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The developer that demolished a block of storefronts at Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction last year now wants to demolish more buildings – including the former Sunset Pacific Motel and the 4100 Bar – and build more than 300 units of housing as well as retail and restaurant space within a three-block strip. Frost/Chaddock has notified the city’s Planning Department that it is preparing a preliminary environmental review for three different projects on or near Sunset Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Bates Avenue. “This is the first step of many,” said an attorney working with the developer.
The attorney said the developer is far from finalizing plans and filing building permits. He said the intention is to build roughly an equal amount of housing – a total of 311 units – at each of the three locations. In addition to housing, more than 16,000 square-feet of shops and restaurants are also planned.
Two of the properties, including the former storefronts on Santa Monica Boulevard and the 4100 Bar site, are located across the street from each other in the heart of Sunset Junction. The former Sunset Pacific Motel, which has been vacant for several years, is located less than three blocks west on Sunset Boulevard.
Frost/Chaddock angered many residents when it unexpectedly demolished a cluster of Sunset Junction storefronts last September. Officials from the neighborhood council and Council District 13 said they were taken by surprise when Frost/Chaddock ordered the demolition of the one-story building near the corner of Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards. The building – which once served as the original site to A Different Light, a gay bookstore that eventually become a nationwide chain – was considered a possible historic landmark.
This time around, Frost/Chaddock makes clear it plans to demolish all existing buildings.
Julie Wong, spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Garcetti, said the office does have concerns about Frost/Chaddock in the aftermath of last year’s demolition. Since then, the council office has helped arrange meetings between the developer and some members of the community. “We have told them that we are going to be watching,” Wong said. “We will be looking at their efforts with an eye toward community involvement and open communication.”