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Written Comments Due on Paramount Pictures Master Plan

Your chance to give your input on the scope and the alternatives of the Paramount Master Plan Environmental Impact Report is NOW. The written comment form is due Monday, November 14th, close of business. Comments will be analyzed in the Draft EIR (environmental impact report) for the Paramount Master Plan. If you have concerns, this is your chance to voice those concerns and to encourage Paramount to seek alternatives. (Written Comments form is at the bottom of this post…)

Over the past few weeks, Paramount Pictures has visited every neighborhood association and shared their vision for a 25-year master plan to upgrade the physical plant at the Paramount Pictures lot on Melrose, between Gower and Van Ness. Many in the neighborhood received a mailing of a press package/overview. That press package is basically replicated in the project’s website…

Paramount Pictures Hollywood Project Website 

According to Paramount’s presentation, the over-arching upgrades include:

  • new technologically advanced soundstages with adjacent production offices
  • high-tech post production facilities
  • producer, talent and writer offices and modern bungalows
  • LEED-certified headquarters building
  • production support facilities for storage and on-lot distribution of lighting, props and more…
  • upgraded employee amenities
  • parking and production “basecamps”
  • increased gathering spaces for employees
  • improved circulation for trucks and trailers

Having been to three meetings where Paramount presented their plan we want to put forth some of the issues that potentially impact our neighborhood for you consideration:

  • Traffic
  • Transportation
  • Construction Impact
  • Sound
  • Air Quality
  • Visual Blight
  • Historic Preservation (subterranean parking will require demolition of Valentino building on main lot)
  • Landscaping
  • Nature of retail establishments in new parking structures on south side of Melrose
  • Sidewalks
  • Special Sign District (electronic, digital billboards)
  • Height limits – office towers are proposed as follows:
    • 15 stories at Melrose & Gower
    • 8 stories at Melrose & Van Ness

Paramount has been a good neighbor for 90 years. There is no debate that they need to upgrade their facilities. They have taken their vision out to the neighborhoods to educate and discuss.

Now is the time in the process for the residents of Larchmont Village and surrounding communities to exercise their rights and to voice opinions and concerns. The Paramount team knows what our concerns should be. With development, the developers propose their wish list and then there is a back and forth to reign it back in and make it comply to what works for the greater community. So – they need to hear from you! From people who have a stake in the community.

Access comment form below (due Monday, November 14th):

Paramount EIR Scoping – Written Comments Form

You can e-mail this form back to Mr. Adam Villani, Environmental Review Coordinator, City of Los Angeles at [email protected]


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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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  1. Thank you for posting this timely alert! We encourage all residents, renters and homeowners alike, to submit comments to Adam Villani at City Planning regarding what issues you’d like to see addressed in the Environmental Impact Report. See the Buzz list of categories above! You will have additional chances to weigh in and at the same time this stage is very important!


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