Image by Huntley Paton via Wikimedia Commons
Image by Huntley Paton via Wikimedia Commons

A businesswoman vying with Katy Perry to buy a former convent in Los Feliz says in new court papers that the neighborhood would be adversely impacted if the entertainer is sold the property because there are no guarantees what the “Roar” singer will do with it.

“I am certain that if (Perry) owned the property the gates outside … will become the home of the paparazzi,” restaurant owner Dana Hollister says in an eight-page sworn declaration filed Tuesday by her lawyers in Los Angeles Superior Court. “The truth of that assertion is borne out by the media attention this case has garnered.”

Hollister says that Hudson’s proposal to buy the property contains a provision stating the singer would limit the number of guests at social events to 150 and that they would end by 1 a.m.

“Thus, any suggestion that (Perry’s) use of the property will not impact the neighborhood is wholly disingenuous,” Hollister says.

Hollister further says she is still undecided how she would use the former convent, but that a “small use boutique hotel is certainly a possibility” as she contemplates her options.

“This of course depends upon working with the neighborhood and securing the appropriate permits and entitlements from the city of Los Angeles,” Hollister says. “It is doubtful that given the nature of the property and its setback from other properties that this would disrupt the neighborhood.”

The archdiocese started the litigation by filing suit against Hollister on June 19, stating that Hollister is considering using the property for a boutique hotel with a restaurant and bar. According to that lawsuit, the archdiocese’s lease of the buildings for a priests’ house of prayer has a remaining term of 77 years.

The sale to Hollister is favored by two nuns who are members of the California Institute of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The sale to Hollister was for $10 million, of which only $100,000 has been paid, according to the archdiocese. The proposed sale to Perry would be worth $14.5 million, consisting of $10 million in cash and an agreement to provide an alternative property for the house of prayer worth $4.5 million, according to the archdiocese.

Perry has filed a cross-complaint against Hollister and the archdiocese asking that a judge give the singer’s company, Bird Nest LLC, the sole right to purchase the property.

–City News Service

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