One year after shelling out $169 million to purchase the Jefferson Creative Campus at 5870 W. Jefferson Boulevard in Baldwin Hills, Lincoln Property Company and Clarion Partners are moving forward with plans for a major expansion of the property.
The proposed development, which was submitted earlier this year to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning for review, calls for demolishing a surface parking lot on the northern side of the campus to make way for a new five-story, approximately 329,000-square-foot office building with a three-level, 592-subterranean parking structure. The developers intend to retain roughly 152,000 square feet of existing office space in three single-story structures to the south.
Gensler is designing 5870 Jefferson, which is depicted in architectural plans as a contemporary low-rise structure with a curving walls wrapped in a glass window wall system. The building would have 64,743-square-foot floor plans on its upper levels, and nearly 50,000 square feet of space at street level.
Prior to starting construction, Lincoln Property Company (operating through its subsidiary LPC West) and Clarion Partners will require entitlements including a zoning administrator's determination, mandatory site plan review, and administrative clearance for a development in the Baldwin Hills community plan area.
The proposed office building is the latest in a series of large new developments planned in the neighborhood surrounding Metro's La Cienega/Jefferson Station, an area which includes portions of West Adams and Baldwin Hills, and sits just east of Culver City.
The two most visible projects now taking shape - both of which include high-rise buildings - are the Cumulus District and Wrapper. The former, which replaced an 11-acre radio broadcast facility, will consist of more than 1,200 apartments and a Whole Foods Market, while the latter is a 17-story, 170,000-square-foot office building designed by architect Eric Owen Moss.
Additional offices for rent are also in development on either side of the 5870 Jefferson property. The first, which is already under construction, is a four-story, 75,000-square-foot office complex from developer Urban Offerings. The latter, a 22-story tower from Samitaur Constructs, would replace a parking lot at 5850 W. Jefferson Boulevard.
Other planned projects featuring housing or commercial uses include a 254-unit apartment complex slated to replace parking lots at La Cienega Boulevard and Boden Street, as well as a $600-million mixed-use complex proposed by Lendlease.
The Baldwin Hills development is not the first time that LPC West and Clarion Partners have teamed together on a project. Less than one mile west in Culver City, the two companies are now wrapping up work on a four-story, 125,000-square-foot office building which is slated to become the new headquarters of Apple's content division, which creates films and television shows for the Apple TV Plus streaming service.
- Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw (Urbanize LA)