Earlier this year, architecture firm Omgivning granted us a look inside the historic Sears, Roebuck & Company Mail Order Building in Boyle Heights.

The 1.8-million-square-foot complex, built in 1927, is a well known landmark to freeway commuters, with a 226-foot-tall Art Deco tower that dominates the Eastside skyline.  Mostly vacant since the early 1990s, it has been subject to numerous attempts at redevelopment in the decades since.

Developer Izek Shomof, who purchased the building in 2013, has announced plans to convert the historic landmark and its surrounding property into a multi-use development featuring office space, apartments and pedestrian-oriented shops and restaurants.

According to plans filed with the City of Los Angeles, the project would include:

  • 1,030 apartments
  • 95,000 square feet of commercial space
  • 200,000 square feet of office space
  • a 250,000-square-foot retail department store

Per information from Omgivning, the existing Sears department store which occupies a portion of the building's first and second levels would be left in place.  The remaining space would be repurposed as shops and restaurants, including a food market featuring over 50 vendors.  The proposed office space would be located on a new mezzanine level on the second floor, as well as on the building's third story.

The 4th-through-10th floors of the Sears building would be converted into live-work apartments.  Residents would be served by amenities on the roof level, including community rooms, a gym, multiple swimming pools and athletic courts.  These facilities would also be made available to employees of the building's office employees.

Other proposed features along the building's rooftop include restaurant and event space, which would be located along the base of the iconic tower.

On the upper levels, plans call for a mixture of commercial space and live-work lofts.  The 13th floor would offer a collection of shops and restaurants.  The 14th through 17th levels, located within the tower, would serve as one live/work loft to avoid increasing the building's total floor-area ratio.

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Progress Report for Metrolinks New Burbank Airport Station

The new stop on the Antelope Valley Line is scheduled to open in May.

One year into construction, a new commuter rail station is nearing completion at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The at-grade station Burbank Airport - North Station will provide daily service on Metrolink's Antelope Valley Line when it opens this coming May.  It is located approximately one mile from the airport and will be connected to the main terminal through a shuttle service.  The complete project includes canopies, bike racks, benches, and electronic displays for train schedules.