CIM Group presents ‘Wilshire Mullen’ revision to neighbors

| August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

EASTERN TWO BLOCKS of the former Farmers Insurance campus will become all residential, including an adaptive reuse of the tall Moderne tower whose first phase was completed in 1937.

As first reported in the Larchmont Chronicle in May this year, the CIM Group development at and around the former Farmers Insurance tower is now proposed to be entirely residential.

Drawings showing “before and after” concepts for the project’s site plan were shared with neighbors at the Brookside Homeowners Association summer community meeting at Memorial branch library Aug. 23. About 30 people attended.

Reneé Schillaci, of the government affairs company, Advocacy, attended with CIM Group vice president Clyde Wood and development associate Lina Lee. They presented two drawings showing the differences between the earlier, circa-2016 approach and the new, revised approach.

Previously, the project included two full floors of office space in the historic Moderne tower and a larger number of residential units on the current parking lot parcels.

The revised plan eliminates the floors of office space and places residential units there, resulting in fewer new units on the parking lots.

“The total number of units remain the 87 allowed by the Park Mile Specific Plan,” said Wood at the meeting. He emphasized that the goal of the project is to complete a sensitive and attractive adaptive reuse of the historic Farmers Insurance tower, while constructing 24 units — six single-family homes, eight townhomes and 10 duplex row homes — plus recreational amenities and landscaped open space on the current parking lots.

Brookside resident Taylor Louden noted that many of the described improvements are the result of previous community discussions with the developer.

Another resident asked what would be the prices of the new condominiums. Wood said that construction is unlikely to begin until early 2020 and that it is not possible to predict market prices this far in advance.

Schillaci said there would be continuing outreach to interested neighbors and stated that additional information would be posted regularly on the project’s new website,

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