In 2015, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning approved a 26-unit condo project called The Oakhurst Condominiums that developer Terry Moore wanted to build at 332-336 Oakhurst Drive. Normally that would have been that but what made the decision unique is that one-third of the project actually falls within Beverly Hills, which usually approves projects within its borders. Even so, Los Angeles initially decided whether or not to approve the deal.

However, a Beverly Hills neighborhood group challenged the city's approval and sued under the California Environmental Quality Act citing a failure to consider environmental impacts. Also a concern was whether or not residents on the Los Angeles-side of the complex would benefit from a Beverly Hills address, which might entitle them to the city's amenities, police departments, and schools without contributing taxes.

Moore, who purchased the lot in 2013 for $7 million, submitted a scaled-down version of the project with less units and less usage in the neighborhood. At the same time, the Beverly Hills City Council got involved to figure out if the proposal could move forward as-is with some form of compensation. Instead, they eventually ruled 5-0 against the project, effectively shutting it down.

A two-story building with 17 apartments currently sits on the lot and will remain there while the city and developer figure out their next steps. That complex was built in 1927 and designed by architect Edith Northman, once referred to as “Los Angeles’ only female architect.”


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