Stop Baldwin and Sons!
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We need your help! Baldwin and Sons, the builder behind The Oaks development, came to our last HOA meeting to share an update on what the new fencing would look like on the area bordering their development (by the flag pole). During that conversation, they shared simulated pictures showing that the grading currently being raised, is going to be brought up to just 4 feet below ours, meaning that the new houses will be blocking all views from units facing the development. While this directly affects those near the new development, this will dramatically lower property values for all of us.
Additionally, the amount of dirt and dust being sent into the air far exceeds what should be allowed. Those near the construction have reported having health problems, in addition to the nuisance the dirt causes, both outside and inside the homes.
Finally, the construction agreements indicated no work would start prior to 7 a.m. Delivery trucks, individuals, and work equipment have been observed working much earlier than 7 a.m.
Back in 2014, when the construction plans were being finalized, a Baldwin representative came to the homeowners near the construction site and told us the grade would not be raised to block our entire view, that the tops of the homes would be below our grade. Now we know this wasn’t true.
Those familiar with the history of Portola Hills know that Baldwin and Sons built many of the homes here, back when they were Baldwin. Due to poor construction, many residents sued the company to have their homes repaired. After losing the lawsuit, rather than paying damages, Baldwin filed for bankruptcy. Now, they have returned as Baldwin and Sons. We cannot let them continue to try to get away with dishonest practices.
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