Last month, the Beverly Hills Courier revealed that hotelier Beny Alagem had revised his plan for a luxury condominium development adjacent to the Beverly Hilton hotel.
The project, which was approved by voter referendum in 2008, currently calls for the addition of a five-star hotel and two residential buildings to the nine-acre Hilton property. The first phase of the development, a 170-key Waldorf Astoria hotel, is already under construction at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.
Under the voter-approved plan, the second phase of the project would consist of 110 luxury condominiums in two buildings located west of the hotels. An eight-story structure would rise along Wilshire Boulevard, while a taller 18-story tower would stand on Santa Monica Boulevard.
However, after reassessing the layout of the property, Alagem has devised an alternate plan in which the development's residential component would be built as a single 26-story structure, located along Santa Monica Boulevard. The tower, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, would rise 345 feet above street level, easily becoming the tallest building within Beverly Hills city limits.
Consolidating the floor area of the two buildings would in turn free up 1.7 acres of the property to be used as green space. Renderings from the landscape architecture firm SWA portray a park-like setting, featuring a rose garden, decorative fountains and an indoor-outdoor restaurant inspired by New York's Tavern on the Green.
According to an official website for the development, all other elements of the project remain unchanged.
As was the case with the current master plan, the revised proposal is contingent on voter approval. The developer is currently gathering signatures in an effort to place the measure before voters on the November 2016 ballot.
The Hilton property sits immediately east of an eight-acre site where the Dalian Wanda Group plans to build One Beverly Hills, a similar project which would mix luxury condominiums, hotel rooms and green space.