Plans for Millennium Project Released, Public Comment Period Open

The deadline to submit comments to the city on the plan proposing two high-rise buildings in Hollywood is Dec. 10.

The Millennium Project, which includes plans to develop two sites adjacent to the Capitol Records building, officially began the public review process this week.

Today marks the beginning of the public comment period for the draft environmental impact report (DEIR). [See the full report here.]

The developers, Millenium Partners and Argent Ventures, are proposing a project that aims to transform 4.47 acres of parking lots into 1 million square feet of residential, hotel, office, restaurant and retail space as well as a sports club. 

The proposed plan is still being called a "conceptual plan" with a maximum building height of 585 feet for the east and west Vine Street towers.

The DEIR found that the project will have short-term impacts during construction on air quality and noise.

The long-term impact of the project came in the area of traffic. The traffic study indicates five intersections will be significantly impacted.

Proposed mitigation measures include widening intersections for additional turn lanes, donating money to the city to upgrade traffic signals and establishing a "traffic signalization program." With these measures, the unmitigated impacts would be reduced to two intersections, according to the report.

The buildings' designers, Gary Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects, will collaborate with James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architects responsible for The High Line in New York City. 

Expect public hearings on the project to begin in early 2013. The deadline to submit comments on the DEIR is Dec. 10 no later than 4 p.m.

“We have worked hard over the last several years to design a project that is a new Hollywood icon for the 21st century,” Philip E. Aarons, founding partner of Millennium Partners, said in a press statement.  “And I believe that the DEIR shows how our project is not just fitting for the community but will fit into its vision for its future.”

"We have spent the last several years discussing our plans with the Hollywood community,” Aarons said, “and we look forward to continuing those conversations over the months ahead.”

According to a news release, the project has the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Capitol Records.

A website for the project was unveiled this week at: www.milleniumproject.net.


