[JPL] Jazz Bakery To Build Frank Gehry-Designed Home
drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Jan 31 20:31:31 EST 2012
The City Council approved Monday night a commitment letter that will
allow the Jazz Bakery to build a 250-seat venue adjacent to the Kirk
The City Council unanimously approved Monday night a commitment letter
submitted by the Jazz Bakery on Jan. 13 that will allow the non-profit
organization to build a 250-seat theatre at the Paskin site at 9184
Washington Blvd., adjacent to the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The property will be designed by Frank Gehry and alongside the 250-seat
theatre, the agreement also includes a ground level lobby, a jazz
museum, a black box performance area, a bakery/café with outdoor dining,
rehearsal studios, community meeting rooms and a roof top deck. The
project will also be LEED certified and will comply with green building
The decision was made to avoid the property reverting back to the state,
following the abolition of redevelopment agencies on Feb. 1.
As per the terms of the agreement, The Jazz Bakery will ostensibly
receive the site for free, through a disposition and development
agreement with the City. However, the cost of building the project is
estimated at $10.2 million, which will be paid in part with a $2 million
grant the Jazz Bakery received from the Annenberg Foundation.
The Jazz bakery estimates it will put on around 250 shows per year and
charge charge around $35 per ticket.
The commitment letter also states that the bakery will have to provide
off street parking or pay in excess of $2 million dollars of in lieu
parking fees to the city.
Councilmembers said they were happy to support the agreement.
"The opportunity to take the Paskin property and turn it into The Jazz
Bakery is an incredible opportunity," Councilmember Andrew Weissman
said, adding that he hoped the state would allow the project to move
Richard Posell - who is on the Jazz Bakery Board of Directors -- stated
during public comment, "We hope that [Gov.] Jerry Brown likes jazz."
Councilmember Jeffrey Cooper said he was pleased that Frank Gehry would
be designing the building. "We have a great cultural area with a pretty
iconic figure," he said, "which will bring attention to our city in a
Mayor Micheal O'Leary said he always thought the Paskin site "was the
building that landed on the witch in The Wizard of Oz" and that he'd be
sad to see it go. However, he said that now there was a good witch in
The Jazz Bakery agreement was just one of several approved at Monday
night's emergency meeting ahead of the abolition of the Redevelopment
Mayor O'Leary acknowledged that the decisions may have come about faster
than the public is used to seeing but said, "If we do nothing we risk
these properties going back to the state and being out of our hands. We
have vetted [each decision] as best we can. We are also residents of
Culver City and we care about this city."
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