Friday, April 13, 2007

Portmanadu, part deux

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Last night the Sandy Springs Board of Zoning Appeals rejected developer John Portman's plan to build a 69-foot-tall, 27,500 square-foot palace on Northside Drive. Sandy Springs limits the maximum height of private homes to 40 feet.

Atlanta's alternative daily is on top of this. Check out this telling passage from this morning's great story by Cynthia Daniels.

After all, [Portman] said, he could have built a 40-foot-high home closer to the street — at the land's highest point. Instead, he decided to hide the home in a ravine so that although its average height would be 69 feet, it would sit lower than a 40-foot-high home built on the ridge.

Or, he could have subdivided the 12-acre property for a five-home cul-de-sac.

Translation: Oh, lowly neighbors, you should be grateful to me for wanting to build this monstrosity. Think of all of the things I can build there that you'll hate even more.


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