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L.A. Demands Developer Tear Down Parts Of Obnoxious MegaMansion

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The City is real sick and tired of celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid's obnoxious Bel Air megamansion and has ordered him to tear down a few things. Mohamed Hadid has been working on a 30,000-square-foot megamansion called 901 Strada Vecchia for a while now, though his permits were revoked by the L.A. Department of Building and Safety last summer, Curbed LA reports. Yesterday, the city ordered him to tear down the illegal construction, which includes features like an underground movie theatre, retaining walls, concrete decks and hill grading, according to the Beverly Hills Courier.

The permits were initially revoked after Joseph Horacek III, an entertainment lawyer who lives below Strada Vecchia, repeatedly complained that the megamansion was ignoring height limits—a 67-foot tall house where the limit is 36 feet—and that he was afraid it might slide down the hill and crush his house. In September, the city told Hadid to stop again after he failed to provide any revised plans. In April, inspectors found that he had continued building, often trying to hide the new construction behind tarps and plants. They told Hadid to tear down the illegal additions within two weeks. Hadid asked for an extension and yesterday was told no. The department will kick the case over to the L.A. city attorney's office today, according to the L.A. Times.

The city argued yesterday that Hadid had received 10 order to comply with regulations since March of 2011 when Hadid took over the property. Hadid has been the developer since, though the actual ownership of the property has changed five times.

Earlier this year, Strada Vecchia neighbor and Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie filed a suit against Hadid for $90,000 claiming a retaining wall Hadid built damaged her beloved eucalyptus tree.