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Old October 25th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Height was reduced to gain preliminary approval. Previously:

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First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records

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Millenium Partners and Argent Ventures have released a website and the first big report (the draft environmental impact report) on Millenium Hollywood, their plan to put two big towers on either side of Vine Street by the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. The project was first announced a year and a half ago and the DEIR still presents only a conceptual plan, analyzing a theoretical project "as tall as 585 feet on the east side of Vine and 485 feet on the west side of Vine." (The idea is that the city can approve the theoretical guidelines and the developers will be able to build up to those limits.)



That caginess might have something to do with the opposition this project has faced--neighbors, specifically those in the Hills, are terrified of new towers and their potential impacts on traffic and views. Preservationists are worried that the much-beloved Capitol Records building will be eclipsed by its new, tall neighbors. Millenium, meanwhile, has secured support from Capitol Records and from Louis Naidorf, the staff architect at Welton Becket who designed the building--"Naidorf says he always expected Capitol Records to be surrounded by taller structures and that he is confident it will be able to hold its own," according to a press release (here's a video of him talking with project architect Bill Roschen).



The (conceptual!) plan is to build two towers on 4.47 acres "using the Capitol Records Tower as a centerpiece"; they'll hold "approximately 492 residential units, 200 luxury hotel rooms, 250,000 square feet of Class A office space including Capitol Records and the Gogerty Building, 35,000 square feet of restaurant space, 40,000 square feet of sports club use, and 15,000 square feet of retail space." Millenium Hollywood will also include about 2,000 parking spaces in eight levels of above-ground parking (in podiums at the bottom of the buildings) and up to three levels of below-ground parking. (The project will replace multiple surface parking lots.)





The new buildings will be designed by Gary Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects, but these renderings, like the rest of it, are conceptual. Landscape starchitect James Corner Field Operations (of New York's High Line and Santa Monica's Civic Center Parks) will design "extensive open space, street-level plazas, and enhanced pedestrian circulation encompassing approximately 25 percent of the entire site."

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According to the press release, Mayor Villaraigosa is on board with the project, although there's no word from the area's councilmember, Eric Garcetti (he's running for mayor, so maybe he wants to keep a low profile on something this potentially explosive). Public review on the DEIR officially starts on Thursday; the developers hope to start work on getting city approvals in early 2013.

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NIMBYs are afoot, more changes could be on the horizon...
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Old October 27th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Meh, these don't look fitting for LA's style. They could blend in with Wilshire's apartment highrises, but here they will pretty much stick out. If they build it, they should definately lose the plants and just make them glass/stone.
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An array of prominent Los Angeles business leaders announced their support today for the Millennium Hollywood project aimed at creating a new social and transit hub in downtown Hollywood.

Representatives from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Business Council, the Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles all expressed their support for the project. "This dynamic development will set a new standard of excellence for Hollywood in the 21st century and bring a much-needed new vitality and energy to the intersection of Hollywood and Vine," Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said.

The Millennium Hollywood project will feature the iconic Capitol Records Tower as a centerpiece to 4.47 acres of residential units, a hotel, office space, a sports club, restaurants and retail space. "Capitol Records is an iconic building in Hollywood, and we are convinced that Millennium Partners-Argent Ventures has the right vision on how to activate the urban center of Hollywood in a way that will complement the beloved landmark," Gubler said. The project will make use of the space, which now serves as a surface parking lot, and is estimated to generate a total economic output of $925 million in Los Angeles County in addition to creating 5,900 jobs.

Supporters of the Millennium Project are confident that the development will increase the use of public transportation across Los Angeles. "By sensibly locating density near the Red Line, this project will further encourage transit ridership and help the city recoup its investment in LA's mass transit system," Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council, said.

[bHearings to approve the Millennium Hollywood project will begin later this month.[/b]
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Old February 15th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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L.A should be creating more and more density around transit. This is the only way to go now.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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Meh, these don't look fitting for LA's style. They could blend in with Wilshire's apartment highrises, but here they will pretty much stick out. If they build it, they should definately lose the plants and just make them glass/stone.
L.A's low rise sprawl is not sustainable anymore. This has to be done, and L.A needs to find a way.
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Old February 16th, 2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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I agree.
This becomes a nice cluster. Probably a local centre as well?
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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:04 AM   #7
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Planning Staff Recommending Approval For Huge Cap Records-Adjacent Millennium Hollywood Towers

