Winemaker’s Development Plans Near Hollywood Sign Produce Sour Grapes

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Maybe Kenneth York should invite his neighbors over and pop open a few $200 bottles of his Cabernet Sauvignon to chill them out.

Proposed estate leaves a bitter taste
David Benz, a longtime resident of the Hollywood Hills, said he hired a private geological expert to examine ophthalmologist and winemaker Kenneth York’s grading plan for his proposed hillside estate near the Hollywood sign. “The proposed site development plan is not a good fit for the site,” the consultant concluded. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Homeowners who live near the Hollywood sign are livid over York’s plan to build 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 sprawling vineyard he planted years ago above their homes.

Residents complain that York — a Glendora ophthalmologist who planted six acres of grapes in 2001 —intends to build a third-of-a-mile-long road up a steep section of Mt. Lee and bulldoze a series of terraces, work that will cause years of dust and noise.

Before he begins construction, however, York needs waivers from the city for the massive amount of grading he needs to do and construction of the roadway and numerous retaining walls.

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