Citing concerns over its size, scale, and design, West Hollywood planners are recommending the City Planning Commission not approve a proposed Eric Owen Moss-designed hotel for the corner of Sunset and Doheny (9040 Sunset Blvd), according to a staff report filed on West Hollywood's web site. Since planners tend to recommend approval of projects rather than not, let's take a look at the specific concerns about the hotel/condo project, which is being developed by Malibu-based Weintraub Financial Services. (No renderings were immediately available, but these images are taken from the environmental impact report and the staff report.) The Planning Commission's meeting is set for August 6th.
Among other things, the city planners are worried about both the "increased height and bulk along Harratt Street" and about "significant and unavoidable impacts to air quality, noise, and traffic." And there's worry about the design and how it'll fit in with its surroundings: "The project as proposed far exceeds the density for the site contemplated by Sunset Specific Plan, and does not meet all of the urban design criteria for an Expanded Target Site." In case you were wondering, that round-ish featured between the buildings is a trellis strucure. Plans for the hotel--proposed are 102 hotel rooms, 46 fractional-ownership condo units, 20 condominium units, and 37,940 square feet of commercial uses: (retail, restaurant, conference rooms and a spa)-- first surfaced last fall.
Meanwhile, Moss got a big profile in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, a story which had the architect talking about everything from LA's infrastructure to the fact that some Venice residents are fighting his Venice Blvd project.