Architectural Dimensions was recently featured in the Los Angeles Daily Times for its involvement in an 8-story Ventura hotel proposed to replace a now vacant restaurant, a building that has been the demise of many businesses. The site is unique in the fact that it sits on top of a centrally located hill, an area where urban and residential sprawl come together. Current zoning specifications and ordinances do not typically allow for buildings of this type, but there is gaining community support for the project. As it sits today the site is an eyesore wrapped in graffiti and chain link, an image the community desperately wants to change.
In designing the spaces for this project, putting the community first was of utmost importance. We wanted to create spaces that could be at the center of celebration and gathering. The building’s shape allowed for many unique and intimate spaces including; A large banquet and meeting area, a local restaurant, 2 rooftop bars both with stunning views, secluded pool deck and underground parking all utilize the site to its entirety. Visually the design is a contemporary addition to Ventura Boulevard and the Woodland Hills Area. If you would like to read more about the project, view the project page or read the article below.
8-story Hotel Proposed at Old Ventura Blvd. Restaurant Site in Woodland Hills
First it was a Charley Brown’s Steakhouse atop Chalk Hill. Then came lighter Chinese. Then Japanese seafood. Finally, a chain link fence wrapped around a graffiti-tagged restaurant ruin.
A developer has now proposed replacing the defunct Minatto Seafood Buffet along Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills with an eight-story boutique hotel and banquet hall. Some say it may cater to Persian guests.
Assuming it’s the same plan as a year ago, the Persian community is a vibrant part of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, They’ll have a place to have their celebrations. It makes L.A. a greater and better place.
Last week, the neighborhood council’s planning committee heard a proposal to swap the blighted seafood restaurant on the east slope of Chalk Hill north of Winnetka Avenue with a 112-foot tall hotel.
As such, building a soaring high-rise atop a Woodland Hills knob of low-rise commercial offices, senior homes, synagogues and offices could put it in the cross hairs of a growing battle over neighborhood preservation versus neighborhood growth.
Los Angeles voters will decide this spring whether to place a moratorium on large-scale building projects under a so-called Neighborhood Integrity Initiative known as Measure S…