The City Council voted 5 to 0 to hear the appeal of a dentist whose plan to build a house inspired by the Louvre museum in Paris was turned down by the Planning Commission after six months of hearings and debate.
Council members expressed sympathy for Natalie and Leonid Glosman, who bought a $2.2-million lot on Laurel Way last year but have not been able to win approval for their dream house.
But council members also said they could not ignore the interests of neighbors who objected to the proposed mansion on grounds that it would be an eyesore in their neighborhood of ranch-style homes.
"Six months and 10 hearings. Somehow the process has broken down," said Councilman Alan Alexander.
The City Council is expected to discuss the Glosmans' appeal within 45 days, said Joseph Tilem, attorney for the Glosmans.