A controversial condominium building on Hayworth Avenue got approval from the West Hollywood City Council at its Monday night meeting.
The owner of the property at 1350 Hayworth Ave. is proposing to demolish a 1940s era two-story, 16-unit apartment building to construct a four-story, 17-unit luxury condominium building.
The project came before the City Council at , where the council rejected the ultra-modern design, saying it did not fit with the character of the street and was too large in comparison to the other buildings in the neighborhood.
The project came back to the Council at , where the Council again rejected it saying the architect had failed to incorporate the suggestions for changes into the design.
But this time, the Council did approve, although still not happy with the modern design.
“This is as good as its going to get under the circumstances,” said Councilmember John D’Amico, who has sat in on neighborhood meetings concerning the building.
The developer has scaled the project down by 4,000 feet from the original design and also increased the setbacks in response to those neighborhood meetings.
Of particular concern was the impact on the Hollywood Riviera, the adjacent historic building at 1400 Hayworth Avenue. Designed by famed architect Edward Fickett, FAIA, that building has always had unobstructed views from its courtyard and Riviera residents wanted to assure it stayed that way.
The fourth floor of the original design of 1350 Hayworth would have been visible from the Riviera’s courtyard, but with this latest design, the fourth floor setback is 19 feet, enough so it will not be visible from the courtyard.
Residents living on the Riviera’s south side, which faces the 1350 building, will have their sunlight obstructed partially by the building, especially in winter, but less so than in the original design thanks to that 19-foot fourth floor setback.
Councilmember John Duran said the developer had addressed the council’s concerns, while Mayor Pro Tem Abbe Land said the latest design did take into account the Riviera and the entire street.
The Council voted 3-1 to approve the project. Mayor Jeff Prang voted against it. Councilmember John Heilman was not present for the meeting as he is traveling in Europe.