Construction Begins on CIM Group's Apartment Complex in Westchester

Project site highlighted in red. 

"Silicon Beach" continues to exert housing pressure on some unexpected areas including Westchester's Business District. Demolition work has begun on the site of an apartment complex that is currently being built by CIM Group near the Westchester Downtown Business District. Coverage last spring outlined the project and featured renderings from Urbanize.LA:

One of Southern California's most prolific real estate firms is cooking up big plans near Los Angeles International Airport.

According to documents from the Neighborhood Council of Westchester and Playa Del Rey, CIM Group intends to construct a low-rise apartment complex on a property located one block east of a bustling commercial stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard.  Designs from Santa Monica-based VTBS Architects call for a five-story structure, featuring 137 residential units, 213 below-grade parking spaces and nearly 15,000 square feet of open space.

The proposed development would rise from a triangular site at the southeast corner of Sepulveda Eastway and La Tijera Boulevard.  The approximately one-acre property, designated 8740 La Tijera Boulevard, is currently developed with series of freestanding structures which recently housed a Charter Middle School.

Statement from the Westchester Town Center BID (Summer 2015):

The five-story building at 8820 Sepulveda Eastway is working its way through the approval process, but has already been endorsed by the WTC BID and the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa. The apartment complex would have a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units priced at market rates ranging from about $1,700 to $2,400 per month. A total of 212 parking spaces are planned for tenants and their guests The developer has made a number of design revisions to address concerns of those in the adjacent single-family residential neighborhood behind the project. CIM redesigned balconies that could have faced into backyards to instead face into courtyards within the project. It also pushed the building itself as far away from the existing homes as possible and added a 10-foot wide strip of land behind the complex with cypress trees that would function as a landscape buffer. “We think this is an important project. It’s well designed,” said Donald Duckworth, executive director of the Westchester Town Center BID. “The addition of new residents to the area will enliven Westchester’s downtown, provide a 24-hour presence in the area and reinvigorate many of our shops and restaurants.” 

Demolition Work as of December 2015:

Renderings of Project: