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Senior community in Dunlap a big problem for homeowners

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DUNLAP, TN. (WRCB) -- Bill Croteau and his wife are just a handful of elderly homeowners who bought into the idea of a brand new living community for senior citizens in Dunlap.

However, so far it has not turned out as they had hoped. "I don't know where to go from here but it's a mess up here," says Croteau.

"What they did is they take these old people that really don't have any choices. We can't get out of the contract," says homeowner Judy Duffey.

New Hope Construction began building phase 3 of "The Village of Dunlap" more than two years ago. The contract states New Hope Construction will eventually build sidewalks, a mailbox, a driveway, landscaping, a walking trail and gutters on the houses.

However, the road and driveways are still gravel, there's no grass, no sidewalks, no mailboxes and no gutters.

And that's how it's been for the last 17 months.

"All the sudden everybody just disappeared," explains Duffey.

Channel 3 tried to contact New Hope Construction but the phone number listed on the contract no longer works. We contacted their attorney, Devon Sutherland out of Hendersonville, he refused to comment.

Residents say the problems started well before the first home was built. "My understanding was the original engineer for New Hope, before any home was built up here, the engineer told New Hope they need to take 20 feet right off the top of the property," says Croteau.

Earlier this year homeowner's mortgages were transferred to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. An official there says they only work with home loans and mortgages and the city should have a letter of credit from the original developer, New Hope Construction.

Our calls to Dunlap city officials and the city attorney were not returned as of Friday afternoon.

"They're not going to do anything. We're on our own is basically what we've been told," says Duffey.

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