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Phil's Diner Resting Comfortably in North Hollywood*

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Here are the latest shots of work at NoHo Commons III, local developer JH Snyder's mixed-use project at Lankershim Boulevard and Weddington Street in North Hollywood. This third phase will bring an office building with 10,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a seven?screen Laemmle Theatre and a 700?space parking garage. The (now delayed)* Laemmle Theatre is coming last--it'll rise between the office building and the diner, which is in the process of being restored (it is moving, too). But back to Phil's, now sandwiched between much construction. You'll remember the classic neon sign atop Phil's Diner was discovered stolen last year. The diner, built in the 1920s by Charles Amend, was originally located where NoHo Commons parking garage sits now on Chandler Boulevard.

Thomas Dujovne, Chief Investment Officer at Snyder, gives us an update via email: "Phil's original sign was never returned," he writes. "The intent is that a replica be constructed."

Additionally, Dujovne notes that the NoHo III Office project will be complete by August 24th. "Just 1 day short of the 1 year anniversary of construction commencement - spectacular speed," he writes. " The Art Institute of California will occupy 1/3 of the 180,000sqft office building - move in date is expected by the last week of September...Laemmle Theatre has plans to locate in the area between the office building and the Diner." Hang tight, Phil's!

UPDATE: *Actually, the theater is being delayed (surprise). Dujovne follows up with an email noting that Laemmle Theatre is working on their architectural drawings and hoping to secure financing to be able to start construction.

(Small image via Flickr user Usonian)
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