By Josh Premako, 4/19/2012
A proposed building in the 8500 block of Melrose Avenue 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. Presently, eight buildings totaling roughly 13,500 square feet are home to several businesses.
The Jack Hollander and Associates 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.
The West Hollywood Planning Commission is holding a public hearing tonight for the project proposed by Hollander. The commission may make a recommendation to send the project to the City Council for approval.
Associate Planner Adrian Gallo said there have been some concerns raised by nearby residents concerning the project’s density and potential traffic effects.
A representative from Hollander did not return calls by Wednesday afternoon.
The businesses currently located at the property include: Artisan de Luxe, a clothing company; Waterworks, a home goods store; J. Gerard Design Studio; Kitson Melrose; Dolce Design Studio; and Charlie en Particulier. Gallo said he did not know how the existing businesses would be affected by the project, and added he had no information on potential additional businesses.
The block being eyed by Hollander is part of what’s called The Avenues, a several-block district of art, fashion and design businesses.
The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in the West Hollywood Park public meeting room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. For information, visit www.weho.org.