Take another look at Sunset Boulevard's stylish Palladium Residences, the high-rise towers proposed for the parking lot abutting the Hollywood Palladium.  The mixed-use complex, unveiled last summer by developer Crescent Heights, would offer a blend of residential units and hotel rooms in a pair of sleek, 28-story buildings.  An official website for the project features a new set of high-resolution renderings, highlighting the Palladium Residences' street-level integration and prominent location within the Hollywood skyline.

The twin 350-foot towers, designed by Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, could move forward under two distinct development programs.  Under the first scenario, Crescent Heights would build a purely residential project with 731 dwelling units.  In an alternate program, the towers would feature a mixture of 538 residential units and 250 hotel rooms.  Both plans call for a total of 14,000 square feet of pedestrian-oriented commercial space, in addition an underground parking garage with accommodations for approximately 1,900 vehicles and 820 bicycles.

Crescent Heights is marketing the Palladium Residences as a place where "historic preservation [meets] urban revitalization."  Consequently, the towers' design incorporates many architectural elements similar to those of the adjacent concert hall.  One conspicuous example is the Residences' grid-pattern facade, which takes inspiration from the Palladium's iconic Sunset Boulevard marquee.  The towers are also designed with curving, L-shaped footprints that allude to the Palladium's Streamline Moderne architecture.

However, the developer has yet to reveal a budget and timeline for the project.  For the time being, Hollywood observers must content themselves with watching the various other developments currently sprouting along Sunset Boulevard.


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Senior Affordable Housing Coming to Santa Monica

Three-story development planned on 14th Street.

The Community Corporation of Santa Monica is pursuing the development of a new senior affordable housing complex just south of the 10 Freeway.

The proposed three-story edifice, slated for a 15,000-square-foot site at 1820 14th Street, would replace a series of smaller commercial buildings with 39 apartments reserved for low-income seniors.  Plans also call for a ground-floor community room, a laundry facility, a library, and one level of underground p