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Second time’s the charm? CIM seeks reapproval for Sunset Gordon tower

Tenants were evicted last year due to legal spat

November 16, 2016 10:30AM

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Sunset Gordon Tower

Sunset Gordon Tower

The sun may rise again on CIM’s Sunset Gordon tower.

The real estate investment firm submitted new plans for the 22-story building at 5929 West Sunset Boulevard, which was emptied of tenants last year due to a legal spat, Curbed reported.

CIM initially completed construction of the 300-unit building, which replaced a 1920s-era spaghetti factory, in 2014. But later that year, a judge invalidated the building’s permits because of a lawsuit accusing CIM of wrongfully demolishing the site’s factory, which the company had initially promised to preserve. After attempts to appeal a judge’s decision failed in September 2015, the several dozen tenants already living in the building were evicted.

The lawsuit was brought by famed NIMBY dispute attorney Robert Silverstein and his frequent partner, the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association, which frequently challenges Hollywood development, including the development of a half-built Target at Sunset and Western.

The city’s Department of Building and Safety said it wouldn’t renew the building’s occupancy certificate until the project underwent a new environmental review process and secured new approvals. The project’s environmental impact report is expected in early 2017. [Curbed]Chava Gourarie

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