Backyard tree house amazingly survives Manhattan legal fight

October 27th, 2010 - 11:14 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Oct 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A courthouse battle over a tree house has ended in Manhattan.

The owner of the tree house triumphed in the legal battle. Aside the joy of seeing the structure not being pulled down, the ruling also granted the tree house a landmark status.

Reported by neighbors to the police, the tree house owner, Melinda Hackett was forced to defend the decision to have the tree house in the neighborhood to the Environmental Control Board court in Manhattan.

After six months of legal wrangling, the 49-year-old artist won the right to keep the tree house.

The tree house which is used by Hackett’s three daughters aged 11, 13 and 16 did cost Hackett a lot to eventually have the legal right to exist in the neighborhood.

Two carpenters built the circular tree house. They used a total of five months to have the structure completed and it will have been such a blow to the single mother if she had lost the battle to have the building standing.

She however had to get a permit for it though the architect for the structure said she couldn’t find the need for a permit in the city’s building code.

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