KB Home, Willowbrook Townhome problems topic of Manatee Commissioners' briefings

4:17 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
Wood rotting from a balcony at Willowbrook townhome that was built by KB Home.
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Bradenton, Florida -- Following pleas from homeowners of the crumbling condos at Bradenton's Willowbrook Townhomes, the Manatee County Commissioners have been pushing staffers and KB Home for more answers.

Manatee County building director John Barnott briefed commissioners Tuesday about his department's investigation, ordered by the board last week.

Commissioner Robin DiSabatino said Barnott filled her in on the slow, but developing progress between the Willowbrook Homeowners Association and KB Home.  The homebuilder reportedly agreed to put $2 million in escrow for repairs to the complex, per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the HOA.

However, neither DiSabatino nor many of the owners of Willowbrook's most distressed homes have seen the MOU, a frequent complaint of the homeowners who say they are getting a raw deal.

The HOA is responsible for the "envelope" of the townhomes, but owners are concerned rotting wood and mold on the inside of their units are getting ignored.

Commissioner Joe McClash also visited Willowbrook on Monday to see the problems with his own eyes, but was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

While several commissioners have been sympathetic toward the homeowners' plight, the county attorney warned them last week about getting involved:

"By and large," attorney Mickey Palmer said last week, "this is a private dispute that this board should not inject itself into."

McClash led the effort to get a full report from the Manatee Co. Building Department on the Willowbrook problems.  It's expected by the board's next meeting on Oct. 30.

If you've been a victim of poor KB Home Construction, contact 10 News Investigator Noah Pransky at npransky@wtsp.com.

Previous KB Home coverage:
10/12/12 - Homeowners complain KB "Band-Aids" not working
10/9/12 - Willowbrook residents confront Manatee commissioners
10/4/12 - Nine years of failed fixes from KB Home
10/2/12 - State Senator pleads for AG to investigate KB
9/28/12 - Anomalies found in Willowbrook inspections
9/26/12 - Willowbrook victims seeking legal help
9/19/12 - Frustrated homeowners confront KB executive
9/13/12 - 10 News reveals KB whistleblowers tried to warn homeowners
8/8/12 - Willowbrook homeowners meet with state senator
8/4/12 - Homeowners demanding justice from KB Home

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