The proposed Hollywood, Calif., resort has been mired in lawsuits since 2008 and the latest spat is holding up a $15 million closing on the property.
Land disputes over the proposed Beach One Resort in Hollywood, Calif., has resulted in multiple lawsuits, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Developer Mazal Tov 11, LLC is buying the resort property for $15 million and is suing Hallandale Beach and the former developer for limiting beach access from the resort by eliminating an existing 20-foot right of way, the Sentinel reported.
Mazal Tov contends that beach access is “an essential term of the contract,” and the dispute is holding up the June 15 closing on the property, the Sentinel reported.
“The seller [Beach One Resort, LLLP] possessed actual knowledge, or should have known, that the city of Hallandale Beach intended to close beach access to the property, but misrepresented and concealed this fact to the seller,” the lawsuit says. “The buyer would not have entered into the contract or made [$2.2 million in] payments if it knew that the property did not have beach access.”
“We’re working very hard to get this thing resolved as quickly and amicably as possible,” Mazal Tov spokesman Marc Schmulian said.
Beach One resort will take up a 1.6-acre lot and has been a source of tension between Hallandale and Hollywood. Hallandale Mayor Joy Cooper complained at a Hollywood commission meeting in 2008 that the project would bring congestion to an area already dense with high-rise condos and hotels, the Sentinel reported.
The Hollywood commission approved zoning that would allow the project to move forward. Hallandale then filed two lawsuits against Hollywood and the developer. One was dismissed and the other was settled when the two parties agreed on a valet-parking plan, the Sentinel reported.
That valet-parking plan is a point of contention for Mazal Tov as well, arguing the seller concealed it and that it would burden the property in perpetuity.service