French Market Place Building Gets Accessibility and Safety Assessment


“The French Market Place in West Hollywood, CA is undergoing renovations to create a mixed-use space,” reads a recent tweet by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Incorporated under the Twitter handle @sgh_enginnering. “SGH provided fire life safety and accessibility consulting services to assess the building and identify areas that needed improvement.”

The French Quarter – July 13, 2015 – A day after it closed. Photo credit: Paulo Murillo
The French Market Place – July 13, 2015 – A day after it closed. Photo credit: Paulo Murillo

According to a report, SGH provided fire life safety and accessibility consulting services to identify conditions that may need to be addressed as part of the building’s planned renovation project at 7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Laurel Avenue and its neighboring building at 7969.

SGH reviewed exterior elements within the accessible path of travel, as well as select interior spaces and features to assess fire life safety and accessibility requirements, which could bring changes to the the height of railings, entryways and walkways.

Some of the review work included the following:

  • Reviewed as-built drawings and historical documents.
  • Visually surveyed the existing building and site, focusing on accessibility, fire protection, and life safety systems
  • Identified items that may be affected by requirements associated with the Federal.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act and California accessibility requirements from Chapter 11B, as well as major fire life safety requirements associated with fire protection systems, life safety systems, and construction/compartmentation from the 2017 Los Angeles
  • County Building and Fire Codes (adopted by the City of West Hollywood)
    Summarized our findings for the developer’s consideration in planning for their project
  • Performed a fire life safety and accessibility code compliance review and prepared alternate means and methods approaches pertaining to exit discharge for the new four-story addition

The two-story French Market Place building (the restaurant was called The French Quarters) was originally a grocery store in the 1930s. Faring acquired the building and the adjacent property for redevelopment. It plans to create a mixed-use office complex with retail and restaurant/nightclub space. The project will preserve the original Art Deco building and add a new four-story office building with an industrial aesthetic.

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1 year ago

It closed I’m 2015 and the are just now doing a safety assessment? That’s six years of nothing. Why did it take so long?