Jamison Services Inc., Dr. David Lee’s Koreatown real estate investment vehicle, has continued to pare back its holdings, striking a deal to sell Westwood Terrace for $54 million.

Jamison, once the largest office landlord in Los Angeles County, is selling the Westside building to downtown L.A. real estate investment and services firm Ocean West Capital Partners LLC. The deal is expected to close this month.

Jamison acquired the 145,000-square-foot, five-story property at 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd. for $53 million in 2008.

The sale price, about $372 a square foot, falls in the middle of the range of Westside sales this year.

Ocean West’s portfolio includes a recently purchased 89,365-square-foot Playa Vista office building at 12555 Jefferson Blvd. It also owns the Tribeca West office complex in West Los Angeles.

The firm is planning a significant renovation of Westwood Terrace, converting it to open-layout creative office space, popular with the Westside’s booming tech, entertainment and media industries.

“The building has great bones and is set up with large terraces, balconies and patios on each floor,” said Troy Miller, principal at Ocean West. “Our plan is to reposition it to give the building an identity.”

The building is about 65 percent occupied by professional firms, Miller said.

Jamison, which expanded rapidly in the boom years, has been selling off a substantial portion of its office portfolio. In the last year alone, it has sold more than a dozen properties across the county, including North Hollywood’s Academy Tower and the Macy’s Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Bloomberg News reported recently that Jamison decided to convert five of its Koreatown office buildings into apartments.

Though Jamison still retains its long-held title as largest office landlord title by building count, the sales have dropped the company’s portfolio to less than 8.5 million square feet, putting it behind New York’s Blackstone Group LP’s Equity Office Properties as the largest office owner as ranked by square footage.

CBRE Group Inc., which holds the property listing, declined to comment. Jamison officials did not return a request for comment.

Downtown Deal?

Whole Foods Market Inc. is in the final stages of negotiations to open its first downtown L.A. location – again.

After years of searching for the right location, the Austin, Texas-based high-end grocery chain plans to open a shop at a proposed mixed-use, 700-apartment development at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue, sources told the Business Journal.

It’s not clear how much space the grocer would occupy in San Francisco developer Carmel Partners’ project, which includes about 36,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Whole Foods’ stores average about 38,000 square feet.


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