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Final nail in treehouse saga: Take it down, city says

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A two-year battle over a Minneapolis treehouse has come to a close. After its 13-year-old occupant made a final plea Thursday night, city officials ruled that it must come down.

At issue was a cedar treehouse in the city's Loring Park neighborhood. Even as Clement Pryke was constructing the structure for his son Daniel in 2012, a neighbor complained, and city officials agreed it was breaking code – it was too high off the ground and too close to the neighbor's home.

The city documented the controversy's timeline, the issues at play – along with the city's ruling – in a 32-page report (see below), noting, that for two years, Pryke has not been responsive to city warnings.

The Star Tribune reports that Pryke and his son made one last attempt to save the hideaway on Thursday at a city Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting.

"I would just like to say that I really like my treehouse, I spend a lot of time in it and I would really like it if it didn’t have to be taken down." the teary-eyed boy told the panel.

But the board was in unanimous agreement that the structure would have to come down, telling the family: rules are rules.

The Star Tribune reports that board member Dick Sandberg said it was unfortunate that a boy's treetop getaway would end up in front of his panel. “But I see no choice other than to agree with the zoning administrator," he said. "I think it was an expensive treehouse, a very nice treehouse, and it’s turned into an expensive lesson in the civic process for this family.”

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