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Developer Mohamed Hadid sentenced for unpermitted Bel Air megamansion

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Hadid will have to pay fines, perform community service, and serve probation

An aerial view of the mansion at 901 Strada Vecchia.
The mansion at the center of the case, located at 901 Strada Vecchia in Bel Air.
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Megamansion builder Mohamed Hadid must perform community service and pay fines for violating building codes while constructing a 30,000-square-foot mansion in Bel Air, the Los Angeles Times reports. (The house is only partially complete, due to stop-work orders imposed by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.)

Hadid was sentenced this morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court after pleading no contest in May to criminal misdemeanor charges related to his work on the mansion.

He’ll have to serve three years of probation, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fines totaling more than $3,000, according to the Times. Hadid must also pay more than $14,000 to the city to cover the building and safety department’s costs, and he will have to hire an engineer to draft a plan to stabilize the hill on which the house sits.

“I can assure you that when this building is complete, it will be one of the most beautiful homes in Bel-Air, if not the country,” he told reporters after the hearing.

The City Attorney had also asked that Hadid be required to post a bond to help pay for demolition of the mansion in the event it’s not brought into compliance—”a requirement that prosecutors had sought to ensure that the city was not on the hook for those costs,” says the Times. But he judge did not come to a decision on the bond, and a hearing to decide the matter will be held later this summer.

The saga of the spec mansion began in 2014, when the city revoked permits and ordered work to stop after inspectors found a host of unapproved additions to the property, including a full story below the basement level. Construction continued nevertheless.

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Mohamed Hadid.
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The city attorney’s office filed misdemeanor charges in 2015.

The father of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Hadid is a veteran developer of massive spec homes. His past projects include a 40,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air and the famed Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Crest, which includes a Turkish bath and parking for 150 cars. Hadid is planning another project, a 50,000-square-foot estate in Beverly Crest, which will feature 15 bedrooms and multiple infinity pools.