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Beverly Hills News – Planning Commission to Review Wanda Final SEIR Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 3:27 PM

By Victoria Talbot

The Planning Commission will hold a Special Meeting tonight at City Hall at 7 p.m. to review the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for 9900 Wilshire Blvd. (“One Beverly Hills”) and hear public comment on the document that was released late Friday evening. 

The agenda includes over 1,000 pages including the SEIR, Zone Text Amendment, Vesting Tentative Tract Map, Development Plan Review and Development Agreement.

Many residents have received emails urging that they attend the hearing. “The meeting will take place. . . in the City Council Chamber, 455 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. We look forward to seeing the many supporters of the One Beverly Hills project in attendance. If you. . . would like to attend the hearing as a supporter, please let us know.”

This follows receptions with food and beverages where the developers have laid out the project to the public.

The proposed One Beverly Hills Project consists of modifications to the approved 9900 Wilshire Specific Plan. The City adopted the 9900 Wilshire Specific Plan in April 2008 and subsequently approved an Administrative Modification to the Specific Plan in December 2012 (Approved Project). The Approved Project includes 235 residential units, 15,856 square feet of commercial building area, and 876 subterranean parking spaces. A two-story commercial building is allowed along the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard, continuing north along Merv Griffin Way.The SEIR reviews factors such as construction noise and emissions, traffic studies and intensification of use.

The Proposed Project includes changes to the footprint of the North and South Buildings. The width of the South Building and North Building would increase by five feet along the eastern sides. However, there would be reductions of approximately 10 feet on both the east and west sides of the South building on floors two, three, four, and five.

The total floor area of the Proposed Project is identical to the Approved Project, resulting in no net change. The North Building would contain 102 condominium residences and amenities, such as a rooftop pool, that would be available only to residents. The South Building would contain 91 condominium residences.

The 134-room hotel would be located solely in the South Building along with all of the hotel-related facilities other than the meeting space, which would be located in an adjacent building to the east of the South Building. The hotel’s guest rooms would be located on levels two, three, four, and a portion of level five of the South Building.

The proposed hotel includes a main ballroom and three meeting rooms totaling 7,942 square feet, along with pre-function space and ancillary facilities. Food and beverage facilities would include a VIP Function Room, an all-day dining restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, and a rooftop bar, resulting in a cumulative total of approximately 16,057 square feet.

In addition, there would be 1,600 square feet of outdoor dining space and a 1,907 square foot lobby lounge. Other hotel uses would include a 14,435 square foot spa and fitness facility and a 2,484 square foot hotel boutique shop.

The Proposed Project would replace the condominiums in levels 2, 3, 4, and portions of level 5 in the South Condominium Tower with hotel rooms, and would include meeting/ballroom facilities and hotel shops in Level P1, which is a subterranean level. A Lobby Lounge would be located at the Ground Level, along with an Outdoor Dining Area in the Hotel Garden. Various amenities and dining areas will also be added to the rooftop of the South Condominium Building, including indoor and outdoor dining and bar areas, a hotel spa, and a function room.

The Proposed Project originally included two options for site access. These two options addressed access to: the private drive for residences; the hotel motor court (for hotel guests, spa and restaurant visitors, taxis, shared ride vans, private cars/limos, and the hotel valet service); and access to Merv Griffin Way. After receiving comments during the circulation period for the Draft SEIR, including comments from the Planning Commission hearing held on May 12, 2016, a revised version of Option 2 is being proposed as the preferred motor court access option. This preferred option would allow two-way access from Santa Monica Boulevard with a left turn lane, as well as a two-way access from Merv Griffin Way. This option would maintain the same private drive for residential access along the project’s western boundary as well as the loading access from Merv Griffin Way.

Development Agreement was adopted in April 2008 as part of the previously approved 9900 Wilshire Specific Plan. In order to address the proposed changes to the 9900 Wilshire Specific Plan, amendments to the previously approved Development Agreement will be required. The terms of a revised Development Agreement have not been negotiated at this time, but the applicant has submitted a preliminary proposal of updated terms and benefits.

Prior to commencement of negotiations and as part of the public hearing, the Planning Commission and members of the public are invited to provide input on the public benefits set forth in the draft Development Agreement, which will be forwarded to the City Council for use during negotiations.

The Planning Commission will be required to make findings regarding whether the Development Agreement is consistent with the General Plan before a final decision on the Development Agreement can be made by the City Council.

To date, staff has received two pieces of correspondence from a single resident expressing opposition to the Proposed Project for various reasons. These include concerns regarding the proposed hotel use, water use, uncertainty in tax revenue, and increased traffic. 

Although this is probably not the only meeting on this subject, it is important that those who would be impacted by the project become familiar with possible issues, such as traffic, noise, construction emissions, ingress and egress, height and anything else that might have an impact on the community – and express their opinions so that they can be considered in the preparation of the final document.

To view the SEIR and the Development Agreement proposed by the applicant, see the agenda by clicking here. To view the SEIR and the attachments scroll down and click on the links. The first link is the executive summary as a guide.

The public is encouraged to participate at the meeting or by sending their comments to Andre Sahakian, Associate Planner (310) 265-1127



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