Work has officially begun on a giant mixed use project set to transform North Hollywood’s Laurel Plaza shopping center into a miniature neighborhood filled with restaurant and retail options.
Construction kicked off Thursday on the NoHo West development, which will bring 642 apartments, between 50 and 60 dining and shopping options, a grocery store, gym, and movie theater to the area.
Developed by Merlone Geier Partners and GPI Companies, the somewhat Grove-like project will consist of several buildings centered around a main thoroughfare with numerous pedestrian plazas scattered through the site.
The former Macy’s at the heart of the 25-acre property will be converted into large-format office space. The developers say they want to attract four to ten tenants to the office portion of the project.
As Urbanize LA notes, the project is being designed by Stir Architecture. According to the firm, the development will include more than 2 acres of open space, including a communal area for public events and a “potential dog park and playgrounds.”
With construction now underway, the project is expected to be complete by fall of 2019.