[dropcap]A[/dropcap] 15-year effort to build a hotel at 8950 Sunset Blvd. will take another step forward with an evaluation of the project on Thursday by WeHo’s Design Review Subcommittee. Meanwhile, CIM Group and Denihan Hospitality Group have announced they will build the James Los Angeles hotel at Sunset and La Cienega boulevards.
The 8950 Sunset location, first proposed in 1999 as a site for the Astra hotel, was purchased in 2005 for $16.5 million by the James hotel chain. But last year a European hotel group bought the property for $28 million.
The 8950 Sunset project sits between Hilldale Avenue and Hammond Street, adjacent to the 9000 Sunset Blvd. office tower owned by the Mani Brothers Real Estate Group. It will contain 165 rooms as opposed to the 195 proposed when the James hotel was contemplated for that site. The architect is Three: Living Architecture of Dallas.
The design is dramatically different from that which was proposed for the James. “Its signature feature, an opening approximately 50 feet tall by 80 feet wide (is) a grand gesture to the street,” said Stephanie Reich, the city’s urban designer, in an evaluation of the project. “The design is a forward-looking modern design. With attention to detail and successful execution, it has the potential to become a jewel box highlighting the best qualities of the Sunset Strip.
Construction has begun on the Sunset | La Cienega project, which will straddle the intersection of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards and include the James Los Angeles hotel, which is being designed by Skidmoore Owings & Merrill.
The James will consist of two 10-story towers with 286 rooms, two restaurants, rooftop and lobby bars and approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Design Review Subcommittee will evaluate the 8950 Sunset design at its meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center.
Other views of the 8950 Sunset hotel are on the pages that follow: