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Viacom's West Coast Operations Moving Into Columbia Square

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It's another mega-tenant for Hollywood mixed-use complex Columbia Square: entertainment giant Viacom has rented up 180,000 square feet of office space at the development. That much square footage means that they'll take up much of the campus' six-story Gower Building when they relocate their West Coast operations (including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, and Spike TV) from Santa Monica and LA-area offices into the new digs, says BusinessWire. With this lease—Hollywood's largest in a decade—Columbia Square's office space is 60 percent rented out, and it's not even opening for about another two years.

No word on what designers will be working on the Viacom offices' interiors, but we have an idea of what's in store for the exterior: the company is supposedly going to slap "large graphics on the building that will be visible from long distances," the broker who represented developers Kilroy Group in the deal told the LA Times. Earlier this year, Columbia Square signed up another big-time lease with chic, private co-working collective NeueHouse; they'll be moving into the renovated 1938 CBS Radio building and spilling over into a nearby three-story office space.

When it's finished in 2016, the $420-million project designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios will include a 20-story residential tower with 200 apartments (designed by former Top Design judge Kelly Wearstler), 33,000 square feet of retail, three renovated, historic buildings, and four-and-a-half levels of underground parking alongside the over 330,000-square-feet of office space geared toward entertainment firms and other industry creatives.
· Viacom Signs 180,000-Square-Foot Lease at Kilroy Realty's Columbia Square Development in Hollywood [BusinessWire]
· Viacom signs 12-year lease at Columbia Square in Hollywood [LAT]
· Fancy Coworking Space Rents Up Hollywood's Columbia Square [Curbed LA]

Columbia Square

6121 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA