Peninsula’s Friars Club Appeal Rejected By Beverly Hills City Council In 4-1 Vote
Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:40 pm
By Victoria Talbot
The City Council denied an appeal by the Peninsula Hotel for a mixed-use project approved by the Planning Commission Sept. 13 at 9908 Santa Monica Blvd., the former site of the Friars Club, thus paving the way for a 25-unit luxury condominium building with 13,000 square feet of ground-floor retail in a 4-1 vote with Vice Mayor John Mirisch dissenting.
Residents, applicants and appellants stayed into the wee hours of the morning during a confrontational hearing. Mayor Julian Gold did not allow public comment to commence until after 10 p.m. Of more than a dozen comments, only two were in favor of the project.
Former Mayor Nancy Krasne, former City Treasurer Eliot Finkel, Design Review Commissioner Ilona Sherman, former mayor Dr. Chuck Aronberg, Renters Alliance founder Mark Elliot, activists Steve Mayer and Marilyn Gallup and a representative for the Municipal League were among those who spoke in opposition of the project.
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