L.A. Rising: Burbank

L.A. Rising: Burbank
Aero Crossings

Numerous projects are either under construction or in development in Burbank. Part of the Tri-Cities market, Burbank is a media and entertainment capital, counting Walt Disney Co., ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. among its employers, that has drawn more companies and prospective tenants to the area in recent years. The high-paying jobs and quantity of employees those companies represent — and the lack of new apartment inventory on the market — make Burbank a highly attractive area to developers of all types of real estate, not just soundstages.


Second Century

Second Century
Location: 100 California St.
Description: Second Century is a Warner Bros. expansion meant to celebrate its second century in business (the company turns 100 in 2023). The project will have two buildings with 800,000 square feet of office space. The expansion also includes the acquisition of Burbank Studios.
Developers: Worthe Real Estate Group, Stockbridge Real Estate Fund
Architect: Frank Gehry
Estimated Completion Date: 2023
First Street Villlage
First Street Village
Location: First Street and Magnolia Boulevard
Description: The project will occupy three blocks in Burbank. Once completed, it will have 275 dwelling units and 18,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space.
Developer: Del Rey Properties
Architects: The CBA Partnership, Architects
Estimated Completion date: Phase 1 is expected to wrap in April
LaTerra Development
Aero Crossings
Location: 2311 N. Hollywood Way
Description: The project, which was approved in November, will have 863 apartment units, 80 of which will be affordable, a 151,000-square-foot office building and nearly 10,000 square feet of retail at a former Fry’s Electronics location.
Developer: LaTerra Development
Architect: Urban Architecture Lab
Estimated Completion date: Front Street: early 2024; Aero Crossings: early 2025
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Emergency Department & Urgent Care Building
Providence Saint Joseph  Medical Center Emergency Department & Urgent Care Building
Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St.
Description: A free-standing 35,000-square-foot emergency department and 8,500-square-foot urgent care building will be added to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Burbank Campus.
Owner: Providence Health & Services
Architect: Boulder Associates Architects
Estimated Completion Date:
Third quarter of 2022


Office (Q4)
Inventory: 7.1 million square feet
Vacancy: 5.9%
Under construction:
795,000 square feet
Net absorption:
127,000 square feet
Asking rent for Class A properties: $4.36
Source: Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Retail (Q4)
Inventory: 2.5 million square feet
Vacancy rate: 0.7%
Average asking rate: $3.86
Net absorption: 6,864 square feet
Source: CBRE Group Inc.

Multifamily (Burbank/North Glendale, Q4)
Average asking rent: $2,089 per unit
Year-over-year change: +9.2%
Effective rent: $2,018
Vacancy: 4.1%
Inventory: 18,624 units
Source: Colliers

Under Construction

Cambria Suites Burbank at 2801 N. Hollywood Way: 150 units
In Planning
AC Hotel Burbank at 550 N. 3rd St./334 E. Cypress Ave.:
196 units
Burbank Town Center Hotel at 601/701 N. San Fernando Blvd.: 200 units
Residence Inn Burbank Airport at 2500 N. Hollywood Way: 210 units
Aloft Burba nk Airport at 2500 N. Hollywood Way: 210 units
Premier on First Hotel Burbank at 103 E. Verdugo Ave.:
230 units
LaTerra Select/Line at Burbank at 777 N. Front St.: 307 units
Source: Atlas Hospitality Group

Industrial (Q4)
Inventory: 15.4 million square feet
Vacancy rate: 1%
Lease rate: $2.43
Net absorption: 41,649 square feet
Source: CBRE Group Inc.

5 Questions With LaTerra Development

One of the most active developers in Burbank is LaTerra Development. The Century City-based company has two mega projects in the works, both with a housing component.

The company is working with Vancouver-based QuadReal Property Group on a project with 573 apartment units, a transit plaza and a hotel at 777 N. Front St.
And at a former Fry’s Electronics store, LaTerra is working on Aero Crossings, which will have 863 apartment units when completed, as well as office and retail space.

Charles Tourtellotte, LaTerra’s chief executive, and his son and the company’s managing director, Chris Tourtellotte, spoke with the Business Journal to discuss the company’s interest in Burbank.

Charles and Chris Tourtellotte
Charles and Chris Tourtellotte

What attracted you to Burbank?

Chris Tourtellotte: It’s all about jobs and housing, so supply and demand. From a demand standpoint, Burbank has 160,000 jobs but only 40,000 households … It is the media capital of the world, you have Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, and on and on. There’s a significant amount of employment. On the supply side, there’s only been one new apartment project built in Burbank in the last 20 years.

Why build the specific projects you are working on now in Burbank and what do they have in common?
Charles Tourtellotte: They are both transit-oriented developments, and we gravitate toward those types of sites … Both of them have another common element, and that is because of their size and scope they have a real campus-type feel to them.

What do you look for in picking a site or a project to do?
Chris Tourtellotte: Supply-demand fundamentals are critical to our decision-making. Since the onset of Covid, there have been behavioral shifts that have caused some suburbanization. A large cohort of millennials have moved to the suburbs in search of more space as they start families, and the remote work environment has caused more people to be willing to live further from work, at least temporarily. That has caused us to add a segment of our business which is suburban apartment development.

Charles Tourtellotte: No matter where it is, we look for a couple of components in the developments: One is that we let our customer or our tenant really drive this. We know today people want outdoor and individual and common open spaces. … Work from home is another category that we really focus on for our residents, so that drives a lot of our design. On a fundamental level, we want to be able to add value to whatever we do.

How has Covid affected the Burbank market?
Chris Tourtellotte: Burbank is what I’m going to call suburban urban … It has a lot of the benefits that suburban markets have. For example, excellent schools, it’s clean, it’s safe. … It’s urban in the sense that it has retail, dining, employment and other urban amenities.

When you look at the demand drivers in Burbank, there are certain employers and industries which actually thrived during Covid … There have been big content wars between the streaming giants, and Burbank is at the global epicenter of the content wars.

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