Saudi prince downsizes LA mega-mansion plans

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Posted: May 04, 2011 9:06 PM

A Saudi prince who raised the ire of his wealthy neighbors by proposing to build a mega-mansion in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood has scaled back his plans.

Lawyers for the prince submitted a revised proposal Wednesday for a compound totaling roughly 60,000 square feet on the 5-acre hillside lot in Benedict Canyon.

The previous plan called for structures totaling 85,000 square feet, roughly the size of Hearst Castle.

The prince, one of the sons of Saudi King Abdullah, bought the property in 2009.

Critics who want to see the project undergo a strict environmental review accused the prince of submitting the new plans without first consulting neighbors.

City Councilman Paul Koretz and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are calling for an investigation into the city's oversight of the controversial project.