City officials trying to forge an agreement between the Hollywood farmers market and the Los Angeles Film School said they were surprised to learn that the school is considering building a major development at the intersection the market has called home every Sunday since 1991.
A film school official revealed plans for a large classroom building at Ivar and Selma avenues two weeks ago at a meeting with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
"That was the first we heard about it. We were shocked," said Yussef Robb, who works for Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti. In December, Garcetti — whose district includes the site — stepped in to help the two parties negotiate a dispute over access to the school's parking garage.
Antoine Ibrahim, a spokesman for the film school, said plans for the building are still theoretical and have nothing to do with the school's current request that the market move to provide unhindered access to that garage. "But we're trying to be as open as possible," Ibrahim said.