May 1, 2013 7:33 PM by Chris Welty

Developer Abandons Neighborhood, Residents Want Answers

Abandoned, unfinished properties are only part of the problem for residents in one Broussard neighborhood.

Homeowners in Cypress Crossing off South Morgan Street want answers, but subdivision developer Southern Homes apparently quit returning their calls and e-mails.

Overgrown yards and abandoned properties dot the Cypress Crossing neighborhood. Residents are frustrated Southern Homes disappeared from the job site. Its model home is closed and a disconnect notice from the City of Broussard is on the front steps.

"We're very strong in our neighborhood and we're going to do what we need to do, but this is very frustrating to invest this type of money and this is what you get," said Cypress Crossing Home Association President Elaine Hebert.

Wednesday, neighbors frustrated with Southern Homes developers not maintaining properties took matters into their own hands by cutting the grass at the model home.

Besides abandoned properties, homeowners say the company isn't honoring warranties.

"Cracks in the foundation, windows leaking where moisture is getting in the house. We don't want mold to grow behind the sheet-rock," said homeowner Samuel Cumbest.

He is worried about declining property values. Cumbest lives several doors down from one of those abandoned homes.

"If I had no place to live, that place over there would look like a great place to keep my head dry. If someone in the future decides to go forward on that home because it's open to the elements, they will have to gut it and start from scratch."

The city ordered the developer to clean up one of the properties and that deadline was two days ago. City-of-Broussard spokeswoman Amy Jones says Southern Homes did clean up the blighted property this afternoon, a day after KATC started asking questions.

KATC did place several calls and e-mails to Southern Homes, but we did not get a response.

Southern Home developers is also accused of abandoned and unfinished properties in Abita Springs. Click here for the story.

Sunday, the Cypress Crossing homeowners association will have a meeting to discuss its next step.

Chris Welty



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