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Developer Plans to Demolish The Lot, Rebuild Studio Buildings

The historic West Hollywood studio, which borders Los Angeles, is scheduled for demolition in a few weeks.

Whether you're in the entertainment industry or you've used the back entrance to the West Hollywood Gateway shopping center, it's hard to miss the historic studio known as The Lot on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The L.A. Times reports the property's owner, CIM Group, plans to raze its office buildings and sound-dubbing stages, which will be replaced with glass-and-steel structures.

A West Hollywood senior planner told the Times that CIM group intends to begin demolition in a few weeks and construction will occur in six phases.

The redevelopment plans have upset some in the entertainment industry.

The space has a strong connection with old Hollywood. Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable and Marlon Brando are some of the names mentioned in the article.

Currently some of the soundstages are used for the production of HBO's True Blood.

It seems that not much can be done to stop the project. "The problem is it's an approved development," said Adrian Scott Fine, the Los Angeles Conservancy's director of advocacy. "The West Hollywood City Council essentially has already approved the project."

Further complicating things, the West Hollywood-Los Angeles city boundary slices through several buildings on the south edge of the studio lot.

Read more on the L.A. Times.

Dorothy March 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
One day we are going to recognize developers as the scourge of our century. No vision, just destroy. Destroy interesting architecture, destroy history, destroy culture, destroy green spaces all for money. Why not renovate?
ruth March 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Soon there will be nothing left of old Hollywood with this group, Garcetti, Villaraigosa.. All skyscrapers, steel, glass, no history here, no past..They have turned our city over to developers. They have no caring or respect whatsoever..How do they get away with this? Why aren't at least studio lots declared Historically Preserved to save them from these butchers. Why don't these celebs come out and yell? Ed Reyes and the PLUM Committee will most likely pass The Hollywood Community Plan today.. This is the beginning of the end for Hollywood and Los Angeles..Created FOR the DEVELOPERS..Money talks. They are all corrupt and being funded by these developers..They all should be recalled. There should be investigations before they destroy the rest of everything. Get downtown and let your voices be heard @2:30today, if you want to try to save Hollywood and the last remnants of what is left of it. What is about to begin here, the take over of the wealthiest developers in the country will shock you. Boycott The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, being funded by the wealthiest of the developers.. and will do their bidding today at this hearing.
Rexford Metz, ASC March 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Give a break to history !! Remodle , Restore , don't DESTROY ! Rexford Metz ASC

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