Hollywood's Target Husk is one step closer to getting some new neighbors.
Since 2015, Los Angeles-based developer Reliable Properties has sought to redevelop a shopping center at the northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue with a mixed-use housing complex. The project, named SunWest for its location, was originally envisioned as a six-story structure containing 293 residential units and 34,000 square feet of retail uses. Those plans were revised in 2019 to call for a larger seven-story edifice containing 412 dwelling units above street-level restaurant space and a grocery store.
According to an updated environmental study published by the Los Angeles Planning Department, the revised project would set aside 61 apartments restricted to very low-income households - representing 25 percent of the building's total. The original had called for a smaller 25-unit affordable set-aside.
The revised project would also include a larger 659-car parking garage, in lieu of 573 vehicle stalls in the original plan. This would require excavating three below-grade levels for parking, rather than two as originally proposed.
Architectural plans posted to the environmental study indicate that Withee Malcolm Architects has been retained to design the revised project. A rendering posted to the firm's website depicts a contemporary building.
The increased size of the new plan would extend the SunWest development's construction timeline by approximately eight months, according to the environmental study. Work is now expected to be completed over a period of 24 months, although a precise groundbreaking date is not stated.
The project site, in addition to sitting across Sunset Boulevard from the Target Husk, would also sit diagonally across the street from another shopping center slated for redevelopment. Property Owner American Commercial Equities submitted plans to the City of Los Angeles in 2017 to raze the complex to make way for a 735-unit housing complex with street-fronting commercial uses.
Reliable Properties is also behind plans for a similar mixed-use residential development in the Palms community.
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