Willowbrook residents to take concerns to Manatee County commissioners

MANATEE -- Residents of the Willowbrook town home community in East Manatee have plenty of concerns about health, safety, and construction quality.

So much so that several are planning to attend today's Manatee County Commission meeting to ask for help in persuading builder KB Home to buy back their homes.

The commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

"KB Home put us in this

danger both physically and financially and we want to be made whole once again. They can do that by buying us back," said Armando Oyola-Delgado, Willowbrook Committee director.

Water intrusion, mold, and build quality are frequent complaints.

Residents acknowledge that KB Home has responded to prior complaints, but that repairs were unsatisfactory.

County building officials have ruled that 20 of the 27 balconies they inspected are unsafe.

In response to the vocal criticism, KB Home has said that it is committed to customer satisfaction and has been working diligently to resolve the issues.

"The Willowbrook Association recently presented KB Home with a claim on behalf if its members and we have worked with the Association to inspect their concerns and look forward to fully and fairly resolving the homeowners' concerns," KB Home said in a statement.

Sally Urbaniak, community coordinator for Willowbrook, expressed reservations Monday about a potential settlement.

"We don't want a settlement accepted on our behalf before we have a chance to review it," Urbaniak said.

Manatee County inspectors were back at Willowbrook on Monday inspecting more of the 272 condo units.

Manatee County Commission meetings are open to the public.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1