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San Marino : Mansion Expansion Denied

November 18, 1990

A physician who has been seeking permission for 2 1/2 years to expand his 10-room house on Orlando Road was again turned down by the city this week.

Architect Robert Wood, representing Dr. and Mrs. Kamal Batniji, asked the City Council on Wednesday to overturn the Planning Commission's latest denial of the request. Since Batniji first filed his expansion plans in May, 1988, the matter has come before the commission eight times, most recently in September, Wood said.

Although Wood presented letters from residents in support of the expansion, the City Council said it would violate the city code because Batniji's house would extend too close to his rear neighbor's lot.

Batniji said he has retained the law firm of Hahn & Hahn to explore legal action against the city.

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