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Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction prepares for more change as new building rises

Silver Lake real estate development

New Sunset Junction development at 4121 Santa Monica Blvd. | Courtesy CIM Group

By BARRY LANK

SILVER LAKE – Sunset Junction continues to boom and evolve, with more mixed-used commercial projects in the works on Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards.

The sleek new buildings will bring additional retail and restaurant spaces to Sunset Junction as commercial rents rise,  high-end retailers open their doors and developer Frost/Chaddock moves forward with plans to build a trio of large apartment buildings with more ground floor commercial space in the years ahead.

“I think every parcel of vacant or underutilized land (there are very few left) will be developed,” said Clint Lukens of Clint Lukens Realty.

A sign at 3921 Sunset Blvd.  heralds the arrival of a new building in a vacant lot between Superior Glass Service and Rough Trade Leather & Gear. Though the developer, CIM Group, declined to provide details, the sign – as well as Urbanize L.A. – indicates it will be two stories high with street-fronting restaurant space and offices on the second floor.  The space is scheduled to be available for lease in the second quarter of 2018.

About a block away,  CIM is already building an even larger, 14,400-square-foot retail and commercial project at 4121 Santa Monica Blvd.  One level of shops, restaurants and perhaps a fitness center and patios will sit on top of a level of parking.

The junction’s funky assortment of shops, restaurants and bars have been joined by some more refined and upscale players over the years. Earlier this month, the opening party for the high-end women’s apparel store Creatures of Comfort, which once operated on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood,  attracted “a star-studded and fashionable crowd,” said Flaunt magazine.

Lukens noted the area may be suffering its share of growing pains along the way.

“I think the retail will continue to see turnover as tenants gauge price points and goods the neighborhood wants to purchase,” he said. “You’ve seen the first wave of retailers start to go out who overpriced themselves. This will continue as rents rise to the highest levels ever tracked for the neighborhood.”

But Roger Merians, sales agent with Coda Brokerage, says the neighborhood has still retained its eclectic character – noting a diverse mix that includes Rough Trade Leathers, Mohawk General Store, Army & Navy Outdoor Supply, and MOTA, the cannabis dispensary that recently replaced Circus of Books.

“There’s such a broad range of things happening on the street,” Merians said, “even with the new people coming in, fabric of the street has stayed unique.”

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12 comments

  1. Another great day for the 1percenters!

    • Here’s an idea…stop blaming other people for your lack of money and either, 1. Do whatever it takes to make more money aka work harder/gain more skills to make more money, or 2. Move to a more affordable location so you can reduce your cost of living.

  2. This is great. Love the competition happening on sunset Underutilized spaces are a drag on the local economy. And Rich business owners like the Kantners are finally losing their stranglehold on this stretch of sunset.

  3. 2 stories.. that’s sad

  4. althea, save them! prayers!

  5. Yes 2 stories sad. I’m sure has to do with stupid parking requirements – all of the retail there would be illegal under today’s code which mandates a sea of asphalt or a cavernous concrete bunker.

  6. Yeah, this is cool that the space is going to utilized. But I was excited about how cool Mohawk Collective looked, and then saw the f-ed up “Habit Burger” logo that just ruined everything. Maybe the burgers are good, but 1) Do we need more burger places here? and 2) Their design looks like something a teenager mocked up in the late 90s. Can only coporate, chain-y places afford the exhorbitant rent at these new commercial builds? Hope not.

  7. Great. AS if it’s not yuppie and bland enough here already….. Love having these outside, big money players, (and their obnoxious fan boys) push a soul-less vision of what they Silver Lake should be…. How about you screw up your own areas? Frost Chaddwick demolished a beautiful little row of Dutch style buildings that were almost declared historic, and Garcetti gave them the go ahead!!! I want to live somewhere that has old and unique buildings and characters, not a minimalist west-hollywood clone full of robotic, dead souls. Which is exactly what Silver Lake is becoming.

  8. this is gross.

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