Frank Gehry to Design New Mixed-Use Development in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has been selected to design a new mixed-use project in Los Angeles. The new project will be located at 8150 Sunset. The development will be situated on one of the largest contiguous parcels of land on the Sunset Strip, at the intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard.

The development will contain 249 units, in addition to ground-floor restaurant and retail space and open-air space on the rooftop. Extensive open spaces will also connect to a central plaza, which will have pedestrian and bicycle access.

Gehry has started the initial design development process. Plans are expected to be released this spring.

The site of the new development was formerly home to the Garden of Allah hotel, which was demolished in 1959.

The master site plan was developed in 2013 by Hart Howerton. The firm established the initial design principles focused on environmental sustainability, open spaces, and pedestrian and public transit accessibility.

Last year, the development became the first project in Los Angeles County to be designated a California Environmental Leadership Development Project (ELDP)—and the only mixed-use project in California to receive that designation. To qualify as an ELDP, a project must include an investment in California of more than $100 million; create high-wage, highly skilled jobs; achieve (at minimum) LEED-Silver certification; and result in zero-net additional emissions of greenhouse gases. So far, only three projects have been certified under the program. They include the Apple campus in Cupertino, the McCoy Solar Project in Riverside County and the Soitec Solar Energy Project in San Diego County.

The project is being developed by Townscape Partners.

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