One block north of Metro's Expo/Bundy Station, the wood-and-concrete frames of the buildings of the West Edge complex are beginning to take shape at the former site of Martin Cadillac.
The project, located at the northwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive, is being developed as a joint venture between Hines, USAA Real Estate, and Philena Properties, an entity controlled by the family which owns the car dealership.
Directly at the intersection, plans call for an eight-story office building containing approximately 200,000 square feet of space. The mid-rise structure will incorporate multiple upper-level setbacks, which will be used to create five landscaped terrace decks. Hines hopes to market the property to media and technology companies, according to information previously released by the developer.
The bulk of the 4.8-acre site will be occupied by a seven-story, L-shaped structure containing 600 rental apartments - 120 of which will be reserved as subsidized affordable housing at the workforce and very low-income households.
Gensler, AC Martin, and landscape architecture firm Rios comprise the project's design team, and have imagined a complex split by a ground-level by a pedestrian paseo cutting diagonally between Olympic and Bundy. The roughly one-acre open area, as well as surrounding street frontages, will be lined with 90,000 square feet of commercial space, including a grocery store, restaurants, bars, and gyms.
Hines recently announced that Gelson's, the upscale supermarket chain, has signed a lease to anchor the project's anchor retail tenants. The supermarket will be located in a 36,000-square-foot space at the plaza level of the residential building. An opening is expected in 2023.
At the time of the project's groundbreaking, completion of the West Edge was expected in 2022.
Hines, which is leading the development, recently filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to redevelop properties next to Warner Music Group's Arts District headquarters with a 450,000-square-foot office building.
- West Edge (Urbanize LA)