UPDATE RE: Gainesville GA Home

November 5, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

RE:   Black mold, warped roof trusses, damaged silt fence, no permit box posted, damaged flooring, unstable lot conditions

After almost three years of the BSN home sitting after one day of construction, you tell me which home would you feel safer and more comfortable living in? 

I am following up with you regarding the homes The City of Gainesville stopped Building Systems Network, LLC (BSN) from building in March of 2004.  The house still sits unfinished and wrapped in plastic after only one day of construction.

Before I begin this letter, it has always been my intent to finish the home, sell it, and move on.  Only after numerous meetings with the Gainesville City Council, meetings including door-to-door petitions to neighbors, hundreds of hours spent prior to any court proceeding, letters, faxes, emails, home owner association meetings and so on, was I backed against the wall to contact State officials, the media, the National Home Builder’s Association, the DCA and other officials to help me. 

Just recently, a conversation was had from a respected member of the Gainesville real estate community who reiterated the method by which my homes were stopped. 

“These guys meet for breakfast, have coffee and make decisions there.  If you aren’t part of the 'in crowd' in Gainesville and the good ole’ boy network, you won’t get anything done.  If you piss someone off they’ll make your life miserable.  We are behind you but no one is going to rock the boat and make anyone mad because we don’t want to burn any bridges. You should just cut your losses and move on and wait for these guys to die and the next generation come in.”  

How then can I be part of the good ole’ boy network and still make a decision to do what is right?  How can I teach my children by example to spur the drugs and poor decisions they will face in school when it means you’ll have to “make a decision  to do what is right when it won’t make everyone happy”.   Sometimes you can’t just straddle the fence to appease everyone.   So I guess I’ll just have to be portrayed as the “bad guy” a little while longer.

The lot formerly contracted with Building Systems Network, LLC was re-sold and is currently under construction via “board-by-board on-site built” versus the way I build, board-by-board off-site built”.  As I have said many times, there are good site builders and bad site builders just as there are good modular builders and bad modular builders. 

I have also said that the home at Water’s Edge is not finished not because of poor construction, not because of permits or architectural approval but because of ignorance and discrimination and violation of GA State Law.

I have attached pictures of the home currently under construction previously under contract by Building Systems Network, LLC.  After almost three years of BSN’s Home sitting and stopped after one day of construction, you tell me which home would you feel safer and more comfortable living in? 

Not even one post of my silt fence could be down without the neighbors calling the inspection office.

The permit is not legally posted the way it should be and has not been so since the house started.

The roof trusses are warped (worse than I’ve ever seen).

Black mold has completely covered many of the boards in and outside of the home. Let me ask you, how long did the wood sit for mold to grow in the drought that we are now in?

The flooring could not possibly be to code.

The wood sat for weeks dumped in the front of the lot.

D-I-S-C-R-I-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N supported by The City of Gainesville in direct violation of Georgia State Law.   The law is in black and white and pictures don’t lie.

Thank you for your time and assistance to help with this matter. 

Grant Smerecynsky
Builder/CEO, Building Systems Network

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