WEST HOLLYWOOD REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Opinion: What Is the Identity of the Eastside of West Hollywood?

Opinion: What Is the Identity of the Eastside of West Hollywood?

Mon, Jan 16, 2017 9 Comments

If you are like me, in the last several years you have driven around Los Angeles and noticed these single-lot buildings being bought up and torn down, and these tall, eyesore boxes going up to replace them. They are blanketing L.A. with no real architectural design, nothing that speaks high-end originality or has a “wow […]

Proposed Preschool Near Sunset Gets Pushback from Neighbors

Proposed Preschool Near Sunset Gets Pushback from Neighbors

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9 Comments

A proposal to build a preschool/child day care center on Horn Avenue just north of Sunset Boulevard has raised concerns from residents along Horn and Shoreham Drive, for whom the avenue is the only way in and out of their neighborhood.

The preschool is a project of Chalk Preschools, which owns preschools in Manhattan Beach, Venice and Westwood and in Chicago and plans to open one in Pasadena this year. The West Hollywood school will be in the building once occupied by Spago, a restaurant opened by Wolfgang Puck in 1982 that became famous for its celebrity clientele, which Chalk will renovate.

Elyse Eisenberg, chair of the West Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association, www.wehoheights.com which represents those living in the area, has said the they are concerned about the preschool’s impact on traffic and parking, whether it…

The Sunset Is Sold In WeHo’s Most Expensive Real Estate Deal

The Sunset Is Sold In WeHo’s Most Expensive Real Estate Deal

Mon, Dec 19, 2016 5 Comments

Kilroy Realty Corp. has acquired the building complex at 8560-8590 Sunset Blvd., known as The Sunset, in what is likely the most expensive commercial real estate deal ever in West Hollywood.

The purchase, reported first by The Real Deal, a real estate trade website, totaled $210 million or $1,179 a square foot, according a source quoted by The Real Deal. Tenants in the complex include Equinox gym, H&M apparel, Olive Peoples eyewear, SoulCyle exercise salon, Swarovski, Regus and Primo, the coffee bar.

The 178,699 square foot property covers 2.22 acres and includes a 10-story, 71,875 square foot office tower and a three-building retail and office complex totaling 106,824 square feet. It is near the CIM Group’s Sunset-La Cienega project, which is nearing completion. One marketing brochure by HFF described its location as part of “the…

Cedars-Sinai Leases 5th Floor of PDC’s Green Building

Cedars-Sinai Leases 5th Floor of PDC’s Green Building

Mon, Dec 19, 2016 3 Comments

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has leased the entire fifth floor of the Pacific Design Center’s Green Building for administrative offices.

Charles Cohen, president and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corp., owner and developer of the PDC, welcomed Cedars-Sinai in a press release today.

“We are proud to welcome Cedars-Sinai as a significant presence at PDC,” Cohen said. “This leading medical center has a storied history and stellar local and national reputation.” Cedars-Sinai’s presence in the Green Building will add more diversity to the PDC campus’ creative tenant mix which includes media, entertainment and marketing firms.

Cedars-Sinai has consistently been named one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Founded as a tiny care center in 1902, Cedars-Sinai has grown to become one of the largest…

L.A. City Council Designates Lytton Savings Building as Historical Cultural Monument

L.A. City Council Designates Lytton Savings Building as Historical Cultural Monument

Tue, Dec 13, 2016 11 Comments

The designation will delay construction of the 8150 Sunset project, but it’s unclear what impact it will ultimately have on the Lytton building’s preservation.

8555 Santa Monica Project Gets Reluctant Endorsement from Design Committee

8555 Santa Monica Project Gets Reluctant Endorsement from Design Committee

Fri, Dec 09, 2016 7 Comments

A large retail-residential project beside the Ramada Inn in Boystown received reluctant approval Thursday during the Design Review subcommittee meeting of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission.
The 8555 Santa Monica Blvd. project, which covers a one-acre lot from the east side of the Ramada Inn to West Knoll Drive plus three lots on West Knoll, will be five stories tall with 34,000 square feet of commercial space. It will have 12 “live-work” units, designed for people who work from home, and 97 residential units, 22 of which will be set aside for moderate- and low-income residents.

