By Josh Premako, 4/26/2012
The West Hollywood Planning Commission voted to recommend that the City Council approve a Melrose Avenue development that would double the available space at the location in the 8500 block of Melrose.
The commission voted 4-1 at its April 19 meeting to send the proposal to the council, and asked for further analysis of potential traffic-related issues. There has not been a date set for it to go before the City Council. The building, proposed by Jack Hollander and Associates in West Hollywood’s Avenues of Art, Fashion and Design district, would double the square footage of the site and increase parking roughly fivefold.
The site in question is on the south side of Melrose Avenue, across from Urth Caffe between Westbourne and Westmount drives. Eight buildings totaling roughly 13,500 square feet are home to several businesses.
The project would raze six of the eight buildings and make way for one, two-story building totaling about 30,000 square feet, according to city planning documents. A two-floor, underground parking garage would include 130 parking spaces.
Last week, a city planning official said it was unclear how the existing businesses would be affected by the project, and added there was no information on potential new businesses.