Several residents have banned together to sue their own homeowner's association.
Some of the residents who live in the Springbrook community in South College Station are angry that their HOA approved a plan for the city to put a hike and bike trail in their neighborhood.
"It's absolutely absurd to be quite honest,” said Robye Harvey, a Springbrook resident.
Harvey is one of the 20 residents who formed a group called
'Concerned SHOA Homeowners.’ The mission of the group is to save the nature trails in their neighborhood.
“The beautiful thing about this neighborhood is not just because it's very wooded, but because we do have that natural trail,” Harvey said.
After a vote, the homeowners association says majority ruled to give land to the city so they can construct a public 4-mile Lick Creek Greenway hike and bike trail. Now the concerned group of residents says the voting was done unfairly, and most residents don't want the city to take over.
"It opens up our neighborhood for lots of pedestrians, people on bikes and people in general to be behind our homes that don't have any need to be behind our homes,” Harvey said.
The HOA responded by saying the lawsuit was filed in the wrong court, and they want each member suing them, to pay for attorney fees.
Since the response was issued from the HOA last week, some members of the concerned group have decided to back out of the lawsuit.
Patrick Smith is the lawyer out of Houston representing the HOA, and says “The most disconcerting part of this case is the meritless and frivolous nature of this suit… My clients are volunteers and have been figuratively punched in the stomach by these plaintiffs. I am stepping into the ring to represent these great people, and we look forward to our day in court. "
It may just take a judge to figure out whether this concerned group can save their neck of the woods.
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