City set to approve Robertson Lane zoning map — but what about mural code violation?

On Monday, City Council looks set to approve amendments to the West Hollywood Municipal Code that will expand the Robertson Lane Specific Plan zoning map to include the Robertson Lane Hotel and Treehouse Project.

The projects are located at 645-681 N. Robertson Boulevard and 648-654 N. La Peer Drive.

The Robertson Specific Plan dates back to 2018, when Council also approved the Robertson Lane Hotel Project which included a nine-story, multi-use building with hotel, restaurant, nightclub, banquet, wholesale design showroom, and retail uses and 750 parking spaces. The project involved the dismantling, rehabilitation and reassembly of a portion of the Factory Building, in a new location parallel to Robertson Boulevard.

In May, Council added amendments allowing for the inclusion of the Treehouse Project inclusion of the Treehouse Project site into the Robertson Lane Specific Plan Overlay Zone to accommodate the proposed two-story, commercial development as well as minor changes to the development standards for the Robertson Lane Hotel project site including reduction in parking requirements consistent with the City’s commercial parking standards and codifying a previously approved increase in the project height.

The site is currently home to the controversial Lindsey Horvath 4 County Supervisor mural. The mural was mounted illegally last month and has since received several code violations, though it has not yet been removed.

The agenda item 2E, is on the consent calendar but a code violation is currently outstanding on the property due to Faring’s use of the corner as a political billboard sold to Neighbors for Lindsey Horvath, an independent expenditure committee supporting Horvath for County Supervisor. As a matter of process and law, a business would not be allowed to receive a certificate of occupancy if there is an outstanding code violation.

Will Faring get special treatment or should this item be pulled and delayed?

Send your thoughts to council@weho.org

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Jason Greed
Jason Greed
14 days ago

This proves to all residents the true motives of Jason Illoulian who is more concerned about greed than doing honest community development or outreach.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
14 days ago

How hard would it be to just paint over that sign? If there are some regulations and a process holding it up, remember ….. it’s easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission!

Somebody, take a can of paint (any color) and get it done. You will be all of our hero!

:dpb
:dpb
15 days ago

Unfortunately, tomorrow the item will pass, Horvath will not recuse herself and the illegal mural will be there until and past November 8. This is West Hollywood now; shootings don’t have suspects, sheriff’s don’t always come, so called safety ambassadors NEVER show up (and what’s the point when they do?) this city is in crisis. What Horvath and her ilk failed to realize is those that made Weho a destination for progress and growth are leaving. On Keith Ave. alone (5) families vacated and left Weho after the shooting. No one wants to live here. No one can go out… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by :dpb
Randy
Randy
14 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

You really had to wait a long time, even if it might be back, in smaller form:

https://wehoville.com/2022/09/19/lindsey-mural-is-gone-or-is-it/

voter
voter
15 days ago

Pay for Play and Proves the point that the city council is in the developers pocket. Agree Horvath would have to recuse herself or it will show how corrupt she is.

Toms
Toms
15 days ago

Horvath once a clown working hard to be a bigger and better clown

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
14 days ago
Reply to  Toms

Hey, that’s not nice!!! I know plenty of very respectable clowns, like those guys in Slipknot, and Bozo, and even Krusty the Klown made a lot of people laugh. So, please don’t lump these respectable clowns into this conversation about Horvath.

tomS
tomS
13 days ago
Reply to  Joe Bologna

So sorry to offend Bozo, Krusty and Slipknot

Investigate the Harland
Investigate the Harland
15 days ago

Illegal leases, drug use, please look into the shooting and Jason and company may need to answer to the criminal violations.

Lock him up
Lock him up
15 days ago

I would not have supported this project had I known what they were going to do next. Jason Illoulian should be investigated for fraud.

Changed my mind
Changed my mind
15 days ago

The mural cemented my vote against Horvath. If she’s elected they will make it permanent.

Bastian
Bastian
15 days ago

If the vote moves forward, will Horvath do the right thing and recluse herself? There’s obviously ethical and conflict of interest issues going on here related to 2019 campaign contributions from family members of Jason Illoulian, the owner of Faring Capital, and now the illegal mural promoting her latest campaign.

Glenn
Glenn
15 days ago

It shouldn’t be so, but let’s face it. They do whatever they want.

Outaged
Outaged
15 days ago

It is unconscionable that Horvath and her campaign supporters are allowed to have a vile, hideous, urban blight, amateurish and clownish eyesore of a “mural“ that violates code, especially from someone entrusted with enforcement of the laws of our city, all to support her inflated ego and ridiculous naked ambitions for higherr office when she’s been unqualified for the one she already has . If the rest of us have to obey the laws of the city, then she has to obey the laws of the city. Her colleagues on the council should enact a public, formal censure, and demand… Read more »

Speak up!
Speak up!
15 days ago
Reply to  Outaged

Good opportunity for you to voice your concern at CC tomorrow evening during General Public Comment at beginning of meeting.

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