SILVER LAKE — A proposal by Silver Lake business woman Dana Hollister to transform a former Silver Lake church into a boutique hotel with a restaurant, bars, pool and rooftop garden will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
The 26-room hotel envisioned for the former Pilgrim Church on Griffith Park Boulevard has generated opposition from neighbors concerned about increased noise, traffic congestion and the loss of street parking. Meanwhile, supporters say the project would help preserve and revitalize the now vacant church and increase the relatively few number of hotel and motel rooms in Silver Lake.
Under Hollister’s proposal, the Romanesque-style church built more than 80 years ago would contain a main-floor, approximately 4,000 square-foot restaurant and lounge area with live entertainment and dancing; a second-floor bar; a 2,000 square-foot outdoor pool/patio area and a rooftop garden and seating area, according to the hearing notice. To make this work, Hollister needs several permits from the city, including one to operate a hotel within 500 feet of a residential zone and another to sell and serve a full line of alcoholic drinks.
The Planning Department Zoning Administrator who oversees the public hearing will decide whether or not those permits are issued.