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News - September 7, 2018

Around the Block

MEGAHOUSE GETS SMALLER ... A proposed 11-bedroom/14-bath home remodel in the Leland Manor neighborhood has been reduced to seven bedrooms and nine baths, with an additional accessory dwelling unit. Last year more than 50 residents opposed the larger proposal, which would replace a three-bedroom, two-bath single-story house at 1710 Newell Road. The owners, the Fr. Bishoy William family, then withdrew their proposal. The family and a new architecture firm are trying again with the smaller iteration. Two of William's adult children and Topos Architects met with neighbors on Aug. 30 to receive input regarding the proposed plans, which they hope to submit to city planners in about a month. The new 7,078-square-foot home would include two stories totaling 4,685 square feet and a 2,402-square-foot basement. The stucco-and-tile house would feature a central, semicircular staircase, a game room, bar, chapel/media room and an office. A separate 635-square-foot, one-bed, one-bath secondary dwelling unit would house renters. William's son, Arsani William, said only the family would reside in the main house. The new design would have a one-car garage and spaces for two additional cars on the property's Newell Road side. Parking for the secondary unit would be within a semicircular driveway on the Embarcadero Road side of the corner lot. The family has received a permit to remove a large oak tree next to the existing house, which is undermining the foundation, architect Peter Baltay said. A second, larger oak at the back of the property will remain, however. His company will make adjustments to the home based on feedback they received from the city and their own consultants, he added.

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