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WeHo’s Robertson Lane Project Is Praised by Two of Three Design Review Commissioners

WeHo’s Robertson Lane Project Is Praised by Two of Three Design Review Commissioners

Fri, Jun 23, 2017 16 Comments

However, Commissioner John Altschul said the project looked like an “uncooked omelet.” Others reviewed were on Cory Avenue, Ogden Drive and Larrabee Street

WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety

WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 10 Comments

However owners of many apartment buildings, and likely their tenants, will have to pay to protect themselves from the inevitable big earthquake.

WeHo’s ‘The James’ Will Open as the ‘1’

WeHo’s ‘The James’ Will Open as the ‘1’

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 6 Comments

Close to opening as the James, the hotel that is part of the ever-evolving real estate development project on Sunset Boulevard at La Cienega now will be branded as the “1.”

West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo confirmed the change at last night’s City Council meeting, responding to news reports that the James, originally set to open in March and then on May 1, was being replaced by the “1.” The replacement of the James by the “1” indicates that Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital has closed on its rumored purchase of the James hotel building from CIM Group for $280 million. Sternlich launched the “1” brand in 2015 with a hotel in Miami’s South Beach and now also has hotels near New York City’s Central Park and in Brooklyn.

The purchase has left some scrambling. For example, the West Hollywood Chamber of…

WeHo Planning Commission Endorses Sunset Strip Billboard District Plan

WeHo Planning Commission Endorses Sunset Strip Billboard District Plan

Fri, Jun 16, 2017 6 Comments

If approved by the WeHo City Council, the number of billboards on the Strip could increase by 20% from the current 89 billboards to a total of 111 billboards, with as many as 20 of them digital.

WeHo Planning Commission Will Review Proposal for Sunset Strip Billboard District

WeHo Planning Commission Will Review Proposal for Sunset Strip Billboard District

Wed, Jun 14, 2017 4 Comments

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story said the Planning Department would use a lottery to determine who could create a new digital billboard. That was mentioned in a draft of the proposal but is not included in the proposal presented to the Planning Commission. The story has been updated to correct that error.

The West Hollywood’s Planning Commission will be asked Thursday night to endorse a proposal to permit the addition of as many as 18 new billboards to the current 89 on the Sunset Strip over the next 15 years. There already are another four under development. If endorsed by the commission, the proposal will be sent to the City Council for final approval. If adopted by the City Council, the proposal would allow as many as 111 signs on the Sunset Strip by 2032.

The proposal from the city’s Department of Community…

Is Its Gay Population Why WeHo Housing Is So Expensive?

Is Its Gay Population Why WeHo Housing Is So Expensive?

Thu, Jun 08, 2017 14 Comments

Wonder why it’s so expensive to buy a house in WeHo? Well, one factor might be that it’s so gay.

That’s a possibility posited by a recent study conducted by Trulia, the real estate website for home buyers and real estate agents, and OkCupid, the dating website. The study ranked West Hollywood as the “gayest” city in the country, with 47.5% of its households occupied by single people looking for same-sex partners and 27.6% by same-sex couples. With 75% of its households occupied by LGBT people, WeHo easily tops the Castro district in San Francisco (66%), Dallas’s gay Uptown neighborhood (59%) and even Palm Springs (55%) and San Diego’s Hillcrest (55%). Based on that Trulia awarded WeHo a “Neighborhood Pride Score” of .75, its highest.

So what’s the connection between sexual orientation and the square foot price…

Demolition Begins on WeHo’s Iconic House of Blues

Demolition Begins on WeHo’s Iconic House of Blues

Thu, Jun 01, 2017 36 Comments

The long-anticipated demolition of the House of Blues began this morning.

A crew of workers with a large demolition machine had ripped off the rear of the famed rock venue by 8 a.m. this morning. Workers on the site said they expect the demolition to last several weeks.

The House of Blues, which sits on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, is known for having hosted the likes of Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aerosmith and Justin Timberlake. It is also one of the most eclectic museums in a creative city that can claim few.

It will be replaced by Sunset Time, a major hotel and residential project by Combined Properties. The project will extend from Sunset Boulevard south to Fountain Avenue. Facing Sunset Boulevard will be an eight-story hotel known as the Pendry with 149 guest rooms,…

In West Hollywood, a City Known for Its TrumpPhobia, Two Major Projects Are Owned by an Alleged Trump Backer

In West Hollywood, a City Known for Its TrumpPhobia, Two Major Projects Are Owned by an Alleged Trump Backer

Fri, May 26, 2017 28 Comments

The developer and owner of two major properties in West Hollywood, a city whose former mayor said she would ban Donald Trump and most of whose city council members showed up for an anti-Trump demonstration in February, is alleged to be closely tied to Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner and benefitting from that relationship.

The allegation comes in a report by WNYC, a New York City public radio station, and was aired today on KPCC. WNYC reporters Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz looked into the dealings of Los Angeles-based CIM Group, reporting that “Over the years, documents show, CIM has done at least seven real estate deals that have benefited Trump and the people around him, including Kushner. Those deals included stabilizing the scandal-plagued Trump SoHo hotel, a key Manhattan holding for Trump and his children Ivanka,…

WeHo Design Review Group Gives Positive Reviews to Projects on Spaulding and Formosa

WeHo Design Review Group Gives Positive Reviews to Projects on Spaulding and Formosa

Fri, May 26, 2017 2 Comments

Two apartment/condominium projects received positive reviews from the Design Review subcommittee of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission on Thursday night.

