- Former Yahoo director Marissa Mayer demolished three houses to build a swimming pool.
- She bought the homes for $700,000 to $800,000 each, the San Francisco Business Times reported.
- City officials initially rejected the plan, citing a law intended to protect California’s housing stock.
Marissa Mayer, the former Yahoo executive, demolished three townhouses she bought next to her Bay Area home to make way for a swimming pool, the Silicon Valley Business Journal first reported. .
At first, Palo Alto city officials rejected Mayer’s proposal, according to the San Francisco Business Times. They cited the Housing Crisis Act 2019, which prevents people from demolishing existing houses and apartments without planning to replace them with an equivalent number of units.
California has long struggled with a housing shortage and an epidemic of homelessness.
Despite the law, the city approved Mayer’s plans, which include a backyard pool and a one-story building, in December, according to the Business Journal.
“Upon further review of the rules, staff found that in fact the demolition was permitted as proposed and therefore permitted to proceed,” a Palo Alto spokesperson told the outlet, adding that the plan could not materialize today due to some new laws.
A representative for the city of Palo Alto did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesperson for Mayer said, “The project had previously received the appropriate permits for the parcel to now be a single-family residence.”
Mayer has been on a real estate buying spree in Palo Alto for the past decade, occasionally coming under criticism from locals.
Neighbors have spoken out against crazy Halloween parties Mayer would throw at a former morgue she bought for $11.2 million in 2013. She came under fire in 2018 for her plans to convert the building into a private club for women.
An LLC linked to Mayer bought the three townhouses next to his residence for between $700,000 and $800,000 in 2011, the Business Times reported. She has also purchased several other homes and a multi-unit building in the area, according to the outlet.
Mayer was one of Google’s first employees and served as Yahoo’s chairman and CEO from 2012 to 2017, when Verizon bought the company for $4.8 billion. She’s since founded a startup called Sunshine that builds AI-powered apps, including a contact manager.