Updated 11:10 p.m., Monday:
The property at the corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Montana Avenue has seen a history of transitions, most recently serving as a Christmas tree lot. According to the city's planning department, it's now making way for a one story retail business with basement storage.
According to neighbors Lululemon Athletica, the ongoing digging and utility work at 11920 San Vicente Blvd. is preparing for the opening of a separate fitness studio - possibly a Tracy Anderson wellness and fitness studio in the existing space - and an unknown business connected to the studio in the corner.
Michelle Singh, city planning associate for the Westside, the said property received approvals in 2008 and 2009 for the San Vicente Specific Corridor Plan to match the existing adjacent restaurant and retail businesses. From December 2012 through February, the Department of Building and Safety has approved various permits for concrete, masonry and foundation work.
A new facade and landscaped parking is also included with the plans.
Tony Arranaga, spokesman for City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office, said they heard at one point the property owner planned to build a Fig & Olive Restaurant, but that never materialized. He said the location has been plagued with a number of parking and usage issues but was allowed to built on despite the shortcomings.
Patch will provide more information on this development as more information becomes available.