A controversial project has a new name. Charles T. Munger's proposed Brentwood Town Green development is now being called Green Hollow Square. (However you feel about the project, "Green Hollow" has a calming and neighborly "Frog and Toad Are Friends"
feel.) The new name arrives courtesy of the draft environmental impact report for the development, which was released last week. Many of the more recent project details remain. Notably, the developers are still proposing to demolish the 1951 Barry Building, a Historic-Cultural monument, as part of the project. What will rise: A two-story, 73,000 square foot building that will hold retail, restaurants, and offices, all oriented around open courtyards. The project would also include a clock tower or similar architectural element of up to 50 feet in height, according to the draft EIR.
And parking, you ask? 427 spots will be housed in one level of subterranean parking and a surface lot. And the parking will be accessible via two driveways on San Vicente Blvd, with a entry only access on northern/western driver and the exit access on southern/eastern driveway.
While the draft EIR doesn't contain huge changes, there are still "concessions to original plans that were submitted," Raymond A. Keller, head of Brentwood-based Associates, one of the architects on the projects, tells Curbed, referencing the first plans outlined to the community years ago.
One of those groups against the project, the LA Conservancy is pushing for the one of the EIR project alternatives (listed in the document, but not preferred by the developer), which would leave the building standing. "We want to see the Barry Building re-used," says Cindy Olnick, direct of communications for the LA Conservancy.
Meanwhile, a single-family residence is still planned on the site, too. A rendering is seen in the draft EIR.
And the project is expected to break ground in 2012, although the Barry Building may not be taken down until 2013. The whole project is expected to be finished by 2014.
· Barry Building Archives [Curbed LA]