Residents protest low-income housing imposed on the Quail Cove development

Residents of Quail Cove picket new developer's low-income housing, Ivins, Utah, April 28, 2012 | Photo by Alexa Morgan, St. George News

IVINS – Residents of the community Quail Cove in Ivins are protesting the construction of low-income housing within the walls of their neighborhood, claiming the program was instated without their permission.

Low-income housing being built within Quail Cove, Ivins, Utah, April 28, 2012 | Photo by Alexa Morgan, St. George News

Quail Cove was started in 2007 but subsequently abandoned by its developer, leaving eight finished homes alone among dozens of empty lots. Its residents are mainly retirees from northern Utah and other parts of the west, many of whom invested with the assumption that they would spend their later years in an upscale private community.

The proposed homes, four of which are now being built, are part of Color Country Community Housing’s Mutual Self Help Program. Conducted in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency, the program uses federal funds to purchase land that is considered rural in places such as Ivins, LaVerkin and Kanab. By providing “sweat equity,” or manual labor, families earning less than the median income for their area are given an opportunity to own a home they otherwise could not afford. It is estimated that the participants complete 65 percent of the construction themselves.

Quail Cove occupants said that not only have their property values decreased, but the height, design and landscaping of the CCCHI homes disobey the rules set forth in the restrictive covenants of their neighborhood. They claimed that the company currently in charge of the Quail Cove development, the Salt Lake City-based QC Development, LLC., gave permission for the new homes to be built without ever consulting any of the residents. And though they are frustrated and displeased with the situation, they stressed that they have nothing against the families expecting to move into their community.

“The program itself is wonderful and I believe every American should be given the chance to own their own home,” said Phil Hansen, a retired firefighter who moved into Quail Cove with his wife, Carolyn, a year ago. “But programs funded by people like us, who have worked and paid taxes their entire lives, should not allow a developer to come into an existing subdivision and buy lots, build new homes and devalue the property. The federal money needs to be monitored.”

Several of the residents have been picketing outside the community throughout the weekend, informing passersby that they could soon find themselves in a similar situation. They will also hold a rally Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m. at the corner of 400 West and 200 North to help raise public awareness.

Editorial note:  This is a weekend developing story, it is anticipated that the sequel in progress will deliver other sides to the issues presented as those businesses and entities have representatives available to comment.

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  • Eugene April 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Lazy Journalism. You only told one side of the story because it was the weekend? Give me a break.
    I do love Phil’s quote, Its a wonderful program, just not in my backyard.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic April 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Not lazy, it is a weekend and the agencies and development company will be contacted. It is a developing story and there are complexities at issue. This part of the story happened this weekend and deserved to be up. My editorial comment is specifically intended to alert that there is more to the story and when we have it we will report it.
      Appreciate your challenge, Eugene; our readers make us better and we genuinely want your feedback – even when you think we’re lazy. 🙂

      • Eugene April 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        Sorry Joyce, I look forward to reading the updates for this story.

        I also found it interesting that we funded that firefighter’s salary through our work and taxes his whole career so he could have a house in a fancy neighborhood.
        You’re welcome Phil.

        • An actual Independent August 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

          When did we reach the point where we feel like we alone are entitled to a job with a paycheck, a home, etc? Seems everybody feels they earned everything they have, and that somehow nobody else has.
          I don’t know you or Phil. I’m pretty sure Phil showed up at his job everyday and rightly expected to get paid for it. Taxes were taken from his paycheck, and a portion of those taxes were actually used to fund his next paycheck. I see nothing there that makes him a freeloader or that entitles you to take credit for him buying a home.
          We’re all in this together folks. Time to rethink this prevailing entitlement attitude.

  • Kelli April 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I have to agree with the protesters, but it’s unfortunate for both sides. There are many deserving families out there who would appreciate the opportunity to own a home, and respect and care for the property, but there are just as many who get into these home and trash the place, and their neighborhood – these are the ones who ruin it for everyone else. And heaven forbid they get a bunch of renters in these homes. I recently helped a friend of mine search for a 2 BR apartment in St George, and it is disgraceful the way some of the residents keep the exterior of these apartment complexes. To pay 700/month for an apartment, only to walk up to your front door each day to see a bunch of broken toys and furniture littering your yard would be SO discouraging. Does anyone know if Quail Cove has an HOA? If not, this will be all the more challenging.

