Edge’s $79m row over US houses may be set to end

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By John Bres­lin

U2 GUI­TARIST The Edge could learn today whether a decade­old dis­pute over a con­tentious $79mil­lion (€73.7mil­lion) prop­erty devel­op­ment in Cal­i­for­nia will fi­nally get the go ahead.

A US court heard ar­gu­ments this week over the devel­op­ment of five homes on the coast in Mal­ibu af­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists ob­jected to a green light given by state reg­u­la­tors.

The case be­ing heard in Cal­i­for­nia’s Su­pe­rior Court is only the lat­est salvo in a sit­u­a­tion that has an­gered some lo­cals since shortly af­ter The Edge, real name David Evans, bought the 150-acre prime piece of land for $9mil­lion in 2005.

He first an­nounced plans for the five-home devel­op­ment in 2007, but a first at­tempt to build at Sweet­water Mesa in the Santa Mon­ica Hills above Mal­ibu was re­jected by the Cal­i­for­nia Coastal Com­mis­sion, the reg­u­la­tors, in 2011.

Fol­low­ing some changes in the plans, and fur­ther ob­jec­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents and en­vi­ron­men­tal- ists, it was fi­nally ap­proved by the com­mis­sion in De­cem­ber 2015.

The Sierra Club en­vi­ron­men­tal group ob­jected to that de­ci­sion, fil­ing suit in Jan­uary 2016.

It claimed the state vi­o­lated its own en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and was cowed by threats of le­gal ac­tion by the de­vel­op­ers.

While The Edge, 55, is not named per­son­ally in the suit, the com­pa­nies in­volved in the devel­op­ment are listed as re­spon­dents.

Af­fi­davits pre­vi­ously filed with the coastal com­mis­sion re­vealed the iden­ti­ties of the own­ers of the firms named in the suit: Mor­leigh Prop­er­ties LLLP is co-owned by Chan­tal O’Sullivan and Lisa Menichino, while Mul­ryan Prop­er­ties LLLP is co-owned by Tim and Gillian De­laney.

Dean McKillen and Pa­trick McKillen iden­tify them­selves as coown­ers of Ro­nan Prop­er­ties LLLP, The Edge owns Vera LLLP, and An­thony Kil­duff owns Lunch LLLP, the af­fi­davits also re­vealed.

The Sierra Club has asked a Su­pe­rior Court judge to set aside the Coastal Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval and de­lay the devel­op­ment to en­sure com­pli­ance with lo­cal laws.

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