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The ginormous Millennium Hollywood project began it's slow march through the city approvals process today with an initial hearing before city planning department staff. Developers want to build two towers and open space at Vine and Yucca, on parking lots surrounding the Capitol Records building; the project could include up to 492 residential units, a 200-room hotel, commercial space, a gym, and room for restaurants. Developers Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures have chosen to seek approvals on conceptual plans, so no one's actually sure what'll be built yet, but the towers could hit 485 and 585 feet respectively. Either way, the Planning Department tells us that they will recommend the Planning Commission approve the project. Some people in the community--notably Hollywood Hillsians; some preservationists concerned about Cap Records; and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, whose Hollywood campus is very near to the project site--hate it. Others, especially business groups like the Chamber of Commerce, welcome it. Strong feelings on both sides is a recipe for a long hearing--today's lasted nearly four hours, and only ended because someone else had booked the room.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:23 AM   #8
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L.A's low rise sprawl is not sustainable anymore. This has to be done, and L.A needs to find a way.
Well, after visiting LA every few months for about 10 years I agree that it needs tall buildings both for new clusters and expansion of its existing skyline, but it's the look of the towers that seems not 100% right. There's a really awesome refitted tower at Sunset not so far away and it would be really cool if they tried to go for a unified look. I think the buildings would look better if they had a more even facade.
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Well, after visiting LA every few months for about 10 years I agree that it needs tall buildings both for new clusters and expansion of its existing skyline, but it's the look of the towers that seems not 100% right. There's a really awesome refitted tower at Sunset not so far away and it would be really cool if they tried to go for a unified look. I think the buildings would look better if they had a more even facade.
The renderings above are conceptual (as are the heights), just to demonstrate roughly what the towers might look like when built. I think the final design will be much different.
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Well, after visiting LA every few months for about 10 years I agree that it needs tall buildings both for new clusters and expansion of its existing skyline, but it's the look of the towers that seems not 100% right. There's a really awesome refitted tower at Sunset not so far away and it would be really cool if they tried to go for a unified look. I think the buildings would look better if they had a more even facade.
I think most of us would disagree with you. The only thing worse than a monotone city is an improvised city. Variety is the spice of life, and in a desert town like LA having towers with greenery hanging off of them is even better. I'm all for it. That part of Hollywood is becoming better and better every year, and this project would only improve things.
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Hollywood's Huge Capitol Records Towers Get First Big Approval



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The City Planning Commission's meeting on the huge Millennium Hollywood project has finally ended after approximately a million hours and: the twin tower plan passed unanimously (and appeals were denied), according to a rep. The very controversial plan would put two very tall towers on parking lots surrounding the Capitol Records Building (on both sides of Vine, just north of Hollywood Boulevard)--the catch is that developers Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures have only released "conceptual" plans that hypothesize towers of 585 and 485 feet respectively; they'd hold up to 492 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, office space, restaurants, a sports club, and retail, plus 2,000 parking spaces split above- and below-ground. But the "conceptual" part means they're asking for approval to build up to those heights and sizes--it's totally unclear what they actually will build (and they haven't released anyything but conceptual architectural renderings either; Gary Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects are handling design).
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Shorter Giant Towers Approved For Lots Around Capitol Records



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Big news out of the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee meeting just now: the Millennium Hollywood developer has agreed to limit the height of the two towering towers--planned for lots around the Capitol Records building--to 39 and 35 stories. That's down from original maximum heights of 585 and 485 feet, but, says a rep for Millennium, it doesn't change the total square footage of the project, or the proposed number of residential units (492) or hotel rooms (200). It does, however, bump the total amount of open space in the plan up to 35 percent, from 25 percent. After the height change was announced someone from still-Councilmember Garcetti's office spoke in favor of the project (he'd come out against it during the mayoral campaign), and the committee approved the proposal. But not before community members in attendance had their say

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i really love this project. It addresses so many issues in that specific area and ties it in perfectly. Really well done.
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Yeah I'm excited for it. Also glad about the redesign. I thought the first renders were both super ugly and out of scale.
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Bravo!

I am glad about he redesign as well. It just looked totally out of sync with the environment before. Now it is still massive but fits well and enriches the neighbourhood. The rendering is only "conceptual" so far, is it? The end result could look quite different I guess, not in terms of dimensions but design.

And the capital records building also looks much better if its not in the middle of some tar wasteland. Last but not least: the PT network in LA is just getting a tiny bit more usefull becaus this is very clearly a TOD.
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Future site of Hollywood Central Park

The southern strand of the active Hollywood Fault is directly under the project site. Millennium's phony geology reports claiming that the fault was .4 miles away have been busted by alert local residents. The height will have to be reduced to zero. California law prohibits any building for human habitation within 50 feet of an active fault.
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The southern strand of the active Hollywood Fault is directly under the project site. Millennium's phony geology reports claiming that the fault was .4 miles away have been busted by alert local residents. The height will have to be reduced to zero. California law prohibits any building for human habitation within 50 feet of an active fault.
BS. These towers are happening in the near future.

What about the Capitol records tower right next to this tower project why was it built. It must be closer than 50 feet to the fault according to residents, plus there is many multiple floor apartment complexes and buildings on or near this fault.
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Capitol Records was built in 1953 and all the other buildings in the area are very old. The Alquist-Priolo and other earthquake safety laws were enacted in 1972 or more recently. The laws apply to all new construction. There is no provision in the law for the evacuation or demolition of existing buildings.

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