Neighbors in Retreat Village are up in arms about new home

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Some residents living in Gulfport's Retreat Village are frustrated about a neighbor bringing in a home they said is bringing down their property value. Neighbors said while this home meets city code, it does not meet their Homeowners Association Covenants, and they want the home gone.

The building that has neighbors up in arms sits on Fishermans Trail.

Neighbor Jason Harrington said, "When I drove by it, I was speechless. When I looked at it, I couldn't believe the size of the house that was trying to be installed on the property."

"I actually think it is a shed. That was my first thought when I saw it. It just doesn't look like a home," said Charles Damiens.

Damiens lives on Fishermans Trail. He said the eyesore was moved to the property about a week ago, and the main problem is, it does not meet their Homeowners Association Covenants. The covenant states, the home must be at least 1,000 square feet.

"And from the best estimates we're able to visually do, it's about 400 [square feet], if not less. It's going to drive our property values down, and personally, it does not develop the community. It's not community development. That was one of our questions to the city of Gulfport," said Damiens.

Ward six Councilman R.Lee Flowers said the city can only enforce ordinances and as of now, the home is okay according to city books.

"The house, the person that's putting it there; he's met all the city requirements, but he may or may not have met the neighborhood requirements. We can't enforce the neighborhood requirements. That's a civil action they have to take up," said Flowers.

Neighbors want the home gone and said they will do what it takes to get it removed.

"We'll have to pursuit it civilly. This is way substandard compared to what our covenants ask for and what is actually in the community," said Damiens.

Harrington said, "[I'm] really frustrated about the whole deal. Something needs to be done about it, and we're going to do what it takes to try to get it rectified."

Messages were left to the homeowner regarding the new home that was moved to Retreat Village, but the calls were never returned.

Harrington and Damiens said there are about 50 homes in the neighborhood and about a dozen neighbors agree the house should be removed.

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