Marin County

Pandora Founder's Vacation Plans Rile Marin Town

Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a nine-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that Westergren has proposed building a modern 5,494-square-foot home along with a caretaker's apartment, meditation hut, lap pool, studio and two garages in a community where weekend cottages, rustic cabins and modest single-family homes are the norm.

The newspaper says some of the Internet music mogul's future neighbors think his plans for the 17-acre property that used to house St. Eugene's Hermitage will spoil the area for artists and musicians of more modest means.

Westergren tells the Independent Journal he is personally invested in protecting Inverness and wants to work collaboratively with the community.

(CorrectionThe Associated Press previously reported erroneously the number of bedrooms the proposed project would have and the size of its main house. The home is designed to be 5,494 square feet, not 8,297 square feet.  The buildings on the property are slated to have a total of nine bedrooms, not 17.)

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