A year-and-a-half after purchase the Miracle Mile's landmark Wilshire Courtyard office complex, developer Onni Group has submitted an application to the City of Los Angeles to add a pair of high-rise buildings to the site.
Located at 5700 Wilshire Boulevard, the property is currently improved with a pair of six-story structures containing more than 1 million square feet of rentable space. Onni, which reportedly paid $630 million for the 1980s complex, is seeking approvals to renovate the southern portions of both buildings while demolishing the Wilshire Boulevard frontage to make way for the development of two interconnected high-rise buildings containing 1.8 million square feet of offices and 117,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses. A full buildout of the plan would expand Wilshire Courtyard's occupiable square footage to 2.34 million.
Architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the proposed development, which would include a 35-story, 565-foot-tall building fronting Curson Avenue to the west and a larger 41-story, 655-foot-tall building facing Masselin Avenue to the east. New parking for over 2,600 vehicles would be built on seven levels at the foot of the towers, adding to a three-level, approximately 2,000-car garage that already exists beneath the property.
Renderings depict the proposed towers as contemporary high-rise structures, wrapped by glass curtain walls and connected by landscaped skybridges. Existing patios and landscaped courtyards would be left in place around the property, while the building's northern, western, and eastern street frontages would be activated by uses including a grocery store, a health club, and restaurant space.
Onni Group would require several discretionary entitlements from the City of Los Angeles prior to starting construction on the project, including the approval of a zone change and a master conditional use permit.
The proposed development, if completed, would result in two of the tallest buildings in Los Angeles outside of Downtown.
Onni Group, which is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, has built a slew of high-rise apartment buildings in the Downtown area in the past decade, and broke ground earlier this year on a new apartment complex in Hollywood.
Despite the impacts of COVID-19 on the workplace, the developer has bet heavily on future demand for commercial office space. The developer is also seeking approvals to construct a 14-story office building in Hollywood that would offer more than 200,000 square feet of rentable space.
The Wilshire Courtyard occupies a prominent site on the Miracle Mile, and sits just east of the LACMA campus, which is now in the early stages of a controversial revamp. Also under construction across the street is a 20-story apartment tower from J.H. Snyder Co., a project which was originally approved as an office building.
Other projects in the works for the surrounding neighborhood include a 42-story high-rise near the forthcoming Wilshire/La Brea subway station and a proposed redesign of the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum.
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