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Neighbors in WeHo oppose new club

August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new club is stirring up controversy in West Hollywood. The exclusive British-based Soho House is set to take over the penthouse level of Luckman Plaza on Sunset Boulevard next year.Neighbors worry about the noise and crowds it could draw at night. The West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Neighborhood Association has launched an appeal.

''This is a very quiet, family neighborhood," said Dr. Martin Gordon, who opposes the club. "We're very concerned about the traffic problem. We're concerned about the paparazzi. We're concerned about helicopters being here all the time. We've been here for 21 years, and it's always been a very nice quiet neighborhood.'

The city council takes up the appeal during its meeting Monday.

The West Hollywood City Manager's Office issued this statement: "We have heard the concerns about the noise, traffic, paparazzi, and those kinds of impacts that might go with a private club. We have worked with the applicant to address those concerns and put conditions on the project that will mitigate the noise and traffic impact to the immediate neighborhood."

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