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Uncommon, a real estate firm founded by Jason Larian and Ryan Hekmat, has announced the groundbreaking of "24," a campus-style development in Chatsworth consisting of apartments, creative offices and retail space.

The 24-acre site at Winnetka Avenue and Prairie Street, formerly a Los Angeles Times printing plant, is slated to become the new headquarters of MGA Entertainment, a manufacturer of toys and electronics, including the popular Bratz dolls.  The project calls for the adaptive reuse of the former printing facility, creating approximately 255,000 square feet of office space.  Additionally, Uncommon intends to build a series of low-rise structures on the surrounding parking lots, creating 660 apartments above shops and restaurants, interspersed with community-oriented green space.

According to a master plan by Santa Monica-based Killefer Flammang Architects, the development will also incorporate a gymnasium, two swimming pool plazas, a sports park, community gardens, a pre-school, a yoga studio, outdoor walking tracks and an amphiteater.

Though the property is located approximately two miles east of the Orange Line busway, 24 will include a central transit plaza which will shuttle residents and employees to regional transit hubs such as the Chatsworth Metrolink Station.  Plans also call for a new bicycle lane connecting to the broader bike network.

An official groundbreaking ceremony with 12th District Councilmember Mitch Englander will occur tomorrow at the development site.

Rendering of 24 (Image courtesy of Uncommon)
Satellite image of 24-acre development site (Google Maps)

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