Joseph and Sarah Sapienza have built a dream mansion in the McKennan Park Historic District of the City of Sioux Falls, in South Dakota. However, their dreams of living in the grandeur estate may come crumbling down due to the outcome of a lawsuit.
After a year-long feud with their neighbors, Pierce and Barbara McDowell, the house has been ordered by a court judge to be demolished after it was built too close to their neighbors’ home. The McDowells had originally filed a lawsuit claiming the Sapienzas’ mansion towered over theirs, blocking out natural sunlight. It’s also in violation of historic standards for height and massing, and is less than seven feet from the McDowell home.
In the decision, Circuit Court Judge John Pekas writes:
“The court finds that a reasonable fact finder could conclude that the Sapienzas have violated historic requirements in the McKennan Park Historic District, which disrupts the character of the neighborhood and does not fit the size and space requirements under current regulations. The house undermines the entire historic district. A monetary award would not remedy this and the Sapienzas ought to conform their residence or rebuild their residence.”
After a fire inspector told the McDowells they could no longer use their wood burning stove due to the proximity of the new home, they issued a warning to the Sapienzas that they would take legal action if they did not cease construction of the mansion. The Sapienzas ignored the warning.
The four-bed home estate is estimated to be worth $215,000, according to Zillow. Pictures of the home can be viewed below, courtesy of Daily Mail:
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