|Image from Cohen Brothers Realty via WEHOville|
Way back in 2013, WEHOville reported on a presentation from Cohen Brothers Realty about their massive redevelopment plans for Metro's West Hollywood Bus Depot. The sprawling 10.4 acre site on Santa Monica Boulevard would be anchored by a pair of high-rise towers containing office, hotel and residential space. Closer to ground level, the project would feature retail space, a movie theater, an open-amphiteater, and a 50,000 square-foot sheriff's station. Since this project would replace an existing bus maintenance facility, Cohen Brothers Realty would build a three-level replacement garage underneath the complex. Altogether, the vision drawn up by Los Angeles-based Gruen Associates would create an approximately 1.2 million square foot campus. Quite a substantial project for development wary West Hollywood. Then again, perhaps this is the type of project needed to push a Santa Monica Boulevard subway closer to reality. West Hollywood, whose citizens strongly supported both Measures R and J, was left out of Metro's immediate expansion plans when the Pink Line concept was eliminated from the Westside Subway Extension.