MANATEE -- Manatee County officials Tuesday said they are confident construction defects at the Willowbrook subdivision being fixed by the builder KB Home are being properly supervised and repaired.
"We have close oversight on that," said John Barnott, director of the Manatee County Building & Development Services Department.
Barnott told commissioners at a workshop meeting at Manatee County Administrative Building about the work after a story in Sunday's Bradenton Herald quoted a
Willowbrook resident saying mold remediation isn't being done properly and good wood was being installed over rotted wood.
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"It's been said that bad stuff is going on back in there," Barnott said. "It's not true."
Officials said eight buildings have received certificates of completion, 16 are ready for final certificates of completion and 28 are in various stages of remediation by the end of the year.
"C.J. is out there every week, three or four times a week," said Barnott, sitting next to county building chief, Carroll "C.J." Dupre.
"Every inspection is reviewed by C.J." said Barnott.
Dupre said he was at the east Manatee housing development Monday and it "looks real good."
Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, in whose district the housing development is located, said she had not received a single emailed complaint from anyone at Willowbrook, adding she was "not pleased with the implications of the article." However, Commissioner Robin DiSabatino said she had not been fully informed about it, and had been "very upset" about how the matter was handled.
The development builder, KB Home, and its condo association have been repairing damaged units in the 272-unit complex after serious construction defects turned up. Some condos developed water intrusion resulting in mold and mildew that posed health hazards to the owners.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.