  • Nikki April 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    This is disgusting behavior. These protesters should be ashamed. I have seen these CCH homes, and they are NICE homes. The people who receive these homes not only build them, but they pay for them as well. It’s not like they are giving these homes away. They are people who work hard and who pay taxes. I have worked a full-time, tax paying job since I was 16 years old, and I hope to be a part of this program one day. These people need to get their facts straight before they open their big mouths and realize that they aren’t any better than the people building these homes. This attitude actually makes them worse. I hope they alter their opinions and take a second to think about how this is making these hard-working families feel about finally getting a house after working hard their whole life just to get a little bit ahead. What a selfish, self-centered group of individuals. I’m glad I love my fellow man regardless of their income and status.

  • AM April 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Until this last fall, I worked for a title company that worked with these homeowners to help them get into their homes. I am also a residential real estate appraiser. I find it hard to believe their values are being impacted by the building of these homes. Again, obviously, we don’t have the full story, but I do know for a fact that the homes built by Color Country are beautiful quality built homes and would find it hard to believe that they are driving down the values of the neighborhood. I would attribute that more to our economy and the bubble burst than anything. That being said, I have not read the CC&R’s for the community to know what the restrictions are that are not being met. So the reality is, if they are MAJOR issues not being fulfilled to match the CC&R’s, that may affect the value, but not substantially more than a neighborhood full of empty lots. If the lots aren’t selling, the prices go down=the value of the homes goes down. I’ll be interested to see how this plays out. I am a huge fan of what Color Country has to offer and what they do. Their purchasers generally show a true pride in ownership because they have worked so hard physically to build the homes. The sweat equity has true value to it…..

  • Gary April 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’m guessing but I wonder if what’s really upsetting the residents of Quail Cove is that there wasn’t even the smallest attempt to design these new homes to blend into the neighborhood. The roof pitch on the homes being built is completely out of character in this subdivision. It would have been so easy and appealing for the neighborhood to do a design with a more shallow roof. Everyone would have been a winner….

  • Not a Mormon April 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Nikki, when you do own your own home, you’ll understand why they feel the way they do. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and experience shows that this development will be brought down by renters and second/third generation owners. To folks who grew up in the ghetto, whatEVER they have that’s new is ALWAYS better than the crap they came from, no matter how run down they allow it to become.
    One of the benefits of owning private property is not having to put up with stuff and people you don’t like. Why do you think so many flock to HOA’s? It’s their opportunity to be little Hitlers and dictate how folks need to live. Let them live in their subdivision and gated communities, and if its necessary to spend public tax money on homes (I don’t believe it is) then build elsewhere like FDR did during the 30’s and make entire neighborhoods and housing tracts AWAY from those who earned their homes and investments the traditional way.

    • Dr Andrew White April 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

      And queue Godwin’s Law.

    • Happierthanyou August 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Since you understand how others feel, can you tell me…How much will the Kingdom of Heaven depreciate when I walk thru those pearly gates? I think for many of us, there may be another option where we will set up camp.

  • Nikki April 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you for your response, but I HAVE owned my own home and I still do not understand this mentality 🙂 I had a very nice home and there were renters all around me and homes not being taken care of that brought my property value down. I do not believe this to be the case here, sorry. These people are still earning their homes. They build them and buy them. Not sure what the problem is.

  • techguy April 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I support the CCCHI program, but in this case I feel they should have done research beforehand and perhaps chosen another place to build. As for the residents of Quail Cove, they have every right to speak their mind and get the public involved. That is one of the many benefits of living in the great USA.

  • IvinsMom April 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I am glad you posted CCH ‘s website. This sounds like a great program to be involved with! I am looking forward to reading more about this story and hope that the neighbors can reach an understanding with one another. It is interesting that this retired firefighter assumes that his new neighbors haven’t paid the same kind of taxes he has. It’s not as if this house is a gift.

