The House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard would be moved into a smaller venue if the Sunset Time Project is approved. (photo by Edwin Folven)
The West Hollywood City Council on Monday held a public hearing to consider the Sunset Time project, a large mixed-use development that is planned at 8418 to 8432 Sunset Blvd.
The council discussed the proposal, but continued the matter to the August 16 meeting. John Keho, planning manager for the City of West Hollywood, said he anticipates the council will make a decision on whether to approve or disapprove the project at that meeting.
The project will include a 149-room hotel, 40 condominiums, 27 affordable housing units, and approximately 35,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space. The plan also calls for the House of Blues to be razed and moved to a smaller venue at the site. Keho said the project would be phased in over at least 10 years, and the House of Blues would likely not be forced to move anytime soon. The House of Blues currently has a lease for the site through 2012, with options to lease through 2025.
The city council expressed concerns that the new space proposed for the House of Blues would not be large enough, and that the change would result in a loss of revenue for the city. Concern also surfaced that there would not be enough affordable housing at the site, and that a large video screen would not be in keeping with other billboards on Sunset Boulevard.