A tipster sends word that CIM Group has begun demolishing the second of the two shuttered Buerge car dealerships in West Los Angeles, clearing the way for the second of two eye-catching mixed-use developments.

The project site, a rectangular 1.33-acre property at 11752 Santa Monica Boulevard, is poised for a five-story building that will feature 154 apartments above 15,000 square feet of retail space and 311 basement parking spaces.  The project will include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 16 for very low-income households.

LOHA is designing the project, which opens onto Santa Monica Boulevard with a large podium-level amenity deck, featuring landscaping and a swimming pool. Its facade would include textured metal panels and glass.

CIM and LOHA are already well into construction on a similar project immediately west at 11800 Santa Monica Boulevard, which features 147 apartments and 4,000 square feet of retail space.

Construction of 11752 Santa Monica is expected to occur over two years, with completion coming as early as 2019.

Other potential architectural gems nearby include projects at two corners of Santa Monica and Barrington Avenue, designed by R&A Design and Landry Design Group.