You may (or may not) have noticed that the building on the northeast corner of La Brea Ave. and Willoughby Ave. – most recently occupied by Mole-Richardson’s Studio Depot – was torn down last week. Mole-Richardson, the company that sells and rents studio lighting and supplies, has been cutting back on their space in this area as they move to locations closer to where film and TV production is now happening. For now they will still have their facility at 937 N. Sycamore Ave. , the street parallel to and east of La Brea Ave. They will also continue to use the building just north of the building that was torn down, though that is for storage, and they will be moving out of there in the near future.
So, you may (or may not) ask: What about the Mole-Richardson building across the street at 925 N. La Brea Ave.? That building is just north of the multi-use La Brea Gateway property now under construction. From 1970 to 1997, 925 N. La Brea Ave. was the location of Columbia College Hollywood, which is now in Tarzana. According to applications filed with the L.A. Planning Dept., the plan is to build a six-story office building at that location.
Meanwhile, construction at the La Brea Gateway property continues, with progress being made on the underground parking. Once the base of the building is completed, construction can start on the main structure.
The building at the southeast corner of La Brea Ave. and Romaine St. is still mostly vacant, but it appears to be ready to be occupied by businesses. So from Fountain Ave. in West Hollywood, south to Willoughby Ave., there are now a lot of locations for businesses. And with the new construction, a lot more will be available. The state of the economy will be important for filling these locations. At least for now, the construction industry is keeping busy in that area.