A controversial plan to expand and convert the mid-century ICM Building on Beverly Boulevard into a mixed-use development with condos, offices, and shops is slowly making its way through the approvals process. WEHOville reports that West Hollywood's design review subcomittee gave the project "mixed reviews" last night. Developer Townscape Partners bought the building with an investor last year for $38.5 million; the plan is to leave the bottom two floors as commercial space and turn the upper six stories into 69 condos, including eight affordable units. Additionally, a subterranean parking lot would be built under the building's current surface lot, which would be replaced with 13 townhouses, a recreation building, and four more affordable units.
The committee loved architect Thomas Kundig's plan to adaptively reuse the building and add extensions to its side and back (phrases like "absolutely sensational" were thrown around), but had issues with the townhouses that would front Rosewood Avenue--the entrances to each single-car garage took up an unsightly proportion of the units' facades. At least one resident spoke against the project at last night's meeting, and back in March it looked like the community was gearing up to fight the rezoning that would enable the plan to move forward. The ICM Building was originally designed by great local architect Richard Dorman and built in 1962.
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