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Kenny Rogers upsets neighbors with demolition

Kenny Rogers has lost some fans in one neighborhood.Rogers bought a $2.3 million home in Sandy Springs in October 2005, but his demolition of the two-story house and plans to build another house on the 7.5-acre property have angered some neighbors, a newspaper reports.Now, instead of rebuilding, the country music superstar is selling the land for $3.95 million, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rep
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Kenny Rogers has lost some fans in one neighborhood.

Rogers bought a $2.3 million home in Sandy Springs in October 2005, but his demolition of the two-story house and plans to build another house on the 7.5-acre property have angered some neighbors, a newspaper reports.

Now, instead of rebuilding, the country music superstar is selling the land for $3.95 million, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in Saturday editions.

Sandy Springs is about 15 miles north of Atlanta.

Cathy and Alan Gottlieb, whose house is behind Rogers’ property, said the months of demolition, tree-cutting and groundshaking granite blasting was irritating enough.

But worse, they say, the work has transformed the view from their back deck from dense woods to a dirt mound.

“We all understand people have to develop lots, but to strip the land like this is crazy,” Alan Gottlieb said. “He had a landscape plan that if he would’ve followed, would’ve been great. But he just decided to abandon it.”

Rogers was going to build his dream home on the property, but realized the house would be too big for his wife, Wanda, and his twin sons if something happened to him, he told the newspaper.

“I’m sorry for any inconvenience I might’ve caused them,” he said. “I tried desperately to be considerate to everyone out there, but you can’t live your life for other people.”

Rogers said he already planted $60,000 worth of trees on the property line and plans to plant grass.

His family lives in a 10,000-square-foot home in Atlanta’s tony Buckhead neighborhood.