  • Matty Jacobson April 30, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I’m just confused as to how it will lower property values. Have you seen the houses they build? They’re very nice houses. It seems like these people in this community are profiling lower-income people. If these people were building the SAME houses, but were rich, then there would be no argument whatsoever. This is an example of the kind of biases that make St. George seem like a terrible place to live–despite the many wonderful things it has to offer. These very loud (and very few) closed-minded bigots with “better than thou” attitudes sour our community. The one gentleman even said he thinks everyone should own a home. He just doesn’t want the poor people living near him. I feel more sorry for the good people who are working to build their homes there. It looks like they’re going to have some evil, narrow-minded individuals as neighbors. If I lived in a rural area, I would welcome a project like this.

  • shelley April 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

    About 12 years ago my family built a home with a similar program in Washington state. The neighbors had the same complaints. After we moved in they changed their minds. People willing to invest as much time an effort as we did are also willing to invest in keeping up the home. We were require to work 40 hours a week on the home. It may be different in this program, but in ours it was stipulated that we couldn’t rent out the home. This is a fabulous program that was a great stepping stone for my family. It helps us become homeowners for the first time. I am sad for the protestors. They are missing an opportunity to get to know their soon to be neighbors!

    • Herd August 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Were you not one of the herd?

  • Jen April 30, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Just because they make less than the median income does not mean they come from the ghetto. Also I believe these types of homes cannot be rented out but I could be wrong. I think the homes they built in LaVerkin fit in perfectly with the neighborhood. Part of living in a community is accepting that you may or may not like your neighbors. I think the best thing for property values at this point would be to get those homes built and have people living in them. If the CC&Rs are not being met, I doubt picketing is necessary.

  • AM April 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    As a follow up….ALSO, because these homes are not being sold through the MLS, they cannot affect the value of the homes in the neighborhood. Lenders do not deem “private sales” as acceptable comparable properties to the homes that are for sale. They must be listed and sold through the MLS system. As the buyers purchase these homes, there are deed riders attached to their purchase that basically say they cannot sell the homes for 3 years and they will be the primary residence. Down the road it MAY affect the values, but not enough to even quantify..and it’s a future possibility, not a current reality. Also, the amounts these people are paying are not that far off of market value. They still build homes in the 175K range (depending upon the neighborhoods)….but I don’t consider a 175K house to be a “sub par” home for the neighborhoods being used.

    CCCHI buys “projects”. They have to find a community with enough properties owned by one owner that they can negotiate and make the best deal possible for both themselves AND the sellers. Most of these sellers have been sitting on these properties for a long time unable to sell them and are grateful to finally have the financial burden over. Either this OR they agree with what CCCHI does and are willing to sell at a largely discounted rate to do “their part” in helping those that need a leg up.

    Most likely, the owner of those lots owned the MAJORITY, and the CC&R’s are written in such a way that the majority rules, so if a decision needs to be made, or changes to the CC&R’s, if one person owns most of the property, they are probably able to arbitrarily make a change to the rules, and no one can do anything about it. Nothing about this is illegal.

  • Dave West April 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This is a great program that has lots of success in Mesquite. There, the neighborhood is clean and vibrant. We’ve helped family friends with their construction and have been impressed with the sense of community that develops when families build a neighborhood together. The dregs of society won’t put in 30 hours a week over six months. The people building in this program are hard-working good citizens. I know of several who were victims of the economy, where this is their second chance at home ownership. The residents of this community will find that these people will take better care of their homes as the years progress.

  • teresa April 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    When you update this article I hope that you include the threats made to these families by the current residents and residents of Kayenta, all because “these homes are ruining my view!”

    • Joyce Kuzmanic April 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Teresa, may I invite you to email me privately with the details you are referring to? We are working on the follow-up to this story and expect to publish tomorrow.
      You may email me pertinent information that is verifiable, and please include your phone number. [email protected]

  • Jessica Alldredge April 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Retired people really need more to worry about. Have you had your prostate checked lately?

