BRADENTON, Florida - Repairs are underway at KB Home's Willowbrook development in Bradenton, but residents say it is turning their lives upside down, and the developer will not help them out.
"They put up this temporary wall. It's four feet in from where the original wall was. So, there is no lighting coming in here. It's dark in here. It's dingy. It stinks," said resident Robert Misiak.
Misiak's home is just one of many in the community now under repair. It's plagued with problems such as water damage, crumbling balconies, and mold.
Since 10 News began reporting on the issue several months ago, developer KB Home initiated repairs, but residents tell us that the walls of their homes are being torn off, and the constant noise from construction is making life unbearable.
"It's completely intrusive. I don't care who says it isn't. They can come to my house and see how I live," said Amanda Dillion.
The 25-year-old resident told us the wall in her home was also torn down and temporarily replaced with wooden planks as crews repair the damaged to the property.
Because their homes are now construction zones, many tell us they requested temporary accommodations from KB Home while the much-needed work is underway, but have been turned down.
10 News also reached out to the company on Sunday to ask why the homeowners cannot be given a new place to stay while the work is completed. We received a statement via email from KB spokesperson Cara Kane:
"We appreciate our homeowners' patience as we make repairs to their home. We know this can become inconvenient and challenging, and our efforts are to make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible."
Still, many homeowners tell us they will continue to request a new place to stay while the company finishes its work, but they will also look into a lawsuit if an agreement cannot be reached.