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    Here’s the Latest Design Update for the West Hollywood Log Cabin Renovation Project

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    The West Hollywood Economic Development Department will present a design update of the West Hollywood Log Cabin Renovation Project at a regular Public Facilities, Recreation and Infrastructure Commission on Wednesday, November 13, 2023, starting at 6:00 p.m. The Commission will review and provide feedback on the draft schematic design plans for Log Cabin space at 617-621 N. Robertson Boulevard.

    According to a City Staff overview, Lehrer Architects LA, Inc. (Lehrer) secured a position as one of four bench contractors through a competitive RFQ process in August 2021, enabling them to provide on-call architectural and urban design services for the City. In a significant development, the City, having acquired the Log Cabin property at 617-621 N. Robertson Boulevard from the City of Beverly Hills in April 2022, engaged Lehrer in May 2022 to commence programming, pre-design, and refurbishment for the site. This selection was facilitated by the City Architect, who identified Lehrer as the optimal fit based on their expertise in historic preservation and alignment with the recovery community’s program requirements.

    Lehrer successfully completed the programming, pre-design, and refurbishment study, involving extensive consultations with the West Hollywood Recovery Center (WHRC). Notably, an analysis was conducted to streamline WHRC’s utilization of the Werle building into an expanded Log Cabin facility. The culmination of these efforts resulted in the City Council’s approval of an agreement with Lehrer on June 26, 2023, marking the beginning of the design development phase, encompassing bidding, permitting, expansion, and renovation for the Log Cabin.

    Schematic Design Overview

    The schematic design phase aims to define the project’s character and document a solution meeting the City’s objectives, considering program components, building systems, historic preservation, and budget constraints. The design must adhere to all applicable codes and standards but does not necessitate full detailing at this stage.

    Historic Significance and Project Objectives

    The Log Cabin property, recognized as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in the 2016 City of West Hollywood Commercial Historic Resources Study, demands a design approach consistent with the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Given decades of deferred maintenance, the project encompasses upgrades or replacement of all building systems. Three primary objectives include bringing the facility up to health and safety and ADA requirements while meeting historic preservation standards, providing a consolidated long-term facility for the recovery community, and transforming a city-owned public parking lot into a net-zero sustainable campus environment for the WHRC.

    Project Components

    The project consists of three components to be simultaneously completed for efficiency:

    Component A: Refurbishment of the existing log cabin structure, adhering to the Secretary of Interior Standards, involving hazmat abatement, new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and compliance with Title 24 and ADA requirements.

    Component B: Expansion of the log cabin to include ADA-compliant bathrooms, two additional meeting rooms for WHRC services consolidation, limited food preparation space, and administrative and storage facilities.

    Component C: Additional site work for a public parking lot, streetscape improvements, landscaping, and the integration of EV charging stations and photovoltaic panels.

    Addressing Community Needs

    The purchase and renovation of the Log Cabin property align with the City’s comprehensive strategy to combat addiction and homelessness. Recognizing the vulnerability of individuals battling addiction to homelessness, the project contributes to the City’s multifaceted approach, which includes a rent stabilization ordinance, affordable housing development, rental assistance programs, mental health initiatives, and a behavioral health crisis response team. The WHRC, hosting approximately 85 meetings weekly between the Log Cabin and Werle Building, plays a pivotal role in these efforts. The proposed design includes three acoustically separated meeting rooms and associated support spaces, accommodating the WHRC’s diverse meeting requirements.

    West Hollywood Recovery Center Log Cabin
    West Hollywood Log Cabin Renderings

    Next Steps

    Staff and the consultant team will incorporate the feedback gathered from the community meetings and presentations with the Public Facilities Commission into the final schematic architectural design set. Following the completion of the schematic design an estimate of probable costs will be prepared for completion of the project. In addition to the construction costs a budget and plan is being developed to remediate soil contaminants which were found to be present during the purchase process. This information will be presented to the City Council for their approval or for further direction on program and use. The preliminary schedule includes an allowance to complete the remediation work which could change depending on the requirements from the environmental consultant.

    In July 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 102, which approves $1.15 Million in State funding in support of the up-and-coming Recovery Campus.

    Approved as part of the budget is $500,000 in support from the California Department of Housing and Community Development requested by Senator Ben Allen (CA Senate District 24), and $650,000 in support from the California Department of General Services requested by Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur (CA Assembly District 51).

    The Log Cabin building was built on property purchased by the City of Beverly Hills in 1928. The northerly portion of the property was leased to the Lions Club in 1936, which constructed the Log Cabin in its style as a Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) clubhouse.

    In the early 1970s the Lions Club subleased the building to the West Hollywood Recovery Center for use for addiction recovery group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

    In 2019, the City of Beverly Hills indicated its wish to sell the property and the City of West Hollywood entered into a lease with the City of Beverly Hills with the option to purchase the property.

    In 2022, the City of West Hollywood exercised its option to purchase the property and the City began a feasibility analysis with the WHRC to determine a renovation plan.

    The City of West Hollywood is also working collaboratively with the WHRC on the architectural plans to rehabilitate the historic Log Cabin. The addition of the two rooms for 12-step fellowship meetings will allow WHRC to operate in a single facility, instead of both the Log Cabin and Werle Building located across the street.

    The WHRC hosts more than 90 separate addiction recovery meetings a week, over 4,500 meetings a year. For additional information, please visit https://thewhrc.org/home.

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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 [email protected]

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    angry gay pope
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    7 months ago

    When I moved here I drove past the log cabin with a friend. I saw lots of hunky guys out front drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. I said “Wow that’s a really happening bar look at the sexy big crowd!” “What, they are boozers?” Oh that explains. They gave up booze but not coffee or cigarettes. Addictive personality it is called I believe.

    david
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    7 months ago

    As much as I like the design, why does it eliminate all the. parking lot next to The Cabin? At some point West Hollywood needs to figure out where everyone can park since the parking structure The City built at West Hollywood Park already gets filled quickly

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