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Rick Caruso’s fancy 333 La Cienega moving forward in Beverly Grove

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The neighborhood council approved the project

Caruso Affiliated, the company helmed by developer/outdoor-mall maker Rick Caruso, is making some tweaks to his planned 333 La Cienega residential complex as it moves through the planning process, says Urbanize LA. After a presentation to the Mid City West Community Council, ULA says Caruso got the approval of the council’s Board of Directors by agreeing to a few terms that enhance the building’s effect on the community—setting aside 10 percent of the units in the development as affordable, and adding streetscape improvements including protected bike lanes and new crosswalks. (The neighborhood council doesn't have the final say, but its approval is a good start.)

Additionally, Caruso is looking into possibly increasing the size of an already planned plaza element of the development. The plaza could eventually stretch "farther south by reclaiming street space," says ULA.

Previous reports outlined that 333 La Cienega would have 154 one- and two-bedroom units, a grocery store, and a high-end eatery. The tower would be near another, similarly laid-out Caruso project, 8500 Burton, which opened in 2012. The two are planned as companion projects; Caruso told the Los Angeles Times last year that the popularity of 8500 Burton (there’s a waiting list to get in) inspired him to build another residential project with the same luxurious feel.

According to Caruso’s website, 333 La Cienega is expected to open toward the end of 2019.