Over four years after purchasing the Marina Del Rey Hospital campus, Cedars-Sinai Health System is taking steps to modernize the aging medical center.

The approximately 6.3-acre property, located at 4640-4660 Lincoln Boulevard, was developed with its existing facility in the 1970s.  Plans approved last week by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission call for replacing the existing hospital and an adjacent medical office building to make way for the construction of a new building flanked by 392 parking spaces.

The proposed replacement hospital, designed by HDR, would stand approximately 191 feet in height.  Renderings depict a sleek, modern structure rising on what is now a surface parking lot fronting Lincoln Boulevard.

Architectural plans presented to the Commission indicate that the new hospital would include 96 patient beds - with capacity to expand to up to 160 beds - and an array of ancillary functions.

Although a project timeline is not stated in its entitlement application, a representative of Cedars-Sinai indicated in a presentation that the existing facility would remain in service until the completion of the replacement hospital.

Cedars-Sinai is seeking to modernize the Marina Del Rey Hospital due to a state law which requires the retrofit or replacement of acute care facilities prior to the year 2030.

Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, and several other health systems are moving to upgrade or redevelop their own Los Angeles area facilities before the deadline.  Cedars-Sinai and Providence St. Joseph Health have recently partnered on a $624-million modernization of a hospital campus in Tarzana.

In addition to its investment in Marina del Rey, Cedars-Sinai has also opened a handful of outpatient clinics in Culver City and Playa Vista.