The La Cañada Flintridge City Council will hear an appeal Monday of a two-story, hillside development that has embroiled a Flintridge neighborhood.
The proposed 6,836-square-foot house, approved by the Planning Commission in April with a 4-0 vote, is to be built on a trapezoid-shaped, 41,382-square-foot lot between Hampstead Road and Inverness Drive, just south of Sugar Loaf Drive.
The massing of the house, which would stand 117 feet wide and 34 1/2 feet tall, has drawn criticism from neighbors. But the most contentious point of the proposed development is Windermere Place, a 26-foot-wide, 81-foot-long public street to be constructed at the expense of property owner Dr. Philip Merritt but thereafter maintained by the city.
Windermere Place is a "paper road," outlined on maps of Flintridge that date back more than 80 years but never built. Initially, the city refused to process building plans that included the new street in the design.