Millennium Hollywood Project Gets OK From Planning Department

The city's Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the project in March.

The Los Angeles Planning Department this week approved a project that includes plans to develop two high-rise buildings adjacent to Hollywood's Capitol Records building, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Millennium Hollywood project 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.

Despite push-back from some residents who say the project would increase traffic and ruin views, an attorney representing Millennium Hollywood said skyscrapers will be part of Hollywood's evolvement, the Times reported.

The city's Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the project in March.

Members of the Los Angeles business community earlier this month announced their support for Millennium Hollywood.

"This dynamic development will set a new standard of excellence for Hollywood in the 21st century and bring a much-needed new vitality and energy to the intersection of Hollywood and Vine," said Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Is the Millennium Hollywood project a good fit for Hollywood? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Stephanie February 22, 2013 at 02:38 AM
This is no different then the contracts the city has/had with CIM. How can the city get away with this once again? Go read about the residents living near the Lowes off of Venice Blvd. They got screwed, lost their views, and saw their property values plummet. It's going to happen again right here in Hollywood and the City Council and the Planning Department just made it legal. What a shame.
george abrahams February 22, 2013 at 02:42 AM
The proponents of the Millennium project can only argue by setting up straw-man arguments. The choice is not between the blight of the past and their “dynamic” vision of the future. None of the opponents have ever called for stagnation or a nostalgic past. The problem is that their “evolution” is a dystopia of traffic congestion and concrete canyons. Everyone welcomes new construction to replace worn out decrepit buildings, but we demand that it remain on a scale that the infrastructure can support.
george abrahams February 22, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Additional density in Hollywood would strangle traffic in the entire city. Hollywood is a choke point for pass-through commuter traffic between downtown and the westside and the central city and the valley. The Millennium sponsored traffic study is a fraud because it specifies mitigation that are relative the current build-out which is a fraction of the maximum build-out under either the old 3:1 FAR of the old Hollywood Community Plan or the 4.5:1 FAR of the new plan. If the Millennium project is approved, those traffic mitigations would be swamped by the additional by-right development that residents would be powerless to stop. The opponents of the project did not complain about the project spoiling their view of the city but of the view that the project would have of their neighborhood destroying their privacy and the light and sound pollution that would cast directly into their homes. Only the proponents spoke about the view, one even saying that her solution was for residents to build walls so that only the sky would be visible.
Jim Geoghan February 22, 2013 at 04:22 AM
One of the buildings is more than half the height of the Empire State Building. Fifty-four stories and Vine has a fault line running through it. Vine, Cahuenga, Franklin, Hollywood Blvd., Sunset are all jammed 4 PM to 7 PM or more. What will happen when the thousands of people living in these two monstrosities hit the streets? How will the Fire Department and Police respond in time? This isn't urban planning. It's the Mellennium Partners getting richER by building crap in a town THEY DONT LIVE IN. Gruel, Garcetti and others all have received generous campaign contributions fromthe Mellennium Partners.
Stephanie February 22, 2013 at 05:19 AM
What is terrible if the feeling of hopelessness. No one seems to want these projects, but we are powerless to stop them. Why are these planners able to sweep over what the tenants and tax payers want? Why are we letting them bully us? How do we stop them?
Rona Edwards February 22, 2013 at 10:14 AM
It's time to vote our council members and stop this nonsense. We once tried to fight awful generic looking condos being built next to our building - they were going to tear down Hollywood bungalows (historic btw and used in many films) to do this - we had meetings with our councilman La Bonge and his deputies about it - stating these bungalows needed to be preserved, renovated not torn down - their answer: Well if we don't allow them to build condos, they can build apartments instead and we'd be worse off - but as we thought - they block our views, and because of the deep subterranian garage built - we now have a rumbling in our building from theirs. These guys don't care about heritage - or any kind of streamlining or look to the buildings either - Santa Barbara is quite strick on how tall and what style the buildings are in the main section of town - but not our city, our council - I'm tired of them and feel we always vote them in because we don't recognize anyone else's name or we don't want the other party in - but they are not doing Hollywood any favors!
lewis cook February 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM
isnt hollywood us army usmc cold war land that civillians laid claim to in this fast forward 666 tv radio computer age?
lewis cook February 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM
hollywood is an unamerican organization that has stolen the soul of america ie joe macarthy 1954, so it is now time for cold war norfolk navy to y2k the jfk 666 hollywood british navy machine jfk and marilyn staged their death
lewis cook February 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM
the whole tv mafia govt is controlled by foreign govts via british navy german usaf ask german jew kissinger and mohamad ali to explain
