Faring Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for French Market Project

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Faring real estate firm hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited French Market project at 7985 Santa Monica Boulevard (roughly six years in the making). West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister, Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne, and Council member Lindsey Horvath joined members from the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance, and other community members for photo ops, speeches and light snacks and refreshments.

Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Mayor Meister jokingly thanked Faring for a project that didn’t have to come to City Council and then presented The French Market project with a proclamation. The proclamation acknowledges The French Market’s LGBT history and recognizes Faring Capital, the building’s owner and developer for restoring and modifying the building while preserving the original aesthetic.

On behalf of the City Council of the City of West Hollywood, Mayor Meister recognized the groundbreaking of Faring’s French Market Project and declared February 2, 2022, as French Market Day in the City of West Hollywood. “Since it’s Groundhog Day, we get to do this again tomorrow,” she said.

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Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne spoke about her personal experiences at the French Market and acknowledged the women’s groups that gathered at the space. She revealed it was the first restaurant that she dined in when she came to West Hollywood and thanked the preservation groups and the community for their input in helping preserve the historical building.

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Robert Duarte also presented Faring’s French Market project with a proclamation on behalf of County of Los Angeles Assessor Jeffrey Prang, who ran late due to a meeting. Prang joined the group for photos and handshakes towards the end of the event.

Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

“The French Market Place was known as an early example of an establishment where members of the LGBTQ community could form political organizations, socialize, dine, and shop in an open and safe environment,’ said Faring Vice President Jake Stevens via a press release. “We are so proud to kickoff construction on the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the French Market and contribute to the cultural history of West Hollywood in the greater LGBTQ movement.”

History has it that The French Market was originally constructed in 1936 on then-Route 66 and operated as a Fitzsimmons Grocery Store, an outlet of small Los Angeles-based supermarket chain. The French Market was sold and expanded in 1967 into the Louisiana Purchase, an enclosed shopping mall complete with 41 retail and office spaces and a large restaurant, which quickly became a hub for LGBT businesses and organizations. 

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In 2019 the City of West Hollywood Planning Commission approved the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of The French Market and confirmed the cultural impact on the city and the significance to the history of West Hollywood and the greater LGBT community.

Faring, the project owner, and developer, devised a plan to preserve the historic building features and integrate them into a new commercial official building. The planned project features ground floor restaurant and office uses, 3 levels of office and a roof terrace above, 3 levels below grade including 1 level with bar and design showroom and 2 levels garage for 146 cars.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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Chef Bernie
Chef Bernie
8 months ago

when is this project scheduled for completion?
how long is this build ?

Enough
Enough
8 months ago

Great news!