Sinkhole Swallowing Property at Local Condominium Complex

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Several Bryan residents say they're concerned about a growing problem where they live.
A giant sinkhole is swallowing property at a Bryan condominium complex off of East 29th street.

Residents claim the Home Owner's Association isn't doing anything to fix it.

It started off small...but continues expanding...and growing...out of control.

Greenfield Square Condominium resident, Kay Smith, said, "Between rain, and then it dries out and another chunk will fall in, so it just keeps opening up more, more, more."

"...Oh my Lord," exclaimed Shirley Wingfield, another resident. "Woah girl! If anybody fell in that, you wouldn't see them again."

It's nine feet across and about eight feet deep.
Believe it or not, this is the same sink hole from earlier at the Greenfield Square Condominiums in Bryan.
You can see it backs up to this residence and their air conditioning unit is about to fall in.

Kay asked, "And what happens once it takes the a/c? Is that going to cause an explosion, with the electrical lines?"

Kay Smith is frustrated and says her home owners association isn't doing anything to correct the growing problem.

"If you've got a serious problem going on in your unit, it takes at least six months before they actually address it," Smith said.

Kay has been bringing this issue up to the HOA since January of last year.
She's gone to the city for temporary help, but the makeshift fence and metal plate are also starting to give way.

Smith added, "This is a common area, so the damages occurring here, they're affecting all the homeowners' property values."

In the HOA by-laws it states the board is responsible for care and upkeep of areas like this.
We haven't received a response yet.

"This one is opening up. It's going to turn into that, if they don't do something," Smith said.

These residents say there's a lot that needs fixing, but this super-sized sink hole needs to be first, before it's too late.

The residents we spoke with say they purchased own their condo's so moving is not an option for them right now.

KBTX has received word from the HOA president, who says the city of Bryan is handling the matter. In the meantime, we will continue to investigate the claims.

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