Big studio complex moves forward at 5426 San Fernando Road in Glendale
11.08.2023 | UrbanizeLA

Big studio complex moves forward at 5426 San Fernando Road in Glendale

East End Capital’s largest L.A. area studio development to date faces a key hurdle on November 9, when it goes before the Glendale Design Review Board for consideration.

The project at 5426 San Fernando Road, planned just south of the SR-134 Freeway, calls for 406,000 square feet of new construction on a roughly 10-acre site, including 10 soundstages, approximately 165,000 square feet of production offices and other ancillary spaces, and a 533-car garage. Those uses would replace more than 120,000 square feet of existing improvements consisting of warehouses, surface parking, and loading areas.

The design by Gensler, revealed in an environmental study published earlier this year, would place offices at the perimeter of the site in a new six-story structure fronting San Fernando Road. The contemporary structure would include terrace decks on its upper levels to provide open space for occupants.

The environmental study stated that the forecasted buildout for the San Fernando studio campus would take 18 months, with completion expected in the second quarter of 2025. That schedule assumed a groundbreaking date in the fourth quarter of 2023.

While the San Fernando campus is one of the larger new production campuses in the works for Los Angeles County – it is not even the top dog in East End’s portfolio. In the Arts District, the New York-based firm has proposed an even bigger development which would include 16 soundstages and nearly 300,000 square feet of offices at Alameda and 6th Streets.

Other East End projects include a smaller 72,000-square-foot studio complex now under construction at 1239 S. Glendale Avenue, as well as a 236,000-square-foot development which would rise just south of the Sixth Street Viaduct in Boyle Heights.