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Long Construction Fences Will Now Be Murals in WeHo

Long Construction Fences Will Now Be Murals in WeHo

Tue, Aug 22, 2017 4 Comments

Builders of large projects in West Hollywood will be required to install temporary art on the fencing surrounding a project site under a resolution adopted by the City Council last night.

The requirement would apply to all projects of 10,000 square feet or more that have at least 75 feet of fencing facing a commercial street.

The art on fencing requirement was brought forward in 2015 by then-Mayor Lauren Meister. It got pushback from the city’s Planning Commission, a majority of whose members voted in April to deny the proposal brought forward by the city Community Development Department. Some commissioners opposed making art on construction fences mandatory but said they would support a voluntary program. In July, the commission reconsidered the idea and approved it.

An example of art on fencing is the mural surrounding…

New Hotel Proposed for WeHo’s Eastside

New Hotel Proposed for WeHo’s Eastside

Fri, Aug 18, 2017 18 Comments

West Hollywood’s hotel industry continues to spread beyond the Sunset Strip, with a new proposal to build a hotel on La Brea Avenue just south of Santa Monica Boulevard on the city’s eastside.

The nine-story building would contain 91 hotel rooms, a restaurant, an outdoor dining area, a roof-top lounge and a pool. It also would include eight apartments. It would face the east side of the Gateway Shopping Plaza on La Brea.

The project will go before the Planning Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee for review on Aug. 24.

That project comes as a debate is underway about the city’s hotel industry, whose room tax is the City of West Hollywood’s largest single source of revenue. The city’s 19 existing hotels now contain a total of 2,346 rooms. With the completion of the Kimpton La Peer on La Peer Drive and the Edition…

WeHo Planning Commission Approves Two Condo Projects

WeHo Planning Commission Approves Two Condo Projects

Fri, Aug 18, 2017 2 Comments

West Hollywood’s Planning Commission approved two new condominium buildings during its Thursday night meeting. Once they are built, the two projects will offer a net gain of 17 new residential units in the city, as three single family homes will be demolished to build 20 units.

On a 6-1 vote, the Commission approved a three-story, six-unit condominium building at 1012 Cory Ave., just south of Sunset Boulevard, across from the high-rise building that includes Boa Steakhouse restaurant and the Soho House upscale private club.

The building will have underground parking, a rooftop pool and one unit set aside for lower-income residents. Designed by Los Angeles-based BO.SHI Architects, the property is owned by Elite Investment Management Group, a firm owned by Meir Silbani and Jonathan Menlo.

The commissioners gave lukewarm praise…

WeHo Planning Commission Tonight Will Consider Demolition of Three Houses to Build 20 Condo Units

WeHo Planning Commission Tonight Will Consider Demolition of Three Houses to Build 20 Condo Units

Thu, Aug 17, 2017 11 Comments

The West Hollywood Planning Commission tonight will review two proposed projects that would require demolition of a total of three single-family homes, which would be replaced by a total of 20 condominium units.

The largest project would require demolition of two single-family houses at 1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave., between Romaine and Santa Monica Boulevard, which would be replaced by a three-story building that would house 14 condos and have an underground parking garage.

The building is a project of a limited liability company that apparently is owned by Guild GC, a Culver City development firm whose principals are Eric Fishburn and Craig Knight.

The building would include five one-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units. One of the one-bedroom units would be made available to a very-low-income tenant. The addition of the…

WeHo Design Subcommittee to Take a Look at the Proposed Arts Club

WeHo Design Subcommittee to Take a Look at the Proposed Arts Club

Tue, Aug 08, 2017 6 Comments

The WeHo Planning Commission’s design review subcommittee will review on Thursday the proposed design for the Arts Club on Sunset Boulevard.

The club building will replace the building on the southeast corner of Sunset and Hilldale Avenue that now houses the Hustler store and various offices, including that of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The nine-story building is designed by the Gensler architecture firm.

Gwynne Pugh, whose architecture and design firm has been engaged by the City of West Hollywood to evaluate proposed new buildings, praised the overall design. “Overall, the design of the building is favorable, both as an urban and architectural landmark,” Pugh said in a memorandum to the design review subcommittee.

However, Pugh was somewhat critical of how the building looked from the sidewalk. “At ground…

WeHo’s Plans for Walgreens Lot on Santa Monica Boulevard Get Mixed Reaction

WeHo’s Plans for Walgreens Lot on Santa Monica Boulevard Get Mixed Reaction

Fri, Aug 04, 2017 34 Comments

Local residents and business owners had mixed reactions last night to a proposal to put a parking lot on the lot at 8120 Santa Monica Blvd. bounded by Crescent Heights Boulevard and Havenhurst Drive.

