The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Paramount Picture’s master plan to redevelop portions of its 56 contiguous acres and approximately six acres of surrounding parcels will be reviewed a city hearing officer this month.
The public is invited to the lengthy hearing scheduled for Mon., May 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood—1760 N. Gower St. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested persons regarding the project before a final report and recommendation from the Dept. of City Planning is sent to the City Planning Commission.
The proposed plan will allow for the construction of up to approximately 1.9 million sq. ft. of new stage, office and retail uses. Even including the proposed demolition of nearly 540,000 sq. ft. now existing, there will be a net increase of nearly 1.4 million sq. ft. of additional facilities. The plan also seeks permission to make Paramount’s property into a “Sign District.” These billboard districts are designed for regional centers or high intensity commercial districts like Hollywood or around Staples Center. Paramount, surrounded by low-and-medium density residential areas on three sides and a cemetery on the fourth, has requested the right to have electronic billboards along Gower, Melrose, and Van Ness, as well as to wrap electronic graphics around a new 15-story office tower to be built inside the main lot near the corner of Melrose Ave. and Windsor Blvd.
Written comments may be sent to the Los Angeles Dept. of City Planning at: Elva Nuño-O’Donnell, Major Projects, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., room 351, Los Angeles, CA 91401; or to email@example.com.
The EIR is available for reviewing at Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose Ave.