At a major intersection in Hollywood, KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez talked with Adrian Glick Kudler, editor of Curbed LA, about Millennium Hollywood, a horizontal city going vertical. City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is opposed. So is the other Hollywood councilman, Tom LaBonge. But the city planning commission — to Mayor Villaraigosa’s applause — has approved more than one million square feet of offices, apartments, condos and retail stores on just five acres of land surrounding the Capitol Records Building. To opponents it’s an “alien implant,” an “eyesore” that’s “disproportionate” to a historic district. But for New York developer and co-founder of Millennium Partners, Phil Aarons it’s part of a much needed new urban core.
- 492 residential units
- 200 luxury hotel rooms
- 215,000 square feet of Class A office space that includes the existing Capitol Records Building and the Gogerty Building
- 34,000 square feet of restaurant space
- 35,100 square feet of sports club use
- 15,000 square feet of commercial retail space
- Approximately 2,000 parking spaces in eight levels of above-grade parking within the podium structures and up to three levels of below-grade parking will replace the existing surface parking spaces
This is the first of an occasional series, LA Grows Up, on Which Way, LA? and other KCRW programs, about high-rise development and LA’s changing skyline.