There has been no shortage of ideas about what to do with the former Circuit City store on Sunset Boulevard near Fountain Avenue. After the electronics chain shut down and the store, located where East Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake converge, the property was purchased by developer CIM Group, which had some residents betting it would be turned into a mixed use project or a Whole Foods, a notion that was egged on by the appearance of a fake “Coming Soon! Whole Foods Market Silverlake” sign. But CIM sold the 37,000-square-foot building and surrounding property last year for $20 million to the nearby Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which will begin moving about 200 employees into the newly renovated and gated office building later this month.
After nine months of construction, Circuit City’s bright red tile cube is gone, replaced by walls of stucco painted in earth tones. Inside, the rows of shelves that once held electronics are long gone, replaced by rows of cubicles and conference rooms for administrative staff who had previously been housed in leased office space in Hollywood, said Elizabeth Cochran, Associate Vice President of Construction, Design and Facilities.
Those workers will now be about two blocks and within walking distance of the main hospital, she said. The hospital has also moved workers into a second building nearby on Hollywood Boulevard. Having workers closer to the main hospital “will be much more efficient,” Cochran said.
The former Circuit City building will include a Zen-style garden as well as enough off-street parking to accommodate the staff, Cochran said. “It’s a very nice, healing environment for people to work in.”
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