Target has the city permit it needs to resume construction at Sunset and Western


Bianca Barragan

The Target at Sunset and Western has been idle for nearly five years.

An opening date is still TBD

The unfinished, dust-gathering Target at Sunset and Western may not be a half-complete husk for much longer.

The city’s building and safety department has granted a permit for work to resume, and it conducted an inspection of the site at 6400 Sunset Boulevard on Thursday.

A department spokesperson tells Curbed that the site is being prepared for construction to begin again.

It has been a long road to get the Target built. It was a lightning rod for legal trouble before construction ever began, and once it did, it stalled quickly.

In 2012, the La Mirada Neighborhood Association, represented by attorney Robert Silverstein, sued the city for allowing the target to reach a height of 74 feet on a site where building heights were supposed to be capped at 35 feet. A judge sided with La Mirada two years later, forcing work on the property to stop and leaving a partially built structure on the site.

In 2016, the City Council attempted to fix the issue by creating a special area around the Target where the building’s height would be permissible.

La Mirada successfully sued again, but in August, the court of appeals reversed that decision, and in December, a Supreme Court judge reconfirmed that the city’s height changes could take effect, paving the way for work to resume.

In a statement to Curbed, a Target spokesperson says that once construction resumes on the site, the company will have a better idea of a timeline for the project’s completion and opening.

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