One block north of Expo/Bundy Station in Sawtelle, the longtime home of the Martin Cadillac dealership is a distant memory, and a mixed-use project from Hines, Affinius Capital, and Philena Properties has opened in its place.

The West Edge development, located at 12121 W. Olympic Boulevard, fronts the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive with an eight-story, 200,000-square-foot office building which is fully leased to League of Legends maker Riot Games. Gensler designed the glass-clad, concrete-frame building.

View looking northeast from Olympic BoulevardHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

Along the northern and western sides of the 4.8-acre site stands an L-shaped, seven-story structure which features 600 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments - 15 percent of which are set aside for rent as "workforce housing." That structure was designed by AC Martin, and has a contemporary stucco exterior.

Ground-floor activation for the property is provided by 80,000 square feet of commercial space - anchored by a Gelson's Market. Likewise, the large development site is broken up by approximately one acres of publicly accessible open space, taking the form of a paseo cutting diagonally through the property. Rios served as landscape architect for the overall project.

Aerial view looking northwestHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

The proposed project is one of numerous large, mixed-use and multifamily residential developments to take shape on properties surrounding E Line stations on the westside, following projects such as Ivy Station in Culver City and the Cumulus District on La Cienega Boulevard. It will also not be the last. Lendlease recently commenced work on a housing and office complex next to La Cienega/Jefferson Station, and Carmel Partners is preparing to build more than 600 apartments a short walk south of the West Edge.

Hines, the Houston-based firm which lead the development effort for the West Edge, is not done in Southern California. Hines is also seeking to redevelop properties next to Warner Music Group's Arts District headquarters with a new office campus, and is partnering on a recently announced plan for a 17-acre mixed-use complex in Santa Ana.

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