Howard Hughes Center Residential Construction Underway

Photo Credit: Curbed LA

Photo Credit: Curbed LA

If you have driven through the Howard Hughes Center in recent months you may have noticed that construction activity has commenced on two residential buildings that will eventually contain a combined total of 545 units. It will be interesting to see if this addition to the Howard Hughes Center, along with the build-out of Playa Vista and the 'Silicon Beach spillover' will help the Center fill its vacant office and retail spaces. The Building Los Angeles blog checked in on the construction and provided this update:

After years of delays, long awaited plans to add hundreds of residential units to Westchester's Howard Hughes Center are finally moving forward.  Earlier this year, ground was broken on a new apartment complex, located on a formerly vacant lot at 6040 Center Drive.  Rising six stories, the building will contain 218 apartment dwellings above two levels of underground parking.  Permit filings from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety indicate that a second six-story residential complex is also planned across the street at 5900 Center Drive.  That building would be slightly larger in scale, consisting of 327 apartments in addition to underground parking accommodations.  Both residential structures would lie within walking distance of the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, a two-level outdoor mall anchored by a luxury theater outpost.

Less clear at this point in time are the exact plans for the Howard Hughes Centers' other vacant parcels.  Located at 5901 and 6055 Center Drive, an earlier proposal from developer Equity Office Properties called for an office building and a high-rise condo tower, both designed by Gensler.

After spending decades as sleepy bedroom communities, neighborhoods such as Westchester and Playa Vista are experiencing dramatically increased employment density (thanks, Silicon Beach!).  With the resumption of development activity on the sprawling Playa Vista campus, an assortment of office, residential and retail projects are slated to open nearby during the next several years.

Photo Credit: Building Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Building Los Angeles