ECHO PARK — A 200-foot-long stretch of Sunset Boulevard storefronts — including A Grocery Warehouse, a longtime Asian market — will be transformed into a mixed-use retail and residential development after the property sold for $9.5 million.
Champion Real Estate Company said it will renovate and reuse the “dilapidated” buildings to create loft-style residences and a ” trendy food court-style collection of the latest eateries and restaurants” called the BrickWorks.
The project continues the ongoing gentrification of Sunset, where long-time discount stores, restaurants and shops that catered to working-class customers have closed amid a surge in rents. A few blocks west at Sunset near Alvarado, another major project, Mohawk Collective, is preparing to open with new restaurants and shops in renovated buildings.
“Combined with its location just blocks from Dodger Stadium, BrickWorks will provide trendsetting food and beverage focused retail to an underserved sub market,” said Garrett Champion in a statement.
BrickWorks will be spread over an approximately 36,000-square-foot site that includes a two-story commercial building, parking lot and the market near Portia Street. (The corner building that includes Little Joy Jr. bar is not part of the sale).
A Grocery Warehouse — its narrow aisles stocked with Asian produce, foods and merchandise — will close but it’s not clear when. “The entire site is currently owner occupied and will be completely vacated,” said the developer’s spokesperson.
CurbedLA says that the loft-style housing would be constructed on the parking lot but the company spokesperson said that plan has not been confirmed.
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