  • urbanboy April 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thankyou, Matty Jacobsen, couldn’t agree more…This attitude is so St. George’s traditional rep

  • Not a Mormon April 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    It amazes me how folks who don’t live in the affected neighborhoods are so willing to ‘poo poo’ the feelings of the ones affected and force their fellow citizens into things that they don’t want. Mighty generous of you to volunteer their investments and living arrangements in the name of you feeling good about yourselves and preaching about compassion. Gated communities are supposed to be about keeping out who you don’t collectively want – regardless of whether its a logical reason or not. (It’s why it is called PRIVATE property)
    Let’s put this scenario on the other foot, shall we? How many of you would be TRULY willing, and not just knee-jerk on the internet willing, to have these folks come live in your neighborhood? What if they’re all [of a race you don’t like – ed. modification]? Playing their ‘ethnic, foreign music’ at times you don’t like or “all day” (in reality just on a sunny afternoon)? Having tons of family over all the time for birthday parties – with noisy kids running around having fun! – parking on the street….on SUNDAY after CATHOLIC CHURCH…buying things at the store? We all know racism is huge here in St. George. What if they’re not Mormons? God forbid you be forced to suffer the only crime worse than brown skin in this Bubble.
    Somehow I doubt the depth of commitment of your assertions.

    • Matty Jacobson May 1, 2012 at 3:47 am

      Rhetorical questions don’t really add anything to this conversation. The fact is these people moved into what they thought was going to be a gated community. That’s nice for them. But their developer abandoned said community, and CCCH legally purchased the extra lots. There were no laws violated, and if the people in this community hate it so much, then there are plenty of other gated communities in the southern Utah region for them to go to. Gated communities are plentiful. My advice would be for these retirees to dump their houses while their property value is still high (since it’s going to drop solely due to other houses being built there), and move into a like-minded community. Leave these good, hard working people (who consequentially probably work to provide these retirees with groceries, utilities, amenities and more) alone.

  • Tyler April 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Discriminitive HATERS!! So what, you better-than-us, “wealthy” retired citizens want is for Dixie Downs and the urban decaying slum neighborhoods of downtown to be designated areas for lower income housing or in other words, the not-good-enough people? You’d might as well just come out and say it. Being rich has NOTHING to do with money or image. Jus sayin.

  • Damitrius April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I kindly try my hardest to not know my neighbors, and here’s a good reason why! Leave me alone. I don’t want to know what a “ward” is, I don’t care. I do not care what big local names live near me, nor their reputation. Leave your beliefs and your judgements and your stereotypes to yourselves. Let me live MY American Dream where and how I want to, and I will surely let you live yours.

  • Jack McCarthur April 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Good ol’ STG! Nice to see some real people, with real emotions in the community,backfire and put this issue on blast like it should be in these comments. Keep ’em comin!

  • Jade Brooklyn April 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’m sooo sick of old people thinking the world owes them something. Get off your pedestals!!

  • cy April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t get it. These home are beautiful and will be an asset to the neighbor hood and community. It angers me that the families that are building and buying these home are being depicted as lower class citizens. These families are hard working and contribute to the community. I know several families in Kayenta and I don’t believe they would be this bigoted.There are some who have made threats” I hope your house burn and get the hell out of our neighborhood.” Nice people aren’t they. But that won’t deter or lessen these wonderful families enthusiasm towards building and living in their new homes. This is not a 55 or older community nor a gated community and yes I would love to have these homes in my neighborhood. Families and kids living and playing in their own yards. Heaven forbid people that have family values! Get off your high horse and quit being so judgmental. These homes are being built to fit the current CC&R’s in the subdivision. I hope the current residents will take the opportunity to get to know these people. PEOPLE or PITCHED ROOFS which are more important.

  • Dr. Elder Prostate April 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Isn’t Ivins the city that’s in a terrible amount of debt and doesn’t even know actively how to manage their streets? Who are these people that are trying to keep people others out of their city? I know when I drive through there there’s a bored cop about to make his salary on me. I’m sorry, you don’t live in Kayenta. Please don’t get out of your armchairs and raise your fists about new families and growth in your community.

  • Brandon April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This neighborhood is not that classy. They have to find cheap land to make a project like this work. The land was already de-valued prior to this developer. You can’t provide affordable housing in a truely elite development. These protesters needed to buy a home in Entrada, Ledges or Stone Cliff if they really wanted to live with the up town crowd. Flat roofs are ugly by the way and the true eyesore of Washington County.

