D. R. Horton appeals $9.6M awarded to FL condominium, Las Vegas HOA loses neighborhood park

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Heron’s Landing D.R. Horton landmark lawsuit

In May of 2016, D.R. Horton was ordered to pay more than $9 million to Heron’s Landing, to repair multiple construction defects in the 240-unit condo association.

$9.6M awarded to Jacksonville condo owners

As expected, D. R. Horton has appealed, and condo owners have not received a penny. Therefore, most of the leaky roofs and cracked stucco have not been repaired.

Homeowners of several planned developments and condominiums built by D. R. Horton since the mid-2000s have filed similar defect complaints against “America’s largest homebuilder,” including:

Glen St. Johns subdivision, St. Augustine, where homeowners report leaky shower stalls, and

St. Augustine and Orlando subdivisions, where homeowners are dealing with leaky roof vents.

Nearly all of the homes affected are less than 15 years old. Some are less than 5 years old. The builder blames homeowner maintenance and defective materials for water leaks, mold, and general structural damages.

But home inspectors working on behalf of consumers say the defects are mainly the result of shoddy construction.

In the meantime, D. R. Horton continues to develop several large new home communities in the Jacksonville – St. Augustine metro area.

Heron’s Landing community still waiting on millions in settlement money from homebuilder D.R. Horton

By: Kevin Clark , Action News Jax

Updated: Dec 27, 2017 – 11:31 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 18 months later, a condominium community off Beach Boulevard still hasn’t received settlement money from the nation’s largest home builder.

Last year, a jury found that D.R. Horton was negligent when building the Heron’s Landing community.

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Centennial Springs, NV Pop Squires Park

A few months ago, I wrote a post about a contentious neighborhood HOA meeting in Centennial Hills. The meeting was organized by Las Vegas City Council member Michele Fiore — a very unusual circumstance for a pubic official to initiate and chair a private HOA meeting.

The intersection of city and HOA governance in Las Vegas

Fiore ordered disabled Veteran Randall McGlade to leave the meeting, when he dared to ask a question about the planned closing and redevelopment of Pop Squires Park. Why? Simply because McGlade is not a member of the HOA, but happens to live in an adjacent neighborhood.

Up until recently, residents had incorrectly assumed that Pop Squires Park was public property.

At the HOA meeting, homeowners say they were told that there would be more discussion of options to save the park, including a possible HOA purchase from the California developer that has recently acquired the land, RH Centennial LLC.

But that never happened. Instead, playground equipment in Pop Squires Park was quickly whisked away, before homeowners could entertain negotiations with the developer.

New multifamily housing is currently planned for the space.


Dismantling of beloved playground blindsides neighbors

David Schuman
6:05 PM, Nov 1, 2017
8:37 AM, Nov 2, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A community fighting to save a beloved park was blindsided Wednesday when the playground equipment was suddenly dismantled and removed.

Crews put up red danger tape to do the work at the playground in Pop Squires Park in Centennial Hills.

Nathaniel Taylor is with the HOA of the Centennial Springs Neighborhood.

He says he was shocked to see what happened.

“We’re kind of caught off guard because we were told that we have two months before they were going to do anything with this park,” Taylor said.

The land is owned by a California developer that wants to build housing on it.

Taylor says the HOA was under the impression they’re in negotiations to possibly purchase the park from the developer.

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