125-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Pico Treasures LLC, West Pacifica Designs, Kidder Mathews

By Catherine Sweeney

A six-story mixed-use development could be coming to Los Angeles, after plans were recently submitted to the city Planning Department. Should they be approved, commercial and residential space will soon replace the strip mall currently on site. 

According to the Los Angeles Planning Commission, plans for the project at 6116-6144 West Pico Boulevard, include the construction of a 128,650-square-foot mixed-use building on a 36,091-square-foot lot. In total, the proposed building would reach six stories, with the ground floor set aside for 4,500 square feet of retail space. The top five floors would house 125 residential units, with 13 set aside as affordable housing. The building would also offer one level of subterranean parking, which would hold approximately 63 residential parking spots and 15 commercial parking spots. 

The building would also offer a variety of residential amenities, including a gym and recreational facilities, outdoor patios, 1,232 square feet of common open space and 5,750 square feet of private open space. 

The building plans are being proposed by an entity affiliated withPico Treasures LLC, which owns the existing retail buildings on site. West Pacifica Designs has been charged with planning project designs. The local architecture firm was first established in 1985, and has since been in charge of designing similar projects throughout the Los Angeles area. Specializing in mixed-use buildings and multifamily apartment complexes, West Pacifica Designs has worked on similar-style buildings totaling six to seven stories with as many as 200 units.

Currently, on the site of the proposed project are four one-story retail buildings totaling 9,006 square feet. Retailers at the site include an auto repair shop, several restaurants and a furniture store, among others. Should the project be approved, these buildings would be demolished in preparation for the construction of the new building.

The site is located west of downtown Los Angeles on the intersection of La Cienega and West Pico Boulevards. With the nearby Pico-Robertson and South Cathay neighborhoods, the building would be developed near various retail fronts and near many other residential properties. 

According to a recent report from Kidder Mathews, the Los Angeles’ residential market in general has been seeing a decent amount of construction activity despite the negative effects of COVID-19. In the first quarter of 2021, the brokerage firm reported approximately 1,285 residential units delivered to the market, with an additional 3,870 residential units to be added no later than December of 2023. Nearby deliveries include 918 units delivered in April at 3321 South La Cienega Boulevard and an additional 300 units delivered in February at 3311 South La Cienega Boulevard. 

In comparison to pre-COVID-19 levels, Kidder Mathews reported that deliveries are still down by nearly 26 percent and the amount of properties under construction has decreased by approximately 13 percent. However, they are expected to continue to pick up as the year continues and the Los Angeles economy continues to reopen. 

A completion date has yet to be announced for the project, and neither Pacifica West Designs or Pico Treasures LLC responded in time for comment.