Jeez, the hard luck keeps coming for the old Tower Records site on the Strip--the WeHo City Council earlier this month voted down yet another version of the development from Centrum Partners (they've been working on putting something there since 2007). The original David Barton Gym/retail/office/pocket park project was shot down for the last time back in April. According to WeHo Patch, the developers came back with a new plan for Centrum Sunset that nixed the gym, cut out a billboard, and reduced the length of a four-panel digital sign. Park La Brea News reports that "While some councilmembers thought the new design ... was an improvement, a lack of designated tenants, and parking and traffic impacts, prompted a majority of them to deny the project."
The lack of tenants thing really bothered the council; the developer said he has an anchor tenant nearly lined up and would give the council final approval, but that didn't seem to make a difference. Councilmembers also thought the project was too large, not pedestrian-friendly enough, and still too heavy on the video billboard front. Councilmember John D'Amico tells the PLBN "I think it will not be a very interesting corner for the next ten years."
· City Council Rejects Centrum Sunset Again [WeHo Patch]
· WeHo Council denies project at former Tower Records site [Park La Brea News]
· WeHo's David Barton Gym Project Returns and Gets Rejected [Curbed LA]