West Hollywood's Frank Gehry-killing Faith Plating project is back from the dead. The West Hollywood Patch reported recently that developers behind the mixed-use project planned for Santa Monica Blvd. and Formosa (near the swiftly-changing intersection of Santa Monica and La Brea) had gone to the WeHo City Council to ask for a height increase at the rear of the property to make up for the $1.5 million cost to clean-up the toxic site. The council granted the increase. The project was developed by the Hanover Company before stalling out and is now being revived by a SoCal-based development company called Walbern. Jeff Seymour, a consultant working with Walbern, tells us that the company's purchase of the Faith Plating site will close at the end of the month. Seymour says the rendering above still represents the design for the project, which includes approximately 140 rental units and 9,000 square feet of retail (the exact number of floors isn't yet confirmed). No hard dates for work startage, but since an environmental impact report on the project was completed last time around, Seymour believes it won't be necessary to do another one. Gehry designed the Faith Plating building back in 1964; he told us all about it here.
· Council News [West Hollywood Patch]
· Stalled WeHo Project Saves Early Frank Gehry [Curbed LA]