Construction and Demolition in Nearby West Hollywood

Three projects along Santa Monica Blvd. west of La Brea Ave. (just north of Melrose Village) are charging ahead.

The mixed-use project at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea Ave. is nearing completion. Work is now being done on the sidewalks and streetscape along the building, and that work should be done soon.

Just west of there, between Detroit St. and Formosa Ave., including the former location of Faith Plating, demolition is nearly complete. Following final clean-up, construction will begin soon.

And, at what was Movietown Plaza, demolition of the buildings at the north end of the property is nearly complete. This includes the building where the Los Burritos Mexican restaurant was located and the building along Fuller Ave., where various businesses were located. So this project is moving along as well. See our earlier article regarding what the finished project may look like.

And in Melrose Village, at La Brea Ave. and Willoughby Ave., work is continuing on the foundations and below-ground parking level.

All of these are mixed-use projects with apartments and commercial space at ground level. So, at least in a few years, there will be a lot of new shopping areas nearby.

Santa Monica - La Brea Demolition map

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Watch Out for Scammers Posing as LADWP Employees

LADWP logoPhone scammers are deceiving customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) into paying non-existent water and power bills with threats of immediate service shut off. Don’t fall victim to phone scammers posing as LADWP “collection” personnel.

• LADWP employees will NEVER ask for personal payment information over the telephone. They will never ask you to purchase pre-paid cash cards from a convenience store to pay your utility bill.
• Payment by telephone can ONLY happen through the Department’s voice automated payment system, not with live employees. LADWP personnel do not accept payment information verbally over the telephone.
• If you get a call asking for a cash card or credit card number or other personal financial information, hang up and call LAPD’s non-emergency number: 877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273).

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CicLAvia on Wilshire on Sunday April 6th

CicLAvia returns to Wilshire Blvd. this Sunday, April 6th, from 9 am to 4 pm. Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to motor vehicles all day from Fairfax Ave. on the west to Grand Ave. in downtown L.A. (In our area, Wilshire Blvd. can be crossed at Fairfax Ave. and at La Brea Ave.) This is expected to be the last of these events on Wilshire for quite a few years, at least until subway construction is completed.

In addition to opening the street for bicycles, it is also open to pedestrians and, in addition to food, there are a number of activities along the way. One of these is the Mid City West Community Council’s Miracle Mile Art Walk, which includes museums and galleries along the Miracle Mile. The MCWCC booth will be located at Wilshire & Fairfax, near LACMA.

ciclavia 2014

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The Groundlings Buy Another Building

New Groundlings Building
The Groundlings Theatre and School has purchased a two-story building at the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Poinsettia Place. The beautiful brick building at 7280 Melrose Ave. will become the location of the school programs, now in a rental location a few doors east from there.

The Groundlings already own their theater building, but they have been renting classroom space. The current classroom location, called G2, is the second rental location they have used. Now they will have their own space for this use.

The non-profit Groundlings has begun celebrating its 40th anniversary, and there will be special events for the anniversary that will also be raising funds for renovating their new building for its future use. This work will be coordinated with the end of the leases of existing tenants, which include a doctor’s office for marijuana prescriptions, a company that purchases gold, and an advertising company. The Groundlings School should be able to start holding classes there in 2015.



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Mid City West CC Candidate Forum Wednesday Evening

As we posted earlier this week, Neighborhood Council (NC) elections take place on Sunday, March 30th.

The NC that represents Melrose Village east of La Brea Ave. — Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) — is holding a forum for the candidates running for various seats on their Board of Directors. As listed on the MCWCC website, “Each candidate will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves, say a few words, answer a few questions, and learn about the Neighborhood council system.”

The MCWCC Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, from 6 to 8 pm at Hancock Park Elementary School Auditorium, 408 South Fairfax Ave. a couple of blocks south of 3rd and Fairfax.

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Paving Project This Weekend on Melrose east of Highland

According to the Larchmont Buzz website, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services will be paving Melrose Ave. between Las Palmas Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. — just east of Melrose Village — tomorrow (3/22) and Sunday (3/23). Crews will be starting work at 6 am both days, and working into the afternoon as needed.

Not only will this affect travel along that section of Melrose Ave., it may also affect parallel streets (especially Beverly Blvd. and Willoughby Ave..) and crossings, at, for example, June St.

On Saturday, existing pavement material will be removed, so, although Melrose will be open from late Saturday afternoon to early Sunday morning, the road will be very rough.


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“Doctor Anonymous” Opens Next Week at Zephyr Theatre

While the Santa Monica Blvd. theater district is not very far from Melrose Village, we have quite a few live theater venues right here within walking distance. And great shows often start here. “I Love Lucy Live on Stage” started at the Greenway Arts Theater 2½ years ago and is now touring the country to packed houses. (That show is now playing at the 3000-seat Segerstrom Hall in Orange County.)

DrAnon-2Another play is having its World Premier here at the Zephyr Theatre next week. It’s “Doctor Anonymous” written by New York-based playwright/psychiatrist Guy Fredrick Glass. The play, set in Philadelphia in 1972, looks at the subject of gay conversion therapy “in a tale of love, liberation and opera.” (The photo to the right features two of the cast.)

“Doctor Anonymous” opens on Saturday, March 29th, with previews on Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Ave., between Gardner St. and Vista St.

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