8150 Sunset back on the market

The 2.5 acres on Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights in Los Angeles where a Frank Gehry-designed development was slated to be built is now for sale again.

The property was once home to the Garden of Allah, a cloistered resort for the A-List of Hollywood’s Golden Age. For the last 10 years, the city of Los Angeles and Townscape Partners have tried to jumpstart a major project on the valuable corner. Renderings for the Gehry-designed building were released last year after the historic Lytton Savings Building and the nearby shopping strip with one of the only two McDonald’s adjacent to WeHo were demolished.

UrbanizeLA reports that the entitlements secured for the project remain active.

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Joe K
Joe K
17 days ago

Make it a PARK with parking lot at the rear…

JACK twist
JACK twist
17 days ago

Haven’t been in town a bit- so El POLLO LOCO and McDonalds are gone? That whole complex? man was it ugly…I remember when they tore down Schwabs to put up that monstrosity across the road!

Rose
Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  JACK twist

I feel you BUT an EL POLLO LOCO did open on the street side, ground floor below Trader Joe’s

I think the endless anticipation… Left me with too high of hope.

It’s like “El Polo Loco Light”

A whole new menu based on bowels & thankfully Tostadas.

Joshua88
Joshua88
14 days ago
Reply to  Rose

How are they serving the bowels?

Sounds disgusting.

Koweho
Koweho
17 days ago

Townscape is known for bait and switch. They had multiple iterations of projects for this land and used Gehry to give credibility, but within the development community, it was well know they never planned to build anything here. They wanted to clear the land and sell at a huge profit.

Lost Landmark
Lost Landmark
15 days ago
Reply to  Koweho

What other bait & switch are you referring to? The first iteration by Hart Howerton was presentable and in my opinion their firm could have done a fitting project. Townscape was inexperienced but hit many breaks with the Beverly Blvd Project from WH. Also had an excellent architect.

Critical Construct
Critical Construct
20 days ago

Yes another block-sized dirt hole along Crescent Heights joins the aged one at Santa Monica Blvd. a couple blocks south. Where once we had businesses that served residents, we now get years of urban blight.
Kudos to all involved.

Lost Landmark
Lost Landmark
20 days ago

There was a definite opportunity for the landmarked Lytton Bank Building to have been preserved and moved to the Crescent Heights location as a focus for a related development. City of West Hollywood, where were you? It unnecessarily became a pile of dust.

Koweho
Koweho
17 days ago
Reply to  Lost Landmark

This land and project are in the city of Los Angeles, so unfortunately West Hollywood had very little say in this project.

Lost Landmark
Lost Landmark
15 days ago
Reply to  Koweho

Even so WH had responsibility to stand for their residents as there were exponential effects of the project construction on infrastructure, traffic et al. WH had a prior relationship w Townscape where they literally gave away the farm. Horvath & Meister were poor negotiators.

Rose
Rose
16 days ago

Let’s not get too deep. THIS IS NOT IN WEHO but in City of Los Angeles.

All the smoke & mirrors from WeHo City Council & Mayor du jour about the years to come.

No mention of the GIGANTIC projects in WeHo like the SMB DOHENEY.

Never believed Geary was designing the project in the first place.

Lost Opportunity
Lost Opportunity
21 days ago

Very sad outcome. The well intended and diligent efforts of the Preservation Community were continually and unnecessarily thwarted by Townscape. The original Kurt Myer Lytton Bank Building could have been utilized in a time span development by Frank Gehry and could have made a unique somewhat evolutionary project. Also sad was West Hollywoods rather spineless lack of involvement even though the project was technically in Los Angeles. The empty location nearly approximates the dividing line between the two. Here was a missed opportunity to engage in a project where they were literally allowing Townscape carte blanche to define the “Gateway… Read more »

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
21 days ago

Can’t wait to see the scaled back design, sans Gehry. The big question is whether Frank will retire or die before construction starts.

Koweho
Koweho
17 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

He got paid his huge commission, so I am sure he could care less if anything gets built here. His name was used to expedite the approval and clearing, so townscape could sell a shovel ready site for a huge profit.

Rose
Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

The last Changed Plans were two ugly mirrored rectangular buildings.

All office glass & no patios or windows that opened.

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