Residents of the Dolores Heights neighborhood in San Francisco may not be lining up to send friend requests to Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported that construction on a 1920s-era home owned by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, has been impacting their quality of life for 17 months and counting.
According to the Chronicle, Zuckerberg and Chan have received at least 10 permits for work on the home, located on 21st Street near Dolores Street, including:
- A $65,000 remodel of the kitchen and six bathrooms.
- $720,000 for an office, media room, half bathroom, mudroom, laundry room, wine room and wet bar, plus a new second-floor half bathroom and remodel of the second, third and fourth floors.
- $750,000 for an addition to the rear and side of the house, reconfigured landscaping and window restoration work.
- $25,000 to make the fourth floor legally “habitable,” add a bathroom and turn part of the roof into a deck.
- A new basement garage, complete with a turntable pad so cars can get in and out more easily.
The Chronicle reported that 17 months of no-parking signs on the street and around-the-clock security have begun to wear thin on neighbors, with one telling the newspaper:
This is nothing short of a fortress.
Another neighbor told the Chronicle there was steady noise, and getting out of their driveway was problematic, while yet another area resident said:
It’s hard to talk about it without sounding whiny or like the wealthy need to be punished just because they have money.
A man who identified himself as the prime contractor told the Chronicle 40 to 50 workers have been on the project on a daily basis since April 2013, adding that the impact on the neighborhood was not abnormal for a large job, and that crews have gone “above and beyond” to keep neighbors informed and the sidewalks clean, and saying:
If this was over in Pacific Heights, people wouldn’t be saying it.
The home is located in the district of San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who told the Chronicle he has received emails about the lack of parking and other disruptions caused by work on the house, and he referred those residents to the Department of Public Works. He told the newspaper:
It’s a common concern by neighbors because so many construction projects are going on everywhere in the city.
Readers: What do you think of the goings-on in Mr. Zuckerberg’s neighborhood?
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