In a victory for Beverly Hills preservationists, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking the demolition of the La Cienega Treatment Plant until April 10.
Judge Jerry K. Fields issued the order Thursday at the request of attorneys for Friends of the Waterworks, which wants Beverly Hills to preserve the 59-year-old treatment plant, the city's first civic building.
Fields will determine at the April 10 hearing whether to issue a preliminary injunction.
Friends of the Waterworks filed suit, contending that city officials failed to order an environmental impact report before deciding to demolish the building.
Fields also ruled that the preservation group would not have to post a $2-million bond requested by the city to halt the demolition. The city requested the bond because officials feared that the wrecking company hired to raze the building would claim damages. Officials also said that the building was unsafe and was not insured.