Tree House Threatened By Zoning Board


FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 12 (UPI) — A Virginia man says zoning rules might force him to destroy the $1,400 tree house he built for his sons.

Mark Grapin, of Falls Church, says he called Fairfax County to get the OK before building, but the zoning board later said he needed a zoning variance for the tree house. The tree house was technically seen as an addition to the main house.

Grapin spent more than $1,800 on the proper forms and a hearing, but his request was denied because his home sits on a corner lot, meaning his side lot is actually a front lot,, Washington reported Monday.

Grapin says he has an appeal scheduled for Nov. 30, but worries he may have to tear down the tree house.

“I don’t have the heart for it,” he said. “I’m gonna go pay some day laborers and hide in the house while they take a saw to it.”

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