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Orange Park resident's dream home not quite up to code

8:58 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- June Fowler grew up on Hopkins Street, next door to the home she currently owns.

"It was a Leave it to Beaver neighborhood! And I always thought that when I get older, I hope to be able to have a similar home here", said June.  

June said, "Fast track to 1990, the house became available for sale from the original owner."

So June and her husband bought it and her parents still live next door.

Fowler says she attended a City Council meeting last Tuesday, to find her dream home wasn't quite up to code.

"I was shocked when I looked at the agenda on the big screen and saw my property address", said June.

Cindy Hall, Orange Park Town Manager said, "One of the council members was aware of a property that had not been connected so that prompted his curiosity."

Orange Park Town Manager, Cindy Hall, said a survey of the town found that in addition to the Fowlers house, four other properties were supposed to be connected to the town's lines.

Hall said the town's usage and rate structure is based on the number of users.

Hall said, "There are properties that are not connected so the rate structure we have would be missing that revenue."

But real estate agent David Elian said this isn't necessarily uncommon and it should be something you look into when looking to buy a new home.

Elian said to read the seller's disclosure carefully. "The seller is legally required to disclose that information".

As for the Fowlers, their major concern is the aesthetics of the addition of the equipment needed to connect to the town lines.

"What would that do for our ambiance of our neighborhood? What would happen to our property value? It'd go right down the lift station sewer!"

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