North County subdivision residents told they're responsible for street repairs

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by Lauren Trager / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM

(KMOV.com) - After pouring their life-savings into a dream home, some homeowners in a north St. Louis County subdivision are now dealing with new costs.

Residents in the Portland Ridge subdivision near Florissant are left footing the bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential road repairs.  Homeowners said they were told all along their subdivision was public and all the streets would maintained by St. Louis County.

“We were told it would not be a private subdivision it would never be,” homeowner Lorraine Banks said.

Banks and her husband were told they wouldn't have to pay for road repairs and snow removal.

“We’d always been told that by our project manager sales manager,” she said.

After the builder moved out, the Banks family learned that was not the case.

News 4 looked at the plot plan with David Wrone from the St. Louis Country Street Department. On paper, the builder told St. Louis County that homeowners were responsible for road repairs and snow removal.

Wrone said there is a process to make the subdivision public, but every homeowner must be on board. Then, someone will have to pay thousands to bring the roads up to code.

"Basically the ball is in their court, we can't move forward on this,” Wrone said.

News 4 attempted to speak to subdivision builder McBride and Sons but was told no one was available to speak until Friday. 

St. Louis County officials said this could be a valuable lesson to homebuyers: make sure you read the fine print.

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