Developer Crescent Heights has scored a legal victory in its bid to construct a pair of high-rise building flanking the Hollywood Palladium, as a Superior Court Judge has rejected a lawsuit filed against the project.
The proposed Palladium Residences would consist of twin 28-story towers by architect Stanley Saitowitz on the parking lot which wraps the iconic concert hall. A full buildout of the project would create 730 residential units, in addition to ground-floor retail uses and open space. The Streamline Moderne Palladium, built in 1940 at 6201 Sunset Boulevard, would be preserved and retained as a live performance venue.
The lawsuit was filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which is headquartered on the 21st floor of an office tower across the street from the project site. AHF's made a number of arguments against the Crescent Heights development, including the lack of a full environmental impact report and alleged bias on the part of the Los Angeles City Planning Commissions. Those claims were brushed aside in the ruling.
AHF, which notably served as the financial backer of the ill-fated Measure S, has also financed legal battles against other large developments in the City of Los Angeles such as the 1,200-unit Cumulus project now rising next to La Cienega/Jefferson Station. The nonprofit also succeeded in whittling down the height of an office building now under construction a half-mile east of the Palladium at Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue.
Despite its setback, the Los Angeles Times reports that AHF is ready to continue the fight against the Palladium towers, vowing to appeal the ruling.
This is one of three Los Angeles-area high-rise projects for Miami-based Crescent Heights, following the already-finished Ten Thousand apartment tower in Century City, and a proposed 70-story development in Downtown.
- Hollywood Palladium Archive (Urbanize LA)