The condo development set to replace the long-empty Robinsons-May building on the western edge of Beverly Hills is back! Again! With some small changes! When we last heard from this project in 2010, its British owners Candy & Candy had been foreclosed on and the property had sold to Hong Kong-based private equity group Joint Treasure International Ltd. The Richard Meier designs for the 235(ish)-unit building are still in play, too, and largely unchanged it looks like, though a number of small changes to the plans were approved last week by the Beverly Hills community development director. Beverly Hills Patch caught the project on the city council's study session agenda--councilmembers reviewed the revised plans and approved the development director's approval.
In perhaps the biggest change, 60 efficiency units (conceived as being "for the help" who work in the 14 penthouses) have been eliminated, and the extra square footage has been added as more bedroom space to some of the remaining units. Other changes include more parking, smaller balconies, tweaked public gardens, and a small increase in the footprint of the building, which one coucilmember insisted made the building look "bulkier," though no additional square footage has been added. It's unclear when work will start, but demolition can only take place during the summer months when the school across Wilshire Boulevard is not in session. As things stand now, the development agreement governing the project is set to expire in April 2015, so sometime before then?
· Community Development Director Explains Changes to 9900 Wilshire Project [BH Patch]
· Old Beverly Hills Robinsons-May Site Could Get Its Richard Meier-Designed Condos After All [Curbed LA]