Beverly Hills News – City to Consider Funding a Second Station at Wilshire-Rodeo Metro Link
Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 9:39 PM
By Victoria Talbot
The City of Beverly Hills working group to evaluate a proposal to create a second portal on the other side of the street for the Wilshire/Rodeo Metro station will present their preliminary report on the project Tuesday.
Comprised of City staff, Cordoba Corporation – the City’s consultant and liaison with Metro, Metro and Parsons Brinkerhoff (Metro’s Consultant), this represents the preliminary assessment of the second portal option.
Metro anticipates the schedule for Section 2 in Beverly Hills at this location will begin advanced utility relations in late 2016 or early 2017.
At the site, Metro has purchased the Ace Gallery site at 9430 Wilshire Boulevard, at the southwest corner of Reeves/Wilshire for the future portal entrance. This site and the three parcels on the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and N. Canon Drive (9383-9399 Wilshire Boulevard) are scheduled to be used for staging areas.
The portal will face Wilshire at Reeves Drive, accessing South Beverly Drive. To enter the Business Triangle, however, Metro users will have to cross Wilshire.
The area is fully developed: the group examined several options to evaluate feasibility.
The results include the Montage Hotel at 200 N. Beverly Drive, Ervin Cohen & Jessup at 9401 Wilshire Blvd. and 9383-9399 Wilshire, a location that is most feasible, but would require a long and narrow tunnel to a point furthest east of Rodeo Drive.
The cost is not to be funded by Metro; it is not in the budget. Preliminary estimates are:
200 N. Beverly Drive (the Montage Hotel):- $30-$33 million, including possible costly upgrades to the parking structure
9401 Wilshire Blvd. (Ervin Cohen & Jessup Building): $24-$27 million, including the removal of 72 private parking spaces
9383 – 9399 Wilshire Blvd. (New Pacific – Canon Staging Area): $25-$28 million, including a very long tunnel
Staff has recommended focusing on at-grade crossing improvements to enhance and improve pedestrian access across Wilshire Boulevard to enhance safety and traffic mitigations for pedestrian access.