Checking in on Playa Vista Phase 2 Construction

Photo Credit: Building Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Building Los Angeles

The Building Los Angeles blog headed over to the Westchester bluffs and snapped several photos of the numerous construction projects underway in the Phase 2 section of Playa Vista. Excerpt from the blog and a photo below:

Only from above can one fully appreciate the massive amount of construction underway throughout the Playa Vista neighborhood.  The thousand-acre expanse, formerly a component of the Howard Hughes aerospace empire, is now giving birth to creative office space, pricey chain retailers, and thousands of luxury apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes.  Take a quick photo tour through phase two of the planned community, from a vantage point high up in the Westchester Bluffs.

Photo Credit: Building Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Building Los Angeles

Looking west towards the Pacific Ocean, we see the collection of low-rise buildings that will eventually comprise Playa Vista's downtown.

First and foremost amongst these developments is Runway, a $260 million undertaking from Lincoln Property Company.  Stretching 11 acres between McConnell Avenue and Village Drive, the Johnson Fain-designed complex will consist of colorful four- and five-story buildings, offering 420 apartments, 35,000 square feet of creative office space, and over 200,000 square feet of pedestrian-oriented commercial space.  Confirmed retail tenants include Cinemark Theatres, CVS Pharmacy and Whole Foods Market.

Neighboring parcels are also giving way for development.  To the east and west of Runway, the Irvine Company is in the midst of construction on two Mediterranean-style apartment complexes, each of which will contain roughly 400 rental units.  South across Millennium Drive, a slew of condominiums and detached single-family residences are underway from developers KB Home, Brookfield Residential and Tri Pointe Homes.  Prices start in the "low $1,000,000s."  Ouch.

Despite the unending stream of construction activity over the past year, a significant portion of Playa Vista's entitled land remains undeveloped.  Additional housing and green space is planned for the conspicuously empty lot which features prominently in both the above and below pictures.  However, an exact timeline for this sub-phase of the project is unclear.

Head over to the Building Los Angeles blog to read the full post and see all photos >