One lucky retailer has been spared the eminent domain axe in a Hollywood redevelopment project. The Bernard Luggage Co., also known as the Herman Building, near Hollywood and Vine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In order to make way for the development that will feature a W Hotel, apartments, condos, and retail, the building had an appointment with a wrecking ball. But the owner held out and sued the City. In a deal worked out between the Community Redevelopment Agency, Legacy Partners (the developer), and Councilman Eric Garcetti, Bernard Luggage Co. will be spared and incorporated into the development. All parties are now BFF and will get free luggage.
· City, Developer Reach Deal on W Hotel [L.A. Business Journal]
· Decades-Old Shop To Be Part Of Redevelopment Plan [CBS2]
· Hollywood and Vine: Hello W Hotel, Goodbye Bernard Luggage Co. [Curbed L.A.]