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From Curbed LA:

Ground broke last week on developer Trumark Urban's 25-story condo towerTen50, at Grand and Eleventh, and at that event developers announced that this high-rise would have the "first-ever" drone landing pad. According to a press release, the drone dock was envisioned for deliveries. Amazon recently received a green light to test drones outdoors and will eventually, inevitably use them some day in the near future to deliver Amazon Prime impulse buys and groceries to homes and offices. Not wanting residents of the building's 151 units to be left behind in some FedEx dark ages, Trumark is going to put a special "landing spot" on the tower's fancy sixth-floor amenity deck.

This project's lucky to be alive, let alone outfitted with ridiculous amenities. The project formerly known as the Glass Tower languished for years, getting jerked around until about four years ago, when its lot was listed for sale with entitlements. Within the last 12 months, it's been revived, had its designs tweaked, broken ground, and is looking toward completion in 2016.

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  • To be sure, a drone landing pad is worth many billions more than just a landing pad.

  • Yep, I predicted this a year ago.  Drone deliveries between buildings will occur far before they are delivering anything to backyards.  It's the only way the large gas powered UAV helicopters which will inevitably be used because they are the only practical solution, will be safe enough to use.  (I could build a UAV with a 200lb payload today for about $100,000).

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