The builder of two homes recently built in Elias Station subdivision in McDuffie County has come under fire by county commissioners because the homes don't meet requirements.
Developer Arthur Grimaud admitted during a commission meeting last month that he had not been allowed to complete the homes because of errors on his part. He pointed out that members of the Planning Board had refused to allow electricity to be run to the property because exterior materials did not meet the approved requirements issued by county commissioners.
Mr. Grimaud used hardy board on exterior portions of the homes, as opposed to brick as was originally agreed.
The matter resurfaced during last week's work session, which Mr. Grimaud did not attend.
Starr Crawford, a Realtor with ReMax Realty, told commissioners she has worked closely with Mr. Grimaud for several years and is marketing both homes. She said hardy board "was very much in demand" in homes being built in Columbia County.
During last week's work session, Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said he has been a friend of Mr. Grimaud's for years, but that this is a mistake that Mr. Grimaud needs to fix.
"I feel like Arthur has sort of thrown me under the bus," Mr. Newton said. "The houses that he has built look like Windsor subdivision houses."
Mr. Newton said Mr. Grimaud told him the Elias Station homes were going to be nicer and more expensive, and add to the county's tax base.
Mr. Newton said he understands the economy has changed, "but (Mr. Grimaud) is going to keep picking at us until he gets what he wants."
These new homes are located along the gateway to McDuffie County and "we wanted them to look very nice," Mr. Newton said.