SILVER LAKE — After spending several years searching for a new, larger home, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music has identified a new site only a short walk from its current Sunset Junction location. But that same property is owned by a developer that plans to build a five-story apartment complex on the same site. On Thursday night, representatives of the music school cofounded by Michael Peter Balzary – aka Flea – of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are scheduled to discuss their vision for a new campus during a meeting hosted by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.
Officials for developer Frost/Chaddock have said that the property at the southwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue is not for sale. A spokeswoman said the developer, which plans to build two other large apartment buildings in the same area as part of its Junction Gateway development, had offered second-floor space to the school but that deal did not pan out. “We would like to see them stay in Silver Lake,” she said.
Despite Frost/Chaddock’s rejection, the school and its supporters have not dropped their plans for the site and new school, which they said is smaller and would prove a better fit for the neighborhood than the larger apartment complex. “The Conservatory is making an above-market-rate offer to Frost/Chaddock in an effort to transform the Junction Gateway into a win-win for both the community and the developer,” said Ari Bessendorf, a spokesman for SaveSunsetJunction.org.
At last month’s Silver Lake Neighborhood Council meeting, many board members expressed support for a motion in support of the school’s bid. But even board members who expressed support for the school said the developer could not be forced to sell the property.
The Thursday meeting, which will also cover different visions for Sunset Junction, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Micheltorena Elementary School.