After four years of intense community protest and a little less than $1 million spent, officials at the University of California San Diego have withdrawn their plan to demolish the chancellor's house and instead will renovate it. The Pueblo Revival-style mansion, which sits atop a La Jolla bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was condemned in 2004 because of seismic deficiencies and plumbing, electrical and structural problems. The university sought to raise $7 million to demolish and rebuild the home, but American Indian groups argued that knocking down the house and rebuilding it would further disturb a sacred Indian burial site underneath. Local history buffs also objected; the home is one of the few remaining examples of the Pueblo Revival style. Opponents of the demolition were able to get the home placed on the National Register of Historic Places and on a list of sacred Indian burial sites, making it more difficult for the university to bulldoze the house.
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A plan to demolish the chancellor's house at the University of California, San Diego, and replace it with a new one has received another setback after state legislators and other organizations submitted last-minute letters of opposition. Last week, officials at the La Jolla campus thought years of haggling would end with regents approving a recent environmental report and adopting a reduced-scope construction plan. But state legislators have requested a delay until more discussion takes place.
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