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First look at 21 small-lot homes to be built next to Barnsdall Park

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The project would replace the quirky Steve Allen Theater

The project as seen from Hollywood Bouelvard and Berendo Street.
Renderings via Los Feliz Neighborhood Council

We’re getting a look at a new complex of 21 small-lot homes that’s in the works for a site at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Berendo Street. The Los Feliz Ledger reports that the development would be composed of three buildings—“a mix of triplexes and multi-story single-family homes,” including three live/work units—and 43 parking spots. The site offers views of Griffith Park and is directly across the street from Barnsdall Art Park.

To build the new residential complex, the developer of the project, identified in city documents as PH/T&T Master One, LLC, is planning to demolish the Center For Inquiry-Los Angeles, which includes the Steve Allen Theater. The theater is known for hosting an eclectic lineup of comedy, music, and performances that didn’t really fall into any category at all.

The Center for Inquiry owned its property, “accepted a favorable offer” to sell it, and is looking for a new home, says LAist. The theater is closing in July. The nonprofit that booked all of its eccentric shows is also aiming to find a new home.

The project as seen from Berendo Street.

Amit Itelman, who founded the Steve Allen Theater in 2003, told the Ledger that he’s not surprised that someone would want to build on the site, but he still lamented the loss of such a cool neighborhood feature.

“One of the reasons why I think this neighborhood is unique is the theater, so it’s a shame that people will want to move to an interesting neighborhood, but they’re going to lose one of the things that makes it interesting,” said Itelman.