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Public Meeting on Palm Ave. Condo Project Set for Wednesday

The property owner and architects will discuss their proposal to build condos over existing vintage bungalows.

An information session about a proposed condominium development project is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m., according to a public notice from the city of West Hollywood. The meeting will take place in the front yard of 923 Palm Ave.

The meeting, which the city requires project applicants to host, is open to anyone interested in learning about the property owner's plans to demolish three vintage bungalows that were built in the early 1900s and replace them with two four-story, 12-unit condo complexes. In addition to 923, 927 and 931 are the two other Palm Avenue properties that may face demolition.

Property owner David Vayner, a West Hollywood resident, has attempted to gain Planning Commission approval for the condo project since 2005. 

"Financially it's not supporting itself ... it's very old," Vayner said of the Craftsman homes.

"It's a very, very beautiful project and it's good for everybody—for the city, for the neighborhood and for us also," he added.

Some residents have expressed opposition to demolishing classic Craftsman architecture. 

"Looking at these houses, we get a glimpse into the world of what [the city] looked like at the turn of the century and the beginning of modern-day West Hollywood," said Kate Eggert. "There's no need to tear down these houses."

Allegra Allison said she didn't understand why the homes were not included in the city's last survey of historic building.  

"I believe that two of them were in the original survey," Allison said. "Are they less historic now? If, as according to the assessor's maps, the houses were built in 1902, they are certainly historic."

Eggert said two of the homes were built in 1902 and the third was built in 1913.

Jennifer Alkire, an associate planner with the West Hollywood Community Development Department, said the plans that Vayner and architectural firm Uriu & Associates have submitted for consideration are "extremely preliminary."

Community Development staff and the project applicants are "still working on hammering out what would go forward to the Planning Commission eventually," Alkire said.

Lynn Russell November 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Oops, that comment was intended as a reply to George Martin.
Samantha Powers Jolt December 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Maybe it's because Duran and that flat chested things bank account is running low:)
Samantha Powers Jolt December 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
We need more bland white people in West Hollywood, at least that is what the 80 fashion refugee said to me on the dance floor in North Hollywood. By the way shes spastic.
Kate Eggert February 02, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Todd - Krisy Gosney and I are working on getting these properties saved. The first HPC meeting was this past Monday and Feb 25th will be the conclusion. Are you the one who did the HP application in 1999? We'd love to talk to you about your research. Do you have a copy of the 1987 HRG Survey? Also, the reason why 927 and 931 Palm Ave were not on the 2008 ARG Survey was because according to the survey - "All properties previously designated or denied local cultural resource designation at the local level. as well as properties constructed after 1960 are not included in this current survey effort."
Kate Eggert February 02, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Lynn, thank so much for speaking at the Jan 30th HPC meeting - what you said was really moving and went right to the heart of matter. For the recent write-up from the Weho Patch go to http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/residents-ask-city-to-preserve-vintage-bungalows and we hope to see you at the Feb 25th meeting! Thanks again.

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