Boyle Heights Production Studio Plans Survive Appeal

The latest plans for the Boyle Heights development give a new look at designs
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The East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission last month unanimously voted to deny an appeal filed against approvals for Jesse St. Studios, a proposed approximately 237,000-square-foot media production studio project in Boyle Heights, a letter of determination filed this month shows.

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The development plans are being led by New York-headquartered company East End Capital and call for converting a two-story cold-storage facility at the northeastern corner of the intersection of South Mission Road and Jesse Street into a new four-story development. New project filings this month refer to the planned project as EEC Mission LA Campus Studios and provide a new view of designs from project architect Relativity Architects.

Filed by the Coalition of Responsible Equitable Economic Development, the appeal against the proposed project argued that its environmental impacts were inadequately analyzed, among other claims. The planning commission’s denial of the appeal followed a staff recommendation for the project’s earlier approvals to be upheld.

The project developer is now seeking a waiver from a requirement that it provide a clear path of pedestrian travel to the site from Mission Road and Jesse Street, stating in application documents posted this month that the existing building’s presence on the lot line along Mission Road makes such a requirement impractical.

If moved forward as planned, the Boyle Heights project will contain five ground-floor wings ranging in size from 19,500 to 37,000 square feet for soundstage and motion picture set uses, along with office spaces on floors two through four. The project would also provide 380 vehicle parking spaces and 376 bicycle spaces, plans show.

East End Capital acquired the three-parcel property holding the project site through an affiliate last year for approximately $43 million.

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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