Therapy Playhouse Sparks Neighborhood Association Uproar
A backyard playhouse designed to help a Kentucky toddler with cerebral palsy may have to go after a neighborhood association raised objections and threatened the family with fines.
At the suggestion of his therapist, three-year-old Cooper Veloudis’ parents plunked down $5,000 earlier this year to have a special therapeutic playhouse built in their backyard. The miniature home has helped the boy become more active and learn to do basics like climb stairs, his parents say.
But officials with the Veloudis’ neighborhood association were none too pleased with the playhouse. They told the family that the structure is in violation of the organization’s rules and must go. For each day that it remained, the association said it would impose a $50 fine.
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When the family’s story made local news in Lexington, Ky., however, the homeowners’ association agreed to meet with Cooper Veloudis’ parents. For now, the playhouse will be allowed to stay without fines until at least after the holidays while the situation is considered further, reports WLEX, the Lexington, Ky. NBC affiliate. To read more click here and here.