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The office of 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz has pulled back from its effort to landmark a former Orange Julius stand at 6001 W. Pico Boulevard, and has instead embraced a compromise solution that will allow a new development on the property that incorporates signature elements of the 1960s building.

A representative of Koretz's office announced the change of position today at the Council's Planning and Land Use Committee, noting that the property owner had agreed to preserve key architectural features of the one-story Googie structure, including its roof and signage.

Another factor in the decision was the cautionary tale of the original Fatburger Stand, located on Western Avenue in South Los Angeles.  Although the original structure was preserved incorporated into a new residential development on the surrounding property, the actual hamburger stand is used for storage rather than active space.

With monument status now off the table, property owner Carthay Pacific, LLC can now move forward with a mixed-use development on lot at Pico and Stearns Drive.  The proposed six-story building, designed by PK Architecture, 48 dwelling units - including five for low income households.

L.A. Burger, the current occupant of the former Orange Julius stand, has signed on to operate a restaurant at the ground floor of the new development.

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An earlier rendering of the proposed development at 6001 W. Pico Boulevard. Image via LADCP
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