Downtown’s $1 billion Grand Avenue Project took another step toward completion with the first of two mat foundation pours this weekend, developers said Sunday.

“For 15 continuous hours, approximately 140 workers and 1,348 trucks poured 13,478 cubic yards of concrete into the foundation of The Grand’s residential tower,” said a statement by Related Companies.

“A successful mat foundation pour of this kind — large and highly complex — requires a successful partnership with labor,” said Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council. “Related has clearly prioritized this as they move forward with the construction of The Grand. I look forward to seeing all that the project brings to Downtown Los Angeles.”

Ground was officially broken in February on the much-delayed, elaborate commercial and residential downtown development designed by Frank Gehry and located across the street from his signature Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The complex of condominiums, apartments, shops, restaurants and a hotel has been delayed several times since 2004, when Related Companies was selected by city and county officials to transform land left mostly vacant since the former residential neighborhood was razed about 50 years ago in an urban renewal program.

The development, dubbed simply The Grand, is expected to include more than 200,000 square feet of retail space, including shops and restaurants, along with a movie theater, a hotel and more than 400 residences.

“The Grand’s foundation pour is another milestone in this project, representing years of hard work that was shaped and directed by community voices,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who also serves as chair of the Grand Avenue Joint Powers Authority. “This project is another addition to Frank Gehry’s architectural masterpieces that is transforming the Grand Avenue corridor to be a new hub for art, music, and culture for the surrounding neighborhood and L.A. County.

“I am proud that the project includes affordable housing units, welcoming and inviting green space, and a project labor agreement to ensure that this development creates thousands of well-paying local jobs. I look forward to this long-awaited project to be completed.”

Ground was officially broken Sunday on a much-delayed, elaborate commercial and residential downtown development designed by Frank Gehry and located across the street from his signature Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Construction on the $1 billion Grand Avenue Project was ushered in by a celebration led by Mayor Eric Garcetti, philanthropist Eli Broad, Gehry and others.

“This is a city that defines itself by its innovation,” Garcetti said at the ceremony. “I think nobody is the incarnation of that innovative spirit more than Frank Gehry, my dear friend and the man who has brought Grand Avenue alive.”

The complex of condominiums, apartments, shops, restaurants and a hotel has been delayed several times since 2004, when Related Companies was selected by city and county officials to transform land left mostly vacant since the former residential neighborhood was razed about 50 years ago in an urban renewal program.

The development, dubbed simply The Grand, is expected to include more than 200,000 square feet of retail space, including shops and restaurants, along with a movie theater, a hotel and more than 400 residences.

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