Silver Lake — Dana Hollister had grand plans for the former Pilgrim Church. The restaurateur and business owner would transform the neglected Romanesque-style church off of Sunset Boulevard into a posh, 25-room boutique hotel with multiple restaurants and bars and a rooftop garden.
But after seven years of planning and community meetings, Hollister has put her interest in the project up for sale after losing a costly legal battle to pop star Katy Perry and the Catholic church over a former Los Feliz convent.
The L.A. Times reports that Hollister’s 40-year-lease on the property might sell for as much as $5 million as part of a bankruptcy sale.
“I am truly happy that it is going to find its way,” Hollister told the L.A. Times. “It is a heartbreaking thing for me not to be involved in.”
The money raised from the sale would help Hollister pay off the millions of dollars she is required to pay Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the wake of the Los Feliz court fight.
Marketing material for the sale says the buyer would be required to pay at least $20,000 a month during the first 20 years of operation.
The church and Sunday school at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and Lucile Street opened in 1931 as the Bethany Presbyterian Church.
Hollister, who has already sold off the Brite Spot diner in Echo Park, said she has no plans to sell her Cliff’s Edge restaurant in Silver Lake or her hilltop estate, the Paramour, which is located up the hill from the church property.
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