A 22News update to a frustrating story in Hampshire County where after a year of halted construction, a couple is closer to realizing their dream of homeownership.
As of last week, the couple has secured two new permits; one for demolition and one to rebuild.
“She’s has a valid permit to do what she wanted to do a year ago,” said David Blakesley, highway superintendent of Westhampton.
Amber Kellogg and her partner Michael Barbeau bought a pre-made house that they wanted to place on the property they own on Northwest Road in Westhampton last year.
But their building permit was revoked because the foundation they poured was just a few feet too close to the road.
The foundation of the home is supposed to be 50 feet from the road, which is why the couple has ripped up that old foundation and they’re starting over.
Last week, Kellogg and Barbeau acquired new permits: one to demolish the out-of-code foundation, and a permit to pour a new one.
The highway superintendent did not support the Zoning Board’s Decision.
“It’s just a waste of resources,” said Blakesley. “Waste of concrete. Waste of time and money, just to move the thing back four feet. In my opinion, she should have been granted a variance to use that foundation.”
Westhampton Administrative Assistant Cheryl Provost told 22News the town’s former building inspector made an error.
It’s a mistake the town hopes to never repeat.
Provost added that this might not have happened if the town had the resources to hire a full-time building inspector.