Updated 6:20pm: The City Council's Planning and Land Use Management committee gave its final approval this week for the mixed-use development planned to take the place of the old Fairfax Theatre on the corner of Fairfax and Beverly. The Howard Laks-designed project will keep the building's art deco facade, while demolishing the rest to make way for a *five-story, 71-apartment development with a rooftop pool plus and recreation center and groundfloor retail space. The project ran into trouble after it was proposed from preservationists who wanted to protect the lovely old theater. As part of the conditions for approving the project, the developer will not only maintain the original facade, but will also have to rehab the marquee and keep the terrazzo floor at the entrance. Gone will be the building's rooftop billboard, long a prime spot for CBS (located across the street) to advertise its wares, but presumably no one's too broken up about that. Now the project heads to the City Council.
· Report from the Planning Commission (pdf)
· Fairfax Theater Archives [Curbed LA]