Children’s Hospital L.A. purchases East Hollywood Vons property as it prepares for future growth

Children’s Hospital looms to the west of Vons | Photo by Barry Lank

East Hollywood — What will happen to the Vons on Sunset Boulevard and Virgil Avenue now that the property has been purchased by neighboring Children’s Hospital Los Angeles?

For now, it will continue as a supermarket under a multi-year lease agreement. But CHLA, which is located immediately west of the market, said is bought the property in case it ever needs more room to grow.

Los Angeles Business Journal reports that CHLA picked up the nearly 3-acre  property south of Los Feliz for $90 million. It’s the most recent land purchase by the hospital, which in recent years has acquired the sites of the former Circuit City store and Acapulco restaurant on Sunset.

“The rising demand for pediatric care is stretching our hospital’s space and capacity,” Nancy Lee, CHLA’s senior vice president and chief clinical officer, said in a statement. “Investing in a property like this permits us to plan for the future should patient volume require us to expand beyond current levels.”

An official for the supermarket chain said that the hospital  “will make every effort to work with Vons on a smooth transition” if it ever decides “to develop the property to meet demand.”

Last year, the hospital reported total assets of $1.7 billion.

CHLA says the total number of visits by patients has increased by 20,000 in each of the past five years, including a 28 percent rise in emergency room visits.

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  1. CHLA is currently also completing construction of another hospital parking facility right behind the Vons. Wrong that is HPMC.

    Below has the application. from CHS holdings.


  2. Dorit Dowler-Guerrero

    this sure makes me want to vote NO on prop 4- the Children’s Hospital bond measure

  3. Great, more building demolitions (i.e. Acapulco and Don Felix), more surface parking lots, more empty dead space and no grocery store. Beginning to think that CHLA’s goal is to turn north Silver Lake into a giant parking lot.

    • it’s had it’s eye on it for decades. yeah, joni mitchell was right. really sad. used to work there before renovation and lived nearby–the imminent new boutique hotel– before all the greedier brethren took over 20 yrs. ago. truly, praying for the whole eastside. peace, ya’ll.

  4. I totally agree with Tony above. CHLA does NOT bring any beauty to its path of demolition. The circuit city site looks like a jail. Why no green spaces? why no trees? I dread the destruction they are bringing to Acapulco to the area. Circuit City was not beauty but incredibly they made it worse. Can anyone hold them accountable? Is the councilmember responsible? Is O’Farrell or Ryu responsible? Is Prop 4 for more construction for administrators? human resources?

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