Town council to consider demolition of Jobs’s mansion
By Cyrus Farivar
On Tuesday night, the Woodside Town Council will consider the issue of whether or not to allow the demolition of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s 17,000 square foot mansion. Despite the property’s size, grandeur, and historical nature, Jobs has described it as “one of the biggest abominations of a house I’ve ever seen.”
According to a Woodside staff report, Jobs first applied for a demolition permit in 2001. At the time, Woodside’s consultants said that the property was a “historic resource,” and the town went forward with an environmental impact report. By 2004, Jobs received his demolition permit, but that was subsequently challenged in court on similar grounds of historical significance and held up in appeal.
By June 2008, Jobs again renewed his application for a demolition permit, this time providing new cost information that had been previously lacking and the council is now due to consider the matter once again.