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Beverly Hills News – L’Ermitage Reopens Today After CUP Shutdown

Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 5:08 PM

Councilmember Nancy Krasne has called up the L’Ermitage CUP. It will be agendized at the City Council meeting on May 17. At that time, if the council votes to reconsider the CUP, the CUP will be invalidated and the hotel will have to close the restaurant, patio and rooftop to the public until a new CUP is created.

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 12:07 PM

The Beverly Hills Planning Commission hammered out an agreement that formed the basis for a new Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Design Review Plan (DRP) following the closure of the hotel’s dining patio and restaurant to all but hotel guests following the discovery that the CUP had expired four years ago.

The mammoth meeting played to a packed audience, with several in the overflow room, including several from the business community in support of the L’Ermitage, and several residential neighbors who were finally able to bring their complaints regarding late hours, noise, amplified music, parking violations, blocking their driveways, backing up beeps in the early morning hours, and more- to the attention of the Planning Commission.

At the conclusion of the meeting no one group was satisfied that they had gotten everything. The residents walked out expressing deep concerns that there was no prohibition on noise, and distressed that the hotel was going to remain a problem. They were concerned that there was no certainty of enforcement, and no guarantee that the hotel would now stick to the conditions. 

The hotel, however, will be subject to a 10 p.m. curfew for rooftop events and fines, beginning at $1,000 for the first offense. 

“The Planning Commission approved the restaurant’s request for the hotel restaurant to be open to the public; they conditionally approved open air dining and allowed rooftop events with all the conditions, but reduced the hours so events end at 10 p.m. and are cleared by 11 p.m. 7 days a week. Other conditions including stricter times on loading and deliveries; the old open air dining area to remain unoccupied. Financial penalties start at $1000 for first violation and go to $2500, $5000 and $10,000. On the 5th violation they pay another $10,000 and the entitlements go back to the PC,” said Therese Kosterman, Public Information Manager for the City.

The meeting lasted until almost 1 a.m. Monday evening with an exhaustive effort to get the hotel back in business earning respect for the commissioners and staff. 

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