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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the 10 richest people in the world. But while dealing with the local housing regulations, these billions cannot immune him. According to the review board, the city of Palo Alto, California, declines his plans for reconstructing four single family homes. These family homes are owned by him and they are located around his primary residence. He wanted to form a compound and abate the city's housing stock. This contaminates zoning codes and ideal land use.
So, the Architectural review board voted 3-1 and decided not to approve his application.
Mark Zuckerberg was threatened by a developer to build the house with views right into his master bedroom. So he bought the homes for $30 million in 2013.
The four other properties include a pair of two-story homes and a pair of one-story homes. He wanted to rebuild them into houses with smaller dimensions that include one two-story home and 3 one-story homes. This means that the homes would be 20% smaller than the previous ones.
Mark wants to have a larger compound where friends and family could stay.
Palo Alto city planning director Hillary Gitelman says that "We understand from Mr. Zuckerberg's representative that they are interested in making some adjustments to their drawings responding to the concerns raised by the architectural review board. Once those adjustments are made, they will be requesting that the board reconsider their recommendation. We hope to schedule this for a meeting in mid-November."
This is one of the proposed blueprints of the new home. The board added that single lots cannot be allowed to exceed 20,000 square feet. But the four homes together exceed 60,000 square feet.
This image is drawn by an artist. It shows how the house will look like after the construction has been done.
The layout plans suggest that one home would consist of two bedrooms, three washers and dryers, and a vegetable garden and a project room. It would also be a great place to party and may also include a large room in the basement and a service kitchen.
Mark Zuckerberg lives with his wife Priscilla and his 10-month-old daughter Maxima in the home.
Now, Zuckerberg has decided to make some adjustments in his plans and they will then request the board to reconsider their recommendation. The meeting is to be rescheduled in November.