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Soylent CEO’s shipping container removed from Flat Top

Robert Rhinehart, who publicly apologized Monday, was charged with unpermitted construction

August 04, 2016 02:00PM

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The saga ends here.

The bright red shipping container that has trolled the hilltop above Lincoln Heights was removed last week, hours before city prosecutors charged its owner, Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart, with unpermitted construction, the L.A. Times reported.  

Rhinehart apologized to neighbors on his blog Monday.

He purchased the lot on the popular hill known as Flat Top last December. Since then, the red container has been the object of many complaints for surrounding residents, who said it was ducking the normal permitting process.

Rhinehart is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 7 and faces up to two years in jail and $4,000 in fines, prosecutors said Friday.

Rhinehart described the bizarre structure as an “experiment in sustainable living.” [Curbed] [LAT] Cathaleen Chen