WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A permit was denied Thursday for a treehouse in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that ignited a small controversy.

The Public Space Committee voted 4-0 to deny the Psychas family's request to let their treehouse extend into public space.

The family built the treehouse five months ago, and it stretches out about 20 inches past their property line into a public alley called Archibald Walk. Neighbors complained that the treehouse encroached on public space.

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Thursday's vote could mean the treehouse must come down, or at least be altered.

One member of the Public Space Committee abstained from the vote.

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