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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Divine Lodging: Silver Lake to get more details on a church-to-hotel conversion

It has been about two years since Silver Lake restaurant and bar owner Dana Hollister talked about how she wanted to convert the former Pilgrim Church on Griffith Park Boulevard into a hotel and lounge.  Now, Hollister is poised to provide more details to the public after she applied for a city zoning variance to convert the 83-year-old Romanesque-style church into a 26-room hotel with a restaurant and lounge.   A consultant working with Hollister, a Silver Lake resident whose holdings include the nearby Cliff’s Edge restaurant and 4100 Bar,  is scheduled to appear next Wednesday, Feb. 13, before the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Design & Preservation Commmittee to discuss the project, which is located one block north of Sunset Boulevard.

What does Hollister have in mind? “I want to do something that is conservative and appropriate,” Hollister told The Eastsider in 2011.  We will know more soon.



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36 comments

  1. Man oh man, I hope this has a really cool mixology bar! The neighborhood desperately needs something like that.

  2. Sounds like McMenamins, which could be fun for everyone.

  3. This would be great. A design/boutique hotel is the only missing ingredient in our very cool little part of LA. The NIMBYism will be in full force, and I understand the neighbors’ concerns, but I hope this isn’t shouted down because of “parking” and “traffic”. I’m always amazed how stylish and needed developments are shouted down over concerns about parking, that is non-existent anyway. Most desirable neighborhoods in the world (think Manhattan, Singapore, San Francisco) have no parking, and no one cares.

  4. We desperately need a nice hotel in Silver Lake. It’s embarrassing to think there are no places for out of towners who want to experience the eastside.

  5. Living as I do across the street from this former church, I’m glad Brock Harris “understands” the neighbors’ concerns. I just hope the city does. This is a residential street, and the pocket park has cut down on through traffic on Griffith Park Blvd. Parking is nonexistent, and if it isn’t provided for this idea simply won’t work. Residents deserve to be able to park in front of our homes. It’s not a matter of “NIMBY”. It’s a matter of space, noise, traffic and parking. It would be nice if this could be made to work, but I have my doubts.

    • I live across the street too! And I don’t own a car, so your parking concerns don’t effect me. This would be an AWESOME addition to the neighborhood, and be greater tax revenue for the city: win!

      • Mind you, the people are will not be residents. These are out of towners, transients passing through for a couple-few days, and they WILL have cars to get around town. Pretty much all of them will have a car. They will not be bringing any bicyclcs with them. And they are not going to try to figure out transit in a city this big and spread all over the place.

        A hotel requires a LOT of parking provided. The hotel guests will have cars no matter what, and they will either park them at the provided hotel parking, or they will be all over the local streets parking.

        • By “out of towners” or “transients” you mean people like my parents. Those horrible undesirable parents with those gosh darn cars…may god help us all…what has become of our beloved Silverlake.

    • Why is there a right to park on a public street in front of your home? No garage or on site parking?

      • To those who think they have a “right” to park in front of their own homes on a public street ONE BLOCK away from Sunset Boulevard should petition the city for permit parking. Melrose residents got it. The neighborhood is going to change no matter what you try to do about it. And yes, we absolutely need a hotel in our area – we need the tax revenue, people!!! If you don’t like it, sell your house and move. WIN WIN.

  6. Churches create neighborhood dead zones for most of the week and parking messes the few hours they have services going on (if they have big congregations). They are tax exempt yet use city services. I personally welcome this…and more conversions of churches into tax paying additions to neighborhoods. (Sorry to sound down on churches but my personal limited experience has been they are not typically good neighbors despite their “higher calling”.)

  7. please come to the SLNC meeting Wednesday the 13th and express your concerns. the meeting will be at the City Bank building 2450 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Entrance directly from the parking lot). Plenty of parking is available. The board does listen to the communities concerns, but you have to show up and express your concerns (or send an email- board@silverlakenc.org)

  8. I believe it is at 6:30pm at the Citi Bank building on Glendale Blvd. I will definitely be there representing commercial real estate professionals in Silver Lake. See you all there. Go Dana!

  9. This consultant working with Hollister must be the same guy who tore down the stores on Santa Monica Blvd at Sunset Junction, and who is panning 300 units there! Gee, is he single-handedly imposing his own concept on Sunset Junction of everyone, like it or not? Not that I see any necessarily bad things in this isolated project (the 300 units is a HORROR), but the details are yet to come out.

  10. Nanette Nanatucci

    I live across the street, and I will likely be driving to the proposed lounge, so I hope they have parking!

  11. I also live across the street and am dreading the neighbors’ parking situation. Fortunately, I know that there is a parking lot that was used by the former church attendees at the corner of Edgecliff and Griffith Park, so I’m hoping they’re going to make that dedicated parking for the guests. But I’m guessing most guests will prefer to take an empty spot from one of us. The best situation would be if we got permit parking for the neighbors.

    On the plus side, I’m glad that someone will be taking care of the property and will hopefully be keeping it clean. That’s a win-win for all of us. On another downside, I agree that we have more than enough bars in the area, but let’s face it, it’s the money-maker, so it’s not unexpected.

    • agreed. i live not too far away from this area and i looked into permit parking a while back, the the city told me that they haven’t issued permit parking in over two years because of demand. definitely look into it if you can, though.

  12. Can understand the concerns of people who live right next to the church. However, property owners in Silver Lake in general ought to thank the entrepreneurs who start and run bars / restaurants along Sunset.

    The “cool factor” coming from those projects is extraordinarily important for rents and property values in the neighborhood as a whole. Something to keep in mind…

  13. My mom will be happy that I’m finally going to church.

  14. As a homeowner in the neighborhood, a hotel and lounge will be a nice addition. Parking already is at a premium and residents should work on permit parking. Besides, It will be far better than the homeless doing drugs on the steps of the place. We need a nice hotel.

  15. This would be a nightmare to most residents living close to the church. A BIG problem for the neighborhood is that 75% of the houses and apartments along Griffith Park, extending 3 blocks from the front of the church, do not have driveways or garages, and residents MUST park on the street. But parking is already non-existent much of the week.

    City planning fails to enforce business parking ordinance for some reason (ALWAYS about money), which I believe is single-handedly creating the parking hell all over L.A. There is not enough parking to support current business and residents on the church block, let alone with a 477 max occupancy hotel/restaurant/bars, with 4 to 6 special events per month… in addition to the bi-weekly Farmer’s Market, ‘Movie Wednesdays’ (as many as 500 people), and such. Again, the city is letting the hotel slide on having to provide ANY parking. Ms Hollister claims to have 66 valet spaces off site, but that is dubious, and is irrelevant if even 80% capacity is reached- hundreds of cars would have nowhere to park, and residents become trapped.

    Neighbors here have been clamoring for permit parking for many years to no avail. There is no system in place for it, and may not be anytime soon, and even if it happens sometime in the future, there is a three year process. Even if we had permit parking, there is still nowhere for 400 hotel/bar patrons to park. If ANY new business adds even ONE more car to the streets around the church block, it is too many.

    A rooftop bar is another nightmare. Music from bars on Sunset already boom up the hill for many blocks, to much annoyance. And drunken goofballs inevitably spill out after 2am (as with the other bars on Sunset), yelling & carrying on in the street, blasting car stereos, peeling out, at ten feet from bedroom windows, and banging into parked car fenders. The police really cracked down on Tantra for this (now closed), with even a chopper yelling at people on the weekends. Ridiculous.

    The problem all over the country is when business and profits take priority over the well being of the public who makes that business possible, and who are affected by it while having little or no say-so in how that business is conducted. Most immediate residents do not want this.

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