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First Good Look at Huge Richard Meier Beverly Hills Project

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After years of false starts, One Beverly Hills—formerly 9900 Wilshire—seems ready to break ground in early 2017

The project at the old May Company department store site in Beverly Hills, formerly known as 9900 Wilshire, has undergone some big changes since its new owners, China-based Wanda Group, bought it in 2014. (The May Company building was demolished about two years ago, before Wanda bought the site.) Last year, Wanda announced plans to swap out some of the condos in the long-gestating plan—designed by starchitect Richard Meier—and throw in a five-star hotel instead.

The resulting 193 high-end condos, 134 hotel rooms, and assorted eateries are all wrapped up in a Meier-designed complex that will have a 13-story tower, a 15-story tower, and about three-quarters of an acre of public gardens, says Urbanize LA. According to a new website for the development, now renamed One Beverly Hills, there will also be "2 hours of free valet parking for 20 visitors at a time using the public gardens." (There will be 1,140 parking spaces in the new complex.)

While the project has been in the works for years, we've only ever gotten a look at the proposed exterior. New renderings tease the public gardens and offer a peek inside the new luxury complex, which "would be raised above columns to create an open ground floor with natural lighting and gardens flowing underneath." The whole shebang is expected to start construction in early 2017, with the buildout lasting about 30 months, which would have One Beverly Hills finishing up in 2020.

9900 Wilshire

9900 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA