On Tuesday, the St. Helena City Council approved a residential project north of the Culinary Institute of America.
Jorge Hernandez plans to build an estate for his extended family, consisting of an 18,188-square-foot main house, a 4,222-square-foot guest house, and a 1,772-square-foot cottage. None of the buildings will be visible from neighboring properties.
A previous owner proposed a 10-lot subdivision known as Spring Mountain Estates on the site a few years ago, but it drew heavy criticism from neighbors. Those same neighbors have said they fully support the new project, which also drew praise from the Planning Commission.