Phonehenge West builder found guilty of violating building codes
The builder of an unusual home expansion in the Antelope Valley called Phonehenge West was found guilty Tuesday of violating building codes, and the “logical conclusion” is likely to be a judge’s order to tear down the structure.
Alan Kimble Fahey was charged with 14 misdemeanor counts, including maintenance of non-permitted properties and unlawful use of land.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Lancaster reached a partial verdict on nine of the counts; they were expected to continue deliberating the remaining counts Wednesday in the courtroom of Judge Daviann L. Mitchell.
Each of the charges carries a maximum six-month jail sentence and financial penalties, according to Fahey’s attorney, Jerry Lennon.
“He faces pretty hefty fines and fees,” Lennon said. “It’s up to the judge whether she will impose any jail time.... The logical conclusion will be that she orders him to dismantle and remove the buildings that are not permitted.”
Fahey, 59, of Acton said he was not surprised by the initial verdict. “It’s what I expected,” he said. “But I can appeal.”
A retired phone service technician, Fahey spent almost three decades constructing the 20,000-square-foot labyrinth of interconnected buildings, stopping only when Los Angeles County code enforcement officials forced him to in 2008.
The creation, which includes a 70-foot tower, is a hodgepodge of reddish buildings connected by bridges and ramps.
-- Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Alan Fahey stands outside his Phonehenge West creation. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times