Millennium Hollywood Project Is on Active Quake Fault, State Geologist Says
New government map showing seismic activity sets up developer for a battle with City Hall
California's geologist has determined that a massive proposed building development in Hollywood is sitting on an active earthquake fault, which sets up the developer for a battle with City Hall over seismic safety, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The California Geological Survey released its final seismic map and findings on Thursday for the area proposed for the Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers, adjacent to the iconic Capitol Records building.
"Our conclusion from the data is that there is an active fault, and it does run right along the course that's right along the map," state geologist John Parrish told the Times.
If constructed, the $664 million Millennium Hollywood project — a pair of proposed 35- and 39-story skyscrapers with 1 million square feet of hotel, office and retail space — would be the tallest and largest development in Hollywood history.
The project was approved by the Los Angeles City Council in July 2013 despite a huge opposition campaign claiming concerns over increased traffic and a serious seismic situation. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would rely on government experts to determine if building permits should be issued.
State law requires any new development within a zone of about 500 feet around a fault line be subject to extensive seismic testing. The law also prohibits building directly on top of faults.
On Thursday, the developer's consultant called the state's conclusion "incorrect" and asserted his study showed no active faults beneath the property, according to the Times story. "We're disappointed," Michael Reader told the newspaper.