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Apartment and shopping complex is slated for Hollywood Boulevard

Los Ageles Times
Rendering shows the proposed 280-unit High Line West apartment and retail complex that would rise around a historic Falcon Studios building on Hollywood Boulevard near Western Avenue. (Astani Enterprises Inc. / October 25, 2012)

Rendering shows the proposed 280-unit High Line West apartment and retail complex that would rise around a historic Falcon Studios building on Hollywood Boulevard near Western Avenue. (Astani Enterprises Inc. / October 25, 2012)


A $100-million apartment and shopping complex is being planned for a formerly neglected stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that once held a legendary rehearsal studio where generations of actors learned to dance and wield swords.



Commercial real estate developer Sonny Astani said he bought a 1.9-acre site on Hollywood near Western Avenue for almost $11 million. Among the structures on the property is a building that was part of Falcon Studios, a performing arts school founded in 1929.

Falcon Studios was run by former Olympic fencer Ralph B. Faulkner, who taught swordplay while his wife, Edith, ran dancing and acting classes. Faulkner, who died in 1987, crossed swords with some of Hollywood's biggest action stars and frequently appeared in swashbuckling movie fight scenes.

Among his students were Errol Flynn, Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Astani plans to incorporate a Falcon Studios building facade in his 280-unit apartment complex and build around a city landmark structure at 5540 Hollywood Blvd. That two-story brick building was erected in 1921 and now houses a music recording studio.

Astani's complex, called High Line West, will include a 5,000-square-foot elevated park above street-level shops that is meant to evoke New York's popular High Line park. The park will be open to the public. Residents will have a private park and swimming pool, Astani said, and 25 units will be set aside for very-low-income residents.


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