City Officials Criticize Proposed Federal Tower

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Construction is to begin on the proposed federal tower in downtown next summer, but the project is meeting a hostile reaction from the city.

The 18-story tower would be 234 feet high but just 60 feet wide, with a 40-foot-by-60-foot hole in the middle. The building, which would house 1,700 employees, is designed to reduce energy consumption.

Most of the criticism comes from a city report charging that because the project doesn’t follow height and massing limits established in the 1980s, the federal government is ignoring “policies regarding good urban design and place-making.”