The City of West Hollywood will host a meeting Thursday night to get feedback from residents about interim plans for use of the empty lot on the southwest corner of Santa Monica and North Crescent Heights boulevards.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the community meeting room on the first floor of City Hall on Santa Monica Boulevard at Sweetzer.
In 2015 the city purchased the lot, which is at 8120 Santa Monica Blvd. and is nearly one acre in size, from Walgreen’s, the drugstore company that had planned to open a location there. The cost was $7 million.
Walgreens had planned to build a shopping plaza with a drug store and other shops and 20 apartments on the property. But it announced in 2015 that it was selling the lot and was closing 200 of its more than 8,000 drug stores in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Oscar Delgado, the city’s director of public works, said the city doesn’t yet have a long term plan for the site. In the interim, he said, it plans to use it as a parking lot with approximately 95 spaces. That use will be the subject of tomorrow night’s meeting. Residents have expressed concerns about the possible presence of dry cleaning solvents and other materials in the ground, which the city will have to mitigate. The site has been officially identified as a “hazardous materials site.”
“The proposed parking lot will incorporate electric vehicle charging spaces, public art, the Weho Pedals bike share program as well as possible spaces for Zip Cars,” Delgado said in an email message to WEHOville. “It will truly be a multi modal location with trees and landscaping throughout.”