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Ferrari owner's dream garage grinds neighbors' gears

February 5, 2010 | 10:43 am

Ferrari in the living room

His pristine Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer" sits in the middle of Holger Schubert's living room in Brentwood, right next to stylish furniture, a built-in bookcase and a flat-screen TV that slides on tracks past walls of glass that frame an ocean view.

But Los Angeles officials are about to slam shut forever the garage door that leads to the city's most extravagant parking space

City planners have withdrawn permission for Schubert to use a bridge to connect his Ferrari's third-floor resting spot with North Tigertail Road.

The ruling by the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission tosses a mechanic's wrench into Schubert's hopes of using the showpiece garage that last year won Architectural Digest magazine's Design Driven contest.

Neighbors complained about the bridge, alleging that the city erroneously approved its construction to create both a safety hazard and a development precedent that could degrade hillside neighborhoods throughout the city.

Schubert, a 43-year-old product designer, contends that neighbors turned against the bridge in retaliation for his home remodeling project taking so long -- about five years, so far. 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.

Read the full story here.

-- Bob Pool in Brentwood

Photo: Holger Schubert looks at his Ferrari 512 BBi "Boxer" parked in the living room of his Brentwood home. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times