Mark Zuckerberg is building a wall around Hawaii property
Mark Zuckerberg is constructing a wall round Hawaii property

Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg could also be one of many 10 richest folks on this planet, however his billions do not exempt him from coping with native housing rules.

A assessment board has really helpful that town of Palo Alto, California reject Zuckerberg’s plans to tear down and rebuild 4 single household houses he owns round his major residence.

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Zuckerberg purchased his essential 5,000 sq. foot residence for $7 million in 2011. Two years later, he snatched up the 4 surrounding homes in an try to keep up his privateness. His plan was to bulldoze and rebuild them so that they are smaller and do not have a transparent view into his essential residence.

Zuckerberg home rendering
A rendering of what of the rebuilt Palo Alto, California houses would appear to be.

As an alternative of reselling the homes, Zuckerberg plans on holding them as part of a bigger compound the place family and friends might keep. However that is what anxious Palo Alto’s Architectural Evaluate Board.

A compound would imply fewer houses in the marketplace in a metropolis that is already scuffling with restricted housing and sky-rocking costs. The advisory board stated one large compound violates native zoning codes that prohibit a single lot from being bigger than 20,000 sq. ft. It is simply one of many metropolis’s guidelines meant to guard single household houses.

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“We perceive from Mr. Zuckerberg’s consultant that they’re occupied with making some changes to their drawings responding to the issues raised by the architectural assessment board,” stated Palo Alto metropolis planning director Hillary Gitelman. “As soon as these changes are made, they are going to be requesting that the board rethink their advice. We hope to schedule this for a gathering in mid-November.”

Zuckerberg has been criticized earlier than over his numerous actual property plans. Earlier this yr, he angered neighbors when he introduced plans to construct a 6-foot wall on his 700-acre property on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. He is additionally clashed with neighbors over building and the hoarding of parking spots round his $10 million San Francisco residence.

Fb(FB, Tech30) didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

CNNMoney (San Francisco) First printed September 16, 2016: four:45 PM ET