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City puts brakes on man's Ferrari project

February 10, 2010 12:46:04 AM PST
Los Angeles officials are shutting the door on one man's dream garage. He built an elaborate bridge and garage to house his prize Ferrari. But angry neighbors fought back and asked the city to put the brakes on the project.Most people accessorize a room with curtains or furniture. Holger Schubert uses a Ferrari.

"When I was 16 it was my absolute dream car," said Schubert.

Schubert's 1984 BBi Boxer is nestled inside a garage, complete with fancy furniture and one of the best views in Brentwood.

"This is a two story pool house," said Schubert. "The idea is to create an experience when coming home."

It's an award winning, architectural tribute to one man's automobile. But his design can lead to high drama and as Schubert's modernist garage neared completion, he realized that trouble was looming overhead, literally.

In order to get the Ferrari into and out of the garage, Schubert had to build a driveway bridge that is 13 feet wide and 15 feet long, which is about 13 feet too wide and 15 feet too long for some of Schuberts neighbors.

"The bridge should come down," said neighbor William Burnside.

Burnside and Christian Pasques say it is unsafe for anybody to back out of the bridge into traffic and that Schubert already has plenty of parking just a few yards away. Burnside says Schubert has been tearing apart the two and a half acre property for the past five years and has never involved his neighbors in the process.

When you have a construction project that takes five years, where 44 permits have been pulled from three different offices, it is important to get the community involved," said Burnside.

Even though Schubert got all the necessary permits, the neighbors challenged them and now the L.A. Area Planning Commission has revoked those permits which means the bridge may have to be torn down. Schubert says he could be out more than $800,000.

"I think he's trying to get everybody to feel sorry for him because he spent so much money but it's his own fault," said neighbor Christian Pasques.

Schubert says he did everything by the book, got all the required permits, and now is left with only one option.

"We will file a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles as they have issued the permit," said Schubert.

That means the bridge that starts at Schubert's garage now leads directly to a courtroom.