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Roman Abramovich seeks landmarks’ OK to build mansion

Russian billionaire looking to convert three townhouses into one mega-home
January 26, 2015 09:10AM

After assembling several properties on the Upper East Side, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is asking the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to approve his plan to build a massive Mansion On East 75th Street.

Abramovich, who also owns London-based soccer team Chelsea F.C.,  bought three townhouses at 11, 13 And 15 East 75th Street, according to the New York Post. The sellers of the homes didn’t know who was buying their properties, the newspaper reported.

Because a single townhouse will have less density, the commission will likely approve the plan, one source told the Post.

Last year, Abramovich’s planned purchase of a $75 million co-op — which at that time would have been a record — was declined by the wealthy widow who owned the unit in the Berwind mansion at 828 Fifth Avenue. [NYP] — Claire Moses