Since the project was last critiqued by the three-member Design Review team in January 2015, it has expanded thanks to the purchase of two more single-family homes immediately behind it on West Knoll Drive. While the portion on Santa Monica Boulevard…

WeHo City Council Endorses Proposal to Improve Public Safety on the Eastside

WeHo City Council Endorses Proposal to Improve Public Safety on the Eastside

Tue, Dec 06, 2016 3 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council last night endorsed a proposal by council members John Duran and John Heilman that the city take certain steps to improve public safety on the Eastside. The council also expressed its support for proposals to beautify the area that are expected to come from the city’s Eastside Working Group.

Duran and Heilman recommended that the city development plans or measures to:

— Increase public safety.
— Address the issue of abandoned or neglected buildings.
— Improve lighting in residential neighborhoods.
— Implement a grant program to help Eastside residents pay for installing additional outdoor lighting and security systems.
— Work with social services agencies “to ensure best practices are employed with respect to clients,” which apparently is a reference to addressing the homeless…

WeHo City Council Meeting Centers on Controversial Townscape Developments

WeHo City Council Meeting Centers on Controversial Townscape Developments

Tue, Dec 06, 2016 4 Comments

The developer’s projects at 8150 Sunset and 8899 Beverly, and its financial contributions to City Council campaigns, dominated public comments last night. An illustration of the Beverly building from the north, facing Rosewood, is above.

Landlord Withdraws Application for Cultural Designation of Jim Morrison’s Apartment

Landlord Withdraws Application for Cultural Designation of Jim Morrison’s Apartment

Mon, Dec 05, 2016 3 Comments

Cheri Woods has withdrawn her petition to have her Norton Avenue apartment building designated as culturally significant because rocker Jim Morrison of The Doors once stayed there.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) earlier had recommended the designation, and the petition was on the agenda of tonight’s West Hollywood City Council meeting for a final decision. However in a memo to the council, the city’s Community Development Department (CDD) said Woods has been “listing elements of the building on Craigslist as memorabilia, including character- defining features. Therefore, staff continues to recommend denial of the nomination based on changes to the property that have come about since the original HPC decision.”

Woods currently is the subject of a lawsuit by the City of West Hollywood, which alleges that she…

New Lawsuits Filed in 8150 Sunset Project, Including One Against WeHo

New Lawsuits Filed in 8150 Sunset Project, Including One Against WeHo

Sun, Dec 04, 2016 13 Comments

Two new lawsuits have been filed against the City of Los Angeles and one has been filed against the City of West Hollywood over the controversial 8150 Sunset Blvd. project.

As was previously reported, the Los Angeles Conservancy filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday arguing that the City of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in its review of the 8150 Sunset project. But also on that date a group called “Fix the City” sued the City of Los Angeles, making a similar argument and asking that a judge order the city to reverse its approval of the project. Fix the City is an advocacy group organized by James O’Sullivan, who also is president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Susanne Manners, whose family trust owns the building at 1477-70 Havenhurst Drive, which is in Los…

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California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

Fri, Nov 18, 2016 4 Comments

While it’s been practiced and accepted by law enforcement agencies in California for decades, lane splitting has never officially been declared legal or illegal. The controversial and highly debated practice was officially legalized on August 19, 2016, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 51 into law. Many motorcyclists insist lane splitting is safe, […]

After Two and a Half Hours, WeHo Planning Commission Renders Decision on 18-Inch Setback

After Two and a Half Hours, WeHo Planning Commission Renders Decision on 18-Inch Setback

Fri, Dec 02, 2016 4 Comments

West Hollywood’s Planning Commission spent two-and-a-half hours Thursday night debating a proposed apartment building on the northeast corner of Martel Avenue and Romaine Street, before finally agreeing to reduce its rear setback by 18 inches.

The project at 1016 Martel Ave. would demolish three duplexes to create a three-story, 11-unit building. City zoning laws require a 15-foot setback from the rear property line. However, the city allows apartment projects that incorporate a courtyard design to encroach on that setback, and this project requested using eight-and-a-half feet of that 15-foot setback. The project further requested an additional modification of another foot-and-a-half of the rear setback, leaving a mere five feet between the building and the property line. With the commission’s 5 to 2 vote to deny that 18-inch…

Lytton Savings Building: Frank Gehry Argues for ‘Creating New Buildings for a New Generation of Activities.

Lytton Savings Building: Frank Gehry Argues for ‘Creating New Buildings for a New Generation of Activities.

