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In an off-market transaction, Kilroy Realty Corporation has purchased a four-acre Hollywood parcel from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for $48 million. Located immediately north of the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, the full city-block site was originally intended to house the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when it was acquired by AMPAS in 2005 for $50 million.
However, in October 2011, the Academy and the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art announced a partnership through which the movie museum would be housed in the Wilshire May Co. building on the LACMA campus.
With the purchase now complete, Kilroy Realty Corporation has announced plans to seek approval and entitlements to develop a creative media mixed-use campus on the site. Plans include more than 450,000 square feet of office space, apartments and retail space with Shimoda Design Group spearheading the design.
The deal marks another major Hollywood project for Kilroy Realty Corporation, and another move towards the area’s ongoing revitalization, which has faced recent setbacks with a newly released California Geological Survey that could indefinitely stall mega projects, such as the Millennium Hollywood towers.
But all of Kilroy Realty’s large-scale developments — including the Columbia Square project as well as the renovation of Sunset Media Center, a 22-story, 322,000-square-foot office complex on Sunset Boulevard just east of Vine — are far from the earthquake fault lines, says KRC’s executive vice president David Simon. “We’re not near any of the study zones. We’re in the area where development can and will happen,” he says.
“The Academy site will be different from Columbia Square,” says Simon, referencing the 675,000 square-foot mixed use campus located on the former site of CBS Los Angeles’ television and radio operation, which began construction last year. “This is going to be more about housing smaller production and post-production companies, whereas Columbia will be more focused on larger headquarter users, entertainment and media technology companies. The Academy site will have very stylish rental units, but at a more accessible price point.”
Simon added that KRC will continue AMPAS’ “Oscars Outdoors” open-air summer movie screening series until construction begins: “We’re currently talking to the Academy about a multitude of ideas to continue the summer film shows, and beyond.”
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