California Soundstage/Infrastructure Update

Joseph Chianese
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edited March 9 in Producers

New Film Studio with 5 Soundstages Moving Forward on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood

Bardas Investment Group and Bain Capital Real Estate won final approval to build a 510,300-square-foot entertainment complex in Hollywood.
The West Hollywood- and Boston-based developers got the go-ahead from the Los Angeles City Council to build Echelon Studios, a soundstage and office complex at 5601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Urbanize Los Angeles reported.
The 5-acre studio complex would replace a former Sears department store. When it was announced in 2021, the estimated cost was $450 million.
The six-story project would include 110,000 square feet of production studios and support facilities; 388,000 square feet of offices; 12,300 square feet of ground-floor restaurants; and an underground parking garage for 981 cars.
The production studios will include four 19,000-square-foot soundstages and one 15,000-square-foot flex stage. The offices would be built in two five-story towers joined with a bungalow village of executive and creative suites.
The 93-foot-tall project, designed by Rios of Leimert Park, includes glass offices resembling stacked clear Legos with terrace decks, according to renderings. House & Robertson, based in Culver City, share in the project design.
The L.A. City Council, in approving the project, nixed a requirement to dedicate land to widen streets that surround the project site. The requirement, made to a previous owner for a mixed-use project, was deemed obsolete.
After the developers break ground, construction of the Echelon Studios is expected to take three years. A timeline for the project was not disclosed.
Bardas and Bain Capital bought the property in early 2021 for $81.9 million.
The joint venture, formed in 2019, aims to build more than 1 million square feet of new film studios.
Projects include a $600 million, 620,000-square-foot studio campus at the historic Television Center about a mile away from the project on Santa Monica Boulevard, at 6311 Romaine Street, in Hollywood. Bardas and Bain bought the 6.5-acre site in early 2022 for $135 million.

Echelon Studios rendering with a view to Downtown Los Angeles

Echelon Studios rendering and view to the Hollywood sign


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