  • Big a$$ Bob April 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    The majestic views of the red mountain doesn’t make the surrounding land upper-class only. Any new development in the metro area should be of great appreciation in these challenging times. Get real! Now on to real news and issues please

  • Single Mom April 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I built one of these homes in Ivins. I have a lot of pride in my home. I truly believe that had i stayed in an apartment, my son would’ve ended up more likely to do drugs and alcohol. It is proven that single mothers have the stakes against them. But by building a home, my son saw me work hard for something valuable and improtant in our lives. He also learned about responsibility. He will now likely defeat the odds stacked against us. With my love for him and out home. We now live in a beautiful, safe city that offers us many oppurtunities. In the long run, we should not be selfish and care about ourselves, but for providing better for our children! I don’t know about the other families, but i did this for my child. Really would you be so selfish and petty as to not give hard working people this chance?! I personally and poor enough to say I am poor, but not poor enough to qualify for any sort of state aid or assistance. I pay my taxes. I make $2.00 too much to recieve any sort of assistance from Utah, HEAT or medicaid. I do this all on my own people!

  • Ami April 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    This sadden’s me. I know quite a few families that are doing this program and I think it is an amazing program for these amazing families. Just because they are low income does NOT make them low class. These people worked VERY hard to build their own homes while still working 40 hours a week, being full time parents and doing everything else in life that needs to be done. These people in the picture shoud be embarrassed. I KNOW they can’t say so much about themselves. I would be ashamed to be in this photo. Makes me so sad that the discrimination has gotten this bad. What happened to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!!!!

  • Tyler April 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Let’s not be quick to judge apartment life either. I was raised by a very loving, caring single mom who did anything she could for us. When times were tough, apartments were our only alternative. She always made even the smallest apartments home. Infact around here, I’m glad we were brought up in the ‘apartment life’ because of the diversity and acceptance of others living in the same place. We didn’t have to worry so much about being singled out or judged as we most likely would have growing up in a typical family-churchy St. George neighborhood. Today, I love having my own apartment! Home is what you make it and I was brought up to be humble and appreciate the smallest things…

  • -Mike- April 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Just a little analogy for those of us who don’t live in Ivins… CCCH is to Quail Cove as Salisbury Homes is to Washington County. Dragging home values down by building low-quality homes on any patch of bare dirt they can find, even if it was under water during the most recent river flooding or on top of a field of clay (and homes that many of their new homeowners regret, especially after the one-year warranty expires).

    I’m sure this is a different topic for a different day, but it’s the same idea on a larger scale… and it frustrates me.

    • teresa May 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Mike, you would be wrong. CCCH is not like that at all. Do your homework before you speak.

  • Optimist April 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I have seen the homes in quail cove, and I don’t understand how the residents there think their homes have more potential! Have you seen the CC homes? They are much nicer than the majority of homes in stg. They aren’t old, they are current on all the new codes, and are not cheaply built. Would quail cove want some fancy name like “ence” to build in their community? Do you know how contractors make money? Cutting down costs of material/labor. These homeowners take more pride into building their homes, than someone just hired to build a home to make a paycheck. This program doesnt cut costs on labor and materials. They are five star energy rated houses! (which requires a lot of corners NOT to be cut) CC homes are beautiful. I am a firm believer that if someone works for something, they will take more pride into it. These families are putting in 30+ hours a week, for a place of their own. While the others just sat back and watched their houses get built. Who are the ones we should be concerned about?

  • Wendy Ensley April 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    The CCCHI Mutual Self Help program is an asset to any community . What better way to instill caring and pride in your community than to have a program to build your home with your own hands and effort.

  • Chantal April 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    FOR ONE!!!!!! You people should be ashamed of yourselfs for discriminating. That is exactly what you are doing, stop trying to sugar coat it, it just makes you sound like even bigger anti christs. WWJD? These people deserve to live here just as much as you do, if not more. This is an AMAZING program. I have driven in Ivins and I can honestly say that a lot of the outsides of the homes look like they belong in the ghetto okay?! I drive by these homes and all I can think is finally! Finally some new nice and clean homes, not only that, but its a program helping families in need. Greed, selfishness, ignorance, and un Christ like comments have been made. It amazes me how little people can be. Yes we are all entitled to our opinions, but just make sure your opinion isn’t going to go against you on JUDGEMENT DAY. I was raised with nothing, started working at 15, helped raise my brother, helped raise my best friends kids, I am a wonderful citizen, I am a Christ-like human, I am helping, I am clean, I am goal oriented. I am an awesome neighbor and guess what I am going to do this program soon. Lets set aside the YOU for a second and the money you are losing. Lets focus on the fact that it is helping so many families have a decent home to raise their children. Dont you dare start talking about YOU EARNED YOUR MONEY. YOU BOUGHT YOUR OWN HOME…. That doesn’t mean we haven’t and it definitely doesn’t make you a better person. Our parents didn’t fill our bank accounts with money, my mother was like a child to me and I took care of her off of almost no income. Some of these comments make me sick, me me me me me mine mine mine… Go to church.

