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Prince settles for smaller mansion

LOS ANGELES – A Saudi prince who outraged residents of a posh Los Angeles neighborhood by applying to build an 85,000-square-foot compound there has withdrawn the proposal and will instead submit plans for a smaller project, his lawyer said.

Benjamin M. Reznik, a lawyer for Prince Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz al Saud, wrote the Los Angeles Planning Department on Thursday and informed them that his client was withdrawing the application, just one week before a public hearing was scheduled on the matter.

“Our client has taken into consideration concerns raised by neighbors and is in the process of re-evaluating aspects of this project,” Reznik wrote.

The prince, a son of Saudi King Abdullah, had sought to keep his identity a secret during the permitting process. The Los Angeles Times first reported the plan and the Saudi ownership last month.

The compound in the Benedict Canyon section of Los Angeles was envisioned as a main residence of nearly 42,000 square feet along with a “son’s villa” of about 27,000 square feet and other residences.


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