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WeHo Pushes Forward With Development to Replace House of Blues*
First of all, it might be news to some that there is a plan in the works to tear down the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. However, the plan is not only to get rid of the music venue styled to look like a tin shack, but to also get rid of two apartment buildings and replace the whole works with "four structures housing 149 hotel rooms, 40 condos, affordable housing units, commercial and entertainment space, and underground parking," explained CurbedLA.
Yesterday, during their regular City Council meeting, a public hearing was on the agenda for the purpose of logging comment and testimony on the issue, though no action was required at the time. While many are in favor of the "Sunset Time" project, some remain skeptical in recent months about the need to put another hotel on the strip, already a hotel-choked area. In March, when the project was taken up by the Council concerns were raised about the demolition of the House of Blues, the electronic media sign, the likelihood the entire project would be completed if done in phases, and what impact the project would have on the character of the neighborhood.
HotelChatter pondered earlier this year if the Strip in WeHo can handle a new hotel:
Space-wise, yes. But we wouldn't expect any of these hotels to be very profitable. Too many hotel rooms means lower hotel rates which is great for visitors but not so awesome for hotel owners and developers. And don't get us started on hotels with residences attached.
Though the development is moving forward, there are several hurdles left for Sunset Time to clear before it is approved and demolition begins.*This updated post reflects changes from the originally published post