Construction on a three-story Target in Hollywood is back on five years after a neighborhood group lawsuit brought it to a halt. The 143,000 square foot store is set to open next summer.
The towering, half-finished store skeleton along Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard inspired a Twitter parody account and became a symbol of the tension between the area’s rapid development and homeowners.
The project was first proposed back in 2010, but it was shelved amid pushback from critics wanting more environmental review. Two years later, the Los Angeles City Council approved Target Corp.’s plan to build a plaza.
Shortly after the store won approval, the La Mirada Neighborhood Association and its lawyer Robert Silverstein sued to stop construction, arguing the 74-foot-tall shopping center violated building height restrictions set at 35 feet.
In 2014, construction was halted after a judge sided with the association, leaving the shell of the building empty, sitting prominently at one of L.A.’s major intersections. The city tried to resolve the dispute in 2016 and changed height requirements in the area but was once again sued by the association.
After a two-year legal tussle, an appellate court sided with the city last year.
A spokesperson for the Minneapolis-based retailer said the project will include 30,000 square feet of street-level storefronts available retail.
Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is the general contractor.
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