Plans for a residential high-rise on the border between Carthay and the City of Beverly Hills continue to inch forward.

Street level view of 1050 La Cienega looking southeastSCB

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to adopt the finding of a sustainable communities environmental assessment (SCEA) conducted for the 1050 La Cienega development, a proposed tower from San Francisco-based developer Carmel Partners. The project, announced in April of this year, is named for its address, which corresponds to the currently vacant lot located at 1050 S. La Cienega Boulevard. Carmel is seeking approvals for the construction of a 28-story building featuring 290 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 426-car garage.

While the City Council vote gives Carmel's project clearance under the California Environmental Quality Act, entitlements remain pending. The 1050 La Cienega tower relies on Transit Oriented Communities incentives to permit a larger development than typically allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, 29 of the new homes - or 10 percent of the project total - would be set aside as deed-restricted affordable housing at the extremely low-income level.

1050 S La Cienega BoulevardGoogle Street View

Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the contemporary glass-and-steel tower, which would rise approximately 334 feet in height. As is common with new residential towers in Los Angeles, the build's parking is located in a podium structure at the base of the building, with the roof of the podium used to provide an amenity deck. In total, 1050 La Cienega would include 54,000 square feet of open space.

According to the SCEA, 1050 La Cienega is expected to be built over an approximately three-year-period commencing as early as January 2023 and concluding by August 2025.

1050 S La Cienega BoulevardGoogle Maps

Carmel Partners, which has a reputation for developing towers in unexpected places, has also built a 30-story high-rise as part of the Cumulus District near La Cienega/Jefferson Station, and is now in the midst of construction of a 35-story live/work tower at 520 Mateo Street in the Arts District. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, the San Francisco-based developer is planning to redevelop a stretch of single-family homes to the south of Expo/Bundy Station with more than 600 apartments.