Backyard Treehouse Will Stand Despite Manhattan Legal Battle

October 27th, 2010 - 11:56 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) All Melinda Hackett wanted to do was to put up a small tree-house in her backyard for her daughters to play in. A simple part of the American dream right? Apparently not to her neighbors in Manhattan, who felt a need to call the police the very moment her project was erected.

Melinda had a round, cedar tree-house, complete with a little winding staircase up in her own backyard, against a large based London Plane tree which was standing in her Greenwich Village location. Her neighbor immediately called the police in order to report “a structure in rear which is nailed to a tree and “looks unsafe,with no construction permit posted,” according to the complaint which was filed with the city. As soon as Melinda arrived home, the cops were at her door.

This single mother of three girls, ages 11, 13 and 16 did not give up, however, For months she fought legal battles in order to protect her girls’ tree-house. According to ‘Yahoo News’ she has finally won, not only the right to keep the tree-house, but an official permit as part of the land district which gives it landmark status!

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