allen hatch February 22, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Boy,you write letters and try to oppose these things and it just goes nowhere. The city just doesn't care about residents.
John Milbauer February 22, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I am really tired of reading comments and hearing from NIMBY's who oppose any change. When I came to Hollywood, it was in decline, with homeless people sleeping on the streets, lots of drug dealing going on openly, run down stores and housing. Now we have seen a renaissance in most of the area and the nimby's are out in full force. These are the same people who oppose the Target going into the vacant stores across from the Home Depot and numerous other projects in Hollywood and LA. I guess they would rather see vacant store fronts with litter and dozens of prospective "workers" mobbing them. Anyone who has ever tried to add an addition to their house or open a new business that involves some construction has to deal with the City building department and these nimby's. And I believe it has killed LA's tax and job base. Come on people! Life is about change. And an office building or two bringing well paying workers into Hollywood to spend money in stores and restaurants may add to congestion but can be nothing but good for Hollywood and to the LA tax base. And Hollywood's becoming "the place to be" has done more to raise housing prices than any other factor. Who knows! Maybe this Millennium Project will be the nexus of a new downtown Hollywood which would help us in any campaign to finally break Hollywood from LA's grip and start our own city!
lewis cook February 22, 2013 at 05:18 PM
you are a bunch of crooked ass lawyers laying claim to land that is not yours and you haVE THE FAST FORWARD TV RADIO CHAOS AND CONFUSION OF 666 HOLLYWOOD COMPUTER TO COVER YOUR NO GOOD PIRATE ASS BUT WHAT WILL COVER your no good ass when 666 hollywood computer goes y2k?
HSSwan February 22, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Hmmm, think those well paid workers will be able to afford my house? After 30 years in Hollywood ... I think it's time to leave.
Chandler Poling February 22, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I'm excited about this development. The W Hotel and 1600 Vine Complex brought a much needed breath of fresh air to the area where ugly parking lots dominated the landscape. That Trader Joe's saved me hours and hours of commute time while grocery shopping and the underground parking structure is a great way to visit the Farmer's Market. I believe there's a compromise. I wish people would be more open minded to change. I feel there is a large group of people who oppose change at any means necessary. I believe Hollywood needs a facelift and these towers are going to prove an incredible improvement. I am no way affiliated with this organization, I just like to see progress, not regress.
Larry Daniel February 22, 2013 at 05:56 PM
This area is a disgusting pit of homeless and criminal activity ... Just drive there at night.. Take a look.. We are fortunate these developers want to spend money to help turn around this area... When you invite people to visit your Hollywood hills home and they drive past these zombie zones .. People realize what kind of dump Hollywood and Hollywood hills is .. With crime and criminals / transients occupying the streets at nights and residents in fear in their homes wanting to know if they are the next victim of crime... Again these kind of developments are the only way we Hollywood will be a world class neighborhood and reach its potential ... Just look around other areas and downtown are beautiful ... Why do people want Hollywood to be left behind and the arm pit of a revitalized LA?
george abrahams February 22, 2013 at 06:01 PM
In 2011 <a href="http://hollywood.patch.com/articles/city-council-committee-discusses-access-to-hollywood-sign-and-runyon-canyon#comments">you complained</a> about there being no place for the tenants of your Runyon Canyon apartment building to park. The reason is because of unrestrained development. You can't have it both ways. If you want Millennium style monstrosities then shut up about the lack of parking, or join with us to protect the investment in your apartment building.
ruth February 22, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Five NC's and at least Six HOA's and Neighborhood Orgs. voted to oppose, for a variety of reasons. Not ALL from the area. Anyone who comes through the area understands traffic is already a huge, unresolved problem, and this will add many many more cars. All have submitted decisions based on a variety of issues with the projects to the file downtown. Hundreds of people submitted letters of opposition and gave testimony at the first hearing. AMDA Staff gave testimony opposing at the hearing , a huge asset to the area, with thousands of students going through there from all over the world and many living in the area, only to be told by Millennium's Lawyer they are not a 'sensitive receptor' but are merely considered an 'OFFICE BUILDING' since the students are not minors. This is how Millennium wants input and deals with the communities. Disrespecting one of the greatest assets to come to the area in years. Tom LaBonge spoke at the hearing and at an NC meeting: the project is unacceptable as it is, calling for them to scale it down. Too out of scale for the area, TOO TALL. He respects communities who have invested lives here, who wont be able to get anywhere,respects THE HISTORIC HOLLYWOOD HILLS, which will be blocked from view & Capitol Records which will be DWARFED by them MILLENNIUM & GARCETTI SAY..THEY WANT INPUT FROM COMMUNITIES. You have your input. Now what? Garcetti sold Hollywood out to them for the Mayoral Crown. Dispicable.
