HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Los Angeles city officials joined today with the
developers of Columbia Square — a 680,000-square-foot, mixed-use creative
office development on the site of the historic CBS broadcast facility in
Hollywood, to mark the start of construction on the $380 million project.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell took part in the groundbreaking ceremony at
Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street. The massive project will cover an entire
city block — nearly five acres — and feature 30,000 square feet of retail and
365,000 square feet of commercial office space, according to the project’s
website. Plans call for five levels of underground parking.
The project is expected to generate 1,300 construction jobs and 3,000
permanent jobs, O’Farrell said.
“Today is a just great day in Hollywood and the wonderful, incredible,
desirable Sunset Boulevard corridor,” O’Farrell said. “It is proving to be
the go-to place in the city of Los Angeles for creative entrepreneurs to
The project’s developer, John Kilroy, said he believes Columbia Square
will return Hollywood “to its rightful and historic fame.”
The project, which include floor-to-ceiling glass, will provide a mix of
high-end long-term rentals and extended-stay apartment homes. The project was
designed by architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios, House & Robertson Architects
and GBD Architects.
“I am so excited about what is going on with the 20-story tower that is
going to be over here … It is going to be breathtaking,” Kilroy said.
Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty bought Columbia Square for $65 million
in 2012. The site was home to the CBS West Coast television and radio studios
from 1938 to 2007 and was designated as a historic monument in 2009. The new
building will include an exhibit highlighting the history of radio and