Warehouse complex will get new life next to Hollywood Forever Cemetery

A Beverly Hills developer wants to convert warehouses into creative office space on property next to a famous cemetery where Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland and other legends are buried

Sep.September 26, 2019 10:05 AM
The former Omega Cinema Props warehouse on Santa Monica Boulevard and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Credit: Google Maps)
The former Omega Cinema Props warehouse on Santa Monica Boulevard and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Credit: Google Maps, Hollywood Forever)

UPDATED, Sept. 27, 9:29 a.m.: A set of warehouse properties next to a cemetery where some of Old Hollywood’s biggest legends are buried may get a makeover.

An entity filed plans with Los Angeles to convert the warehouses on Santa Monica Boulevard into creative office space for what appears to be an office campus. The location is next to Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Silver Screen legends like Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and others are buried.

The entity that filed for the project and owns the parcels is tied to the S. Broadway Street office of fabric importer Neman Brothers & Associates. Developer Matthew Neman told The Real Deal that his company Elkwood LLC was developing the project. Elkwood was based at the S. Broadway Street office last year but in November moved operations to Beverly Hills.

The plans describe a conversion of a two-story warehouse at 5743-5763 W. Santa Monica Boulevard into 55,000 square feet of creative office space. It also calls for a 1,400-square-foot restaurant. A parking structure would be built next door.

Neman Brothers also wants to renovate existing buildings on the next block, although the filing does not detail the anticipated square footage of that space.
The existing buildings total around 116,000 square feet, and until recently were leased by Omega Cinema Props. The showbiz company moved to a Rexford-owned warehouse in Downtown L.A. in July.

The developer acquired the properties for at least $43 million in May, property records show.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Neman Brothers & Associates is connected to Morad and Hersel Neman and that Neman Brothers & Associates is developing the property.

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