Berggruen Institute Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Los Angeles
Document Title
Berggruen Institute Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Very Low Residential, Open Space
Document Description
The Berggruen Institute Project (Project) involves a development program designed to accommodate the Berggruen Institute’s educational and research programs, fellowships, scholars, and administration within a Research Institute campus, as well as to preserve open space. Development and operation of the Project would be implemented through the Berggruen Institute Specific Plan (Specific Plan). In accordance with the proposed Specific Plan, development would be concentrated on approximately 28 acres or approximately 6 percent of the 447 acre Project Site (also referred to as the Specific Plan Area), which would be divided into three Sub Areas: (1) Ridge I, which would include a primary Institute Building comprising approximately 39,880 square feet of Research Institute uses, including meeting rooms, lounge/study areas, offices, an auditorium/lecture hall, a library, storage space and support areas, as well as dining and kitchen facilities; 30 Scholar Units serving as limited-term living quarters for resident scholars, visiting scholars, guests, and limited staff, with supporting uses and amenities such as a Gatehouse and recreational facilities, for a total of approximately 16,603 square feet of building area; as well as landscaped outdoor spaces including gardens and courtyards; (2) Ridge II, which would include three Scholar Pavilions of up to 10,000 square feet each with a combination of Research Institute uses and/or limited-term scholar living quarters; and (3) Open Space, which would allow for hillside preservation, restoration and protection of native habitat, fuel modification zones for fire risk management, and public trails and recreational opportunities in an area comprising 424.4 acres. The Research Institute could accommodate up to 26 resident scholars at a time plus up to 60 staff, four of whom would reside on site in Scholar Units, in addition to visiting scholars and guests attending conferences, symposia, and other programs or events. Within the Open Space Sub-Area, portions of two existing trails that pass through the Project Site would be improved and available for public use, consistent with an existing, recorded, open space easement agreement and trail easement agreements (Instrument Nos. 06 2284769, 06 2284768, and 06 2284767, respectively). In addition, future growth of up to 63,000 square feet of Research Institute floor area could occur within Ridge I to accommodate future programs and uses, including potential facilities for 16 additional resident scholars and up to 70 additional staff. Earthwork associated with buildout of the Specific Plan would require an estimated 200,000 cubic yards of cut, with 90,000 cubic yards of fill and 110,000 cubic yards of export, plus a possible 30,000 cubic yards of soil import for landscaping purposes.

Contact Information

Alan Como
Agency Name
City of Los Angeles
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Monteverdi, LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Cross Streets
Sepulveda Boulevard, Stoney Hill Road, North Canyonback Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
4493-014-036 to 039; 4493-036-001 to 011; 4493-037-001 to 013; 4493-038-001 to 007
State Highways

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Education, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Institutional 149,483 square feet (28 ac.))
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Site Plan, Rezone, Land Division (Subdivision, etc.)
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Other


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