Unhappy Midland Homeowners Considering Lawsuit Against City

By Abby Reed
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - More controversy brewing over those apartments being built in North Midland. As NewsWest 9 reported, many homeowners who live near the development of the Blue Ridge Apartments, say they are upset by the development. They believe the buildings invade their privacy and lower their property values. Now, they're taking legal action against the city.

More than 40 homeowners who live adjacent to the Blue Ridge Apartment construction site have hired an attorney. At this point and time, they have not filed a lawsuit against the city, but they have filed a grievance. In it, homeowners say the city has not properly enforced the original development plans, and they are demanding that the city take action. If the city doesn't, the homeowners and their attorney will move to step two, which includes suing for damages.

'I'd love to see it torn down," Homeowner, Ronnie Trammell, said.

Trammell is outspokenly unhappy about the development of the apartment complex directly adjacent to his home. For one, he says it invades his privacy.

"With this being a three story building, there will be people that will be able to look out the window of their apartment and just overlook into my backyard," Trammell said.

His backyard isn't the only problem, however. Although he admits he has not had an appraiser come out to his home, Trammell says he's certain that the building of the apartments is lowering the value of his home. He says he blames the city for allowing it in the first place.

"They allowed this, and basically, it raped my property values, by putting this next door to me," Trammell said.

Trammell and his wife met with an attorney several weeks ago. They are asking the city to essentially hold the developers accountable, and force them to go by the original building plans, which did not have windows overlooking backyards. They also want the city to consider compensating nearby residents, with the amount they believe their property value has lost, due to the apartment's development.

The city has about 15 days to respond and if they don't, the homeowners may file suit.

"At this point and time, we have not filed a lawsuit against anybody," Trammell said.

The topic of this pending lawsuit is expected to be on the agenda of a city council meeting in December. Until then, homeowners say they are hopeful the city will respond favorably to their requests.

NewsWest 9 did contact city councilman Jeff Sparks. Over the phone, he said he felt it would be improper to comment on a city matter that showed the possibility of litigation.