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Plans in the Works for Large-Scale MTA, Mixed-Use Development in Weho

The owner of the Pacific Design Center and the MTA may build a giant transportation and mixed-use complex at Santa Monica and San Vicente.

The MTA and the owner of the Pacific Design Center have agreed to create proposals for a large-scale transportation, retail, commercial and residential center in West Hollywood.

The site is a 10.9-acre lot at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards that consists of an MTA bus facility and the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station.

In 2011 Cohen Brothers Realty Corp. of California proposed to build an underground garage for MTA buses and a mixed-use retail, commercial and residential complex with 400,000 square feet of commercial office space, 600,000 square feet of residential and hotel space, 120,000 square feet of retail busineeses, a 2,500-seat movie theater complex and an 800-seat open amphitheater and a new 50,000-square-foot sheriff’s station, according to the agreement approved by the MTA board in January.

The County Board of Supervisors must also approve CBRCC's proposal for the new sheriff's station. Then the developer can begin an environmental impact study.

The agreement with the MTA is for two years with the option of two six-month extensions.

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JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter February 07, 2013 at 01:21 AM
So THE COHEN BROS. and the MTA now call the shots in West Hollywood over the CIty Council, and over residents! They are too big and too powerful! It is not that massive building sites have not chipped away at the integrity of the "small town feel" of West Hollywood, so now they want to be a Metropolis within the CIty with ay regard to what RESIDENTS want. I see property value plummeting! CITIZENS you better wake up and smell the roses NOW or "Our Town" is down the tube! MTA wants to have MORE traffic so their buses can run down and kill more pedestrians! There is no good that can come from this project.
George February 08, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Well, it hides the unique style and architecture of the PDC. Also, does the sheriff station move as well?
Mike Dunn June 21, 2013 at 03:53 AM
It's my opinion as a former MTA employee who had access to the MTA yard that the Red Building was sighted to close to the MTA yard and access to it's north side is very limited if not impossible. During construction the MTA provided access to the north side of the building by removing the guard rail and fencing on it's south side. The owners of the PDC need to obtain access to their new building and a option is a joint development with the MTA.
George June 21, 2013 at 04:56 AM
There is a lot of land there. West Hollywood is going to be so over built up with a narrow street with heavy traffic. So many shops and restaurants in West Hollywood are struggling to stay open and the powers that be want more shops. Make no sense what so ever. Picture the redesigned WH park which begins in the next couple of years and then picture that. Not good!

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