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August 1, 1993 | G. JEANETTE AVENT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Neighborhood disputes hardly get any more basic than this: Rich guy buys a property and makes plans to build a house that would dwarf all the others on the block. The folks in the smaller houses raise a fuss and try to stop him. But the lush northwest corner of Beverly Hills is no ordinary neighborhood. The smaller houses are certainly not small, and by no stretch are the people who live there little folks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1993 | G. JEANETTE AVENT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Neighborhood disputes hardly get any more basic than this: Rich guy buys a property and makes plans to build a house that would dwarf all the others on the block. The folks in the smaller houses raise a fuss and try to stop him. But the lush northwest corner of Beverly Hills is no ordinary neighborhood. The smaller houses are certainly not small, and by no stretch are the people who live there little folks.
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NEWS
August 1, 1993
The sensitivity of Jack Lemmon (Times Q&A, July 29) and his group, Preserve Beverly Hills, is limited to where their own interests come into play, like when it should happen next door to them. These people live in their own little selfish world. They do not care if anything happens to the rest of Beverly Hills. I have been a resident of Beverly Hills for 27 years and have never seen Mr. Lemmon or any members of his group at a meeting of the City Council, School Board, Chamber of Commerce or Municipal League.
NEWS
August 1, 1993
The sensitivity of Jack Lemmon (Times Q&A, July 29) and his group, Preserve Beverly Hills, is limited to where their own interests come into play, like when it should happen next door to them. These people live in their own little selfish world. They do not care if anything happens to the rest of Beverly Hills. I have been a resident of Beverly Hills for 27 years and have never seen Mr. Lemmon or any members of his group at a meeting of the City Council, School Board, Chamber of Commerce or Municipal League.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995
Limiting the size of mansions in a city renowned for them might seem a bit odd, but that's just what Beverly Hills did this week. A new law, just passed by the City Council, requires homeowners in hillside areas to win special approval for all new homes larger than 15,000 square feet. (That's already 10 times larger than the average Los Angeles County bungalow). How big is too big?
NEWS
March 7, 1993
Why do so many building permit applications need to become a battle and a torture for property owners? I am not familiar with the details of the proposed 59,000-square-foot estate on Tower Road in Beverly Hills (Times, Feb. 28), but I know that if a person spends a lot of money to buy three lots, it is the buyer's privilege and right to build on it as large a home as he or she wishes, provided it conforms to the building codes. It is none of our business whether Mr. Robert Manoukian wishes to reside in his house two months out of the year or whether he chooses to use his ballroom once every three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1993
The Beverly Hills City Council voted 4 to 1 late Tuesday night to reject a 46,000-square-foot mansion proposed for the city's exclusive hillside district. The vote came about 11 p.m. after a parade of speakers opposed the project, including actor Jack Lemmon and "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno. Mayor Maxwell Salter cast the only vote in favor of the project.
NEWS
May 6, 1993
A controversial hillside estate approved by the Planning Commission will face an appeal before the City Council. The council agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal filed by a group of residents opposed to the estate and set a hearing Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. London financier Robert Manoukian had proposed building a mansion and other structures totaling 59,000 square feet on the nearly four-acre property he owns at 1146 Tower Road.
NEWS
September 9, 1993
With actor Jack Lemmon and other Tower Road residents looking on, the City Council took the first step Tuesday toward extending an urgency ordinance that adds new requirements for building homes in the hillside. The temporary law approved nearly a month ago requires basements to be included in calculating floor space while the city rethinks its hillside building regulations, which were approved last year. The 45-day urgency measure is set to expire Sept. 24.
NEWS
June 29, 1995 | SUSAN STEINBERG
Three years after a billionaire's plan to build a 46,000-square foot mansion caused an uproar, the Beverly Hills City Council has tentatively approved tighter rules for residential construction on hillsides. The ordinance, passed by the council on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, would require public review of any home larger than 15,000 square feet. The measure is expected to win final approval next month and become law 30 days later.
NEWS
September 17, 1992 | G. JEANETTE AVENT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A luxurious estate proposed for Beverly Hills' Hillside District successfully cleared its first hurdle in the city's approval process late last week, despite the objections of many nearby residents who argued that a complete environmental report should be required for the project at 1146 Tower Road. The project won approval from the city's Environmental Review Board after a two-hour public hearing attended by about 60 people.
NEWS
April 15, 1993 | G. JEANETTE AVENT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Beverly Hills Planning Commission gave final approval to a luxurious estate proposed for the hills of the city's northwest corner, but not before saddling it with 81 conditions that regulate parties, parking, construction and landscaping. The decision was reached Monday after a 3 1/2-hour tussle between commissioners and lawyers for the property owner over the wording of the conditions.
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