Courtesy of ABC Action News
September 8, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - Nicole Camman was just one of the
homeowners from the Willowbrook subdivision in Manatee County to show up to
Thursday's commission meeting.
"I don't know if we can even say that they have
taken action. We are beyond frustration at this point," she told
Manatee County Commissioners.
It is the first time she got the chance to be
face to face with George Glance. He is the president of KB Home
of Central Florida. It's the company that built her home.
But none of the homeowners are happy with the
message he delivered.
"We are not going to buy back any homes. I stand here in
front of you, representing KB home, ready, willing, and able to start
these repairs," said Glance.
said they can not take much more. Many are dealing with water
damage, mold and crumbling balconies. The repairs, so far, are not
living up to their expectations.
Glance, president of
Home of Central Florida
is a whole other job for us to be here to do this," said Camman.
homeowners wonder when the company will deliver on the deal it made with the
Willowbrook home owners' association.
"We don't really understand what is going on," said Dan Kehler.
That deal allows the association to hire an engineer and
contractor of it's choice. A third party will then inspect the repairs and KB
Home will pick up the tab.
"We understand our customers' concerns and we are addressing those
concerns," said Glance.
The company wants to make sure the homeowners know it will
not abandon them.
"This is not a settlement. We are not writing a check and walking
away. We are standing side-by-side with the association," said
Despite those assurances, commissioners delivered a stern
warning to the builder.
"It cuts to my core that these residents have been put out. People
have gone bankrupt, health issues," said Manatee County Commissioner Robin