Give your two cents on the Viper Room/8850 Sunset Project at 6 p.m. Thursday

For those of you who have been following the Viper Room/8850 Sunset, the main news is that the developers have brought on a new architectural firm, the building has been redesigned, it has been reduced by three stories and is now proposed to be 12 stories high.

However all the proposed uses in the property are basically the same, just now in an even smaller space. They have only reduced the hotel rooms by three, the condos by seven. They have added another restaurant to the street level for a total of five restaurants in the project ( one rooftop, four street-level). There is still a large conference room / banquet hall. There will still be a club called the Viper Room. We don’t know how many parking spaces they have removed but we assume they have.

There is to be a Design Review Committee Hearing on Thursday, April 28th which you are welcome to attend. Details below.

Design Review Subcommittee Meeting Agenda and Zoom Link: 04-28-2022

Design Review Subcommittee
Teleconference Meeting Agenda Packet – Thursday, April 28, 2022

Please feel free to forward this information to others that you may think would benefit from participating in this meeting.

YOU MAY PARTICIPATE AND VIEW THE MEETING VIA THE ZOOM PLATFORM:
When you enter the meeting, please make sure to turn off your video and mute your audio.

Design Review Subcommittee Zoom Link – April 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

If you wish to make a public comment, please use the ‘raised hand’ feature in the Zoom application. You will be called at the appropriate time. Please turn on your video and audio to make your public comment.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER, YOU MAY PARTICIPATE BY PROVIDING PUBLIC COMMENT BY TELEPHONE:
This option is to provide public comment via phone ONLY.

You are strongly encouraged to E-Mail dgillig@weho.org in advance of the Design Review Subcommittee meeting, to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting.

In the E-Mail please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on.

  1. Dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (the meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.)
    Dial in Codes: *6 = unmute. *9 = lets the host know you want to speak on the current item

Dial-in: (669) 900-6833

Meeting I.D.: 811 4719 7757 #

  1. YOUR PHONE WILL BE MUTED UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED TO SPEAK. Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes per speaker.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN COMMENT:
To better facilitate the remote meeting, members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the Design Review Subcommittee are strongly encouraged to submit an E-Mail with their comments to dgillig@weho.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Design Review Subcommittee meeting day.

Note: E-Mails received by 4:00 p.m. will be forwarded to the Design Review Subcommittee members and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.
E-mail correspondence with the City of West Hollywood (including any attachment) is a public record under the California Public Records Act, which may be subject to public disclosure under the Act.

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Improvement
Improvement
29 days ago

Was the architect munching on Necco Wafers for inspiration? Seriously, a considerable improvement over Godzilla and hopefully they will work out the streetscape/commercial configuration to include the local neighborhood.

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
1 month ago

The Viper Room was a landmark and an institution and a community of people who went to enjoy rock music for many many years. I saw such great bands there from Pearl Jam to Adam Ant. I’ve rocked alongside major icons like Anthony Kiedis from the chili peppers and Flea and so many others. And you’d see the same people week after week and you would see a rockstar even behind the bar on occasion. And future rock fans won’t have that anymore. You can have your fake Viper Room in your classy fancy little hotel, but you’re never going… Read more »

Michaelangelo
Michaelangelo
28 days ago
Reply to  Joe Bologna

Yes

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
1 month ago

I thought the maximum permitted height along all of Sunset Boulevard has been 3 or 4 stories for decades, yet there are so many exceptions made and these huge buildings get built. It would be interesting to see a chart or graph linking building height approved, against campaign “donations” and outright bribes the crooks on the weho city council have taken since day one. Isn’t there something called the “Sunset Specific Plan”, that is still in force, and the permitted height is like 35 or 45 feet maximum? How do they go from 35 feet to 150 feet actually built?… Read more »

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
1 month ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

Actually the Sunset Specific Plan was adopted in the mid-90s and it provided for all sorts of bonuses, including height increases, for developers who put together multiple parcels. At the time the Strip was at one of its’ low cycles and the City wanted the development. But since then the SSP has been tweaked in various ways that provide for more development and arguably, less benefit to the City. But this site was never a Sunset Specific target sight so it was not entitled to height or density bonuses under the Plan. But this proposal is still an improvement over… Read more »

JF1
JF1
1 month ago

VAST IMPROVEMENT from what was originally proposed and a HUGE improvement over the dump that currently lines that stretch of Sunset. Get it built.

In the Name of Rock
In the Name of Rock
1 month ago

Where’s the classic gritty rock history, Viper Room? While the building design is overall aesthetically pleasing, if the Viper Room wasn’t part of it, I just feel sad thinking about the lost history and vibe such a drastic change to the Viper Room would make. This dressed up version loses all credibility as a rock ‘n roll main stay. The same thing happened to CBGBs. Bummer.

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