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Hollywood Hills resident: “We’re not happy in this neighborhood at all”

A construction accident has left a house and a hillside on the brink of collapse
(credit: Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Wikimedia Commons)

City Council member David Ryu (credit: Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Wikimedia Commons)

All is not well in Hollywood Hills.

The developer of a $2 million home on Sunset Plaza Drive accidentally dug too deep into a hillside, which now is on the brink of caving in, angry neighbors told NBC L.A. To make matters worse, the house across the street is about to collapse.

Construction has been halted, and the Los Angeles City Council has authorized $613,000 of city money to fix the damage. But those emergency repairs, given the go-ahead on Friday, have not yet been done. In the meantime, tensions in the neighborhood are high.

John Devoe, a resident, told NBC that the damage has remain untouched for seven weeks.

“Nobody’s returning calls. Nobody cares,” resident Erez Chaim said.

“We’re not happy in this neighborhood at all,” said another.

A spokesperson for City Council member David Ryu said that fixing the street will take time.

“The Bureau of Engineering is hiring contractors right now,” the spokesperson said. “Once they put their team together, we’ll be able to put some milestones in place and let the community know.”

The unnamed developer, who told NBC he did everything “by the book,” is under investigation and has been cited by city agencies before, the Public Works Department said. [NBC LA] — Cathaleen Chen