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Philip Mershon October 25, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Here's a mitigation plan: lower the heights. See, done.
Eddie October 25, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I don't share the 'vision' or the 'concept' there's no connection of the design of those building with the neighborhood. There is some great classic architecture in that neighborhood and those buildings do not reflect any of it!
ruth October 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM
1) HUNC's PLUM Committee will have a a preliminary consideration of the DEIR for Millennium on Nov 1 at 7:00 p.m. 1717 N Van Ness. Generally, representatives of the developers attend so you may ask them questions and make comments. 2)http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/10/first_plans_released_for_huge_towers_next_to_capitol_records.php Possibly more 'Comments' than any article ...Worth reading 3) The document is now available on the Department of Planning’s Website: http://cityplanning.lacity.org/ Click on “environmental section”; click on “draft DIER”. To read the full EIR click on MILLENNIUM HOLLYWOOD PROJECT. The Notice of Availability will be published this Thursday, October 25th and the comment period will run October 25, 2012 – December 10, 2012.
ruth October 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
“And I believe that the DEIR shows how our project is not just fitting for the community but will fit into its vision for its future.” HIS vision for the future..His 'New Iconic Hollywood Landmarks' (skyscrapers) dwarfing the old ones..is not Hollywood's vision for IT'S future.. "We have spent the last several years discussing our plans with the Hollywood community,” Aarons said, “and we look forward to continuing those conversations over the months ahead.” Is he kidding? Maybe he can explain why Vine St. Height Limits were left out of the new Hollywood Community Plan? And whose campaigns were financed to reserve Vine for these Unlimited Height projects? And why City Planning started referring to his projects as 'The Capitol Records Projects' instead of the 'Millennium Projects' at all hearings? And why The Plum Committee went from utter shock and disbelief and tons of questions about the size of these buildings to not having one question at the following hearing.. Were they advised to shut up since all three also received campaign financing from Millennium? Reality check..Villaraigosa, Garcetti, and the pathetic City Council 'enablers' sold Hollywood to this developer.. AS IF any of them will vote 'no' to the unlimited heights (discretionary review) when most of them, past and present, have been, and are being, funded by Millennium and/or their Law Firm, for years..as is The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce...
Rich Addams October 26, 2012 at 02:16 AM
What a nightmare, this will affect traffic in Studio City
Scott Zwartz October 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
This is GREAT! Garcetti is proposing a $5Billion subway tunnel into tthe San Fernando Valley. People at the Millenium can take the subway over to the Sepulveda Pass and then use the $5 Billion tunnel to go to Granada Hills. Hollywood needs more density cuz people have been moving out of Hollywood due to the traffic, but with hundreds of multi-million condos in the Towers, people won't need cars. They can take the subway anywhere they want to go. It isn't fair that the millennium developer, however, has to pay any property taxes -- the city is giving tax rebates to the hotels downtown, and in April the city council gave a blank check other downtown hotels to rehab themselves. Aarons needs to be treated fairly and have at least 50 years of no property taxes. Bunker Hill got 69 years of no taxes. Hollywood has a long way to go to catch up to NYC with its 66,000 persons per sq mile; Hollywood Central has only about 22,000 people per sq mile. We need at least two dozen more towers to catch up to NYC. Also, Judge Alacron just bought off the richie loos in the Hills by allowing them to gate off their streets in the Hills to create private enclaves, thereby gutting the 20 year old prohibition on closing public roads. I guess they feared that too many people would drive into the Hills to try to look at the new towers down in the Flats, but now they get to close off their streets from the riff raff. Hollywood is zooming ahead.
Barbara Snowberger October 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Did these idiot builders take into consideration that these sites are on liguefaction soil? They should realize that building this tall will severely impact how emergency vehicles will be able to respond to victims of Hollywood when the next earthquake hits!
Holly October 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I am SO in agreement, Eddie. The out-of-scale buildings and skyscrapers they plan to build don't "fit" the neighborhood of mostly low-slung buildings. The entire feel of the "neighborhood" will be ruined for those of us who live here. The cramped, overcrowded density proposed isn't right for this area. Any sense of "neighborhood" is taken away by this project.
Holly October 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
The unlimited heights change to the zoning rules is a shameful move on the part of these developers. Fitting for the community??? This project of theirs takes away any sense of neighborhood or community that exists here, and turns it into a vast anonymous jungle of skyscrapers and high rises, creating a jungle of population density. This isn't what Hollywood residents want or need. This is a prime example of political payoffs to developers, and residents being ignored for the most part, in the planning of such a monstrous project. I'm going to miss my little neighborhood as it transitions into a just another over crowded city without any community feel.
Shaune Steele October 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
