Attn: Residents in the Trenton and Sergeant Area

lauraska's picture

It has come to our attention that the builders of the two new houses at Trenton and Sergeant have FILLED in a storm drain with concrete while laying new sidewalks. As a result, flooding has occurred in nearby residents' basements.

If you live in this area and have been affected, PLEASE call the water department at 215-685-6300 and let them know. It is the water department's job to service the storm drains in the city and we all know that things don't get done unless a bunch of people call in about it.

Do not let this irresponsible developer decrease the value of the surrounding homes by forcing homeowners to get sump pumps installed!!!!

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Call L&I, make the developer

Call L&I, make the developer PAY the city for having to REPAIR the sewer. The inspections can force them to cease & desist also.

Personally, I think whoever the contract company was should be fined and lose their license (if they have one) to work in the city.

lauraska's picture

The problem is that the

The problem is that the houses are already built and finished, so there's not much that L&I can hold over his head. I've already put the owner on notice that I will file a law suit for current damages, future maintenance of the condition, and any decrease in value of our home. You'd think it would be cheaper for him to just dig the thing out than to go to court, but he hasn't responded to me yet.

maryt621's picture

Please excuse my ignorance,

Please excuse my ignorance, but how would a sump pump decrease the value of your home?

lauraska's picture

It's not the sump pump that

It's not the sump pump that would decrease the value. It's the knowledge that the basement floods significantly every time it rains.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

I would still make L&I aware

I would still make L&I aware of the situation and who the builder is. If the builder is doing work anywhere else in the city; L&I can keep a watch.

I would even take it one step further, being a itch!; if the homes aren't sold, I would put signs on them with something like -- "Slumlord Builder" "Cut Corners/Costs Builder"

lauraska's picture

We just found out that he

We just found out that he sold one of the houses...it was on the market for almost $400K. So this guy gets to make this huge profit, while the rest of us suffer losses. It makes me want to scream.

We have some elected officials involved, now, so things might move a bit faster. We'll see.

frankdatank's picture

Who would pay 400k+ to live

Who would pay 400k+ to live on that dump of a corner? I can't see a bank even appraising that value. Gimme A Break!!!

lauraska's picture

frankdatank wrote:Who would

frankdatank wrote:

Who would pay 400k+ to live on that dump of a corner? I can't see a bank even appraising that value. Gimme A Break!!!

Excuse me, but I happen to live near that "dump of a corner." Catty corner to the new houses is the Ribbon Factory, which has been rehabbed into VERY nice and reasonably priced lofts. The block of Sergeant across the street from that is very well-maintained. And my block is cursed with a few empty houses, but the ones that are occupied are kept up very well. I'd love to come take a look at your house and see how you keep it, since you are so into judging everyone else's.

Lighterthief's picture

http://www.realtor.com/search

http://www.realtor.com/search/listingdetail.aspx?srcnt=50&sid=1b37ab3e73e34d268a3a8e1ea6426c6d&fhcnt=4&loc=19125&usrloc=19125&mnp=300000&mxp=450000&pg=2&fhpg=1&lid=1104573901&lsn=18

http://www.realtor.com/search/listingdetail.aspx?lid=1104944162

I think this is the listing.... not to my taste but the house is pretty big and brand new... that corner never struck me as especially dumpy... (the area in front of the garage could be cleaner) and I love the light on Trenton ave... it is a really unique condition to have such a wide street that is so quiet... and the cobblestone looks cool and keeps traffic down... I wonder what it sold for though that is pretty pricey!

Hopefully the stupid builders will have to remedy the mistake

lauraska's picture

Yup, that's it. It's not as

Yup, that's it. It's not as big as the pictures make it out to be. What is that ugly border running around the bottom of the living room??? BLECH. I've heard from folks who did a walkthrough that it's really poorly built and it shows.

Lighterthief's picture

lauraska wrote:BLECH. . I

lauraska wrote:

BLECH. .

I was trying to be diplomatic lest some reader/poster be the buyer of this house... ;)

in addition to being a jerk for filling in the drain the builder also appears to be aesthetically challenged.:(

I do like the location though.

tudor's picture

Not to minimize the damage

Not to minimize the damage to you, but I wonder what they were thinking when they did that--pouring concrete down a big hole for no reason.

Ftown66's picture

frankdatank wrote:Who would

frankdatank wrote:

Who would pay 400k+ to live on that dump of a corner? I can't see a bank even appraising that value. Gimme A Break!!!

I agree with da tank. Maybe they can hide the ghetto the day someone comes to look at it. Or sell it to a blind person.

teener's picture

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Ftown66 wrote:
frankdatank wrote:

Who would pay 400k+ to live on that dump of a corner? I can't see a bank even appraising that value. Gimme A Break!!!

I agree with da tank. Maybe they can hide the ghetto the day someone comes to look at it. Or sell it to a blind person.

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biggeo's picture

lauraska wrote:frankdatank

lauraska wrote:
frankdatank wrote:

Who would pay 400k+ to live on that dump of a corner? I can't see a bank even appraising that value. Gimme A Break!!!

Excuse me, but I happen to live near that "dump of a corner." Catty corner to the new houses is the Ribbon Factory, which has been rehabbed into VERY nice and reasonably priced lofts. The block of Sergeant across the street from that is very well-maintained. And my block is cursed with a few empty houses, but the ones that are occupied are kept up very well. I'd love to come take a look at your house and see how you keep it, since you are so into judging everyone else's.

when you say reasonably priced do you mean for the common working man and i agree that 400k is quit a lot to live near you nah just kidding but it is quit a lot for that area

lauraska's picture

biggeo wrote: when you say

biggeo wrote:

when you say reasonably priced do you mean for the common working man and i agree that 400k is quit a lot to live near you nah just kidding but it is quit a lot for that area

Most common working men, at least the ones who are in unions, make more than I do, so I'm not sure what you mean. But the lofts start at $200K, and even small three bedrooms are selling for $185K, in our area, so I figured that price was reasonable for anyone looking in the area. And I guess that is who they should be reasonably priced for...the people who are looking to buy houses here, regardless of whether they are the common man.