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Monday, July 16, 2007



(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.'


Studio City History Project said...

Several years ago the Studio City History Project and the Los Angeles Conservancy negotiated an agreement with the owners of the Sportsman's Lodge property that was approved by the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission. The agreement called for waterworks of the same look and feel as the current waterworks in any future development of the property. The waterworks do not have to be in the same location but they must be of the same scope. Additionally, the owners agreed to permanently recognize the historic nature of the Sportsman's Lodge. I hope the community diligently monitors any development on the property to ensure that this agreement is honored.

Gerald R. Fecht said...

Fred Berk passed this on from the newsletter of the Studio City Residents' Association.

Sportsman’s Lodge proposed development: Unbeknown to the SCRA and without our permission, a flyer regarding the development of Sportsmen’s Lodge was passed out at the SCRA June General Membership meeting. The information in this flyer was hearsay and incorrect.

The SCRA is working closely with the council office to determine the exact status of the alleged sale of the property. We will keep you informed every step of the way.

Studio City History Project said...

The Sportsmen's Lodge was indeed sold on July 24th. It is not known at this time what the plans are for the property.