If you're sick of hearing about the long-proposed, still-unrealized Movietown mixed-user on the east end of West Hollywood, imagine living in the area and staring at that broke-down Santa Monica Boulevard stripmall site every day. The mostly-abandoned plaza will get even emptier on August 31 when Trader Joe's closes its doors forever, reports WeHo News. Developer Avalon Bay, which plans to build 370 residential units and 26,000 square feet of retail, tells us they hope to demolish the shopping center in the fourth quarter of this year and start work in early 2014. Avalon brought the project from Casden Properties last year, shrinking what was once a 10-story project down to one that's five- and six-stories in the front and seven in the back.
· WeHo's Movietown Plaza Trader Joe's closing [WeHo News]
· Trader Joe's Closing at WeHo's Movietown Plaza; No Timetable For Wrecking Ball [WeHoville]