NORMS La Cienega Update: Landmark Vote

The West Hollywood diner received a unanimous vote for landmark consideration.

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission "voted unanimously to consider the nomination of NORMS La Cienega as a local landmark (Historic Cultural Monument or HCM)," reports the Los Angeles Conservancy, which had applied for the building's monument designation in December.

The vote took place on Thursday, Jan. 15.

A demolition permit was filed by the new property owner on Jan. 5, and not the restaurant owner, says the Conservancy (the restaurant leases the property).

The Conservancy also stated that "(r)epresentatives of the new property owner stated that the owner had no plans to demolish the building" and that the organization looks forward to working with the owner on issues revolving around the "long-term preservation" of NORMS.

The preservation organization, which works to save Southern California's architectural legacy, says that while the "overwhelming outpouring" of support is appreciated, there are more steps to take before the 1950s diner receives landmark designation.

Writing City Councilman Paul Koretz to "thank him for supporting the nomination" is one action item suggested by the Conservancy. A petition has also been posted to encourage the new property owner to "vacate the active demotion permit."

And staying abreast of all news pertaining to NORMS La Cienega via the LA Conservancy's alerts is advised as well.

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Jim Balis, the CEO of Restaurant Management Group, confirms that the property owner filed the demolition and that the restaurant owners "are thrilled with the recent decision to consider NORMS La Cienega a Historic Cultural Landmark."

Mr. Balis continues that the NORMS staff appreciates "the immense outpouring of support from our loyal customers and communities" and that they're "dedicated to maintaining the success and legacy of the iconic NORMS restaurants for many years to come."

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