  • Brooke April 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I am sure as a new development the lots were discounted. Any one wanting to live in a 55 and older community and want that set in stone would be floolish by gambling on a new devlopment. There are plenty of master planned 55 and older communitys in St.George such as Sun River no one under 55 can stay longer than 14 days. They should have done thier home work. I always do before investing. But these poor people have just labored to build thier dream home and are trying to settle in! Not deal with the protest. I dont know about you but I would much rather have a beautiful home in my back yard then live in a undeveloped development!!!

  • Ilaria April 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Quit hating on peoples positives. Seriously? I support this 100%. Maybe if half of you did your homework and research you would too. Learn before you open your mouth. I would love to get involved and do it. I know a couple of families doing it and it’s amazing. They deserve it and I’m proud. Not to mention it’s not only a southern utah thing. Be happy for people for once. Giving others that work hard the opportunity to get a LOAN and at the same time physically build their home is amazing. It’s probably worth more to them than anyone else. Willing to put so much time and effort into something and turning it into something for your family is a positive. It’s not like candy on halloween. These families were given an opportunity and they took it. When they took it they dedicated themselves to it and put in a lot of work. It’s amazing all in itself. I sport it 100%.

  • Been there and worked on that May 1, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Mr. Hansen. Your statement, “programs funded by people like us, who have worked and paid taxes their entire lives”, tells me that you are trying to make the distinction that you are different than the families building these homes because you have worked and paid taxes your entire life. I think you, sir, should do a little investigating of the facts before you issue statements.

    My daughter is a proud homeowner of one of the CCCHI homes and I have worked on some of the houses built through the program. I know, for a fact, that every family in her group had jobs and paid taxes. In fact, one gal in the program probably paid taxes for about as many years as you have and she’s still working. And, just to let you know, I have been paying my taxes for over 40 years. My parents and siblings longer than I. It makes me happy that part of the money I have paid in taxes fund programs like this. I would much rather my taxes help a family own a home than I am about funding a defunct rail system.

    Did you know that these homeowners have to work on their homes no matter how hot, cold or windy it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing. The homeowner is expected to be there every day that the jobsite is open. Believe me, it is NOT an easy program to be involved in. They built the walls from the ground up, sheeted and insulated them, installed floorboards and molding, painted, caulked, filled holes and caulked some more. They installed doors and hardware, laid tile, painted and then dug holes and trenches, most of the time using an ax because the ground was so hard, for the landscaping. I know I haven’t listed everything the homeowners had to do but I think you get the idea. This program is a huge committment on the part of the families building these homes. They work hard for this opportunity.

    It is my hope that, while these people are working on their homes, you make an effort to get to know them. You may just find out that they are decent, hard working people that will help make your community strong, as well as a nice place to live.

  • MM May 1, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Low quality homes my a$$. These homes are very nice. Have you actually seen them? They are energy star rated. What makes an Ence home or and S&S home any better? So sorry we can’t all afford to build and live in million dollar homes. This is reality. These homes are not low quality. Next time, actually go look at one of these homes before you post something like that

  • Jason May 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

    These are pobably without a doubt built better than any big local name-Ence home! Those are cracker boxes!!

  • MM May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    So, i went on to the public records on the washington county assessors office. I think also, the quail cove residents are mad beause aa their homes were AT the value that our homes are worth. they are probably mad that out homes are worth more and we paid less for them. We aren’t bringing their values down!

  • Mike Hunt May 2, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Look at you people. Do you feel better now now?

  • Steve September 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’m not even from there. Come look at where I live in West Jordan. Ghettoville.

  • Dee August 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I just wonder how the neighbors feel now? Have the property values dropped? Because of these homes not because of the economic turmoil in the last few years

  • Koolaid August 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Bunch of old people complaining about everything and everybody else and how they want more social security from the government they hate.

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