At its meeting this week, the West Hollywood Planning Commission will weigh in on the proposed Sunset Strip outpost of London's Arts Club.
The project, which would replace a former Hustler Store at 8920 Sunset Boulevard, would consist of a nine-story, 120,000-square-foot building containing office space, ground-floor commercial uses, and a public art gallery. Plans also call for five levels of automated basement parking with a maximum capacity of 351 vehicles.
Last month, the Arts Club submitted a revised design for the project to the City of West Hollywood, trading in its previously boxy form for a sloping facade along Sunset Boulevard. The redesign of the project allowed for the elimination of an emergency rooftop helipad that was part of the original early submission. Gensler remains the project's design architect, and has incorporated a series of terrace decks and a rooftop observation space into the building.
A staff report recommends that the Planning Commission grant approval to the Arts Club project, citing similar mid-rise structures now taking shape on the Sunset Strip such as the Edition Hotel & Residences.
The Arts Club, which was established in London in 1863, caters to a clientele associated with the arts, entertainment, and other creative industries. Membership at the proposed West Hollywood location would be capped at 7,000 persons.
Similar private clubs have recently spread to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, with construction underway for the SoHo Warehouse on Santa Fe Avenue and another project in the works and 2nd and Vignes Streets.
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