Former Gannett CEO Craig Dubow sues neighbor over 'planned palace'

The Washington Post

Former Gannett CEO Craig Dubow is among a group of residents in Great Falls, Va., who are upset by plans to build a mansion modeled on Versailles in their neighborhood. "Le Chateau de Lumiere," owned by Young Yi, a businesswoman who runs a chain of sleep-disorder clinics, will not be in character with other houses in the Hidden Springs neighborhood, Justin Jouvenal reports:

The chateau will sit on a hill on a five-acre lot across River Bend Road from Great Falls Park. It will feature stone columns, arched windows, a curved roof and landscaping that echo the famed French palace. True to its moniker, the mansion will be illuminated by an extensive underground lighting system. Builders and real estate agents peg its cost at $15 million to $20 million.

Dubow and his wife, Jouvenal writes, "grew increasingly alarmed as the Yis knocked down many of the trees on their lot in February and put up billboards proclaiming the coming of the chateau, which will be roughly four times the size of the Dubows’ home."

The Dubows have filed a lawsuit but didn't comment to Jouvenal. Last year, Gannett drew criticism for the $37 million bonus Dubow received when he retired from the company, which shed nearly 20,000 jobs during his tenure.

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  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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