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No answers in sight for Marion development

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MARION COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Lynn Cohen gives a desperate plea after leaving court with more unanswered questions.

"We need help and the fact is everything gets delayed and delayed and another court date and delayed."

She and half a dozen homeowners in the Sequatchie Point subdivision traveled from Florida to sit through another court hearing on whether the development would ever finish.

"There are families with no electricity and no roads. These are beautiful homes and we have spent lots of money and we can't sell them," Cohen says.

Right now the money is tied up with the bank after the original developer from Ohio went bankrupt in 2009.

Residents have since filed a $13 million lawsuit to get the neighborhood back in shape.

The original plans called for new landscaping, roadways, and hookups to county water, but fast forward to today, and much of the area looks as it did years ago.

"People who live in phase two or three, some have gravel roads, some have no roads and have just a trail that allows them to get to their property," Marion County Attorney Billy Gouger says.

Terry Sacca, a retired Florida police officer, is one of the people living on solar power and driving about mile of rough terrain to get to his home.

This area in phase two of the development faced several environmental problems: a mudslide made the road collapse.

"Some of my neighbors are going to leave their homes or not develop. That is sad for the development and the county," Betty McGuigan says.

Residents say they still aren't sure if they will ever be able to sell their property or even get roads.

They hope to know more on the case on October 29th.

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