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Holly Springs Neighbors Hope To Be In The Swim Next Summer

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HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — The homeowners of a Holly Springs neighborhood contacted Five On Your Side in July when builder Fortis Homes decided to change plans for a community pool.

After Five On Your Side got involved, the plans got rolling again.

A dry creek bed does not look like much now, but this time next year it will be a new, $500,000 pool complex.

Kathryn and Kyle Kornbau are among dozens of homebuyers who said they were promised a community pool when they bought their homes in Braxton Village.

The pool was advertised in the NewHome Book and on the Fortis Homes Web site, and was supposedly set to open in spring 2002.

Then "For Sale" signs went up on the lots where the pool was supposed to be.

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

After Five On Your Side called Fortis Homes, the company reached a deal with developer Harvey Montegue to get the pool project back on track.

"It will be really, really nice," Montague said.

Montegue met Five On Your Side at the site where the complex will now be. He called it a win for everyone.

"I think they can feel real good about it. They are going to get what was promised to them. There may have been some miscommunications, but they are doing exactly what I asked them to do," he said.

Montegue said the junior Olympic-sized pool will have a deck around it, a cabana and a playground. The builder said it will look much like a pool area he built at another one of his developments.

Kyle Kornbaugh looks forward to the day the pool will be ready.

"We're just really happy with the way it turned out," he said.

The permitting process for public pools is pretty involved and time-consuming, but Montegue said he hopes to start clearing the land by this fall, and the pool should be ready for swimmers by next summer.