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Mitch Kapor takes first step to building Berkeley home

Jason Strauss sent in this photo of the demolition under way of the abandoned home on 2707 Rose Street, a property owned by Mitch Kapor

Fifteen months after Mitch Kapor received permission from the city of Berkeley to build a home at 2707 Rose Street, the Lotus founder and philanthropist has begun to dismantle the abandoned 2-story, 2,477 sq ft 1925 house on the property, in readiness, one assumes, for construction to begin on his new abode.

The 1925 home at 2707 Rose Street which was bought by Mitch Kapor for $725,000 in 2008. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Regular Berkeleyside readers know we have been following this saga since the very beginning. Fourteen articles and 375 reader comments later — and after appeals from a group calling itself the Berkeley Hills Preservation group, a City Council revisitation and a court case — it appears it’s all systems go for Mr Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, to come live among us.

Read the full details of the run-up to this moment in our extensive coverage which kicked off on January 25, 2010.