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Radio Buzz: Tree House Faces Demolition In Dispute With Fairfax County, VA
There’s a dispute between a Dad and Fairfax County, Virginia, over a tree house?
The tree house that Mark Grapin built for his two sons in his yard faces demolition.
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“The county statute says that there has to be kind of a safe, well kept neighborhood. I’ve looked at the pictures the guy’s yard is meticulous. It’s absolutely immaculate as is the tree house.”
That’s Former Federal Prosecutor Fred Tecce speaking with Scott Fitzgerald at WERC in Birmingham.
Grapin, according to Tecce is an Army National Guardsman and is currently gearing up to ship off to Iraq.
What is the issue here, Fred?
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“He lives on a corner lot, and so when he called the city, he didn’t realize that there was some significance to living on a corner lot, and when the guy called, someone from the city laughed at him and said don’t worry just build the tree house. Well it turns out that because he has a corner lot, both sides of his yard face the street, and are therefore deemed to be his front yard. So technically, he built the thing in his front yard, that’s where the rub comes.”
The county stepped in after anonymous complaints were received.
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“But you know, at the end of the day, the question is whether or not it’s neat and well kept, and I think the City’s got kind of a tough road to hoe along those lines.”
Grapin has an appeal scheduled in front of the Falls Church zoning board in late November, in hopes of getting a variance for the tree house.
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“I think where it comes out, is that if the County exercises a little discretion; when I was a Prosecutor I used to always say discretion is the better part of valor, they let this guy go.”
We’ll have to see if you’re right, Fred.
I’m Jessica Curtis, and that’s your Talk Radio Buzz from Fox News Radio.