LA’s Millennium Hollywood Project

Millennium Project via Millennium Partners

Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures are moving forward with their plan to transform 4.47 acres of vacant parking lots surrounding Hollywood’s iconic, mid-century Capitol Records Building into a transit-oriented, mixed-use development. Located on the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Millennium Hollywood Project will feature two residential buildings reaching heights up to 585 feet, designed by , that are grounded by a High Line-inspired public space by James Corner Field Operations.

With the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) currently on public review, the New York-based developers are hoping to get city approvals underway in early 2013.

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Millennium Hollywood Project via Millennium Partners

The two Handel-designed buildings rising on the site intend to frame views of the Capitol Records Building and the Gogerty Building, which will be preserved under the oversight of architect Bill Roschen of Roschen Van Cleve Architects – a Los Angeles firm with widely recognized success in the marriage of historic structures with new development. Roschen and Handel Architects have already begun to collaborate with James Corner Field Operations on the design of “extensive open space, street-level plazas, and enhanced pedestrian circulation encompassing approximately 25 percent of the entire site”.

Millennium Hollywood Project via Millennium Partners

The mixed-use development scenario includes:

  • 492 residential units
  • 200 luxury hotel rooms
  • 215,000 square feet of Class A office space that includes the existing Capitol Records Building and the Gogerty Building
  • 34,000 square feet of restaurant space
  • 35,100 square feet of sports club use
  • 15,000 square feet of commercial retail space

Additionally, Millennium is proposing to replace the existing, underused lots with eight levels of above ground parking, offering around 2,000 parking spaces, and three levels of below ground parking.

Millennium Hollywood Project via Millennium Partners

Although Millennium Hollywood is reportedly supported by Capital Records, one of structure’s original architects – Louis Naidorf – and Mayor Villaraigosa, the project has received strong opposition from local residents who fear the development will bring unwanted traffic and obstructed views. Also, preservationists have voiced their concern that the famous landmark of Capital Records will be eclipsed, rather than “framed”.

In attempt to appease traffic concerns, developers promise to widen intersections, add turn lanes, donate money for an upgrade of the city’s traffic signals, and create “a traffic demand management program,” which they say will reduce the five affected intersections down to two.

For more, review the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report, which is available online from the Los Angeles City Planning Department’s website.

Architect: Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects
Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations
Client: Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures
Location: Hollywood, California
Site Area: 4.47 acres

Reference: Millennium Hollywood, LA Curbed

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "LA’s Millennium Hollywood Project" 06 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=290508>
  • Richard Peck

    I’d be curious to see their traffic planning. Streets around that area have all they can handle right now

  • hansarch

    I’ve just viewed this for the first time. A significant part of this video is referencing the wonders and significance of the Capitol Building. All that talk to draw one’s attention from the fact that the building will be submerged, not “framed” by the new structures. Who are these folks trying to fool?

    This entire concept is a criminal act by developers whose only motivating force is greed, under the guise of great urban planning. Anyone not of their ilk can visualize the visual devastation and traffic nightmares this project will produce.

    Additionally, these public areas may well be enjoyed by the affluent, for a while,but will become off-limits economically to the average person. Is that successful urban planning? We’ve all seen that scenario before, and it’s not pretty.

    Vote this down. Defeat this project. Those who propose this absurdity should be
    condemned for attempting to force this ruinous project on the city.

  • Jack Conrad

    What a completely unnecessary burden for Hollywood to bear. Wipes out the view from the hills and looks tall enough to fall on the freeway.
    How much did Garcetti charge to let this one through?

  • LxL

    I understand the concept of urban planning and it’s clear that something has to change in this city, transportation being one of them. The logic then is to build up around transportation hubs. But building to these excessive heights makes no sense at all. Building up on an island like Manhattan makes a bit more sense. There are no views of hills to obstruct (it’s basically flat land) and there is no where else to go but up. There are many other metropolitan cites to emulate, with much lower floor ratios. So what is the city’s rational for this exception? These are the Hollywood “Hills”, not the Hollywood Mountains. They will certainly be diminished, if not obscured. And what’s to say that other buildings won’t end up building up against those hills as well once the precedent is set? When it comes down to it, it’s about proportion and this just looks way out of scale. I have heard the developer use the Eiffel Tower as an example of a building once hated. There are lots of tall buildings and very few (if any) turn out to have the reputation of the Eiffel Tower. In addition, it’s a structure surrounded by a huge park, there by creating lots of air around it. It’s totally in proportion to it’s surroundings.

  • Michael Andreas

    The developers claim to be honoring Hollywood. If they truly want to add to this singular location, they had better go back to their drawing board. These are montrous buildings, completely out of proportion & related style to anything around them. The Metro they tout only goes from downtown to Universal City, hardly the most travelled route in this area. At least Hollywood and Highland (love it or hate it) made a nod to old Hollywood and has become a tourist mecca. Nothing about this project says “Hollywood.” All it says is ‘Greed.”