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Makeover of Historic Boyle Heights Sears Complex Moving Forward

Makeover of Historic Boyle Heights Sears Complex Moving Forward

Developer Izek Shomof, who acquired the historic Boyle Heights Sears complex in 2013, plans to reposition the behemoth retail-warehouse structure as a residential mixed-use development. He's best known for overhauling Downtown LA’s Title Insurance Building and the Omni King Edward Hotel.

Located at 1387 S Boyle Ave, this 10-story, 1.8M SF adaptive reuse project will include 1,030 live/work units, some of which will be limited to artists, artisans and designers; about 99k SF of ground-floor retail; and 250k SF of creative office space, according to Curbed. The existing, 250k SF Sears store, which has a 90-year lease, will remain part of the complex.

The project has already received preliminary approval from a city zoning official. This allows the developer to take advantage of several city density incentives, as well as community benefits, including a shuttle running between the property to the Gold Line Metro Station, street widening and upgrades to traffic signals. [Curbed]