E.J. Langaas vowed yesterday to continue fasting until residents of the upscale Woodlawn subdivision in Stafford County, Va., drop efforts to force him to move the modest house he built for his widowed mother.
As Langaas sat under a tarp yesterday on the front law of the house, which he built for $30,000, he said he will not eat until the directors of the Woodlawn Association free his property from the restrictive covenants of the development.
The president of the Property Owners Association, Ted Caldwell, said Langaas apparently is defying a court order to relocate the structure because it was found not to be "in conformity and harmony" with surrounding houses.
Caldwell said Langaas' hunger strike, which was in its second day yesterday, will not change anything. "I'm not relenting on our position," he said. " . . . We're not out to get Mr. Langaas. We're just trying to protect homeowners' investments by having houses built of equal value."
Langaas, 47, said he hopes to have the 24,600-square-foot lot separated from Woodlawn so that his 72-year-old mother from Minnesota can move in.
But Caldwell said Langaas is ignoring a ruling from Circuit Court Judge J.M.H. Willis Jr. that he cannot compel the association to release the lot.