Friday, October 28, 2016

Former Temple Hospital to give way to hilltop apartments

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN —  A 214-unit apartment complex is planned for the hilltop now occupied by the former Temple Community Hospital, which closed last year after more than 70 years in business.

Silver Lake Pinnacle LLC is seeking city permission to build about 50 more units than currently allowed in return for including affordable housing in the project, according to the Planning Department.  Alan Dibartolomeo, a consultant working for Silver Lake Pinnacle , said the project would include about 18 affordable units, which are usually limited to low and moderate income tenants.

The nearly three-acre hospital property, which rises above Temple and Hoover streets, sold for $13.5 million in March, according to PropertyShark.com  The project would feature two building that would rise four stories high and include two levels of subterranean parking.

Construction could begin in 2017 if the project wins all the necessary approvals, said Dibartolomeo, who has been meeting with neighborhood groups. In addition to sweeping views, the site’s main attraction is its location about midway between Downtown and Hollywood, he said.

The now vacant hospital compound, which includes the main hospital tower visible from the 101 Freeway, would be demolished to make way for the new apartments.

The hospital, which employed about 300 workers,  closed closed in September 2014 in the face of mounting financial and industry challenges.

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  1. all the homeless under the 101 bridge and sunset blvd and on Alvarado under the 101 should be given housing on this property immediately. Its a win win for everyone. For the love of all that is holy, no more tech, entertainment, yuppie big money housing. Stop complaining about these people who live under the bridge and nearby schools and give these people a damn home!

    • In an ideal world boy, that could happen; but in the real world, cities need money for homeless shelters and affordable housing. Coincidentally, that comes from the tax base created by tech, entertainment, yuppie big money people.

      I agree with you, but the idea is beyond unrealistic.

    • And don’t forget all the homeless under the Sunset Overpass on Silver Lake Blvd…

    • CD13 cleaned the area under the bridge at the 101 and offered the homeless housing vouchers. Most of the homeless refused help and set up encampments within hours. What’s your solution now?

    • How do you propose to pay to turn this site into housing? The building isn’t safe – that’s a big reason why it closed. A realistic conversion cost is between $75 to $90 million – how do you find that money so you can “give” the homeless a place to live?

      • 4 words: Bill and Melinda Gates, no one needs to have 79.2 billion at his/her disposal. Or someone else that is in that billionaire club…i mean c’mon whats 75 to 90 mil to them…drop in the bucket i says.

      • It’s not safe for a hospital – the seismic codes are much stricter for hospitals (and schools), and the State passed a law requiring hospitals to have seismic upgrades. Temple didn’t want to upgrade, so decided to sell (which is how the Dream Center got their building).
        But someone owned that hospital too. They didn’t want to just give it to the homeless. Plus the maintenance, etc. A sale from private hands to private hands makes the most sense.

  2. How does one get on the lists for all these “low income” apartments that are supposedly included in these various developments?

  3. There should be a 1/3 rule. One-third of any new building should be earmarked for ‘affordable housing’
    (which is not really that low-rent… it’s middle class working people). In exchange for whatever zoning variances or tax-breaks the developer wants. ONE-THIRD. You will then have a mix of fancy people, working people, students, waitresses, cops,
    teachers, and retirees. And maybe the police will become more sensitive to the neighborhood problems if they can actually afford to live here, instead of commuting from Hawthorne.

    ONE-THIRD of all new units will be ‘affordable’ in the city.

    Then, L.A. can say it’s actually doing something.
    The developers will still make their millions.. Don’t worry!

    A “One-third” rule. What is so complicated about that?


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