TEXAS – Crumbling walls in McKinney subdivision leave HOA, residents at odds

Dallasnews.com:  Crumbling walls in McKinney subdivision leave HOA, residents at odds
The Dallas Morning News
Published: 21 February 2014 07:37 AMWhen Larry Duncan moved to McKinney’s Heatherwood subdivision about seven years ago, he looked forward to enjoying the home he built overlooking a quiet greenbelt. But after the retaining wall that supports his backyard buckled in December, Duncan, 57, said his home has been more of a headache than a peaceful refuge. The wall behind his house also runs behind about 30 other houses and supports each of their backyards. Similar stone retaining walls are built throughout the neighborhood, many of which show signs of cracking.

When Duncan’s portion of the wall collapsed it sent heavy stones tumbling into a pile below, leaving behind a massive hole and the edge of the yard sinking. Trying to get the wall fixed has been difficult, Duncan said. The residents currently do not control Heatherwood’s homeowners association, which refuses to make the repairs, Duncan said. He and the HOA do not agree whose responsibility it is to maintain the wall.

Duncan, a receiving manager at Market Street grocery, said he originally approached SBB management company, which oversees Heatherwood’s homeowners association, about fixing the problem.  Read more:


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