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Canyon Residents Wary Of Scaled-Down Mega-Mansion For Saudi Prince

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Residents of Benedict Canyon who oppose plans by a Saudi prince to build a proposed mega-mansion said on Friday they want to see proof of the scaled-down project before declaring victory.

KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports the attorney for Prince Abdulaziz al Saud is withdrawing the application for a 42,000-square-foot main residence and other homes on the 5.2-acre property.


Tower Lane neighbor Martha Karsh, who filed the original appeal of the project, says the prince may not still understand the definition of “smaller”.

“I think there’s still a lot more to find out, and we will be finding out,” said Karsh. “To keep us in the process, I think they have no choice.”

Residents expect a revised plan to be submitted in the next couple of weeks.

Attorneys for the prince say it will reduce both the number of trucks needed to haul away dirt and the cut size of the main residence, guest house and caretaker’s house.

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