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Rick Caruso’s Latest Project Would Tower Over Beverly Center

333 La Cienega, a 20-story residential tower planned by real estate developer Rick Caruso
333 La Cienega, a 20-story residential tower planned by real estate developer Rick Caruso with Beverly Center in background (photo from

Real estate developer Rick Caruso has proposed to build a 20-story residential tower on La Cienega Boulevard and San Vicente Blvd winning the approval of city officials and some local residents to deviate from the current height limit of 45 feet.

The project, 333 La Cienega,  is similar in style though substantially taller than nearby 8500 Burton Way, an eight-story residential tower with a Trader Joe’s on the ground level also built by Caruso.

A story in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times examines political donations made by Caruso and his company’s efforts to secure support from the the City’s Planning Commission and some of the neighbors.

The news story offers interesting and comprehensive reporting on how these mega projects get built in neighborhoods long the domain of single family homes or small residential apartments.

Rendering of proposed 20 story residential tower (photo from





333 La Cienega (photo from
333 La Cienega in foreground with eight-story 8500 Burton Way in the background (photo from


8500 Burton Way (photo from
8500 Burton Way (photo from








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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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