1) Hollywood/Universal City: “Do you know where I could find a map indicating the parcel of land that NBC/Uni plans to develop? Also, have you heard any talk of more retail/entertainment development along Cahuenga West? This area seems ripe for gentrification, so I'm curious to see if it will turn into a sort of Ventura East.” Sorry, kids, no dice on this once. This will have to go into the R&B vault for later exploration.
2) Hollywood/Cahuenga Pass: “Does anyone know what will be replacing the Hollywood Bungalows on Cahuenga Blvd. West?” Radio silence on this one too. Well, I’m striking out on my first attempt at R&B (co-editor Josh usually does this). Maybe the R&B god does not like me.
3) Park La Brea/3rd Street/Fairfax: Developer abandoning senior housing on the site of the Ross store. Apparently there is some validity to the claim. Reader was not blowing hot air up our asses after all. The developer, Casden, is apparently trying to get out of the development agreement.
There is a big development deal that was set up in 1993 - Park La Brea
wanted to tear down the May Company building, and John Ferraro didn't
want them to. They negotiated over several months, and the result was
a Development Agreement that included the May Company site (now LACMA
West), the Park La Brea Shopping Center (now Ross and the Palazzo), and
two other parcels. In return for saving the May Company building, the
City allowed very tall, dense development along Third and 6th Streets
without further public hearings. These are now The Villas, The Palazzo
East, and The Palazzo. There were also some concessions that the
developer was required to make: increased open space, paying to build
new tennis courts in Council District 4, etc. The biggie was a
216-unit senior congregate care facility, with 43 low-income units. Casden bought the rights to build, and built everything but the senior
facility. Now [they’ve] come back to recommend 300 condos instead, because
retirees won't shop at the Grove.
Not answering the question, but adding some insight to the situation, a reader added the following:
That location of the Ross store on 3rd and Fairfax is the location of the infamous "exploding Ross." On March 24th, 1985 an accumulation of methane gas caused the Ross to explode. Now someone wants to build housing on that exact parcel?
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