High above the world famous Sunset Strip, four construction cranes are hard at work on a transformative mixed-use complex from Los Angeles-based CIM Group.

The Sunset La Cienega development - designed by a team consisting of SOM, LOHA and Mia Lehrer + Associates - will create four mid-rise structures containing condominiums, hotel rooms and ground-floor commercial space.  Work on the $300 million project began in earnest nearly two years ago, with the clearing of several vacant structures at the intersection of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards.

The mid-rise towers, which will occupy two corners of the intersection, faced numerous hurdles prior to breaking ground in mid-2013.  Originally approved in 1999 under the name of Sunset Millennium, the project remained stalled for nearly fifteen years amidst litigation and weak market conditions.  CIM Group purchased the roughly five-acre property and its development rights in 2011.

The 2.48-acre East Parcel, located at the southeast corner of the intersection, will birth twin 10-story hotel towers, consisting of a 286-room James Hotel with ground-level commercial space and an parking garage.  Designs from SOM also feature a central open-air plaza, preserving sight lines to the south.  The hotel towers are strategically positioned to provide unobstructed views of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.

The 2.06-acre Middle Parcel, located directly across La Cienega Boulevard, will feature two eight-story residential buildings designed by LOHA and Mia Lehrer + Associates.  When complete, the buildings will contain a cumulative 190 dwelling units above street-level retail space and an underground parking garage.

Sunset La Cienega is scheduled for delivery in 2016, at which point in may be joined by several other hotel developments along the Strip.  This includes a proposed West Coast flagship location for Marriott's Edition chain and the potential redevelopment of the House of Blues nightclub.