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Channel 35 Studio Relocation

The proposed project is located within the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District in the City of Los Angeles and contains the Merced Theatre, located at 420 North Main Street, the Masonic Hall, located at 416 North Main Street, and the Pico House, located at 424 North Main Street. The City of Los Angeles (City) is proposing to rehabilitate the existing Merced Theatre and Masonic Hall (interior and exterior retrofits) for Los Angeles City View Channel 35 studio use and complete a coordinated structural retrofit to the Merced Theatre, Masonic Hall, and Pico House. In order to utilize the three-story Merced Theatre and two-story Masonic Hall for studio use, the proposed project would require extensive structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing system retrofits. A ramp and elevator structure would also be installed to allow Americans with Disabilities Act access and equipment loading to all floors of the building. The proposed project has been planned and designed consistent with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Project will retain, restore, repair, and appropriately replace portions of the property from its period of significance that contribute to its historic integrity, while making other slight compatible alterations in non-character-defining features and spaces that preserve the property’s historical and architectural value. Mitigation measures have been included in the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (Draft IS/MND) to ensure that any impacts are reduced to less than significant.

A Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) was prepared and can be viewed in its entirety below.

There will be hearing before the Board of Public Works to consider and make a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council regarding the Final IS/MND. The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Room 350, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Agendas for upcoming meetings of the Board of Public Works are available at this webpage:

Please note that the date, time and location of the meeting(s) at which these items will be considered are subject to change.

The Final IS/MND will be considered by the City Council after the hearing by the Board of Public Works (date to be determined). The official electronic website posting location for the schedule and agendas for the meetings of the Los Angeles City Council and Council Committees is: The meeting calendar and agendas for the meetings of the City Council and Council Committees can be viewed at:

If you have any questions, please contact Catalina Hernandez at 213) 485-5756 or via e-mail at

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Review Status Public Review Period
Notice of Intent to Adopt MND    
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and Appendix A Closed February 25, 2016 - March 16, 2016

Initial Study Appendices

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and Appendix A

Final Initial Study Appendices