The Arts Club, founded by Charles Dickens in London in 1863, is a private membership club that provides a haven for individuals who have professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature or Sciences. The Arts Club purchased a prominent site on Sunset Boulevard and envisioned The Arts Club West Hollywood – their first United States location. The Afriat Consulting Group (ACG) was immediately brought on to help navigate the politics of a very active community and a complicated political environment at the City.
When neighborhood stakeholders and neighboring property owners expressed concerns about the design of the building, ACG helped negotiate a compromise that maintained The Arts Club’s vision while avoiding expensive post-entitlement litigation that could have delayed the project for years. ACG also spearheaded a robust community outreach effort, bringing together one or the largest coalitions ever to support a development project in West Hollywood.
Despite significant opposition from an influential and well-funded outside interest, the Planning Commission and City Council awarded The Arts Club a Zoning Map Amendment, Sunset Specific Plan Amendment, and a General Plan Amendment, granting The Arts Club significantly greater height and density that allowed by the underlying zoning, making it one of the tallest and densest projects approved by the City since its incorporation in 1984.