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Residents Ponder 4900 Hollywood, Worry About Views

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Remember that neighborhood-changing 4900 Hollywood Blvd project, a 5-story hotel and 18-story condo tower proposed for a site across from Barnsdall Park (and close to Vermont Avenue)? Well, area residents are certainly familiar with the project, coming out of a meeting earlier this fall, according to the Los Feliz Ledger. One worry: Views. "Many at the meeting spoke of possible restricted views of Barnsdall Art Park, which lies directly east of the property, should the development be approved as is. 'It would trouble me to see this project moving forward as it is currently designed,” said Gary Slossberg of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council." According to the paper, a representative for developer Cen-Fed Ltd told residents at the meeting that this type of high-density, transit-orientated development is necessary to curb urban sprawl. Meanwhile, neighbors also want to know how big this thing will look: Kenneth E. Owen, Chair of the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, says his group may "ask the city’s planning department to demonstrate the height of the project with poles or even balloons." It's not clear what Los Feliz area businesses would think of the development, but one would imagine that the project would provide a boost to the restaurants and shops along Hillhurst and Vermont.
· Height of Proposed Project Raises Concerns [Los Feliz Ledger]
· 4900 Hollywood Blvd Project Would Bring Condos, Hotel [Curbed LA]