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Rift among residents seen in Pr. George's senior housing issue

A group of Prince George's County seniors who have been lambasting county officials and the developer of their community, Cameron Grove, over alleged substandard construction and inspections apparently does not represent the views of the whole community--but that does not appear to be slowing the momentum of their cause.

An Oct. 20 letter to County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) from the Cameron Grove Homeowners Association president--which was co-signed by the president of the development company, Stavrou Associates--states that the HOA's board of directors has been working with Stavrou "in harmony for the last 8 years." (See the letter, released by the County Council, below).

It goes on to say that "Stavrou and the Board are committed to productively resolving legitimate homeowner issues, and do not want to get clouded with negativity, false accusations, and outside agendas that are not consistent with the vision of Cameron Grove."

A group of seniors, assisted by the local activist group, People For Change, has said that shoddy construction has left residents with mold, leaks, faulty heaters and other issues and that the county has failed to get them help. The issue threatens to dog the county executive bid of Council Member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville), whose district includes Cameron Grove. Members of People For Change and residents have showed up to numerous public forums lately, at times citing Dean by name, to garner publicity for their cause.

Last night, nearly 150 residents turned out to formulate a plan of action, the Prince George's Gazette reports. One resident there called the developer a "slumlord."

Stephen Moore, vice president for Stavrou Associates, Inc., told the Gazette the problems are not widespread.

"We will address all issues -- all legitimate issues -- that are presented in the proper manner," Moore said. "I would encourage any homeowners that do have issues to follow the procedures the [Home Owners Association] board has laid out with the Homeowners Advocacy Committee."

Cameron Grove HOA Letter

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 22, 2009; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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