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Hollywood's Old Spaghetti Factory Razed, But Tower Groundbreaking Remains a Mystery

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The Sunset/Gordon intersection in Hollywood is sure getting exciting. The Emerson College project on the southeast side is already underway and we received no fewer than three tips this morning (thanks guys!) that demolition is on at the Old Spaghetti Factory on the northeast corner. As you may recall, Hollywood & Highland developer CIM Group owns that site and its accompanying project--a 22-story tower with 305 residential units and 40,000 square feet of commercial space (Gerding Edlen originally developed the project and got it entitled in 2008, then lost it to bankruptcy). We had originally heard that the project was to be built on top of the old restaurant, but it looked pretty far gone this afternoon. On January 18, a permit was filed for a partial demolition; on January 30, a supplement was filed to demo the whole thing, but preserve some elements to bring back to the finished building: "The existing trusses, fire place and mantel shall be removed, protected, stored and returned to the project within the new structure per [Community Redevelopment Agency] requirements."

So far no building permits have been pulled, but LA Weekly reported yesterday that a neighbor who opposes the project "recently used a public records request to review email correspondence between [Councilmember Eric] Garcetti's office and CIM Group that he says suggest construction is set to begin next Monday, February 27." A rep for Garcetti's office tells us that they don't know of any groundbreaking scheduled for next week. A rep for CIM has not yet responded to our questions.
· CIM Group Resurrecting On Top of Spaghetti Tower in Hollywood [Curbed LA]

Old Spaghetti Factory

5939 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA