Los Angeles-based real estate firm CIM Group has broken ground on another residential-retail in West Los Angeles.

The mixed-use development, located on a 1.3-acre site at 11800 W. Santa Monica Boulevard, is slated to birth a five-story complex containing 147 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments above approximately 40,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.  Proposed residential amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a clubhouse and a screening room.

Designed Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, the building will establish a unique presence along a mostly staid stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard.  Elevation plans on file with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP) portray a distinctly modern complex, clad in cement plaster and metal panels.

In accordance with state law, the development was granted a density bonus incentive in exchange for providing affordable housing units.  LADCP records indicate that the building did not require a variance from the city's zoning code.

The project is rising from the former site of Buerge Ford, a West Los Angeles automobile dealership which was owned by the defunct Buerge Motor Car Company.  Their other shuttered dealership, located immediately east, is also owned by CIM Group.