A controversial plan to build a massive mansion inspired by the Palace of Versailles in a tony Great Falls neighborhood will not go forward, but the house could be built elsewhere in the Washington area, the builder said Friday.
The property’s owner decided not to continue work on “Le Chateau de Lumiere,” a 25,424-square-foot project, after a next-door neighbor in Hidden Springs filed a lawsuit, said Mike Mafi of the Building Group.
Mafi, who was also named in the lawsuit, said that stopping the project is one of the terms of a settlement being worked out between the owner, Young Yi, and the neighbors, former Gannett chief executive Craig Dubow and his wife, Denise.
The Dubows, who did not return a call for comment on Friday, said that the mansion would harm home values and that its design violated covenants that guide how properties in Hidden Springs can be developed. They were also upset that Yi had cut down many trees to build the home in a neighborhood that was designed to be a woodsy retreat.