As Eli Broad steps in to try and help the Museum of Contemporary Art out of its financial mess, the philanthropist is going ahead with plans for his own museum. The Beverly Hills Courier's Abbey Hood gets an update on that new art museum/office proposed for the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, reporting the project is a planned two-story public museum with 68,000 square feet of gallery space. There would also be 118,500 square feet of office space for the Eli Broad Foundation headquarters, 59,534 of retail space, and a subterranean 273-space garage. The images above are off the Beverly Hills City web site (it's listed under the Gateway project). As previously noted, Gensler is advising on this project. Meanwhile, here is a December 9th letter (PDF) sent to city planner Jonathan Lait from Broad's attorney that outlines the project (which, incidentally, will kill the Starbucks that currently is housed on the site).
· Courier Exclusive: Eli Broad Submits Formal Proposal To Open Art Museum At Wilshire and Santa Monica [BHC]
· New Eli Broad Beverly Hills Museum Coming? [Curbed LA]