Pedestrian plazas and open space

 


 

 

Today, the Capitol Records Building is surrounded by surface parking lots. The very nature of the site, with these under-utilized parking lots flanking the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine and located adjacent to mass transit, calls out for an urban infill project.

 
The Capitol Records Building will be preserved as the centerpiece of the project as a complementary mix of uses will be added to the office buildings on the site, possibly including residential, restaurant, hotel and retail uses to create a balanced urban community.

 
The goal is to create a more public feel to what up to now has been an isolated, private site, bringing in a new population to energize the area, and fostering an active streetscape. While the Capitol Records Building has long stood as a beacon to visitors arriving in Hollywood, the site has never given them an opportunity to interact with the building as the land surrounding the structure is an ocean of surface parking, offering no chance for visitors to take in the sights or enjoy the atmosphere beyond strolling the Walk of Fame. Its proximity to the rapidly expanding Los Angeles Metro transportation system provides a unique opportunity to create a vibrant pedestrian- and transit-oriented experience.

 

 
Urbanists and city planners define transit-oriented development as a mixed-use project combining housing, offices, retail and public space assembled in an integrated fashion in close proximity to mass transit. Located less than a half block from the Red Line’s Hollywood and Vine station, the Millennium Hollywood site is the perfect fit for a transit-oriented development and to promote connectivity to LA’s mass transit system.

 
Street-level retail stores, dining, plazas, and open spaces for visitors to sit and enjoy will enhance the urban fabric of Hollywood. Greater opportunities for street-level amenities and open space are made possible by the development of the project. Going up, and building slender, taller buildings, creates more space at street level for place-making amenities, and the necessary distances around the tower to design a spatial setting for the landmark. Residents, workers, and visitors will have a choice of existing transportation options for getting to and from the site and can, if they wish, adapt to an urban lifestyle where a car is no longer a necessity for getting around. The recent arrival of Zipcar in Hollywood is part of the growth of public, bike, and shared transport options for Angelenos. The large bicycle parking and storage areas planned as part of the project will only further enhance its attractiveness to those looking to adopt a new urban lifestyle.