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First Look at the Huge Plan to Turn Sleepy Laurel Plaza into a Multi-Use Mini-City

All images from <a href="">NoHo West</a>
All images from NoHo West

Since the sale of North Hollywood's half-dead Laurel Plaza shopping center in early 2014, rumors have swirled about a mixed-use makeover heading for the site, but this is the first good look we've had at what could be in store. Called NoHo West on a promotional site for the project (via Urbanize LA), the images show off the shopping and entertainment section of the future development (movie theater, storefronts, restaurants, a massive gym), as well as a residential component and a new, long, lean pedestrian street running through the whole compound.

City planning filings forecast 190,000 square feet of space for restaurants and retail, plus a multi-screen movie theater, a grocery store, and that massive gym. The existing Macy's building would be dramatically altered inside and out (including the removal of a 30,000-square-foot "annex") and transformed into about 500,000 square feet of office space.

The residential section of NHW would be on the northeast corner of the lot, by Irwin Street and Radford Avenue. It would spread 742 studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments across two buildings that would be three stories tall along the Erwin Street side, but then go up to five or six stories as they step back from the street.

NoHo West's site says that the apartments will have "top- of-the-line interior finishes," plus amenities like a pool, a yoga room/gym, and maybe even a dog park. The apartments will face little "U"-shaped courtyards that come into the development from the street. The entire new little city will incorporate greenish features like drought-tolerant landscaping, as well as car-charging stations and bike parking.

Where will all these people park? Shoppers would have "approximately 2,600 parking spaces" in an eight-story structure on the west side of NHW, next to the 170 Freeway," says ULA, plus street parking spaces throughout. Office workers would park in the garage that's planned to go in underneath the former Macy's building or on specific levels of the parking structure shared with shoppers, the website says. Resident (and guest) parking would be located in the buildings themselves.

The project, developed by Merlone Geier Partners, according to NHW's site, doesn't have a timeline, though the website does say that they're in the "getting community feedback" part of the process.

· Renderings Revealed for NoHo West Development [ULA]
· NoHo West [Official site]
· Little Mixed-Use City Rising on Site of Aging NoHo Macy's [Curbed LA]
· NoHo's Dated Laurel Plaza Shopping Center Going Mixed-Use [Curbed LA]