Letter: Say no to more Arbor homes

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Editor’s note: This letter was originally written by a resident to the advisory plan commission.

Editor,

I have many concerns about (the Orchard View development in Westfield).

1. Developments by Arbor are one of the worst for debris, which is then blown onto private property, common areas and ponds. They use manmade wood structures which fall apart and overfill them instead of the large metal bins that other builders utilize and empty during the course of construction.

2. As subdivisions are developed there are subcontractors who do not come close to respecting the area.

3. I had three, single-spaced typed pages of issues with my home (constructed by Arbor). Arbor took care of a few but, unfortunately, the “replacement” would be just as bad as the original issue. Many times, Arbor denies it is a “warranty issue” and then it goes to “forced arbitration,” which is never in the homeowner’s best interest.

4. Arbor plans another 271 to 275 homes in Orchard View. Renditions can look beautiful, salesmen can “sell ideals” and model homes can look nothing like the end product put on the home buyer’s lot. I am worried that another Arbor community will only end up being another community of homes with poor-quality product and poor workmanship, common areas not developed as promised, amenities not developed as promised, more narrow streets that when people park become a traffic hazard and a construction area that looks like a war zone.

Dee Burke, Westfield

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