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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT HEARING DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016 TIME: 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Commission Meeting Room 280A - Beverly Hills City Hall, 2nd Floor 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 PROJECT: 9900 Wilshire Boulevard (One Beverly Hills) Project The City of Beverly Hills has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIR) for the proposed One Beverly Hills Project located at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard as more fully described below. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review the Draft SEIR on May 12. 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review the content and adequacy of the Draft SEIR. The merits of the project will not be discussed at this meeting, and no decisions will be made with regard to the Planning Commission's recommendation regarding project approval or denial. At a future date, a separate, noticed public hearing will be held by the Planning Commission to review the merits of the proposed project and develop a recommendation to the City Council regarding the project. \ Project Location: The property is located in the City of Beverly Hills, on the south side of the 9900 block of Wilshire Boulevard, north of Santa Monica Boulevard. The approximately 8-acre site forms the western entrance into the City of Beverly Hills and is currently vacant. The address for the project site is 9900 Wilshire Boulevard, and the Assessor's Parcel Number is 4327-028-002. Project Description: The proposed One Beverly Hills Project is an alteration to the approved 9900 Wilshire Project. The City of Beverly Hills certified a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the 9900 Wilshire Project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in February 2008. The project studied in the FEIR included the demolition of the Robinsons-May department store, which occupied the site at that time, as well as construction of luxury condominiums, commercial space, a two- level subterranean parking garage with mezzanine containing a total of 956 parking spaces, and landscaped gardens and other open space throughout the site. The luxury condominiums were contained in two tower buildings (North and South Buildings), the commercial component was located along the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard and Merv Griffin Way. The City adopted a Specific Plan for the 9900 Wilshire Project in April 2008. In December 2012 an Administrative Modification was approved for the project, Which reduced the approved commercial square footage and increased the parking spaces (2012 Approved Project). For the purposes of the SEIR for the currently proposed project, the 2012 Approved Project is used as the baseline as it represents what is currently permitted for development at the project site today. The currently proposed project involves the development of 901,514 sf of floor area (primarily within two towers on the property), which is identical to the approved floor area of the 2012 Project. The project would include up to 193 condominiums and a luxury hotel with up to 134 rooms. The currently proposed project would also include development of a smaller building located to the east of the South Building to be used for ancillary hotel uses. Under this modified project, the maximum height of the South Building would be 185 feet and the North Building would be 161 feet at its highest point, representing no increase in height from the 2012 Approved Project. The footprint of each of these buildings would change minimally. The table below provides a comparison of the 2012 Approved Project and the currently proposed project. In order to provide access to the hotel's primary entrance, a motor court would be incorporated into the South Building on Santa Monica Boulevard. This motor court will replace the previously approved public self-parking garage access on North Santa Monica Boulevard. Public hotel entry would only occur from Santa Monica Boulevard. All hotel guests, including guests utilizing the restaurants or the meeting space, would be required to valet park their care unless they are being dropped off at the hotel's motor court entrance. Consistent with the original project approval, residents and their guests would access the residential portion of the project from a private, secured drive at the west property line that is accessed from Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. All parking (other ~than motor court parking) would be below-grade and hotel parking would be separate from residential parking. The total number of parking spaces in the project is 1,140 spaces. The loading docks and staff parking would be below-grade and accessed from Merv Griffin Way. Environmental Review: In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City of Beverly Hills has prepared a Draft SEIR to analyze potential environmental impacts associated with development of the project. Specifically, the Draft SEIR analyzes the following potentially significant environmental effects of the project: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Air Quality Land Use Planning Noise Transportation/Traffic Mandatory Findings of Utilities and Service Systems Significance Public Review and Comment on Draft SEIR: The Draft SEIR is being circulated for the required 45-day public review period, from April 15, 2016 to May 31, 2016. Written comments must be submitted during the comment period, and should be addressed to: Andre Sahakian, Associate Planner City of Beverly Hills Community Development Department 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, California 90210 Fax: (310) 858-5966 Emaih asahakian@beverlyhills.org Oral and written comments will also be taken at the May 12, 2016 Planning Commission meeting. Copies of the Draft SEIR are available for public review at the following locations: City of Beverly Hills City Hall Planning Division and Office of the City 455 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Clerk Beverly Hills Public Library 444 North Rexford Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 The City's website: www.beverlyhills.org/environmental Comparison of Current Project to Previously Approved Project Residential Units 2012 Approved Currently Proiect Proposed Project Change Efficiencies 0 0 0 1 Bedroom 35 41 +6 2 Bedrooms 106 67 -39 3 Bedrooms 62 22 -40 3 Bedrooms with Den 0 36 +36 4 Bedrooms 19 15 -4 4 Bedrooms with Den 0 0 - Townhouse (2 Bedroom) Penthouse ( 5 or more bedrooms) Total Residential Units 0 13 235 5 7 193 +5 -6 -42 Residential Floor Area North Residential Building 327,448 SF 324,429 SF -3,019 SF South Residential Building 486,408 SF 341,009 SF -145,399 SF Other Residential Spaces 71,802 SF 31,785 SF -40,017 SF Total Residential Area 885,658 SF 697,223 SF -188,435 SF Hotel Hotel Rooms 0 134 +134 Hotel Floor Area1) 0 204,291 SF +204,291 Commercial Retail 11,656 SF 0 SF -11,656 Restaurant 4,200 SF 0 SF -4,200 600 SF 1,600 SF +1,000 Outdoor Dining (not counted to floor area) Total Commercial Area 15,856 SF 0 SF -15,856 1 - includes all restaurants, shops, bar, lobby, spa & fitness, ballroom and meeting rooms, amenities, and storage SF= square feet The case file on this project, which includes the plans and applications, is available for public review at the Planning Division, 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. If there are any questions regarding this notice, or if you would like to review the file or receive copies of available documents, please contact Andre Sahakian, Associate Planner at (310) 285-1127 or via email at asahakian@beverlyhills.org. Andre Sahakian Associate Planner April 21- April 27, 2016 Page 7