Just north of the L.A. River in Sherman Oaks, developer IMT Residential has completed excavation of the parking lots surrounding the former headquarters of the Sunkist Growers Cooperative, where a mixed-use apartment complex known as Citrus Commons is set to rise.
Located at the southwest corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Riverside Drive, the finished project will include three low-rise buildings featuring a combined total of 249 residential units atop 27,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Parking for 1,141 vehicles would be located below ground and in new above-grade structures.
IMT, as a condition of approval, is expected to set aside 25 apartments for rent by moderate-income households.
The apartments at Citrus Commons will come in a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom floor plans, ranging from 530 to 1,240 square feet in size, according to a project website. Planned amenities include a fitness center and a swimming pool.
Johnson Fain is designing the mixed-use complex, which add four- and five-story buildings clad in stucco and wood panels, interspersed with 3.5 acres of walking paths and publicly accessible green space - including a small park planned adjacent to the Los Angeles River.
Sunkist's former home, the AC Martin-designed brutalist office building at the center of the property, is being retained and restored at 146,510 square feet of offices for rent.
Ground-floor retail will line the Riverside Drive side of the property, including 12,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and a nearly 15,000-square-foot grocery, which is already leased. Rumors have swirled that Trader Joe's is the as-yet unnamed tenant.
Construction of Citrus Commons is expected to occur over a 33-month period, according to an environmental impact report conducted for the project.
IMT Residential, which is based out of Sherman Oaks, has a portfolio of rental properties located in nine states. Its projects in Sherman Oaks also include Via Avanti, a proposed mixed-use project featuring 325 apartments and 44,000 square feet of retail space at Sepulveda Boulevard and Camarillo Street.
- Citrus Commons (Urbanize LA)