After many years of delay, an eight-story office building on Vine Street at Selma Avenue – in the heart of heavy Hollywood development activity – will soon break ground.

Miracle Mile developer J.H. Snyder Co. received building permits last week for a $60 million project at 1601 Vine St., and founder Jerry Snyder said he expected to have shovels in the ground in late July or early August once he received grading permits.

“We hope to start construction in the next 30 to 40 days,” he said.

The project, expected to be completed in about two years, will feature 105,000 square feet of office space with high ceilings and open floor plans and about 2,000 square feet of retail space along Vine, “the size of a Starbucks,” Snyder said.

Construction on the project will come after years of controversy over the nearly half-acre site. In 2006, Santa Monica developer Hal Katersky and his Pacifica Ventures purchased the site for $5.4 million, then turned around and sold it to the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles for the same price about two months later. When the CRA then offered to resell the property to Katersky in 2010 for a mere $825,000, the community pushed back. Katersky’s plans for the property – similar in scope to what will be built by Snyder – eventually fell through, and Chicago real estate firm New Vista Investment Group purchased the property in 2011. Snyder acquired the property from New Vista last summer.

The proposed office building, which will sit a block south of Hollywood Boulevard and cater-corner from Camden Property Trust’s $140 million apartment complex, will be the second Hollywood project for Snyder this year. In March, he began construction on a 245,000-square-foot low-rise office park at 959 Seward St.

Patrick Church and Anneke Greco of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., who handle leasing for 959 Seward, are also expected to handle leasing for the Vine property.

“We know there are a tremendous number of tenants in the Hollywood area who are in older buildings that are looking for creative space,” he said. “We’re getting a lot of activity at our Seward project with very large tenants, so we think we’ll do very well.”

Hawthorne Hustle

Antenna company ThinKom Solutions Inc. will soon move and triple the size of its corporate headquarters in the South Bay.

The Torrance company, which makes compact broadband antennas that give airplanes in-flight Internet service, signed a seven-year lease earlier this month for 74,700 square feet at OceanGate Business Park in Hawthorne. ThinKom will occupy the entire building at 4881 W. 145th St., one of several Class B industrial warehouse buildings in the expansive park. Landlord St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance, a division of Travelers Insurance, recently renovated the buildings to offer tenants more flexible space. The move, expected in January, will be a significant expansion for the company, which occupies only about 24,000 square feet at 20000 Mariner Ave.


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