Sounds like after waiting and fighting with the California Coastal Commission, U2 lead guitarist The Edge has finally won the battle. He will be allowed to build 5 luxury mansions in the scenic Malibu coast off California.
The 5 luxury mansions will each range in size from 10,000 to 14,000 square feet. The properties are located in Sweetwater Mesa, in the well known Santa Monica mountains of Southern California. The Edge (his real name is David Evans) is from Ireland and originally purchased 156 acres of SoCal land back in 2005.
The years of haggling involved nearby residents of Serra Retreat who were concerned with the potential noise and traffic from potentially years of construction. In an article by the L.A. Times, both the Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and National Park Service also raised concerns with the project.
What appears to have happened is The Edge agreed to several concessions, including a reduction in the size of the 5 luxury mansions. Additional concessions involved greater efforts related to ecological preservation. 137 acres of his total land parcel must also be dedicated to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
Jack Ainsworth is the senior deputy director of the California Coastal Commission’s panel and was quoted in an interview the L.S. Times, “It would be great if there were no homes. But if you look at this project going from six total lots down to five, reconfigured and clustered, … this alternative is the least environmentally damaging and allows for reasonable economic use of the property.”
The Edge plans to build one of the 5 mansions and own it himself, along with his wife Morleigh Steinberg. It will be interesting to follow the construction process and see if further delays or legal actions takes place.
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