Hixson "Trailer' Spurs Lawsuit By Neighbors

November 11, 1998 | Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)

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A group of residents at the Kingsridge subdivision in Hixson have filed suit after what they term a "double-wide trailer" was delivered to their neighborhood recently. Paul Stanfield, president of the firm that sold the home to Robert and Wanda Bryson, said it is a "$100,000 home" that will outshine most of the homes in the subdivision off Grubb Road. He said state law prohibits excluding such homes from neighborhoods, and he said the city has issued a building permit. Chancellor Howell Peoples has signed a restraining order blocking the Brysons from proceeding with the home, which has already been set up on a lot on Bramblewood Drive. A hearing has been set for Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. Don Holland, who lives down the street from the new dwelling, said, "It was brought in on wheels. It's a double-wide trailer any way you pronounce it." He claimed the Brysons first told neighbors they planned to build a two-story house at Kingsridge. The suit says the home "is, in fact, a "trailer' " and is prohibited by restrictive covenants that provide "only for site-built homes which are erected and constructed on the realty rather than trailers being hauled in on trucks." The complaint, filed by attorney Chris Lanier, says the Bryson dwelling will substantially lower property values. Plaintiffs are Don and Kay Holland, Steve Hunsicker and Tom and Jan Hubbuch. Mr. Stanfield said he and Mrs. Bryson met with concerned neighbors and offered to sell the lot for the amount the Brysons had in it. He said the neighbors did not come up with the money. He said the home has a pitched roof, over 2,000 square feet of space, therma-pane windows, a plywood subfloor and thick insulation and meets all codes. Mr. Stanfield said, "You can call it a double wide or you can call it a camper. But it will look better than most of the existing homes in the neighborhood."

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