Thu, Dec 01, 2016 5 Comments

Frank Gehry is the architect engaged by Townscape Partners to design the 8150 Sunset Blvd. project. The project has attracted attention, and opposition, from some West Hollywood residents who live at its southern border. And it has been criticized by preservationists who argue that it may mean demolishing the Lytton Savings Bank building on the project site. That building was designed by noted Southern California architect Kurt Meyer. Now a Chase Bank, the building, with its zig-zag folded plate roof, glass walls and interior art work offered a departure from traditional bank buildings when it opened in 1960. In mid-September the L.A. Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously agreed to recommend landmark status to the building. The Los Angeles City Council is likely soon to consider whether to endorse that recommendation, which could…

L.A. Conservancy Sues Los Angeles Over Lytton Savings Building Preservation

L.A. Conservancy Sues Los Angeles Over Lytton Savings Building Preservation

Thu, Dec 01, 2016 5 Comments

In the latest effort to preserve the Lytton Savings Bank building, the Los Angeles Conservancy today filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court arguing that the City of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in its review of the 8150 Sunset Blvd. project.

The Lytton Savings Building was designed by noted Southern California architect Kurt Meyer. Now a Chase Bank, the building with its zig-zag folded plate roof, glass walls and interior art work offered a radical architectural departure from traditional bank buildings when it opened in 1960. In mid-September the L.A. Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously agreed to recommend landmark status to the building. The building sits on a site at the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Height boulevards where a developer plans to build 229 residential…

WeHo’s ‘Movietown Square’ Opens Its Doors Thursday to Senior Residents

WeHo’s ‘Movietown Square’ Opens Its Doors Thursday to Senior Residents

Wed, Nov 30, 2016 17 Comments

People will begin moving tomorrow into a building that is the first to be completed on the Movietown Plaza site and the latest project of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.

The 77-unit apartment building on Poinsettia Place south of Santa Monica Boulevard will provide low- and moderate-income housing for people 62 years old and older. It offers a range of amenities including a gym and two community center rooms, one with tables and an open range for cooking classes and the other with a gas fireplace, a large television monitor and computers for the use of residents.

Beneath the five-story courtyard building will be Trader Joe’s, the popular grocery store that was demolished in 2013 when the site was being prepared for construction of what now is dubbed Avalon West Hollywood, a project of Avalon Bay Communities. That…

WeHo Planning Commission Opposes Ban on Corporate Short-Term Rentals

WeHo Planning Commission Opposes Ban on Corporate Short-Term Rentals

Tue, Nov 29, 2016 12 Comments

While the City of West Hollywood has banned short-term apartment rentals by individuals through services such as Airbnb, the Planning Commission is asking that it permit such rentals by corporations.

The Planning Commission has on its Thursday agenda a proposal to communicate to the West Hollywood City Council its opposition to a proposed ban against corporate short-term rentals. The proposed ban was initiated last year by Councilmember John Heilman and passed in a 3-to-2 vote. Councilmembers John D’Amico and John Duran opposed it.

At its Oct. 20 meeting, commissioners discussed the City Council’s proposal to clarify the ban on short-term rentals by specifying that it includes renting to corporations who use the apartments for employees who are visiting or on temporary assignment in Los Angeles. The owner of at least one WeHo…

WeHo Planning Commission to Consider Martel Avenue Project

WeHo Planning Commission to Consider Martel Avenue Project

Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11 Comments

The West Hollywood Planning Commission will consider Thursday a proposed development on the corner of Martel Avenue and Romaine Street that will require eviction of tenants in six rent-stabilized apartments.

The three-story building at 1016 Martel Ave. would replace six existing rent-stabilized apartments in three buildings with 11 condominium units on Martel and Romaine. Rather than provide housing on site for low- and moderate-income people, the developer has chosen to contribute to a city fund to build affordable housing. The developer is identified on city documents as several limited liability corporations all with connections to David and Kiarash Neman.

The city’s Community Development Department staff recommends that the Planning Commission approve the project. The developer must seek the commission’s approval because it…

L.A. Planning Committee Takes No Stand on Lytton Savings Bank Historic Designation

L.A. Planning Committee Takes No Stand on Lytton Savings Bank Historic Designation

Wed, Nov 23, 2016 16 Comments

In an unusual move on Tuesday, a subcommittee of the Los Angeles City Council declined to make a recommendation regarding designating the 56-year-old Lytton Savings building at 8150 Sunset Boulevard as a historic cultural monument, instead voting to let the full 15-member City Council make the decision.

The five-member Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee was scheduled to vote on the historic designation during its weekly meeting, but citing irregularities surrounding the historic designation hearing, Councilman Mitch Englander, a PLUM member, suggested the committee send it to the full council without a recommendation for action.

The Lytton Savings building sits on land approved for a massive retail and residential project on the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards, just across the border of…

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