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Last year the Children’s Day School surprised real estate circles when it acquired the coveted Dolores Park “castle” at 601 Dolores St.

The school cruised through the city’s permitting process to convert the 20,000-square-foot property from a 12-room mansion into a middle school. However, it was soon hit with an appeal by neighbors who were concerned about possible noise associated with a rooftop deck and garden, said Supervisor Scott Wiener.

After weeks of negotiations through Wiener’s office, the school avoided a costly appeal after striking a deal with the neighbors, who had claimed that an environmental review of the property was required — a process that could take up to a year.

Under the agreement, the school has agreed to reduce the size of the roof deck and limit the hours that school staff and children can access the roof, according to Wiener’s office.

Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare...

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