French real estate holding company Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has unveiled new illustrations of its proposed Promenade 2035 complex in Warner Center.

The proposed $1.5-billion development, slated to rise from the 34-acre site that now houses the Westfield Promenade mall, calls for the construction of multiple high-rise and mid-rise structures containing up to:

  • over 1,400 residential units (including 54 units of very low-income housing, 54 units of workforce housing, and 54 apartments reserved for area employees);
  • 280,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses;
  • 731,500 square feet of offices;
  • 572 hotel rooms;
  • a 10,000-seat entertainment and sports center; and
  • parking for 5,655 vehicles.

Changes from the original proposal, submitted to the City of Los Angeles in 2016, include increases to the amount of office, retail, and restaurant space, and a decrease in the size of the entertainment complex.  Additionally, the project was originally planned without a below market-rate housing component.

The master plan for the project calls for subdividing the 34-acre site with new internal streets, pedestrian paths, and a central green space.  Buildings would range in height from squat podium-type structures to slender high-rise buildings standing up to 28 stories.

Architectural plans indicate that the Promenade 2035 design team includes Johnson Fain, HKS Architects, and Togawa Smith Martin.

Construction is anticipated to occur in multiple phases between 2021 and 2033, according to an environmental study conducted for the project.

Entitlements for the mixed-use complex are scheduled for a hearing before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission on May 28.  The project faces four appeals from parties which have expressed opposition due to issues which included potential increases in traffic congestion, air quality impacts, and the nuisance of construction activities over a 12-year period.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield owns three malls in the Warner Center neighborhood, including the adjacent Village complex (completed in 2016) and the Westfield Topanga, which is currently in the midst of a $250-million renovation.

The Promenade 2035 complex is one of several large, multi-phase developments planned in the Warner Center area.  Adler Realty Investments received approvals earlier this year to construct a combination of housing, office space, and retail on a 24-acre site at Burbank Boulevard and De Soto Avenue.