STONEWALL, La. – Most individuals pay some huge cash to have a waterfront property. This isn’t the case in a creating subdivision of Stonewall, the place the streets flip into rivers and the courtyards right into a muddy swamp.
However that is what some householders in Griffin Estates Drive 2 are coping with, particularly on the north finish of Lessie Drive. Owners have for months been filming video of the stream of water flowing down the road from what they are saying is an absence of satisfactory drainage made worse by a close-by overflowing pond.
Extra troubling, nonetheless, is the water that saturates their backyards, leaving them just about unusable. When the realm was hit by a number of inches of rain on Saturday, the water coated the again patios and got here slightly nearer to the rear doorways.
In earlier weeks, contractors dug a trench between two properties, however the runoff was blocked by a sidewalk. One resident mentioned the moat was dug with out the house owners’ permission, making a muddy mess that contained standing water.
Owners say their calls to developer Jim Davlin went unanswered. A minimum of one household, and maybe extra, has employed a lawyer. Ten households attended a gathering final month to debate their issues.
Properties within the subdivision vary from $ 250,000 to $ 300,000.
When Jim Davlin contacted KTBS, he requested questions of his brother, Brian Davlin, who mentioned not one of the affected householders contacted him. He’s conscious of the issues as a result of he mentioned he’s on website day-after-day.
Brian Davlin believes nothing could be accomplished to alleviate water issues apart from promising to “repair the pond,” which he identified is on the adjoining property that he and his brother do not personal.
“There’s nothing else we are able to do,” mentioned Brian Davlin. “It rained for 48 days.”
He additionally mentioned that the hit houses on Lessie Drive are “on the backside of a hill.”
The scenario attracted the eye of no less than two state companies following the KTBS investigation. One of many issues is not new, nonetheless.
The Louisiana Division of Environmental High quality imposed a $ 3,000 nice on Jeremy Woodle of Falcon Wooden Builders LLC in 2016 for failing to implement stormwater controls. It additionally didn’t acquire permission earlier than continuing with the development of latest houses. DEQ was adopted in 2017 and 2018 however the shortcomings weren’t corrected.
Woodle is listed as one of many 4 officers of Griffin Estates Models 2 & 3, LLC, owned by Jim Davlin. Brian Davlin and Taso Sofitikis of Southfield, Mi., are listed as officers of the corporate, based on state information.
After KTBS inquired in regards to the standing of the sanction, a spokesperson for the DEQ, the division is pursuing authorized motion. It additionally inspired residents to report violations on to the company so it may well examine additional.
Brian Davlin recognized Woodle as “one of many authentic builders” for Griffin Estates Unit 1. A phone quantity listed for Woodle on DEQ paperwork is now not in service.
A number of the residents additionally complained that extra water was the reason for a powerful odor emanating from the subdivision’s wastewater therapy plant. The day after KTBS inquired in regards to the administration of the plant, the State Division of Well being and Hospitals carried out an on-site inspection and sued plant operator Timothy Bryson with two violations.
The DHH engineers observed that the plant appeared septic. The water was black and smelled from the tank.
Moreover, the contents of the aeration basin didn’t seem to “resemble sanitary sewer, however to pond water.”
The engineers made a number of suggestions, mentioned they’d conduct a follow-up go to, and gave the developer 30 days to make corrections.
KTBS left a cellphone message for Bryson however obtained no response.
Brian Davlin mentioned that regardless that he and his brother do not personal the wastewater therapy plant, he’s in weekly contact with DHH. He places a number of the blame on the delayed supply of an engine that was ordered in December.
The troubles at Griffin Estates come at a time when much more subdivisions are underway in north DeSoto parish, a few of them from the developer himself. Stonewall and the unincorporated areas on the north finish of the parish proceed to be a magnet for brand spanking new households.
Over the previous yr, the DeSoto Planning Fee has accepted or obtained preliminary info on the next:
- Pecan Level Unit II – positioned off Gravel Level Highway in Frierson reverse Pierre Level Estates. Developer: Randy Touchton.
- Shady Oaks Unit 1 – positioned off Freeway 5 in Gloster.
- Stonewall Woods – positioned east of Rosemary Lane.
- Pierre Touchdown – positioned on the northwest nook of Stonewall-Frierson Highway on the intersection of Wallace Lake Highway. Developer: Jim Davlin.
- Burford Crossing – positioned close to the southeast nook of the intersection of US Freeway 171 and State Freeway 5. Developer: James Burford.
- Legacy Ranch – positioned off Purple Bluff Highway between Freeway 171 and its junction with Jessie Latin Highway. Developer: Lighthouse Building and Growth (Jim Davlin).