Man's dream home becomes literal power struggle
CENTRAL - A property owner found himself in a power struggle over his dream home he built on a 7-acre plot of land.
Vernon Raiford owns the property located off Blackwater Road in Central. He built his new house next to his daughter's house, on the same plot of land. But, the law only allows for one home on a piece of property, unless the land is subdivided or a variance is issued. The City of Central says Raiford is in violation of the law.
Raiford says he obtained a permit to build, but the city says that permit did not show an existing residence on the land.
"The builder had the house half-up before the permit office came out and noticed the other house," said Raiford.
The power to the existing home was cut off and the power to his new retirement home was turned on. It's something the city says he elected to do in order to obtain a final inspection and move in. But, a judge required the city to restore the electricity.
Central filed paperwork this week to overturn the judge's initial order, which it says is not valid because a $5,000 security was never filed. The city said Raiford was given options, includes tearing down the existing property. Raiford said that is not an option.
There is a court date scheduled for next Tuesday to work things out. Raiford's lawyer, Chris Martin, told WBRZ News 2 late Friday, a possible settlement is in the works to subdivide the property.
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