West Side sinkholes sit unrepaired for years

Obra Homes closed shop before roads in Kriewald neighborhood turned public

SAN ANTONIO - Since 2007, Debra Vaughn and her neighbors have been begging for help by writing letters to everyone from the district attorney's office to the county to the contractor who built the failing streets in the west side Kriewald Neighborhood.

There are cracks and, most noticably, sinkholes in multiple roads.

"A kid could go swimming in there," said resident Debra Vaughn.

Bexar County Public Works Director Renee Green explained a sinkhole is a failure of a pavement section.

"When roads were constructed, there was either not enough attention paid to geotechnical or not enough attention paid to the construction," Green said.

Either way, fingers are pointing in the direction of Kriewald developer Obra Homes, but currently that is of little consolation to homeowners.

"Obra went under and when they went under, they abandoned the roads. Yantis built them and they started failing immediately after Yantis got done building them," Vaughn said.

Yantis CEO, Blake Yantis said the streets were built according to plan and specs, adding their work passed inspection.

Green said regardless of who did the work, the developer owns the property and hires the contractor and is therefore responsible for the repairs on the roads.

Green also explained the county issued a punchlist to the developer many years ago detailing major structural issues.

"The penalty for not building the streets to county specifications is that we don't accept them for maintenance," Green said.

Since the developer is no longer is business, it is the homeowners who are being penalized and are now trying to work with the county to figure out how they can foot the bill for the repairs.


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