Garage-mahal, Chapter 2: The neighbors strike back
When we first ran the story, we called it the Garage-mahal: a 1,200-square-foot living room for a resident Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer." Two walls are floor-to-ceiling glass with retractable exterior shades; a flat-screen TV on tracks can traverse the length of the room. To avoid exhaust fumes when the car is started, Times automotive critic Dan Neil wrote, a hydraulic ramp has been built into the floor. It tilts up about six inches so the car can roll back across a bridge and into the Brentwood street before starting.
Ah, that bridge. Today, Times writer Bob Pool reports that neighbors have complained about the bridge, saying it could create a safety hazard and set a precedent that could degrade hillside neighborhoods throughout the city. The city has withdrawn permission for the owner to use the bridge. Writes Pool:
The ruling sets the stage for the city to issue an enforcement order that will force Schubert to tear down the 10-foot-long, 15-foot-high bridge if he does not obtain a zoning variance for it or win a court reprieve that preserves it. That would mean that his prized gray 1984 Ferrari would have to give up its unique living-room parking spot.
-- Craig Nakano
Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times