WARREN Developer vows to clean home construction site

The plan calls for 20 homes in the development that was started about four years ago.
WARREN -- The owner of a new housing development says the area should be cleaned up in a couple of weeks, weather permitting.
Work on the Birch Run development began about four years ago. Eight houses line the road that intersects Reeves Road. The plan calls for 20 homes.
Jody Moore has lived in his Reeves Road home for about 14 years. When he first moved in, the area was wooded. Now he looks out his back windows to see weeds and construction debris.
Casey Dickson has lived across the road in Howland for about eight years and agrees the area needs attention.
Workers from the company mowed the grass on the property about two weeks ago. Before the mowing, weeds stood a couple of feet high, he said.
John Straface lives a few houses down from the development on Reeves Road.
"All I want him to do is just get it landscaped," he said. "Just level all of this off and we'll maintain it. We'll plant the grass."
Owner's response
The property is owned by John Schellhorn. JP Builders, a Warren company, is the builder. The homes were priced at $105,000 and higher.
Schellhorn said he met with residents Tuesday evening.
"The excavator is coming to do the basement on one of the houses in a week and a half to two weeks," Schellhorn said. "He'll also attend to the entrance and the side of the road."
That schedule is dependent on the weather, he added.
Although residents said the road flooded during a recent heavy rain, Schellhorn said that was a one-time occurrence caused by a pipe leading from the retention pond being too long. The pipe has since been shortened.
"All we're asking for is that he be a good neighbor," said Councilman John Homlitas, D-3rd. "We appreciate what he's trying to do to bring people into the city and we applaud the effort. Just be a good neighbor."
Schellhorn said none of the residents has contacted him.
Homlitas said he spoke to Schellhorn July 26 and was assured the property would be landscaped in three weeks. Friday marks the three-week deadline and neighbors say there's been no movement to clean it up.
"Granted it's a construction site, but look at this entrance and common grounds," the councilman said. "They're a mess. It's been a mess from the very first day."
Schellhorn said he's working with the city so that the city accepts the road.

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