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Hollywood Sign Vineyard Owner Wants To Add A Huge Compound

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If you hike up to the Hollywood sign, besides spotting sweaty famous people, you'll also catch a view of the vineyard at the base of Mt. Lee (the peak the sign is on), just above the Lake Hollywood Estates. The vineyard produces wines under the label Hollywood Classic and was founded in 2001 by a San Gabriel Valley ophthalmologist named Kenneth York—and York is now hoping to break ground on "a two-story, 8,000-square-foot mansion, a 1,300-square-foot guest house, a pool, a tennis court and 'wine caves'" next to the vines, the LA Times reports. He'd need to built a one-third-mile road and grade a whole bunch of terraces into the hillside. Huffy neighbors say that the vineyard was bad enough—run-off from irrigation flooded their pools and parts of their homes—but that the years-long construction required to build a new McMansion is totally unacceptable. It's hard to feel bad for the people who live near the Hollywood Sign, given their reputation for not wanting to share access to public land, but this time they're up against a gaudy mansion development plan, so it's a tough call.

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