An initial study published by the City of West Hollywood has revealed design changes to a proposed high-rise development on the Sunset Strip

Charles Company, the West Hollywood-based developer which owns the 1.29-acre site at 9016-9034 Sunset Boulevard, calls for razing a collection of small residential and commercial buildings to make way for a 496,000-square-foot mixed-use complex.  Plans call for a 22-story building which would feature a 237-room hotel with approximately 12,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses and 10 units of affordable housing facing Harratt Street at the southern property line.

R&A Architecture + Design is designing the 245-foot tower, which is slightly taller than the 19-story structure originally proposed one year ago.  The building's narrow, circular footprint is intended to preserve view corridors, while its cantilevered balconies and staggered floor heights are used to give the project a unique profile.

A key difference from the earlier iteration of the project is its treatment of the Crosby Building, which is located at 9028 Sunset.  Rather than razing the building, Charles COmpany intends to retain, restore, and relocate the two-story structure to the northeastern portion of the development site.  

Parking for the entire project would be located within five subterranean levels, with accommodations for a maximum of 547 vehicles.

Construction of the 9034 Sunset tower is anticipated to occur over 24 months, although a groundbreaking date has not been announced for the project.

While entitlements for the Sunset Strip development may be proceeding, it is unclear what legal troubles faced by the developer mean for the project's future.  In May, one of Charles Company's principals was charged with bribing an L.A. County official to secure a lease at a property under development in Hawthorne.

The 9034 Sunset tower would rise next-door to the Edition Hotel & Residences, a mixed-use complex featuring a 148-key Marriott Edition hotel and branded condominiums that is now wrapping up construction.