The owners of the Villa Carlotta want to open a groundfloor cafe at the historic apartment building that would operate from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Oowner CGI Properties is asking the city to change the use of its Franklin Village building from residential to mixed-use to allow for the roughly 1,100-square-foot cafe. CGI is also asking for a zoning variance that would allow it to sell alcohol in the cafe.
The Hollywood United Neighborhood Council’s planning and land use management committee is slated to consider the request Thursday night.
Melanie Hughes, who is one of the moderators of the Franklin Village Facebook group, says she’s concerned that the owners are inching the building toward a more hotel-like operation.
Hughes is a former Villa Carlotta resident. She moved out in 2014 amid escalating tension between residents and the owner.
“They tried to get this three years ago, and then withdrew their application,” Hughes says.
The landmarked Villa Carlotta was built in 1926, and was once home to actress Marion Davies, architect Wallace Neff, director George Cukor (My Fair Lady, A star is Born), and producer David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind). In later years, it was known for its artsy, bohemian tenants.