It was supposed to be a "slice of Americana and of childhood
dreams," says U.S. Army Specialist Mark Grapin, who lives in
Fairfax County, Virginia. He's talking about the treehouse he built
for his two sons after returning from his latest tour of duty in
What Grapin didn't expect was that Fairfax County's zoning board would demand he tear down the treehouse after an anonymous complaint, thus launching the family into an eight-month legal battle.
Grapin went to the local media for help and public outcry turned into an online petition. A neighbor donated trees to cover the treehouse, and the family even received a pro bono lawyer to help win over board members.
Just days before the treehouse was to be torn down, Grapin was
able to convince the board to let him keep it on the condition it
be removed after
five years. Plenty of time, he says, for his sons to enjoy it.
About 2 minutes.â€¨Produced by Joshua Swain.
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