JMBM Development Rights Winter 2010

JMBM Development Rights Newsletter / Winter 2010

In the Winter 2010 edition of the JMBM Development Rights newsletter, you will find the following articles:

West Hollywood Moratorium Struck Down by Court of Appeal: JMBM Lawyers Prevail
Benjamin M. Reznik
announces that the Second District Court of Appeal of California has determined that the City of West Hollywood’s moratorium on multi-family development projects adopted in 2007 is in violation of state law. Petitioners Hoffman Street LLC and Harper Project LLC are now entitled to a full trial regarding their damage claims against the City of West Hollywood for delaying applications to demolish existing apartment buildings and construct new condominium projects. “We have seen the projects of numerous property owners stopped in their tracks by last-minute ordinances against multi-family development,” says Reznik. “Suing city hall is never an easy choice for clients, so we are very pleased to have succeeded in protecting our clients’ property rights.”

JMBM Secures Approval for New Luxury Hotel in Hollywood
Sheri Bonstelle reports that a luxury 80-room boutique hotel in the historic Security Pacific Bank Building in Hollywood has received unanimous approval by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. JMBM’s team was successful in resolving the project’s unique challenges and in garnering support from neighborhood groups and historic preservation associations.

JMBM Obtains Approval for First Major Project Under San Francisco’s “Market & Octavia Plan”
David Cincotta
reports that a new high rise development that includes 108 condos and commercial spaces is the first major development to be approved under San Francisco’s “Market & Octavia Plan.” JMBM was effective in dealing with opposition and appeals from both labor unions and local neighborhood groups, clearing the way for the project to move forward.

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