Another Boulder Land Controversy?

tebo-story.jpgIt seems we jump from one Controversial land issue to another. With arguments and disputes over Boulder real estate growing there’s a lot of press. A recent Boulder Daily Camera article from 1/4/8 says that there’s another lawsuit brewing over a land dispute.

This time it’s involving local icon Stephen Tebo. The word is, Tebo planned on building a home on Bellevue Streed up near Chautauqua back in 2002. The contractor hired to excavate for the foundation of the house got it wrong and put in the retaining walls (the homesite is on a hillside) on the neighbors property.

Since the work was done on the wrong property, construction stopped. And to this day, the issue isn’t resolved. The hole and retaining walls are still there and the neighbor is miffed. The neighbor apparently has spent the last 4 to 5 years trying to reach a settlement with Tebo on the problem and now other neighbors are getting involved.

Can it really be that difficult to resolve these problems? Are people so hell-bent on being right or winning that they protract these arguments for years? Apparently so and I think it’s ridiculous.

Now having said that, I’m not personal friends with either Tebo or the vacant property neighbor Shapiro so I have no insight into the personal or business positions of either party but c’mon, 4+ years?

Now the delays are causing concern from local neighborhood residents over the stability of the land and how it may affect Shapiro’s house which is adjacent to the retaining walls which may or may not be threatening his home.

The controversy expands as the group “Historic Boulder” wants Shapiro to have his house designated a landmark since it was designed and built by Boulder architect Charles Haertling.

Tebo’s office referred questions from the Daily Camera to his attorney (logical I guess) and a jury trial is now scheduled for October.

As the neighbors have signed a petition presented to the City of Boulder asking that the city declare the excavation a ‘public nuisance’, they’ve apparently become fed up with waiting and others living on the ‘downhill’ side of the area have become concerned about a landslide of sorts.

I’d say one thing is true: The nearby residents are concerned about their property values. While the long term effects of property values aren’t necessarily in jeopardy in my opinion, it could be a barrier to some buyers if a home for sale in the area has to ride the market with the eyesore nearby and a dispute of this magnitude in front of them.

Apparently the city’s public works department said they’re looking into the matter to determin if work ont he site violate the terms of the building permit by going over the property line, according to the Daily Camera article.

It sure violated something! They either performed the work on the right property or they didn’t. Kinda seems simple to me. May not be simple to solve but the issue of who’s land it is should be simple… or should it. I guess we don’t have to worry about adverse possession in this case but why do we keep seeing these examples of property line disputes in areas where it should be plainly clear?

That question was purely rhetorical of course.


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