Meeting Date: 11/03/03 06:00 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: Toluca Lake Sports Club-Second Floor Conference Room
6711 Forest Lawn Drive Suite 207
Los Angeles CA 90068
Details: 1. SIGN-IN, WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
2. BRIEF REVIEWOF MINUTES OF October 6, 2003
POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
3. PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED HAMPTON INN ON SUNSET
BOULEVARD AT VISTA BY SANJAY PATEL. POSSIBLE
MOTION AND VOTE.
3. PRESENTATON BY CHRIS LIU, OPERATOR OF THE NEW NIGHTCLUB AND RESTAURANT AT THE STUDIO CAFɠAT HOLLYWOOD AND CHEROKEE. POSSIBLE MOTION AND VOTE.
4. DISCUSSION OF DESIGN CHARRETTE FOR HOLLYWOOD
5. NEW BUSINESS
6. GENERAL COMMENTS
8 PLAN AND SET NEXT MEETING TIME & PLACE
9. PUBLIC COMMENT
Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Business Development, Planning, and Support Committee
Meeting Minutes: Monday, November 6, 2003
Members Present: Jeff Rouze, Chair, Conrad Schoeffer, Steve Tronson, and John Ehretz, Colleen Wharton, Paul Woolsey
Visitors Present: Robert Lamishaw , Sanjay Patel, Huamin Chang, Dalton Buckels, and Eric Liu
Stakeholders Present: Andrew Zicklin, Tamara Bergman, Shelly Bergman, Michael Schwartz, and Wendy Kneedler.
Location: Toluca Lake Sports and Tennis club, Second Floor Conference Room
A quorum being present, Chair Jeffrey Rouze, called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.
Minutes: The minutes of the October 8, 2003 meeting were accepted by a vote of 6-0.
Presentation by Robert Lamishaw, Huamin Chang, an Sanjay Patel of Proposed Hampton Inn on Sunset Boulevard:
The owner of the Travel Inn at 7370-2 Sunset Boulevard presented a proposal to replace the current 39- room motel with a new 54- room Hampton Inn and Suites. The developer has sought a variance from the existing floor area zoning code ‘D’ restriction. A public hearing was held at the Zoning Administrator in August. The owner has made presentations to the Area Committee previously. Some of the Area 7 residents are in attendance tonight. The owner has made changes to the design after community input. The upper floor has fewer rooms and is stepped back to appear smaller. The hotel will be affiliated with the Hilton Hotel chain and meet its strict operation guidelines. The current owner purchased the property over two years ago. He has been working with the LAPD to reduce and stop the prostitution. The new hotel will be a completely new operation with a national reservation system, and a mixture of standard and suite rooms.
The Committee voted 6-0 to approve the plan for the new hotel.
Presentation by Eric Liu of the Boulevard Bar and Grill.
Paul Woolsey updated the Committee about the new club proposed for the old Studio Café space at 6633 Hollywood Boulevard. One of the owners was able to attend tonight. The current owner purchased the restaurant in 1994. A new 20-year lease has been executed with the landlord. A new bar and grill with 250 seats is proposed for the first floor and mezzanine. A future banquet space is proposed for the basement. A complete renovation of the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and exterior façade is underway, with a budget of about $1.3 million. The owner is seeking a zoning change for the basement liquor license use and a cabaret license for the mezzanine space. The owner has agreed to the following with the Area Committee: Only use the Hollywood Boulevard entrance; prepare and submit a security plan; maintain upscale improvements; and maintain affordable, but upscale pricing. The Committee voted 6-0 to approve the project.
Discussion of the Hollywood Design Charrette. Paul Ramsey was absent. This discussion was delayed until another meeting.
New Business: There was no new business.
General Comments: Some of the residents of the Area 7 had some comments about the height of the Hampton Inn. It was clarified that the zoning code allows 75 -foot buildings in this area, but the floor area ratio restricts the size of the building. The hotel owner is asking for a variance for the size of the building to accommodate the number of rooms to meet the Hilton Hotel criteria. The owner is not asking for a height variance.
Future Meetings: It was agreed to meet on the first Monday of the month at the Toluca Lake Sports and Tennis Club at 6:30 p.m.
Public Comment: There was no public comment today.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: First week of December to be determined
Respectfully submitted by: Jeff Rouze