ruth February 22, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Hey Larry D. Tell Garcetti! At every debate he claims to have saved Hollywood, and as Mayor he will do for the rest of L.A. all he as done to SAVE HOLLYWOOD. According to him, there are no more drug dealers, no more prostitutes, no more crime. Haven't you noticed? Hollywood under HIM has become a Beautiful Utopia, people strolling around the now walkable streets, enjoying the ambience..as gun shots ring out and people get killed on the streets and in the nightclubs that he wants more of. HIS higher density Hollywood Community Plan, and unlimited height skyscrapers by his campaign funder are not the answers. Hollywood needs to be cleaned up..crumbling, decaying buildings everywhere.. NO additional emergency services personnel will be added to Hollywood to handle this mega development addition. Not enough parking is being offered by them. Million dollar condo owners will take public transportation?? More cars. A bike shop is what they are offering. No big deal..just scale the monsters down and be responsible. Do what needs to be done to make this work. So far they are not.. End of story.
ruth February 22, 2013 at 07:06 PM
If you disagree with Garcetti's PHONY PR about how he turned Hollywood around..again.. Post a comment here: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22469732/eric-garcetti-points-hollywood-turnaround-proof-his-leadership 'Hollywood's turnaround.... The neighborhood's transformation is evident.Grocery-bag carrying apartment dwellers share the sidewalks with tourists. The steel beams of a new college building rise on Sunset Boulevard. Taxis line up outside new upscale hotels around Vine Street. Homeless advocates praise the increase of services and housing in the area.'
ruth February 22, 2013 at 07:32 PM
There is a Poll.. For or Against Millennium Projects L.A Times Blog. HERE is how Millennium 'wants input' from Communities. Rallying people to vote and make sure the outcome is in their favor,.. https://twitter.com/MillenniumHwood
ruth February 22, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Supporters and employees of Millennium Hollywood want the City to grant 80% Quimby funds to the Hollywood Cap Park. Hollywood Cap Park CHAIR is Phil Aarons.. Developer and Head of Millennium Partners. Millennium Hollywood takes 80% Quimby funds and gives it to Millennium Cap Park. Millennium Hollywood takes tax deduction for Quimby funds they paid to themselves (aka Cap Park) Another swindle of the people.
Stephanie February 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM
We all want Hollywood to be revitalized. But do we need 2 giant sky scrappers to prove that? Who can afford to rent of buy any of the apartments at the W? Not the people taking the subway, as Antonio Vialadouchebag would have you believe. We need affordable housing more than a Target going up at Hollywood and Western. There's already one at Santa Monica and La Brea. Downtown is still a dump and anyone with a brain wouldn't be caught dead there at night. It's like Night of the Living Dead on Los Angeles Street. Who can afford to live in these luxury places? These developers are making a huge money grab with loans from the city and getting fat tax incentives and breaks on top of that. We aren't lucky the developers want to build here. Wake up!
lewis cook February 25, 2013 at 05:00 PM
do not waste your time writeing govt they are all either british clones or german robots that is what your 666 hollywood 666 ronald wilson reagan tv mafia govt is all about they are crooks in mafia that push this bogus ass tv mafia govt and where does trillions of dollars in govt stimulus gov radio is the most powerfulmilitary device on earth and mafia subverted it after jfk faked his death and after us army macarthur died 1964 and 666 reagan did the 11 sep 2001 disaster but mark of 666 beast was not mandatory because us dollar continued to circulate world wide, all they do is talk shit for camera and smile for camera tv and tv govt has destroyed what us was prior to 1960 and they are all paranoid now so they have mafia police to protect their sorry ass in the name of terrorist they are the real terrorist ask your self where were these charlatan snakes during vietnam the 666 hollywood tv radio media machine is the devils fast forward machine that trashes the older gen for the tv created majority of voters gen x an y now they trash bb gen now 20 years ago they trashed ww2 gen while cliremember kruchev saying we will destruy usa withoput fireing a shot " because he saw the power of tv radio mind control if they could subvert it nton the british hollywood tv pres allegedly gave all us gold reserves to england and 666 reagan deregulated and privateized us govt while fast forward tv radio 666 computer had the ww3 bb gen running wild
lewis cook February 25, 2013 at 05:25 PM
hollywood is the cold war devils town but no more cold war so time norfolk va us 1964 covert navy white men shut down hollywood tv radio babylon that has corrupted the whole world since 1964 as billy joel sang" say goodbye to hollywood"
lewis cook February 25, 2013 at 05:27 PM
1954 15 feb 2004 was radio tv cold war experiment so time for 1956 v2056 u7s military engineers shut down hollywood from 725 23rd st nw wash dc big brothers bigger brother
Rona Edwards March 30, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Hollywood has no concern for revitalization - if they did, they would restore rather than destroy - Hollywood is the greatest symbol & import the U.S. has and yet our city government does little to maintain or refurbish what made it great. Instead they build these bunker malls, box apartment/condos next to historic buildings - or worse they tear down hollywood bungalows instead of rejuvenating. Hollywood has no personality now - and building hi-rises, blocking views and dwarfing a real icon - The Capital Records' building - is unfathomable to me. Shame on these politicians. This will not revitalize Hollywood, this will make it generic! No concern for history or landmarks in this city - just payoffs to contractors. No sense of rules or design (like Santa Barbara has) - instead we have a mish mosh of decorative styles that cheapen the history.


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