Updated 1:57 pm: A final environmental impact report has been released for the David Barton gym project long-planned for the old Tower Records site at Sunset and Horn Ave., but opponents say they haven't been given enough time to pore over it. Update: A rep for the project tells us that the main project considered in the EIR (five stories on top of two levels of underground parking) has been ditched for an alternative that includes two levels of below ground parking and three stories of commercial space--ground-level retail, a fancy David Barton gym on the second floor, and offices on the third floor--plus a pocket park on the north side. As for signage, it's not seven billboards as previously reported, but just one 14 by 36 footer on the southern facade and a four-screen video billboard on the southeast. The West Hollywood planning commission is scheduled to consider the project tonight, but that scheduling's been pretty controversial.
The project's final report came out on June 27, meaning a required minimum ten days between its release and the hearing tonight have just barely passed. Because of the billboards, the planning commission can't approve the project; it can only decide to pass the project along to the city council, so it says the EIR's been released with plenty of time. However, local opponents of the project (and of Strip development in general) want the hearing delayed until September. Notices have already been sent out, so the item has to stay on the agenda for now, according to WeHo Patch, but the commission could very well decide to put off discussion or a vote for later.
· Opponents of Centrum Sunset Ask for More Time to Review Massive EIR [WeHo Patch]
· Check Out the Latest Look for WeHo's David Barton Gym [Curbed LA]