Independent Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — Two new, private developments are preparing to break ground Monday following the demolition of the current structures, which began this past week.
The projects, located at 8490 and 8500 Sunset Blvd., will bring a new hotel, residential and commercial uses to the center of West Hollywood’s entertainment and retail district. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 24 months.
All lanes on Sunset Boulevard will remain open during the demolition phase of the project. Occasional sidewalk closures will enable the contractor to work with the least impact to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Detailed traffic control plans for the demolition phase of the project are on file in the city of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works.
The development at Sunset and
boulevards encompass two large parcels on the southwest and southeast corners of the intersection. The east parcel, at 8490 Sunset, will house a hotel, restaurant and retail uses in two 10-story towers. The 235,000-square-foot structure will provide up to 296 hotel rooms and approximately 15,000 square feet of new dining and retail spaces.
The middle parcel, at 8500 Sunset, will contain residential and retail components in two eight-story towers. The 292,000-square-foot structure will provide 190 residential units and up to approximately 55,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.
The hotel buildings are designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and the residential buildings are a collaboration between SOM and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects. Large public viewing terraces are integrated into both parcels with plaza amenities designed by the landscape architecture firm of Mia Lehrer + Associates.
Since acquiring the properties in November 2011, the CIM Group has worked to refine the architecture for the towers and finalize plans for each development’s plazas and public spaces. The buildings on both sites will feature an angular design and placement that will create public plazas with inviting outdoor spaces. Similarly, CIM has been working with the surrounding community and is committed to an ongoing coordination and communication with the stakeholders in West Hollywood.
Headquartered in Hollywood, CIM is an investor in communities throughout North America, and the largest commercial real estate owner in Hollywood.
CIM identified the nearby city of West Hollywood as an urban district that meets the firm’s strategic investment guidelines, and made its first investment in the city in 2005. Since then, it has acquired and developed a portfolio of properties in West Hollywood that include office, retail, studios, and multi-family residential uses.