TV trucks charged into Rossmoor on Wednesday. Satellite dishes popped up. Reporters knocked on doors.
The big news? A children’s playhouse. But this is no ordinary playhouse. It’s an elaborate, $16,000, solar-paneled tree house that rises three stories tall in a huge Tipuana tipu tree that’s been growing for 67 years – longer than the neighborhood has existed.
But homeowner Joni Doherty has no permits. And county officials say no permits, no tree house.
For Doherty, they might as well be saying: no permits, no memorial for your late husband, Jack Chen, who died in 2013.
“To have it removed would be like ripping out another little piece of my heart,” she said.
- Tempest in a tree house: Rossmoor neighborhood rallies around memorial structure (ocregister.com)
- KTLA-5: Rossmoor Family Fights to Save Treehouse Built to Honor Father Who Died in 2013 (ktla.com)
- ABC-7: Future of OC treehouse built in memory of late father at risk (abc7.com)
- PETITION: Rossmoors rally to save treehouse built to honor late father (ipetitions.com)