Monday, July 16, 2007
SPORTSMAN'S LODGE - STUDIO CITY - LANDMARK OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
GOLDEN KOI IN SPORTSMAN'S LODGE POND
(Note from Jerry Fecht: I apologize that this commentary was not published earlier. I simply let it get stored in my cyber closet.)
The following is from Fred Berk, Libararian of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley:
" I got the information from the LOS ANGELES BUSINESSS JOURNAL clipping that was given out at the Studio City Residents meeting.
'The Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City has been sold, ending a long period of hope on the part of Valley residents that it would remain the iconic 1950's suburban resort hotel indefinitely. The buyer is Richard Weintraub, son of former school board member Roberta Weintraub, and the price is $50 million. Mr. Weintraub intends to retain the hotel itself, he says, but wants to add up to 300,000 square feet of retail space. That will make the complex a good deal busier and more crowded, not to mention the traffic coming in and out.
Nothing has been said yet about the fate of the restaurants and scenic ponds. Nor has anything been said about long-range prospects for the property. The San Fernando Valley is pretty well defined as a place of transition, and the next few years will show how gracefully this transition goes.'