The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider tomorrow a proposal to enter into a 24-month agreement to negotiate with Cohen Brothers Realty Corp. a plan for redevelopment of property owned by the county that houses the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
If approved, the proposal would give Cohen the exclusive right to negotiate with the county. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority entered into a similar agreement in January 2013 regarding the MTA bus depot on Santa Monica Boulevard, which is adjacent to the Sheriff’s Department station.
The MTA agreement with Cohen upset West Hollywood City Council members and city officials, who hadn’t been alerted by the MTA that it was negotiating with Cohen Brothers. Cohen Brothers owns the adjoining Pacific Design Center and discussed with the MTA a plan to build a massive complex that would include two high-rise towers, 600,000 square feet of residential/hotel space, 120,000 square feet of retail shops, a 2,500-seat movie theater complex and an 800-seat open amphitheater, plus a 50,000-square-foot replacement for the sheriff’s station. The sheriff’s station and the MTA depot sit on 10.4 acres — equivalent to ten football fields.
Some West Hollywood residents also voiced concern over the plan, arguing that it would create major traffic congestion on Santa Monica Boulevard, which already suffers from congestion because it serves as a major east-west route connecting Los Angeles to other west side communities such as Beverly Hills.
West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo alerted the City Council to the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting at the Council meeting tonight. Arevalo said that any decision to use the property owned by the county and the MTA would be subject to review and approval by West Hollywood.