WHY do we need more "density"? That word has been said so often that folks just accept it as fact. WHY do we have to look like Downtown LA or Omaha or Minneapolis or NYC? WHY? Really? Developers are acting like they are in a sci fi movie, and our clueless city government is continuing the fantasy of the necessity of making Hollywood "more vertical" because of future great masses of people, blah, blah, blah. Well, hell, are we trying to fit everyone who was ever born into one place? This brainwashing about "density" is going to kill off any uniqueness that Hollywood still possesses. Any open sky and lovely views of the hills and the sign. I don't believe that cities historically have been built so they can fit everyone in one place. Just sayin'. Don't believe that was the thinking back in the day. But now, the word is "density" uber alles. Insane. And the ruination of anything unique and reflective of history that is over 20 years old. Not to mention that the "density" thing will be out of style in seven or eight years and Hollywood will look like all the other anonymous cities spread across the country. Sad.
Shaune Steele October 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Totally agree, Eddie.
ruth October 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM
If people are interested in taking advantage of the 'comment' period.. They might want to look to Millennium Boston Turnpike Controversy as guide of what to include. They fought and won case against Millennium Towers above Boston Turnpike (air rights..L.A. Freeways get ready) The Mayor (THERE) and City Politicos (THERE) were open to all input. WHERE IS The Mayor of L.A.? Here is the link of Citizens for Sensible Turnpike Tower Development http://www.fenwayaction.org/ctrd.html Questions suggestions there from Design for the Area, to Reconfiguration... How about Scaling Them Down? They did not want to live in the shadows of Millennium Towers.. They organized and won.
Mary Holmes November 03, 2012 at 08:53 AM
They do realize that emergency services will be severely impacted, as will traffic, air quality, along with a multitude of other infrastructure concerns. It's in their own EIR. But don't worry. They're going to 'mitigate' against those problems by using the same methods that are already a decade behind in reporting right now.
ruth November 05, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Hollywood Hills West NC Plum Committee AGENDA http://www.hhwnc.org/node/2638/agenda Millennium 'presenting' Vine St. Skyscraper plans.. Q&A.. and accepting input on their projects from communities. Mon., Nov. 5th.....5:30PM WIll & Ariel Durant Library 7140 W, Sunset Blvd. L.A. 90046 Click link for more information
Diane Laskin December 02, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Can anyone please advise as to HOW to submit comments to the city? Hollywood powers-that-be, are AGAIN, disrespecting Hollywood history and community. Business as usual. Sick.
Holly December 03, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Well said, Shaune, and I am in total agreement. As a longtime resident of Hollywood, I have enjoyed its uniqueness for many years. People come to Hollywood to experience a unique place; they can go to any city in the world to see glass and steel skyscrapers an high rises. The views, historic buildings and one-of-a kind shops in Hollywood are what draw people here--not skyscrapers, chain stores and restaurants that can be found anywhere. The need for "density" is a lie perpetuated so our city council and elected offcials can reap monetary rewards from the mega developers who line their pockets. That's just a fact. The more density they build into a concentrated area, the more federal funds they get for transportation, so they intentionally build density. There's no big rush of people flocking to Hollywood to live. The additional air pollution alone that will be created by this Millenium project is foul. They have no plan to deal with that, and it is considered "mitigated". That means that they feel the good outweighs the bad. So, they consider it good to increase traffic to the point of a nightmare, with no regard to the quality of life for those that live here. This plan would ruin the charm that this part of Hollywood has going for it, with the iconic Capitol Records building as it's center. The surrounding area is mostly low slung buildings and little shops that gives a neighborhood feel to the place around Yucca Ave. It IS sad.
Holly December 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I've "met" with these Millenium people before, and they are not receptive to ANY input from local residents. They have a hardline answer for every suggestion or comment one might have, and are VERY dismissive. Not worth the effort here. BUT I hope everyone is writing their comment letter to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning before Dec 10th, to get our last comments in on this project.
Holly December 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Comments for Millenium project will be accepted until December 10th, so please send your letter asap. The more letters, the better. Here's where you send it: Srimal Hewawitharana, Environmental Specialist II Los Angeles Department of City Planning 200 S. Spring St., Rm 750 Los Angeles, CA 90012
ruth December 03, 2012 at 09:47 PM
E-mail srimal.hewawitharana@lacity.org at City Planning..requesting the extension.. Try to attend HUNC/PLUM Meeting Thursday, Dec. 6th Seventh Day Adventists Church @ Hollywood Blvd. & Van Ness.. The meeting will be about this very subject. Visit Hollywood United Neighborhood Council website for more info..Agenda. etc. Hollywood Hills West NC and PLUM Committee rejected Millennium project for many reasons, their bogus, unacceptable Traffic Study being one of them. Plans are afoot by communities to have an Independent DEIR Traffic Study done.. Millennium would love to rush this through before Christmas.... An extension is desperately needed.
Holly December 03, 2012 at 10:13 PM
You must be living in some non-reality to make these comments. If you think the affluent people who are the only ones that will be able to afford those condos, will take public transporation, you're out of your mind! They'll be driving their new BMW's all around. Traffic will increase tremendously due to this project. Quality of life in the immediate area will be severly reduced. Air pollution will increase. Noise will increase. The historical nature of the area will be ruined with ugly glass and steel skyscrapers and high rises. Expensive condos will sit there empty, as in others that have been built in the area. WHY on earth would we want our Hollywood to "catch up" to NYC? Obviously you're not a long time resident of Hollywood, nor do you care about Somehow I'm thinking you must be connected with the paid-off city to make this kind of comment.


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