"Edgar Khalatian is hands down the best land use attorney in LA."Legal 500 USA 2020
Edgar Khalatian is a partner in Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office. He primarily represents investors and developers in all aspects of real estate transactions, focusing on land use entitlement matters and CEQA compliance.
Edgar has extensive experience in land use regulation and obtaining entitlements for real estate development projects, including residential development, mixed use projects, compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, drafting development agreements, and water supply issues. He also has experience in the planning and implementation of all necessary steps involved in guiding master planned communities from original design to completion, including challenges to project approvals. In addition, he has experience with SB 221 and SB 610 statutes on water supply. He also assists in the litigation of cases at both the trial and appellate level.
Edgar has been involved with several high-profile and complex land use projects in California, including a 3 million square foot mixed use project in downtown Los Angeles; an innovative 875,000 square foot mixed use project in Hollywood; a 225,000 square foot mixed use project on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood on the famed House of Blues site; and the addition of a 300,000 square foot Class A office building on a site adjacent to a hotel in Culver City. Additionally, he has represented the J. Paul Getty Trust for land use related issue involving the Getty’s property holdings and its relations with the neighboring communities; Lennar/Heritage Fields in its project involving a 4,600-acre master planned community located on the former El Toro Marine Base in Irvine; and Newhall Land & Farming/Lennar in a 700-acre master planned community with 1,000 residential units located in Santa Clarita.
As an active member of the land use community, Edgar was appointed to serve as co-chair of the Los Angeles Zoning Advisory Committee. In this role, he regularly works with the Planning Department to revise the City’s outdated zoning code. He is on the Board of Directors of the Central City Association, chairs CCA’s Political Action Committee, and was chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association’s Land Use Committee for over 5 years. The Daily Journal recently named Edgar one of California’s Top 50 Development lawyers and is listed in Legal 500 USA for land use. Edgar was also recently named a “Super Lawyer” and has been selected to the 2015 Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a licensed real estate broker and a registered lobbyist in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood and the County of Los Angeles.
Representative Entitlement Projects
- Representing the owners of The Reef in obtaining entitlements for a 10-acre site in downtown Los Angeles. The project will consist of: (i) 895 residential condominium units in two high-rise buildings; (ii)549 residential apartment units, including 21 live/work units, in 11 low- and mid-rise buildings ; (iii) 90,000 square feet of retail uses, including a 30,000 square foot grocery store; (iv) 46,000 square feet of restaurant/bar square footage; (v) a 208-key hotel; (vi) a 18,000 square-foot gallery; and (vii) an 8,000 square foot fitness/yoga studio. In addition, the project will include a supplement sign district to permit off-site advertising. This project involves the negotiation of a development agreement and a community benefits package, and CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- RepresentingEM>Harvard-Westlake School in obtaining entitlements for a three-story, 750-space parking structure with an athletic field on top in Studio City. The project includes a pedestrian bridge crossing over Coldwater Canyon Avenue to connect the parking structure with the campus. Harvard-Westlake will make significant improvements to local streets to improve traffic flow on Coldwater Canyon. In addition, the project includes the vacation of air space over Coldwater Canyon and the vacation of a paper street. This project involves negotiations with several community groups and CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- Representing iStar Financial in obtaining entitlements to redevelop the 23-acre Valley Plaza site in North Hollywood with hundreds of residential dwelling units with a significant commercial component. The project may involve the condemnation of private property and will likely involve the relocation of a public park, which has never occurred in the City of Los Angeles. In addition, the project will include a supplement sign district to permit off-site advertising. This project involves the negotiation of a development agreement, a community benefits package and CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- Representing Encore Capital Management and Cal Coast Development with the entitlements for a three-acre site in Koreatown. The project will consist of approximately 400 residential apartment units and a significant retail component. This project involves the issuance of multiple entitlements as well as CEQA compliance.
- Representing Encore Capital Management and Cal Coast Development with the entitlements for a three-acre site in Hollywood at the corner of Cahuenga and Fountain. The project will consist of approximately 375 residential apartment units and a commercial and office component. This project involves the issuance of multiple entitlements as well as CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- Representing Honda of Downtown Los Angeles with the entitlement of a new car dealership adjacent to the Los Angeles Coliseum. The project involves the acquisition of property from the City of Los Angeles.
- Represented Watt Investment Partners with the acquisition of an office building in Los Angeles that was converted into a medical office building.
- Represent The GPI Companies with due diligence and entitlements on multiple projects in and around the City of Los Angeles.
- Represent Maxxam Enterprises with due diligence and entitlements on multiple projects in and around the City of Los Angeles.
- Representing Temple Israel of Hollywood with entitlement related issues.
- Represented* AREA Property Partners (formally Apollo Real Estate Fund) in obtaining land use entitlements for the approximately one million square foot Columbia Square mixed-use project on a full city block at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood. The project entitlements permitted the development of a boutique 125-key hotel, 200 condominium units in a high-rise residential tower, 460,000 square feet of office space and retail and restaurant amenities. The project will also renovate an important historic landmark building. The project requires an environmental impact report, a development agreement, a community benefits package and other complex entitlements. This project included substantial cultural and historic related issues and the issuance of many local permits and CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- Represented* Carlyle Realty Partners in obtaining land use approvals from the City of Culver City and its Redevelopment Agency for a 400,000 square foot Class A office building to be integrated with an existing hotel to create a mixed-use project. This project involved a complex shared parking analysis, major traffic improvements and CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- Represented* Combined Properties with the entitlements for the famed House of Blues site in West Hollywood. The project entitlements allow for the development of a 225,000 square foot mixed use project that will include a 149-key boutique hotel, 40 branded luxury residential units, an affordable housing component, and 15,000 square feet of entertainment and restaurant space. This project involved negotiating a development agreement and a community benefits package and the issuance of local permits and CEQA compliance through the preparation of an EIR.
- Represented* the Downtown Women’s Center with the entitlement for a 70,000 square foot shelter in downtown Los Angeles. This pro bono project involved complex negotiations with the City of Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency, the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and numerous neighborhood groups.
- Represented* Hines in an attempt by a tenant to designate office space designed by John Lautner located within a Class A office building located at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard as a City of Los Angeles Cultural-Historical Monument. This project involved complex negotiations with various City departments.
- Represented* a single developer with the entitlements of four different master planned communities encompassing over 2,500 acres within the City of Bakersfield, California. The four projects totaled over 11,500 residential dwelling units and over 1 million square feet of commercial and retail space. The master planned communities include a mixed-use town center and sports park. These projects involved the issuance of various state and local permits, including issues related to federal and state endangered species and CEQA compliance through the preparation of multiple environmental impact reports.
- Represented* the County of Napa, California to peer review a water supply assessment for a 154-acre redevelopment that includes 580 attached residential dwelling units in multi-story buildings, 150 senior housing units, 15,000 square feet of restaurant space, 25,000 square feet of retail space, 50,000 square feet of office space, 140,000 square feet of industrial, research and development or warehousing space, various community facilities and a 150-room condominium hotel.
* Representation was assisted by a Mayer Brown partner prior to his employment with Mayer Brown
Southwestern Law School, JD
California State University, BA
- Co-Chair of ReCode LA’s Zoning Advisory Committee
- Chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association Land Use Committee
- Licensed real estate broker
- Registered lobbyist in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood
- Member of the State Bar of California