Sinkhole Forces Building Officials to Condemn Three Homes, One Homeowner Says Design Flaw to Blame
BROOKSVILLE – County Officials have condemned three homes inside the Trillium Subdivision, after a massive sinkhole formed along a retention pond on Trillium Blvd. And one homeowner is furious over what he says is a lack of response from the Developer, Pulte Homes, who he believes is responsible for the sinkhole.
William Dallas lives with his wife at 1707 Trillium Blvd and says his sister-in-law, carol Swenson discovered the depression forming in his back yard on Monday. Swenson says, “We came over here to stay with them during the storm, thinking it’s safer because I live on the Gulf.” Swenson goes on to say, “I was walking the dogs in the back yard when I heard this noise and turned around to see dirt falling in.”
Deputy Building Inspector, Tony Bryan responded to the scene and gave Dallas only a few hours to move as many possessions out of the home before condemning the structure. Bryan also condemned two adjacent homes, forcing those occupants to seek shelter with family.
Dallas says the sinkhole is not a natural occurrence and that a Pulte Homes is responsible because of a design flaw in the drainage system. Dallas talked to a Pulte Homes warranty representative who told him, “It’s not our responsibility,” and said to address the issue with the Home Owners Association.
We tried to contact a representative with Pulte Homes but they have not returned our calls.
I called Annette Jones with Trillium HOA but when I revealed why I was calling, she said, “I’m not talking about it,” and hung up the phone. I emailed my questions to Jones but I have yet to receive a response.
We were also unable to reach Tony Bryan for comment but a representative with the Building Department said someone should respond today.
Dallas’ family and several neighbors all pitched in to help move their belongings as quickly as possible, and despite being angry with Pulte Homes, he is grateful for all those who came to his aid.
During our interview with Dallas, he received the news that two storage pods were on their way to help store their belongings. Now they just need to find a place to call home while he struggles with the Developer and HOA to try and find a resolution.
So far there has been no noticeable damage to any of the three condemned homes, but it’s only a matter of time, says Dallas.
We will continue to follow this story and bring updates as they develop.
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