The forces amassed against the massive Millennium Hollywood project--which would add two tall towers to the lots surrounding the Capitol Records Building--may be getting some traction with their claims that the development is planned on top of an active fault line. It's the same charge opponents (mostly Hollywood Hills homeowners and other neighbors) made at the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee meeting last month, and that was dismissed by committee members when they approved the project (albeit at a reduced height). But now, on the eve of the City Council vote, there are two new lines of inquiry into Hollywood's seismic situation that could spell trouble for the project. First up, the city's Department of Building and Safety has asked developer Millennium for a new round of tests to determine the project's risk in an earthquake. They don't usually ask developers for additional reports, a department rep told the Daily News, but made an exception after being approached by an expert at USC. (The same guy who advised Metro on the safety of its planned Century City Purple Line station.)
Separately, the California Geological Survey informed the city in a letter dated just this past Saturday that it has launched a new study of the Hollywood fault and its associated "splay faults" to determine if they're active. That report won't be ready until the end of the year at the earliest (though a preliminary report could be available sooner).
So what does this mean for tomorrow's vote? Maybe nothing. A rep for Council President Herb Wesson told the LA Times that the vote will go ahead as scheduled. The Times also notes that Millennium has made donations to a number of city officials, including the mayor and new Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, whose district includes Hollywood. But we're sure they weren't suggesting anything nefarious.
· Hollywood skyscrapers too close to earthquake fault, opponents say [LAT]
· L.A. officials seek more earthquake studies from Millennium developer [DN]
· Shorter Giant Towers Approved For Lots Around Capitol Records [Curbed LA]