CCDG. The following is an article from the Los Angeles Times After a bit of controversy, Chase Bank has added its name to the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The bank reached a deal to pay condo owners at 1100 Wilshire Blvd. $17,500 per month for the right to put its name on their 37-story building on … Click to read full article


Adaptive Reuse Program Will Continue to Enliven L.A.’s Urban Core in Absence of Longtime Director. Under Hamid Behdad’s watch as director of the city of L.A’s adaptive reuse program, the city of L.A. built or planned over 11,000 units in renovated, recovered building in the urban core.  Behdad is leaving after six years to go into development, but his fervor for adaptive reuse is unabated.  TPR was pleased to speak with him about the benefits and future of the program in the second of a two-part interview, which first appeared in last month’s TPR. Last year Kor Group’s Kate Bartolo … Click to read full article

Central City Development Group

The Planning Report: Hamid Behdad, LA.’s Champion of Adaptive Reuse, Depart City Hall. Legislative bodies can pass laws with noble intent, but even the best laws are often useless if they are not implemented properly and vigorously.  In 1999 the city of Los Angeles passed its landmark Adaptive Reuse Ordinance ( ARO ), designed to promote the restoration and reuse of vintage buildings.  But lofts do not build themselves, and for the past six years Hamid Behdad has overseen the city’s effort to encourage developers to revive the city’s vintage buildings.  In the first part of a two-part interview on … Click to read full article