The proposal to construct a Sunset Strip outpost of London's Arts Club has taken a step forward, with the publication of a draft environmental impact report for the project.

The proposed development, slated for a 20,000-square-foot site at 8920 Sunset Boulevard, would replace a holdover from the Strip's seedier past - the Hustler Store.  Plans call for a nine-story, 141-foot-tall building that would feature 132,000-square-feet of space catering to members interested in "fine arts, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre and TV/media."  A project website goes on to describe the Arts Club as "a place where creative and entrepreneurial minds come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine and be entertained."

At ground-level, the West Hollywood Arts Club would feature commercial space for "boutique, community-serving retailers" as well as gallery space.

Gensler is designing the mid-rise edifice, which is intended to attain LEED Silver certification.  The building will include "green" features such as a landscaped roof deck, a stormwater retention system and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

The Arts Club is one of a handful of mid-rise developments reshaping the Sunset Strip, following the recently-completed Sunset La Cienega project.  Also under construction are a flagship Marriott Edition and a Time hotel.

Image by Gensler
Image by Gensler
Image by Gensler

Proposed Weingart Center Towers Take a Step Forward

The Downtown nonprofit hopes to build high-rise affordable housing at 6th and San Pedro.

In early 2017, the Weingart Center for the Homeless filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct new affordable housing on two sites at the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.  That project has taken a key step forward, with the publication of an environmental report by the Department of City Planning