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Land Court Orders Demolition Of Marblehead Dream Home

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
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MARBLEHEAD (CBS) – Wayne Johnson’s dream house has come to the end of the road. The Land Court has ordered that it been torn down.

“It’s been real emotional, I can say that for sure,” says Johnson.

Back in the mid-90’s, Johnson thought he got all the permits squared away, to build a home in Marblehead. But according to the attorney for one of his neighbors, Johnson told everyone he was going to build a “bachelor bungalow”.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

But what went up was a three-story home, that blocked the view of his neighbors.

Johnson claims the Building Commissioner and the Zoning Board approved his plans for the site. But the Land Court disagreed.

Frank McElroy is an attorney for one of the neighbors, and said Thursday, “The Building Commissioner never approved this project and subdividing the property was illegal.”

Johnson says he thought he was doing everything by the book. “I guess an honest mistake was made by the Zoning Board,” he says. “But now, I’ll have to pay the price.”

And the price is this: Tear the home down by February 17.

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