The Design Review Subcommittee discussed the latest iteration of the mixed-use development which will eventually replace the Viper Room on Sunset Blvd. The plans drew emotional reactions from many members of the public who called in to speak.
“I have to say, you guys, I don’t mean to get emotional, but i’m literally across the street from this project. I grew up in North Clark Street, if you know what I’m talking about that San Francisco turns into Clark Street and our building will be dwarfed, we’ll be in the shadows and been fighting this project for a while.The Viper Room. This design it makes it. The Viper looks soulless.” -ROXANNE HOLLOWAY
“There seems to be a lot of nostalgia for what amounts to a strip on sunset that’s not got much curb appeal right now and the Viper Room is a dive. There’s no way to preserve what is there now, nor would you want to. I mean how many liquor stores are there in that sort of one mile strip along Sunset? ” — BRIAN McDONALD
“I’ve lived here for 28 years. I’m wondering, how did this project get so far along without any input from the public that i’m aware of? It’s already at the Planning Commission. I’m very concerned about over development the whole of the area west of Robertson, and south of Santa Monica has been literally bulldozed to put up gigantic buildings and no appreciation has been done for what it’s doing to traffic. Santa Monica Boulevard is one of the worst traffic situations in the Los Angeles area.” — JIM SIZEMORE
“I think the developers have overreacted to the very negative comments on the first iteration of the project and have come up with a very bland design in response. This is a Disneyland version of the Viper Room. Unfortunately, they haven’t really captured the spirit of it. Doing the black door they way they have, it looks more like something Spielberg might do rather than an understanding of what a real club atmosphere is. It just looks too clean and polished.” — ELYSE EISENBERG
“I don’t understand why it has to dwarf the London. I was at the meeting the building that’s being built over there where the Hustler building was, and there was a lot of concerns about going higher than the the London and i’m just not quite sure why it needs to be so high. The other issue I have is these digital billboards. I know we’re not discussing it totally. But do they got to be 4 stories high? I think that’s a little ridiculous as well.” — SCOTT RAYMOND
“There are many impressive qualities about this building that I want to appreciate tonight. The heightened scale of this building is what allows for the affordable housing it brings. So I celebrate the contours of this building and the creative use of space that allows for this new housing and economic opportunity which our community will benefit from for years to come. The native landscaping is incredibly valuable to the activation of our natural environment. A building that positively influences pollination sounds like a save the world sci-fi fantasy, but it can be a reality in our neighborhood, and that’s a good thing. We’re climate champions in the city, after all, and building should be as well. So I appreciate that thoughtful addition. The lighting on this building is the exact type of energy and magnetism that makes sense, that comes alive, and the expanded sidewalks will allow for the life that will be drawn to the space. The Viper Room has built allegiance to its name, and this modern redesign will foster loyalty for generations to come.” — CHELSEA BYERS