The mixed-use condo conversion of West Hollywood's 1962 ICM office building—also known as 8899 Beverly—has been much-agonized-over by local NIMBYs is now getting switched up a bit in an attempt to make it through the WeHo approvals process, WeHoville reports. (The city's Community Development staff had recommended the project be denied.) Developer Townscape Partners (working with a New York firm) had been planning 56 condos, eight low-income apartments, and offices, retail, and restaurants in the existing mid-century building, plus 13 townhouses and another four low-income apartments next door. Now it's saying it'll up the low-income units to 17 and switch up the 13 townhouses to 10 single-family houses. The news was unexpectedly delivered at last night's Planning Commission meeting, where officials postponed a decision on the project until August 7 because of the changes.
A letter from the developers presented at the meeting "suggested some aggravation" with the staff recommendation for denial, saying gripes about design seem to have arisen out of nowhere. The developers also implied they would sue if they're not given an exception to the zoning ordinance, since they're complying with all the requirements, including building low-income housing.
· Last Minute Changes to 8899 Beverly Project Prompt New Hearing on the Matter [WeHoville]
· Few More Views Of Proposed Conversion Of WeHo's ICM Building [Curbed LA]
· WeHoans Mobilizing Against ICM Building Condo Conversion [Curbed LA]