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Steve Jobs' Jackling mansion nightmare still not over


Despite having received the go-ahead to demolish an aging mansion he owns in the hills of Woodside, California, Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs has been called back to court again to fulfill the requirements of a 2006 court order.

A group of preservationists – Uphold Our Heritage – who oppose the razing of the Spanish Colonial Revival home, dubbed the Jackling House, submitted that Jobs has failed to comply with a 2006 court order to define the benefits of the demolition, as well as proving that other alternatives had been researched.

Just last month, it was reported that Steve Jobs was cleared for the second time to move forward with a decade-long initiative to tear down the 17,250-square-foot mansion following a vote of 6 to 1 in his favor during a local council meeting.

The proposed demolition of the mansion, located in California's Woodside hills, is subject to a final town council vote on the demolition permit scheduled for June 23. This final vote had been postponed because permit paperwork had not been ready.

According to Howard Ellman, a lawyer representing Jobs, it’s “impossible to tell at this time” if the permit will be delayed by Uphold our Heritage’s filing. The town’s lawyers have advised that the vote still take place despite the preservationist group’s filing, though Doug Carstens, a laywer representing Uphold Our Heritage says, “The proper thing to do is make sure the judge is satisfied before they think of demolishing anything.”

Last year, Jobs submitted a revised permit application to the council showing it would cost approximately $5 million more to restore sprawling mansion built in 1929 for copper mining mogul Daniel Jackling than it would to raze it and construct a smaller home for his family. The home features wrought iron detailing, exposed wood beam ceilings, and colorful accent tiling (photos).

Jobs purchased the blown-out mansion in the early 1980s and lived there — sometimes eating his evening meals on the floor — for about 10 years before renting it out and then leaving it to deteriorate.