A draft environmental impact report published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has unveiled new renderings for 6250 Sunset Boulevard, a low-rise mixed-use development proposed by Essex Property Trust.

The project, slated for an approximately 1.5-acre parking lot next to the Earl Carroll Theatre, would consist of a seven-story building with 200 apartments and 4,700 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.  Plans call for numerous on-site amenities, including a 316-car garage, a swimming pool, a fitness center and a rooftop deck.

Designs for 6250 Sunset come from Harley Ellis Devereaux, the Michigan-based architecture firm which has recently worked on numerous mixed-use developments in Southern California.  Their design for Essex Property Trust's low-rise development calls for a variety of high-quality exterior finishes, including fiber cement paneling, anodized aluminum, terra cotta and smooth finish plaster.

The proposed development also calls for the retention and preservation of the Earl Carroll Theatre, a 1930s structure which currently houses the West Coast operations of the television network Nickelodeon.  The historic theatre would be linked to the new residential-retail complex by a ground-floor paseo, running north-to-south between Sunset Boulevard and Leland Way

Groundbreaking for the project is anticipated to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015, followed by an approximately two-year construction timeline.  6250 Sunset is the latest in a recent series of  film and television studios seeking to capitalize on their underutilized real estate .  Large scale office and residential projects are already under construction nearby at Columbia Square and Sunset Bronson Studios, while a high-rise complex is currently in the planning stages for the parking lots of the Hollywood Palladium.

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