A shuttered residential tower in Hollywood that has sat vacant for years was given approval to reopen Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the neighborhood, celebrated the likely reopening of Sunset Gordon, an apartment building located at 5929 Sunset Blvd., near Bronson Avenue, and said it will have an additional 45 affordable housing units.
The project, a 299-unit tower with approximately 38,000 square feet of office space, ground floor retail, and a park, was completed in 2014 but its permits and temporary certificate of occupancy were retroactively revoked following litigation.
“I am thrilled that the Sunset Gordon project is on its way to reopening so that we get the additional housing, especially the affordable housing, that we so desperately need,” O’Farrell said. “In addition, the project will provide office space, ground floor retail, and a park amenity for the benefit of the entire Hollywood community.”
Residents of the 22-story Hollywood apartment complex were evicted in 2015 after a Los Angeles judge upheld a city order requiring the developer to clear tenants from the building.
CIM Group, the owner of the complex, asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant to block the order by the city Department of Building and Safety, but Chalfant rejected the request for a temporary restraining order in 2015. The building has been empty ever since.
The closure was the result of a lawsuit challenging the city’s approval of the project, and stemmed in part from the developer’s failure to preserve part of a Sunset Boulevard restaurant that dates back to the 1920s and had been an Old Spaghetti Factory location.
O’Farrell’s office said approval of the new package of entitlements is a significant milestone in reopening the building.
The Coalition to Preserve L.A., which is funded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Hollywood, is critical of the city’s environmental review of the project, and says it underestimates the traffic impact on the neighborhood, among other concerns.
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