Unfinished Subdivision Raises Concerns

June 11, 2009 12:18:37 AM PDT
The large homes, up to 4 thousand square feet were to be part of a gated community, built by Patriot Homes, which also did business as Sunriver. Work on the project started about five years ago, and has always been slow. But came to a complete halt last year.Those who live in the few finished homes in this ghost town like subdivision are concerned.

"It's not good. It's not good for the community, and it's not good for the people that want to buy houses." Said Brian Ratzlaff, who's lived in the neighborhood for two years.

Dwight Kroll, the Planning Director for the city of Clovis is also concerned about those unfinished homes.

"Certainly having a home that's partially completed, that's exposed to the elements it begins to raise concerns on whether the building continues to be structurally sound."

But an even bigger worry for the city is the construction of the intersection at Locan and Shaw. Public improvements the developer was supposed to do.

"We're currently in the process of trying to contact the developer trying to get an understanding of what the issues are out there and expressing to them the importance of completing the public improvements out there." Kroll said.

Contacting the developer seems to be a problem. There was nobody at the model home center and our calls to Patriot Homes and their contractor, Mark 1 Construction were not returned. Action News has learned the unfinished homes recently came under the control of Trigild, A San Diego Company that manages properties that are in receivership. While the city tries to figure out what's next. Neighbors like Brian Ratzlaff just hope for the best.

"I would like to see them be done and more people move in and have it be a good community."

With the slow housing market, that could be a long time coming. The City of Clovis may have to use bond money put up by the developer to complete the street projects.

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