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Residents claim Disney construction damaged their homes

At least six property owners have filed insurance claims for damage to their homes that they say was caused by the construction of a child-care center on the sprawling Walt Disney Co. campus in western Glendale.

The residents have complained that the construction caused cracks in the walls of their homes and made life on nearby streets a living hell. They have so far refused to allow inspectors hired by Disney into their homes, instead going with their own insurers after their compensation demands went unmet.

"I was advised that if [the inspectors] are hired by Disney, chances are they are going to find on Disney's behalf," said Jennifer Pinkerton, who lives on Truitt Street near the studio's campus.

Her neighbor, John Pera, said he and others have tried to get Disney and city officials to respond to concerns about damage, traffic and parking problems since construction began in November 2009.

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"I was advised that if [the inspectors] are hired by Disney, chances are they are going to find on Disney's behalf" -- but of course, that's the ONLY way Disney does business! Ever!

I live on Truitt Street directly across from the daycare center Disney completed. I allowed their engineers to inspect my property because I was curious about how Disney would handle the situation. I am happy to announce that Disney was more than cooperative. Their engineers gave a very fair analysis of damage to my home.
Now, I have to admit, my house is 70+ years of age and has been through numerous earthquakes of varying degrees. I don't expect Disney to be responsible for everything that has damaged my home.
Disney and half of the people who live on Truitt have come to a mutual agreement and they handled the situation fairly. I was honestly impressed with the quick response we received from Disney after we gave them a chance to negotiate with us.
I'm sorry for the people who expect large payouts for every crack and crevice in their homes and driveways and will not work with Disney to come to an agreement.


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