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Phonehenge Builder Convicted of Code Violations

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on June 10, 2011 6:49 AM

If you've ever wanted to take a peek into desert playhome Phonehenge West, you better get moving.

A California jury has convicted its creator, Alan Kimble Fahey, of violating building codes and unlawful use of land, which means that the oversized maze of a home may be no longer in just a few short weeks.

How sad.

Phonehenge West, located in the desert community of Antelope Valley, is a 20,000 square foot series of 13 interconnected buildings, which the Associated Press reports contains a barn, a railroad car, bridges, ramps, and a 70 foot tower adorned with stained glass windows.

The retired telephone service technician built parts of his desert oasis with telephone poles, hence Phonehenge.

Unfortunately, a jury agreed that he also built the wonderland without the proper permits and violated a number of building codes. This includes mandatory setbacks and a lack of access for emergency officials, which the Los Angeles Times reports makes the home a fire hazard.

So, why did Fahey build Phonehenge West without proper approval?

He argued that the permitting process was so convoluted and difficult, and inspectors so unprepared, that he decided to keep building anyway, notes the Times.

Unfortunately, these arguments don't excuse Fahey's actions.

If a government process is that restrictive, you challenge it in court on due process grounds, you don't ignore it altogether.

So, sorry fans of Phonehenge West. You were treated to its existence because its builder broke the law, and now you're likely to be deprived of its beauty...because its builder broke the law.

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