Morgan Run final paving, bridge renovation could begin by 2013
Residents of Morgan Run seem to have more questions than answers about the future of their neighborhood.
The Mint Hill subdivision’s final house was built more than three years ago, but the streets have never received their permanent layer of pavement. And the fate of a wooden bridge connecting the neighborhood with the adjacent Park on Wilgrove is still not accessible for handicapped residents, as town code requires.
Builder M/I Homes told town officials in July they would fix the roads and the bridges but has yet to begin construction.
And Morgan Run resident Jervey Hill is tired of waiting.
“I want a deadline,” Hill said. “I want to know when this road is going to be paved.”
Cornelius-based Randy Humphrey Associates developed the 48-house Morgan Run subdivision and the houses were built by M/I Homes beginning in 2006.
When the final house was complete, the developer was supposed to lay down the final layer of pavement along the streets, according to Hill. But after three years nothing has been done, he said. He’s lived in the subdivision for five years.
The wooden bridge connecting the subdivision to Mint Hill’s Park on Wilgrove is part of the problem, Mint Hill Town Planner John Hoard said.
When the neighborhood was developed, a bridge was built that allows residents to cross over a creek and directly access the park But because the bridge has no handicap-accessible ramp and is not in compliance with town and county codes.
In March 2011, Humphrey reached an agreement with the town to take over road maintenance if the developer would fix the bridge.
Hoard said this week M/I Homes, has now accepted responsibility for renovating the bridge and bringing it up to code and work could begin as early as spring 2013.
In the July memo to town officials, the company “made alternative arrangements to have the modifications made as soon as possible” and “apologizes for the inconvenience Morgan Run homeowners have experienced as a result of the delay in the modifications.”
Randy Humphrey & Associates could not be reached for a comment.
Hoard said the town plans to try to contact Randy Humphrey & Associates in February or March. If the company doesn’t make the fix or goes out of business, the town would work with the county to secure money from Humphrey’s bond to finish the work, Hoard said.
“I think if Randy does go under, if he does not want to finish the roads or pave them, then we’ll have to call that bond,” Hoard said.