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2-Year Wait For Community Pool Pays Off

Posted June 15, 2004

— A neighborhood pool is a perk lots of people want when they are looking for a house.

When a couple was told their neighborhood would not get a pool that was promised, they would not take "no" for an answer. They called Five on Your Side's Monica Laliberte for help.

Almost two years ago, Kyle and Kathryn Kornbau hung a banner asking "Where's the pool?"

"We kept telling people 'We'll believe it when we see it' and here it is," Kathryn Kornbau said.

The couple said the promise of a pool was a big reason they bought a home in the Braxton Village neighborhood built by Fortis Homes.

"They were selling us on the pool. We were very adamant with our real estate agent and with them. We want to be in a pool community and they kept going 'Yeah, we're going to get one,'" Kathy Kornbau said.

The planned community pool was advertised in home guides and on the Fortis Homes Web site. Then, "For Sale" signs went up on the lots where the pool was supposed to go.

"We were told 'Well, it was proposed. We really didn't promise it,'" she said.

That is when Five On Your Side got involved.

A Fortis Homes manager first told Five On Your Side the company did not build as many homes in the development as originally planned and did not want to foot the entire bill for the pool.

As the issue was pressed, Fortis reached a deal with developer Harvey Montegue, who took on the $450,000 project.

"I'm tickled to death with it," Montegue said of the pool.

Last month, the parking lot was paved, the water went in and the neighborhood finally got to cool off.

"It was well worth the effort and we're just so pleased with how it turned out," Kornbau said.

Why did it take two years to get the job done? Five On Your Side was told 18 months is about the norm for a community pool because of all the permitting requirements. This pool took a little longer because of some red tape between the companies.

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