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A JV of Hankey Investment Co. and Jamison Properties has broken ground on a $300M, 25-story mixed-use project at 2900 Wilshire Blvd. in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.

A JV of Hankey Investment Co. and Jamison Properties has broken ground on a $300M, 25-story residential at 2900 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown Los Angeles
The $300M, 25-story project at 2900 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown

The yet-to-be-named project is at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Hoover Street, near several completed developments including Circa, 3033 Wilshire and the historic Bullock’s Wilshire building.

Large Architecture, Dianna Wong Architecture + Interior Design and a JV construction team consisting of AECOM and Wilshire Construction are also involved in the project.

“As the Los Angeles housing market continues to be impacted, additional rental units will help provide much needed homes in a very desirable location,” Hankey Investment Co. President W. Scott Dobbins said in a news release. “As Koreatown’s housing market continues to flourish, 2900 Wilshire provides a golden opportunity to revive an otherwise long-time vacant site, bringing much needed housing to the community.”

The project will feature 644 units that wrap around a 1,000-space parking podium. The units will be above 15K SF of ground-floor retail. Amenities include a 1-acre rooftop park, a fitness center, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, a business center, open-air dining areas, a Zen garden and a viewing deck. 

The project is slated for completion in 2021.

Thomas Safran and Associates has purchased a former oil drilling site totaling 48K SF in Los Angeles from Sentinel Peak Resources for $6M. The property is comprised of nine adjacent lots at 1918 4th Ave. and 3330-3320 W. Washington Blvd. in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
A former oil drilling site at 1918 Fourth Ave. and 3330-3320 West Washington Blvd.

SALES

Thomas Safran & Associates has purchased a former oil drilling site totaling 48K SF in Los Angeles from Sentinel Peak Resources for $6M. The property is made up of nine adjacent lots at 1918 Fourth Ave. and 3330-3320 West Washington Blvd. in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Thomas Safran & Associates plans to build a mixed-use project with affordable housing on top of ground-floor commercial/retail space. The Klabin Co.’s Matt Stringfellow represented the buyer. 

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VMG Properties has acquired a 24-unit apartment building in Signal Hill from Wallup L.P. for $5M. Built in 1964, the two-story property at 1867 Temple Ave. features 13 one-bedroom units and 11 two-bedroom units. The building sits on a 13,849 SF lot. Stepp Commercial’s Robert Stepp and Michael Toveg represented the seller. Stepp also represented the buyer.

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CapRock Partners has sold a 97K SF industrial warehouse in Commerce to a buyer described as a packaging solutions provider for an undisclosed price. CapRock first acquired the 4.3-acre property at 5331 and 5333 Slauson Ave. in November 2017. NAI Capital’s Ryan Campbell represented CapRock. Lee & Associates’ Tony Naples represented the buyer.

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An unnamed limited liability company has purchased a 21-unit apartment complex in Los Angeles from a private partnership for $4.25M. Built in 1959, the property is at 6126 Eleanor Ave. Marcus & Millichap’s Neema Ahadian represented the buyer and seller. 

FINANCING

On behalf of World Class Capital Group and Great Value Storage, Talonvest Capital has secured a $29.6M construction loan for the development of a 188,600 SF self-storage facility at 960 and 1000 Main St. in Los Angeles. The property on 2.4 acres will feature 2,036 units and 53 covered parking spaces. Talonvest’s Jim Davies, Tom Sherlock, Kim Leslie Bishop and Terra Hendrich were involved in the financing.

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Calmwater Capital has provided a $63M senior secured term loan to the Relevant Group for construction of the Thompson Hotel, a 188K SF 190-room hotel at 1541 Wilcox Ave. in Hollywood. The upscale, lifestyle hotel will feature a rooftop swimming pool, a restaurant and bar and a fitness center, as well as 3K SF of meeting space. Calmwater's Larry Grantham was involved in the financing.

Microchip company Gigajot Technology has signed a three year lease with CFT NV Developments to occupy 3,257 SF of office space at the Gateway Metro Center at 3452 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. Avison Young’s Ted Simpson and Kevin Carroll represented Gigajot.
Gateway Metro Center at 3452 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena

LEASES

Microchip company Gigajot Technology has signed a three-year lease with CFT NV Developments to occupy 3,257 SF of office space at the Gateway Metro Center at 3452 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. Avison Young’s Ted Simpson and Kevin Carroll represented Gigajot. 

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TV production company Den of Thieves has signed a lease with Cohen Brothers Realty to occupy 8K SF of office space on the fourth floor of the Pacific Design Center’s Green Building at 8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cohen Brothers’ Marc Horowitz represented the landlord.

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Law firm Tyson & Mendes has signed a lease with an undisclosed landlord to occupy an additional 32,621 SF of office space at 1055 West Seventh St. in downtown Los Angeles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The law firm tripled its square footage and will occupy the 25th floor and a portion of the 21st floor of the building. Savills Studley Chris Musgjerd represented the law firm.

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SRS Real Estate Partners has closed four new leases totaling 12,845 SF at Brea Union Plaza, a 1.19M SF, 42-acre retail center at 315-2595 East Imperial Hwy. in Brea. 

  • Salad franchise Chop Stop signed a lease to occupy 1,500 SF.
  • Jerome’s Dream Shop signed a lease to occupy 2,800 SF.
  • Jimboy’s Tacos signed a lease for 2K SF.
  • Moore’s Sewing signed a lease for 6,545 SF.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed. SRS’ Terrison Quinn, Casey Mahony and Tony Vuona represented the owner.

Nadel Architects Managing Director of Business Development Stella Debibi
Nadel Architects Managing Director of Business Development Stella Debibi

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Nadel Architects has appointed Stella Debibi as managing director of business development. Debibi will be responsible for strategically driving business growth and overseeing the firm’s marketing and branding, business development strategies and client relations. Prior to Nadel, Debibi served as partner of her own business development and strategic marketing advisory firm, Debibi Strategic Partners.

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Goldrich Kest has promoted Mike Drandell from chief operating officer to CEO. Drandell will oversee a team of more than 600 employees and manage the company’s nationwide portfolio that includes 120 apartment buildings totaling 13,188 units, 24 senior living facilities with 4,248 beds, and 9M SF of commercial, industrial and retail space. Drandell joined Goldrich Kest in 1995 as its controller and since then has held the positions of vice president/controller, chief financial officer and chief operating officer before accepting the CEO position.

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Chip Clarke has been named president of Transwestern Commercial Services’ West Region. Clarke will be responsible for the company’s operations, client service delivery and business development initiatives for the commercial real estate services business throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Washington. Clarke joined Transwestern in 1991.

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Kyle Fishburn has joined Kennedy Wilson as a senior associate. Fishburn will be responsible for representing 300K SF of retail space in Santa Monica, Agoura Hills and the San Fernando Valley. Prior to joining, he served as a real estate property manager at Hilltop Properties.

CORRECTION, FEB. 13, 11:58 A.M. PT: A previous version had the wrong amount for the $63M senior secured term loan Calmwater Capital provided to the Relevant Group for construction of the Thompson Hotel. The story has been updated.