The farcical effort to preserve a 17,250-square-foot edifice to domestic decadence erected by a 20th Century robber baron who amassed a huge fortune by defacing a huge swath of the American West stumbles onward. An angel investor has agreed in principle to relocate the decaying structure as the well-lawyered do-gooders who’ve prevented its demolition for five years threaten perpetual legal action.
The Mercury News reports that an unsigned deal between Steve Jobs and Gordon Smythe of Propel Partners would allow the massive domestic digs of Daniel Jackling to be dismantled and reassembled elsewhere. Thereupon, and not for the first time, the local town council has given their stamp of approval, pending signature of the agreement.
Daniel Jackling’s Legacy
In the late 1800s a man named Daniel Jackling first got the idea that perhaps copper could be mined from the surface if the operation was big enough … Operating since 1906, it is the world’s first open pit mining operation and it showed the world how to mine low-grade minerals profitably. In 1906 there was a 9000 ft mountain. The mine is now three-quarters of a mile deep.Â This is according to Canadian Blogger Deborah Wot, who writes on the subject in Bingham Canyon Mine, The World’s Largest Copper Mine.
However, Smythe has yet to find a location to store and/or reassemble the robber baron’s massive domicile. Under the proposed contract, Jobs would be responsible for the $604,000 of $11.6 million cost “” that’s $3.1 million more than the estimated cost of the home Jobs plans create on the land””of removing and preserving the structure.
With nose clenched firmly between their teeth
Still, the preservation group, Uphold Our Heritage, that has keep Jobs from pulling down the eyesore and erecting a more modest 5,000-square-foot, eco-friendly home hasn’t given its blessing to the deal. Moreover, they’ve moved to send the whole shambling parade back into court.
The group, which lacks for everything (funding or an actionable vision) except lawyers, is suing to block the local town council’s approval of the deal, saying that local government hasn’t met the terms of an earlier court order, which bars demolition until alternatives can be shown infeasible (i.e. how do you prove a negative?).
Thereupon, Smythe has said further legal meddling will scotch the deal, which will ultimately see the building razed…