The lot, which would have 95 parking spaces, would be an interim use of the property until the City of West Hollywood develops a final plan for the one-acre lot, which it purchased in 2015 from Walgreens for $7 million.

Oscar Delgado, the city’s director of public work, said plans are to include art works, including a temporary installation of the famed Bullwinkle, which eventually will be placed at the Sunset Spectacular project on Sunset Boulevard. The lot will include Ginko trees along its border with Santa Monica and crepe myrtle trees in the center of the lot. Helen Collins of Public Works said the city has removed possibly…

WeHo Planning Commission Calls Out Proposed La Cienega Condo Building for ‘Exceptional Design’

WeHo Planning Commission Calls Out Proposed La Cienega Condo Building for ‘Exceptional Design’

Fri, Aug 04, 2017 8 Comments

West Hollywood’s Planning Commission Thursday night gave unanimous approval to a new condominium building with a contemporary design so unique that it will likely become a landmark in the city.

Designed by renowned architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, the L-shaped building will have “stepped massing” on a sloping site. Each floor will be stepped back from the floor below to give the appearance of steps on its southern side, but inverted steps on its northern side.

The five-story, 23-unit, 16,000-square-foot condominium building with two levels of underground parking will replace two single-family houses at 1136 and 1142 La Cienega Boulevard, just south of Fountain Avenue. Four of the units will be set aside for low-income residents.

The commissioners praised O’Herlihy’s design. Newly elected Commission Chair Sue Buckner…

Public Review of Plans for 8120 Santa Monica Blvd. Set for Thursday

Public Review of Plans for 8120 Santa Monica Blvd. Set for Thursday

Wed, Aug 02, 2017 24 Comments

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 2017 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…

WeHo West Residents Push for Environmental Review of Nearby L.A. Project

WeHo West Residents Push for Environmental Review of Nearby L.A. Project

Tue, Aug 01, 2017 13 Comments

The West Hollywood West Residents Association is asking its neighborhood residents to ask the West Hollywood City Council to push the Los Angeles City Council for an environmental impact review of a proposed six-story apartment building at 431 N. La Cienega Blvd.

The building would be on a quarter-acre lot now occupied by Mikey’s Car Wash that is within the City of Los Angeles. However, the west side of that property abuts the rear of houses on Westmount Drive just south of Rosewood Avenue.

Developer Stark Enterprises plans to construct a building with 96 apartment units, 5,500 square feet of retail space and up to 8,500 square feet of restaurant space.

In a post on Facebook, WHWRA says that residents on the east side of Weho West have been seeking neighborhood support for their “efforts to encourage a better and more public…

The Owners (and Preservers) of WeHo’s Historic Patio del Moro Have Sold It

The Owners (and Preservers) of WeHo’s Historic Patio del Moro Have Sold It

Mon, Jul 31, 2017 3 Comments

One of West Hollywood’s most historic and architecturally significant buildings, Patio del Moro, has been sold.

Kevin McConnell, whose family has owned the building for 53 years, confirmed the sale today in an interview with WEHOville.com.

Brian and Jay Friedman of Friedman Capital are the purchasers of the seven-unit building. Patio del Moro was built in 1925 by Arthur and Nina Zwebell, a husband and wife team of designers with no formal architectural training who were known for their courtyard-style buildings. The Andalusian-style building, which is at 8225 Fountain Ave. between North Harper and Havenhurst, is in West Hollywood’s Harper Avenue Historic District and the Courtyard Thematic District.

In addition to its architectural significance, the building is known as the former home of old Hollywood celebrities such as…

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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, […]

Office Sharing Soon Available at PDC RedBuilding

Office Sharing Soon Available at PDC RedBuilding

Thu, Jul 27, 2017 4 Comments

WeWork, the coworking office firm, has leased two floors in the Pacific Design Center’s RedBuilding in West Hollywood.

WeWork will occupy the seventh and eight floors of the building, covering about 70,000 square feet. The RedBuilding is located at 750 San Vicente Blvd. between Melrose and Santa Monica.

