Steve Jobs is not a quitter. He's trying once again to get permission to tear down the historic Jackling house in Woodside.
The Apple founder's request for a demolition permit will go back before the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, April 28 with new information about his plans to replace the rambling Spanish colonial-style mansion on Mountain Home Road with more modern digs.
Mr. Job's last attempt to tear down the 17,000-plus-square-foot house was undone by a historic preservation group that took the town and Mr. Jobs to court and won, despite several rounds of appeals.
This time, representatives of Mr. Jobs have provided the additional information that the courts said were lacking when the town voted to grant the demolition permit in December 2004. The house has been abandoned for the past decade, and Mr. Jobs has been seeking to level it since 2001.
Designed by noted architect George Washington Smith and built for copper industry magnate Daniel C. Jackling in 1925, the house is considered a historic resource under the California Environmental Quality Act.
When the town granted the permit, they took the unusual step of requiring Mr. Jobs to try and find someone willing to relocate and restore the house. Mr. Jobs' attorney has said that there have been no reasonable offers to take the house. The preservation group, called Uphold Our Heritage, say that's not the case, and point to two serious offers that have been rebuffed.
The Woodside Town Council is not expected to take action at Tuesday's meeting, and Uphold Our Heritage is asking for a continuance. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.