Thursday, September 4, 2014
Introducing 925 La Brea: Hollywood's Latest Office Development
Resurgent demand for quality office space in Hollywood has revived a slew of commercial developments throughout the submarket, including 1601 Vine Street and the sprawling Columbia Square campus. Now, a recent environmental report provides a glimpse of the neighborhood's latest project, intended for a property which straddles the Hollywood/West Hollywood border.
925 La Brea Avenue, a six-story mixed-use complex, would rise from a mid-block parcel between Willoughby Avenue and Romaine Streets. Designed by Santa Barbara-based Shubin + Donaldson Architects, the project would feature nearly 50,000 square feet of office space on its upper three floors. The structure's three bottom floors would be devoted to a 175-car parking garage and 15,000 square feet of street-fronting commercial space. A 4,800 square foot outdoor garden would occupy a fourth floor amenity deck, providing tenants with much needed open space.
Across the street from 925 La Brea, an art deco structure known as the Mole-Richardson Building was unceremoniously demolished this past June. While this situation may represent a loss for the city's cultural heritage, it is also evidence of a more positive trend currently transforming Hollywood's western fringe. Over the past several years, a pronounced construction boom has brought a litany of new residential, office and retail developments to the northern stretch of the La Brea corridor. Strip malls and drab commercial buildings have gradually given way for mixed-use developments, providing one of Los Angeles' most famous commercial boulevards with a new lease on life.
One example of this trend is currently under construction at the intersection of La Brea and Willoughby Avenues, next-door to the proposed office building. That project, known as La Brea Gateway, will create a five-story apartment building containing 179 residential units above a ground-level Sprouts Farmers Market.