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t 1 The Proposed Rosewood Hotel Project Denied by City Council City Council upholds decision of the Planning Commission. By Michele Lu After more than six hours of presentations and com- ments from hotel developers, homeowners associations, the Church of the Good Shepherd and residents, the City Council ruled in support of the decision of the Planning Commission on the proposed Rosewood Hotel. The Planning Commission unanimously voted, 5-0, against the project. Some of the con- cerns addressed by the City Council, as well as residents, related to com- mercial and zoning encroachment into residential areas, traffic, delivery truck congestion, problems with the loading area, parking and the safety and health of the children attending the Good Shepherd School. The first presentation was given by spokespersons for Wilshire-Linden Properties, Ltd. including Dar Mahboubi, owner of the property, and Jim Brown, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. The developers propose a five star luxury, residential hotel that would cos[ $120 million to build. The hotel will have 204 rooms,. 319 parking spaces in a subterranean garage and no banquet facilities. According ta the developers, the pro- posed Rosewood Hotel will enhance property values in the neighborhood, increase business and generate an esti- mated annual revenue of $3 million for the City. "The hotel will compliment the resi- dential ambiance otherwise we wouldn't do this," Brown said. "lhe developers appealed to the City Council to use an alternative review plan such as the one used for the Barneys store located on Wilshire Boulevard and Camden Drive. Barneys is 100 feet in height, has a 5:1 floor area ratio (FAR) and has a vacated alley. The second presentation was given by spokespersons for the Beverly Hills Southwest Homeowners Association and the Good Shepherd Church. Many of the residents felt that the proposed hotel would cause a permanent change in the character of tocn#o# ot  Hopro/ea the residential neighborhood. We must maintain a balance between the business sector and residential area. We must protect the quality of our homes and quality of life," Ken Goldman, president of the Southwest Homeowners Association, said. Goldman made a comparison of public space of the Peninsula Hotel and the proposed Rosewood Hotel. The proposed Rosewood Hotel was larger than the Peninsula in areas such as lobby and lounge area, dining areas and meeting/pre-function. The pro- posed Rosewood Hotel, however, is half the land size than that of the Peninsula Hotel and 40% smaller in its motor court capacity. Goldman also likened the proposed Rosewood Hotel to Cinderella's ugly stepsister trying to fit her too big a foot into too small a shoe. Not all of the residents oppose the proposed hotel. Some believe that the hotel is the least intrusive of all possible uses to build at that site. One resident commented that last year, one-sixth of the City's revenues came from hotels. During closing remarks, City Councilmembers recognized the reputa- tion of Rosewood Hotels and the need for one in Beverly Hills. They also acknowledged the extensive and serious study the Planning Commission gave to the project. The consensus of the City Counciimembers was to support the decision of the Planning Commission. "I truly believe there are significant adverse effects that can't be mitigated for the surrounding area. I hope for a less intrusive project. I don't want to lose a Rosewood Hotel. 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