WeWork will offer a variety of rental options to small businesses and individuals. It isn’t yet clear what rents will be for its WeHo spaces. But a WeWork space on La Brea Avenue between Romaine and Willoughby offers a private office starting at $700 a month, a dedicated desk in an open space shared with others starting at $550 a month and a “hot desk,” or guaranteed desk space in an open room, starting at $350 a month. With the PDC location,

The James? The 1? The Jeremy? Whatever. It Will Open Now in August

The James? The 1? The Jeremy? Whatever. It Will Open Now in August

Thu, Jul 27, 2017 3 Comments

It’s official. CIM Group announced today that it has sold the recently completed 286-room hotel at the Sunset La Cienega project. In a separate press release, Starwood Capital Group announced that it is the buyer, as has been long rumored.

Starwood now says the hotel, known as the James until an announcement in June that it would be called the 1 West Hollywood, will open on Aug. 11 as The Jeremy. Then at some point near the end of next year, it will change names again and be rebranded as the 1 West Hollywood.

Opening the hotel in August as The Jeremy likely will allow Starwood to begin generating revenue while it completes the rehabilitation of the new building to fit the standards of its “1” hotels, which it markets as an “eco-conscious luxury sustainable brand.” It also will improve the City of West Hollywood’s chance…

WeHo Historic Preservation Commission Won’t Support Proposed Senior Care Building on Palm Avenue

WeHo Historic Preservation Commission Won’t Support Proposed Senior Care Building on Palm Avenue

Tue, Jul 25, 2017 3 Comments

A controversial senior-care facility proposed behind two historic properties on Palm Avenue received thumbs down from West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission during its Monday night meeting.

The two bungalows at 927 and 931 Palm Ave., just north of Cynthia Street, were designated as historic landmarks in 2013. That designation means they cannot be demolished.

However, West Hollywood-based Dylan Investment Properties is seeking to build a four-story, 19,000 square-foot, 48-room, L-shaped building at 923 Palm Ave. that extends into the backyard of the two historic properties. Dylan Investment is owned by Jeffrey Damavandi.

The commission’s job on Monday night was to determine whether this new building would have an impact the two historic properties. Its members were clear that they thought it did. Their objections…

Palm Avenue Project Sparks Allegations of Conflict of Interest and ‘Procedural Irregularities’

Palm Avenue Project Sparks Allegations of Conflict of Interest and ‘Procedural Irregularities’

Mon, Jul 24, 2017 3 Comments

West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on Monday will review a proposal for a project on Palm Avenue whose architect is a member of that same commission.

The fact that Ed Levin, a partner in Levin-Morris Architects who was appointed to the HPC in 2005, is working on the project has angered some of its neighbors and those who will be evicted because of it. Levin will have to recuse himself from a vote on the project, but neighbors assert that his close relationship with other commission members will have an impact on their perception of it. The project also is opposed by the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance.

The project that Levin has designed for Westwood Property Ventures, a part of Jeffrey Damavandi’s Dylan Investments, consists of a four-story, L-shaped building with an underground parking garage that will…

WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners Another Break in Prepping for Earthquake Safety

WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners Another Break in Prepping for Earthquake Safety

Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The West Hollywood City Council voted last night to extend its protection of condo owners from the cost of earthquake retrofitting. The council had voted on June 19 to exempt condominiums from having to protect their buildings against earthquakes. Its decision last night also would exempt condo associations from having to conduct studies to determine whether their buildings were at risk from an earthquake. That decision ensures that information that a building is at risk of earthquake damage can’t be used by insurers to raise the condo building’s rates or by prospective buyers who might be dissuaded from making an offer.

The City Council agreed in April to require so-called “seismic-retrofitting” for wood-frame buildings with soft or open front walls such as those with first floor “tucked in” parking areas. It asked city…

WeHo City Council Largely Supports Hosted Short-Term Rentals

WeHo City Council Largely Supports Hosted Short-Term Rentals

Tue, Jul 18, 2017 10 Comments

But members questioned whether short-term apartments rentals should be permitted without a landlord’s written approval and whether there should be a limit on days per year.

City Council Will Consider Allowing Short-Term Rentals Where Owner or Tenant Is Present

City Council Will Consider Allowing Short-Term Rentals Where Owner or Tenant Is Present

Sat, Jul 15, 2017 18 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council will consider on Monday whether to amend the city’s strict ban on short-term rentals to allow them in homes where the owner is present and to impose the city’s hotel room tax on those rentals.

Allowing that practice, called “hosted home sharing,” would address the concerns of some residents who have testified before the council that they depend on the revenue they get from renting out spare rooms to visitors. It also would address the concerns of other residents who complain that travelers staying in homes where the owner or tenant is away make too much noise or otherwise disturb their neighbors.

The city’s Department of Public Works, whose Code Compliance Division enforces the ban on short-term rentals, recommends the change for a two-year period, after which its impact would be analyzed…

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