Romney’s home rebuild with car elevator on hold for now

Mitt Romney’s home at 311 Dunemere Dr. A proposed $12 million rebuild would include a 3,600-square foot basement and an automobile lift for Romney’s four-car garage. Pat Sherman

By Pat Sherman

A report from online news source Politico that showed Mitt Romney’s La Jolla home rebuild plans include an elevator for his cars generated big buzz in political circles last week.

Four years ago, the Republican presidential frontrunner’s property holdings were seen as a liability when he was being considered as a vice-presidential running mate for then GOP nominee John McCain. At the time, they owned 14 homes between the two of them, six belonging to Romney.

Romney’s rebuild plans include a 3,600-square foot basement, which is larger that the current living space of the home, located at 311 Dunemere Dr.

Speaking with the La Jolla Light last week San Diego attorney Matthew A. Peterson, who is representing Romney in the city’s permitting proces, downplayed any implied extravagance and significance of the car elevator.

“These are used all the time,” Peterson said. “Public parking lots up in Los Angeles have them. … Here, obviously, it’s going to be in an enclosed garage, so you’re not going to see any of the mechanism. … People are making a bigger deal over it now, obviously, because he’s a (political) target.”

Peterson said a home renovation on Spindrift Drive in La Jolla Shores was recently approved with a car lift.

“The neighbors wanted to make sure there was plenty of parking off the street and not visible from the street,” he said.

Romney’s neighbors on the tight Dunemere Drive cul de sac had similar concerns about parking, which Peterson said led to the addition of the car lift.

“A few of the neighbors had concerns with the number of kids and grandkids (Romney) has and said there’s going to be parking issues — we want you to provide as much parking as possible on the property, so me and the architects came up with the idea of having a car (lift),” he said.

“The neighbors were very pleased with that because, technically, we could have provided that extra parking on the street. The code allows that.”

The La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee approved Romney’s plans in December 2010, and the La Jolla Community Planning Group followed, giving the project its unanimous support in January of 2011.

Romney has paid Peterson $21,500 since 2008 to lobby city officials for the renovation, Politico reported. Peterson said tightening of the city’s lobbying ordinance has required many people not previously considered lobbyists to register as such with the city.

“The city of San Diego has very tight rules in terms of who has to register as a lobbyist and who doesn’t,” he said. “There’s an extremely low threshold … so I register for every one of my clients and disclose what they paid me on a quarterly basis. … What I’ve done for (Romney) is just land use permitting and processing. Obviously, he’s busy running a presidential campaign and doesn’t have time — nor does his wife — to be working on a house remodel.”

Peterson said Romney requested that he put the permitting process on hold for the time being. “I don’t think he’s going to start that process again anytime soon,” Peterson said.

“If he gets the nomination, obviously, he’s not going have time to deal with it during the presidential race.

“Once (the process) starts again, I would figure we’d have the permits probably done within a couple months.”

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5 Comments for “Romney’s home rebuild with car elevator on hold for now”

  1. B/STOCK

    It's just a auto lift. I have one for my cars. Cost me $2,500. Whats the big deal?

    • It's not just a car lift. It's the PhantomPark, which is the only American made subterranean auto transport lift that is code compliant. It cost about 55K delivered and installed. I know this to be true, because I'm the owner of <a href="” target=”_blank”> and <a href="” target=”_blank”> The sad news is, some of the media is attempting to make Mitt Romney out as the Pioneer, the only one who will have a car elevators. We have several hundred installed worldwide. In fact, we have 19 on order right now. As for the four post lift you're speaking of, we offer them at around the price you mentioned and they're ALI and ETL certified and powered by either a 110v or 220v American made motor and the lift is an American design.

  2. Resta DaStory

    the BIG deal is the constant manipulation of the sheep….errrrr I mean people of this country by the failed old Media…..putting a banner headline out there about car lifts and big houses continues the narrative about Romney and the 1%……yet you just don't seem to hear how BHO has collected more donations from the 1% than all the Republican candidates combined but of course, that would not fit the narrative……

  3. Troy Parker

    The car elevators are good inventions. It helps to save space. One more thing that I also liked is to have some roller door repairs perth done for my garage car elevators. They are more convenient to use.

  4. noahrutledge

    Wow. To need car elevators back home would mean a lot of garage door service in perth. Because it would mean, more space is needed below, like making an underground or something or extend the walls vertically to accommodate the other cars. Mr. Romney is quite fond of cars, eh?

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