41 apartments + retail proposed at 7979 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood

41 apartments + retail proposed at 7979 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood

An empty lot across the street from the Hollywood Laugh Factory could be redeveloped for residential and commercial uses, according to an application recently filed with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

View north from Sunset BoulevardArchitecture Tighe

The project, which comes from Los Angeles-based developer Massachi, will arise from a previously developed site with a service station at 7979 Sunset Boulevard. Plans call for a new seven-story building with 41 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments atop nearly 4,700 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 34 vehicles.

The requested entitlements include additional density incentives, which would allow for a larger structure than zoning rules typically allow. In return, Masacchi will be asked to allocate four new apartments for rent by very low-income families.

View northwest from Sunset BoulevardArchitecture Tighe

Tighe Architecture is designing 7979 Sunset, which is depicted in renderings as a contemporary podium-type building clad in stucco, metal panels and concrete. Plans indicate the building will include a rooftop pool and amenity deck, as well as an indoor entertainment room.

“7979 reinforces our core strategy of targeting underutilized sites in prime locations to build mixed-use projects that will progressively transform the cityscape,” Alex Masacchi, Chairman and CEO of Masacci, said in a statement.

The proposed project would be the latest in a recent string of mixed-use developments on infill sites along the surrounding stretch of Sunset Boulevard, including a 62-unit complex by Jade Enterprises that is now under construction a short distance east on Fairfax Street. A 75-unit development is also proposed to replace the bank branch at 7800 Sunset.

7979 Sunset BlvdGoogle Maps

Masacci is behind plans for a number of mixed-use projects in the Hollywood area, as well as neighboring jurisdictions. The company is already building a 24-unit complex on Orange Drive and has ventured into West Hollywood with a proposal to build 115 apartments at 8025 Santa Monica Boulevard. Masacchi was also involved in the construction of a proposed 23-story residential tower that would rise north of Hollywood Boulevard along Bronson Street.

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