Plot twist: Neighbors suing Hadid now want him to halt demolition work

A judge had ordered the developer to start demolition by Feb. 1.

Los Angeles /
Jan.January 30, 2019 11:00 AM
Mohamed Hadid and half-built property on Strada Vecchia (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

The ongoing drama starring spec home developer Mohamed Hadid has once again veered off-script.

The Bel Air neighbors suing Hadid have filed a restraining order to halt any demolition work at the half-built Strada Vecchia mansion, the Daily Mail reported.

The move comes days before Hadid was scheduled to tear down the illegal third floor — a court-ordered action spurred by the neighbors’ complaints.

Now Bibi and Joe Horacek, who are suing alongside John and Judith Bedrossian, say Hadid should not be allowed to do any work on the property without constant supervision by city employees.

Last summer, they filed a civil suit against Hadid and the City of Los Angeles to get the approximately 30,000-square-foot property torn down. Then, on Jan. 22, they filed for a temporary restraining order.

Jeffrey Costell, Hadid’s attorney, said the neighbors are setting up a “ruse” to force the developer to delay the court-ordered demolition. “They are trying to put us between a rock and a hard place where Mr. Hadid ends up in a jail cell,” Costell said in court last week.

Hadid is a defendant in both a criminal and civil case in L.A. In late December, the judge presiding over the criminal case ordered the developer to remove the third story of the property by Feb. 1.

The judge presiding over the civil case — Judge Craig Karlan — has scheduled a hearing on Thursday to establish guidelines for any demolition work. In the meantime, he allowed Hadid to start interior demolition, such as drywall, but forbade him from doing any sort of structural work.

The FBI is also investigating the matter. In October, a city investigator said he had discovered evidence that a city employee has received “items of value” while working on the property. [DM] — Natalie Hoberman


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Jho Low, Riza Aziz and Mohamed Hadid with the Trousdale Estates mansion (Photos via Getty, Redfin)
Trousdale Estates mansion with ties to Hadid, 1MDB masterminds sells for $27M
Trousdale Estates mansion with ties to Hadid, 1MDB masterminds sells for $27M
Mohamed Hadid and 901 Strada Vecchia Road (Getty, Google Maps)
Demolish this: Hadid’s embattled spec mansion lists as teardown
Demolish this: Hadid’s embattled spec mansion lists as teardown
Trevor Noah and the Bel Air house (Getty, Redfin)
Trevor Noah pays $28M for Bel Air mansion after selling another
Trevor Noah pays $28M for Bel Air mansion after selling another
Kathy Griffin and her Bel Air home (Getty, Douglas Elliman)
Kathy Griffin sells Bel Air mansion for $14M
Kathy Griffin sells Bel Air mansion for $14M
Clockwise from top left: 1801 Angelo Drive, 911 North Foothill Road, 1025 Loma Vista Drive and 1175 North Hillcrest Road (Google Maps)
Bezos, Geffen, Katzenberg dominate LA’s biggest resi sales of 2020
Bezos, Geffen, Katzenberg dominate LA’s biggest resi sales of 2020
Raj Kanodia and 908 Bel Air Rd (Williams & WIlliams Estates Group, Getty)
After 45% price cut, Bel Air spec mansion lists for $99M
After 45% price cut, Bel Air spec mansion lists for $99M
Nile Niami and "The One" mansion (Getty)
Niami’s “The One” to hit market
Niami’s “The One” to hit market
Ty Cueva and the home (Credit: Douglas Elliman PR)
Ty Cueva is no longer asking nine figures for his Bel Air spec mansion. Just $78M
Ty Cueva is no longer asking nine figures for his Bel Air spec mansion. Just $78M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...