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Alton Park residents voice concerns over future of development

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB)- Some residents in Alton Park are speaking out about plans to build more subsidized apartments in the community. They say there needs to be more communication between homeowners and the Chattanooga Housing Authority.

The Villages at Alton Park is a mixed-income development built in 2005. Several people who own homes in the community say they were not notified about plans to build more apartments.

With some public housing closing in the city, they are concerned about what the future holds for not only their home value, but also their safety.

James McCallie is taking it upon himself to help maintain the yards of fellow neighbors in the Villages at Alton Park.

"You can look now. The city is supposed to take care of this lot. At one time we were cutting it. But you see it's overgrown," says McCallie.

When he moved in five years ago he was paying homeowner's dues.

"And I'm going to be honest with you. I stopped paying."

He says besides the trivial promise of yard care, he says he and other neighbors started having issues with their homes, from plumbing to roofing problems.

"House foundations shifting and all that," says McCallie.

"Since 2008 I've been on my roof six to seven times replacing shingles that have fallen off," says homeowner Aubrey Fritz.

Fritz says the some of repair work for neighbors fell under a one year warrantee. But not his.

He says most people noticed problems after the first year.

Water marks are on his ceiling because his roof is leaking. He got an estimate and says it will cost $1,500 to fix. 

He wants taxpayers to realize where their money went.

Chattanooga Housing Authority issued the following statement to our partners at the Times Free Press, saying the "existing homes met all of the necessary building code requirements, and are deemed safe, decent and affordable homes by HUD standards."

Fritz says it goes beyond shoddy construction.

"Originally 125 homes were to be constructed here," he says.

But he says only 44 were built.

Now with plans to add on more apartments, he and his wife are not only worried about retail value, but also what could happen with the dynamic of the neighborhood.

"We know people need housing. But why do this under cover without having us to be involved with it and the decision making? And let us know what you're planning to do?"

"I just think that there needs to be communication. It's not necessarily that the apartments are a bad idea, we just weren't notified about it," says his wife, Jerri Fritz.

The Housing Authority went on to say in the statement: "There is a dire need for additional affordable housing in our community, and this new project will provide more options for working families with limited incomes."

Fritz says some of his neighbors are considering leaving.

They are planning to meet with city officials April 9th to voice their concerns on the plans for the development.

We will keep you posted.

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