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Rumblings & Bumblings Responses: WeHo Lofts, Closed School, Recession

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These are the answers to this week's edition of Rumblings & Bumblings, where everyone is a winner. You may leave a comment or you can email us at la@curbed.com with your new questions or updates. Please email us digital pictures, too.


[Hancock Lofts, via Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Another fantabulous CIM product]

1) West Hollywood: Meh. Nothing too exciting happening at the corner of Santa Monica and Fairfax, just some exterior remodeling and an addition. Via email: "This is an addition of about 100 square feet and a facade remodel as tenant space, with no specific tenant specified in the planning application."

2) Echo Park: The Berkeley Early Education Center at Grafton and LeMoyne is indeed closed. A school site in LA closed? Oh, the humanity. We telephoned but got no answer. We also Googled and saw that the center was under threat of being shuttered due to lack of students in 2002. Then we asked Eric Garcetti's office and got this: "We're not sure why it closed, although Eric is still working to get it back open."

3) West Hollywood: Since CIM hates us we never expected to get an answer from them on what retail is planned for the Hancock Lofts. Luckily, the question asker answered her own question: "I'm really embarrassed since I asked question #3, but via CIM's corporate website: 'Tenants include Washington Mutual Bank, and a Tender Greens restaurant...'" Thanks!

4) Santa Monica: The small unscientific consensus is that we will shop at the Santa Monica Place Mall once it reopens. "the recession has not affected high end retail yet - and Macerich already had to scale down its plans for Santa Monica Place to get the project approved (condos went bye bye and its retail only now) - given its current plan of tearing off the roof and keeping square footage similar, there will be no change - and the renderings look great."