Last time someone tried to build something big at the intersection of Sunset and Western in Hollywood, the project spent around six years as the sentient husk of a Target. Hopefully the latest builder to shoot their shot has better luck.

View looking southwest from SunsetTCA Architects

Demolition has commenced of a former Food4Less-anchored shopping center at 5420 Sunset Boulevard, where American Commercial Equities received approvals in September 2022 for the construction of a new mixed-use complex featuring 735 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments above upwards of 95,000 square feet of commercial space - including room for a market, a restaurant, and general retail - and parking for roughly 1,400 vehicles. The new commercial uses would be roughly equivalent to the 100,000 square feet of commercial floor area now being razed.

TCA Architects is designing 5420 Sunset, which would consist of four contemporary, plaster-clad buildings bisected by a T-shaped paseo. The new six-story structures would have pedestrian connections between Western, Sunset, and Serrano Avenue, as well as seven courtyards and other amenities such as a swimming pool, a game room, and a fitness center.

Per a draft environmental study circulated in 2021 by the Planning Department, construction of 5420 Sunset is expected to occur over approximately 48 months, with completion anticipated in 2026.

Demolition underway at 5420 Sunset Boulevard in HollywoodMichael Hayes

The project is the third large development aiming to remake the intersection of Sunset and Western, following the aforementioned Target. Diagonally across the street, a project from Reliable Properties is poised to replace another retail center, while The Georgetown Co. recently acquired a Netflix-leased development site to the south.

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