EAST MANATEE -- Manatee County building inspectors deemed the balcony of a home inside the Willowbrook condo community in East Manatee unsafe Friday, affirming the residents’ claims of deteriorating infrastructure.
And more could be ruled unsafe by next week.
Several homeowners from the 270-unit gated community, which is located at the north end of Town Center Parkway just north of Lakewood Ranch, have spoken out concerning unsafe infrastructure and construction flaws. The residents claim the flaws have led to water damage inside their homes and on balconies, which have led to signs of mold and sagging floors.
The residents have requested KB Home, a California-based home building company, to buy back their units. At 11 a.m. Saturday, roughly 100 residents are expected to visit the Lakewood Ranch Post Office with 50 to 60 letters each addressed to the CEO and board members of KB Home and government officials.
KB Home released a statement Wednesday saying the company was aware of the situation and had received a claim from the Willowbrook condo association. The details of that claim were not immediately available.
Some residents say that is a lie. The frustrated group of homeowners said KB Home has not communicated with them and attempts to fix damages were nugatory. “I think there are structural defects we don’t know about,” said Sally Urbaniak, the Willowbrook homeowner whose deck was ruled unsafe by inspectors Friday. “Something is not right.”