Kanye West’s Star Wars-themed dwellings under fire

Kanye West’s vision of building affordable housing in the manner of Tatooine has crashed and burned with his suburban Calabasas neighbors.

The iconic rap star was hard at work building dome-style homes he intends to use for affordable housing when he was cited by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works for building without permits. Now he has to either bring the structures into compliance by September 13—or tear them down, as Curbed LA reported.

Tozeur, Tunisia – MAY 17, 2017: Houses from planet “Tatooine,” movie set for Star Wars movie. One of the two Mos Espa sets from The Phantom Menace. (Anna Chaplygina/ Getty)

West has now become famous for his entrepreneurial bent, branching out from hip-hop stardom to dabble in everything from sneakers and toddler ditties about poop to affordable housing.

The celebrity’s oblong low-income homes, which resemble beehives, have been described as “the skeletons of wooden spaceships.” For the record, Tatooine is the sand planet where Luke Skywalker grew up in an igloo-shaped bungalow with his aunt and uncle.

County officials got two anonymous complaints about the “gumdrop-shaped” structures and late-night construction noise, says a public works spokesperson, Curbed LA noted.

The futuristic dwellings have now been cited and West, who lives nearby with his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, has 45 days to either submit plans to the department for approval, demolish the structures or pay up about $1,400 in fines.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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