The Board of Commissioners of the Department of Building and Safety voted yesterday to demolish the Bates Motel at 4301 West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. You'll recall homeless people had been charging people to cross in front of the motel, which has sat empty for decades. Deputy City Atty. William Larsen attended the hearing, and tells us Board president Marsha Brown said she received nearly 200 letters in support of demolition. A lawyer for the owners (listed as F and S Silverlake LLC, a company with a Michigan mailing address) attended the hearing, but was clearly in the minority. "Only one person besides [the lawyer] spoke out in favor of the motel and that was the motel's property manager," says Larsen. While the city can proceed with demolition, a process that may take some months to begin, Larsen says he believes the owner may appeal by challenging the decision in LA Superior Court. Meanwhile, over the weekend, we stopped by that other recently demolished hotel at Western and Hollywood and found that it looks like this. The whole lot has been cleared.
· Sunset Boulevard's Bates Motel May Be Coming Down [Curbed LA]