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Saudi prince's planned compound referred to district attorney by L.A. city attorney

The Los Angeles city attorney has asked the district attorney to investigate a Saudi prince’s plan to build an enormous compound in Benedict Canyon, according to Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz.

Last month, Koretz alerted City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to apparent inaccuracies, discrepancies and omissions in an application related to the project.

The 5.2-acre property is in the city of Los Angeles, on the border of Beverly Hills. It is owned by a Saudi prince who is the son of King Abdullah.

Prince Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz al Saud's proposal for an 85,000-square-foot compound drew strong community opposition.

The initial application, since withdrawn, included a 42,000-square-foot main house, a son's villa and other structures. A more recent application calls for a somewhat reduced project.

Koretz and neighbors have expressed concern over the scope of plans for the project on private Tower Lane and have questioned procedural aspects involved in applications associated with the proposed development of the site. They have called for a full environmental review.

The district attorney's office could not immediately be reached for comment.

--Martha Groves

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