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End of the Line for Bubier Road Home

In December, the owner of a Bubier Road home told a judge that a wrecking ball would arrive to demolish his house today. So, where is it?

When is it coming down?

That's the only question left in a long-running local debate surrounding a disputed home on Bubier Road that is now slated for demolition.

In December, Wayne Johnson told Judge Keith Long that he was giving up the fight to save his 74 Bubier Road home and said the wrecking ball would be arriving today, according to this story published in the Salem News.

One Thursday afternoon, Fire Chief Jason Gilliland confirmed that the fire department recently signed off on a demolition permit for the home, though he pointed out that when a building is demolished, the equipment typically arrives a day or two beforehand.

As of Thursday evening, no heavy machinery had arrived on Bubier Road, though the home's front door was open and people appeared to be clearing it out. A truck with an attached wagon was parked in the driveway.

Johnson built the home in 1996. In December, he was ordered to tear it down or face jail time. The order came after neighbors complained that the house blocked their view of the harbor.

Marblehead Patch will be posting additional information about the demolition as it becomes available.

Sheri Shattuck February 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
This makes me sick... What kind of people are these that would make a man tear down his home. They should be ashamed of themselves... I'm sorry, Mr. Johnson... I wish there was something I could do to make this right for you. From what I've read, you did nothing wrong and the town fathers should step up to the plate and stop this from happening... For God's sake, someone, please do something....where is the community outrage here? If this can happen to Mr. Johnson, it can happen to any of us....
Mike Johnston February 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Owen Boss: You might want to investigate if there is anything in the Marblehead Zoning Bylaws that protects views as you state in your story. The answer is no yet you and so many in the town are huddled like vultures waiting for the wrecking ball to appear. I'm sure you all have the popcorn ready to pop and the champaign on ice. This is a travesty for which the town bears much of the responsibility. What a shame and a sham.
John Buba February 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
What a hollow victory for Frank, the lawyer, who by now probably has a big yacht named "Thank You Schey's" and the Schey's in general. Bottom line here is that a very rich couple felt they had a right to a view. The new house, that had all the necessary permits, duly prepared by the town, blocked their precious view and they wanted vengeance. They hired a lawyer, paid him a ton of money, and eventually outspent and out-litigated their neighbor (using the term loosely as what they did anything but neighborly.) So now they have "won". Some victory; destroy a house, destroy a marriage, destroy a man, but by all means be sure to WIN; a value that is so “Marblehead.” Shame on the Schey’s; their soon to be reinstated view will be forever diminished by the mercenary means they used to obtain it.
Sandy Doliber Campbell February 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
What a disgusting state of affairs. I've been following this situation from afar as I live out of state at this time. I agree with all the statements above ... what more can I say. I do not agree with Mr. Buba's statement, "but by all means be sure to WIN; a value that is so 'Marblehead.'" The entire town is not responsible for what's happening, so why blame the entire town. In the end, my heart goes out to the Wayne Johnson and his family. The so called "neighbor" who is/was behind this because of "his" so called view being blocked "will get his" from his higher being just when he least expects it. What a terrible, terrible person/family he/they must be.
MHH101 February 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The facts, issues and court proceedings have been very well documented and adjudicated through the years. More recently, that included every imaginable tactic; including contempt/disobedience to a court order, numerous efforts to change/weaken the town's zoning laws and not paying the town his real estate taxes for services received etc. The true bully did not prevail.
MartinF February 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Sad that it came to this. But you pay your money and you take your chance when you build before getting final approval. Mr. Johnson certainly knew that all those years ago. I do wonder how this might have come out differently. I assume Mr. Johnson will have easily spent $50,000 on the legal fees in this case. Another $25,000 on tearing the house down. And then he's got to go buy another house for (at minimum) a couple hundred thousand more. So he's got to be out of pocket around $300,000 here. Could he have won over his neighbors with an offer of $300,000 back in 1996?
Cher February 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Too many twists and turns to follow closely - but what sticks in my head is judge's comment way back when: Mr. Johnson you proceed at your peril. What exactly did he think that meant?
Cher February 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Very rich people wanted a view? Yes - the Johnson's. Sheys didn't want a view. They HAD a view that the Johnsons wanted. Johnson spent more in court costs than the freakin' house cost! We should all be so lucky to be able to waste as money as our house cost.
Gary February 18, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Glad I do not live in Marblehead. Not much to say here accept disgusting and that goes for the town building dept. Of course when people have such discord its hard to focus on a resolution that should have been discovered before during or after this display which will and has tarnished this town forever. Not a place to live with the representation and display these people have displayed.
jpbreeze February 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Sounds like the real bully was Johnson, who figured that once the house was built there would be no way that the neighbors could fight him. Gladly, the law prevails. Perhaps the next builder will work with the neighbors instead of deciding to try and outplay them.
Beachmaster February 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
plenty of blame to go around here, but I can't comprehend how these people can live with themselves and their glorious "view" - at the expense of destroying someone else. Sick, and very sad. In my view.

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