1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave.

A proposed three-story, 14-unit apartment building with subterranean parking at 1041-1047 N. Spaulding Ave., just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, would replace two single-family homes. Designed by architect Kip Dickson, the project includes six units on the ground level, plus eight townhouse units with rooftop terraces on the second and third floors.

The project would feature a courtyard design with an outdoor seating area in the center of ground floor courtyard area. The upper floors would be broken up into four distinct segments (two townhouse units per segment), with each segment having a slightly different design and different materials…

WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission Gives Robertson Lane Project a Hearing

WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission Gives Robertson Lane Project a Hearing

Wed, May 24, 2017 5 Comments

An expected controversy over the project failed to materialize as 15 residents praised it and only one spoke against it.

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Robertson Lane Project Goes Before WeHo’s Historic Preservation Committee

Robertson Lane Project Goes Before WeHo’s Historic Preservation Committee

Mon, May 22, 2017 9 Comments

The environmental impact report on the proposed hotel and shopping plaza on Robertson Boulevard known as Robertson Lane will be presented to West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Vista. The meeting is expected to draw a large crowd because of the project’s location on the site of the Factory, a building at 661-665 N. Robertson Blvd. that in February was designated as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places

An EIR identifies and examines likely environmental effects of a proposed project and proposes measures to avoid, reduce or offset them. The 343-page report was commissioned by Faring Capital, the developer of the project, and prepared by Dudek, an environmental impact…

WeHo’s Design Review Subcommittee Reviews Four New Projects

WeHo’s Design Review Subcommittee Reviews Four New Projects

Fri, May 12, 2017 15 Comments

The Design Review subcommittee of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission gave generally positive reviews to five proposed apartment and condominium projects during its Thursday night meeting.

1201-1207 N. Detroit

A four-story, ten-unit townhouse apartment project with ground level parking received high praise from the commission. Replacing the community garden at 1201 N. Detroit St., at Lexington, and the adjacent single-family home at 1207 North Detroit, the project is the debut design from new architect Michael Soleimani. The boxy, contemporary design is made up of three separate buildings that are connected on the upper floors so it looks like one building, a feature the commissioners especially liked. Owned by SHP Capital, the project, as Soleimani described it, is an attempt to transition from the taller buildings on La Brea…

L.A. Superior Court Rules in Favor of L.A. Conservancy in Lytton Savings Preservation

L.A. Superior Court Rules in Favor of L.A. Conservancy in Lytton Savings Preservation

Wed, Apr 26, 2017 10 Comments

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Hogue yesterday ruled in favor of the Los Angeles Conservancy in its public interest lawsuit to stop the demolition of the historic Lytton Savings building (now Chase Bank). Now a designated historic-cultural monument, the 1960 building at 8150 Sunset Blvd. was proposed for demolition as part of a new mixed-use development.

“We’re very grateful for this decision, and we’re excited that the development project can move forward incorporating the historic Lytton Savings building,” said Linda Dishman, the Conservancy’s president and CEO.

“We’ve worked with many architects and developers to successfully integrate historic places into new development, and now that can happen here,” said Adrian Scott Fine, the Conservancy’s director of advocacy. “Blending old and new is the wave of…

WeHo Landlord Sentenced to Jail for Ellis Act Violation

WeHo Landlord Sentenced to Jail for Ellis Act Violation

Tue, Apr 25, 2017 13 Comments

The City of West Hollywood has prevailed in court against West Hollywood landlord Anne Kihagi, who has been ordered to serve five days in Los Angeles County Jail and to pay the city’s attorney fees and costs.

Kihagi was held in contempt of court on Feb. 21 for violating a preliminary injunction that prohibited her from re-renting certain units at her property, an eight-unit building located at 1263 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.

The preliminary injunction was obtained after the City of West Hollywood intervened in a case against Kihagi, filed by a former tenant, who contends he was wrongly evicted when Kihagi used the Ellis Act as a pretext to terminate all of the leases in the building. Kihagi violated the injunction by re-renting the former tenant’s unit.

The city filed a lawsuit against Kihagi in 2008, alleging that after…

WeHo’s Hotel Market Gets Hotter

WeHo’s Hotel Market Gets Hotter

Sat, Apr 22, 2017 1 Comment

A leading real estate trade publication cites a record price paid for a stake in the Sunset Tower and the possible sale of the not-yet-opened James Hotel.

WeHo Residents Want More Affordable Housing (Just Don’t Build It Please)

WeHo Residents Want More Affordable Housing (Just Don’t Build It Please)

Mon, Apr 17, 2017 20 Comments

In a survey commissioned by the city, 73% of respondents said WeHo doesn’t have enough affordable housing. But a majority opposes new apartment, condo buildings.

New Policy Would Allow More Billboards on Sunset Strip

New Policy Would Allow More Billboards on Sunset Strip

Thu, Apr 13, 2017 14 Comments

The City of West Hollywood will present next its proposal to revise regulations governing signs on Sunset Boulevard to permit as many as as 18 additional billboards over the next 15 years, of which 17 could be digital billboards. In addition, three existing billboards would be allowed to convert to digital. There currently are 89 billboards along the 1.6 miles of Sunset between Doheny and Havenhurst known as the Sunset Strip.  There also are four digital art signs.

The proposal will be presented for discussion at a community meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Horn Plaza Community Room at 1230 Horn Plaza, a condominium building that sits at the end of Horn Avenue above Sunset Bo

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