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WCI facing uphill approvals battle in latest Parkland building project

January 18, 2011 05:09PM

WCI Communities is attempting to build another 196 houses on new subdivisions in its Heron Bay development in Parkland, the same community where an estimated 100 homes were affected by defective Chinese drywall that the builder allegedly knew about before selling them to families. WCI sought approval from the city’s Planning & Zoning board last week, which recommended against allowing the project to proceed. The board is only advisory, however, and city commissioners will have their final say at a yet-to-be-determined date. The city attorney’s office had warned the board to consider WCI’s application without taking into account its controversial drywall history. Since WCI filed for bankruptcy, “we are unable to legally hold WCI accountable” for its drywall debts, Commissioner Jared Moskowitz explained. “That being said, WCI has failed in many other areas to be a responsible developer in the city of Parkland.” [Sun Sentinel]