HIGHLANDS RANCH - Frustrated Highlands Ranch residents say their homeowners association is bending the rules too far to accommodate a senior citizen home.
The new owner of the house on Forrest Drive, near Cougar Run Elementary School, is converting it from a three-bedroom house to a group home for eight senior citizens with Alzheimer's or other mental disorders.
Neighbors say the owner is violating Highlands Ranch Community Association covenants - by building bedrooms in the garage, adding unapproved windows, and putting a flashing commercial fire alarm outside. They are also concerned about how much traffic and garbage the home will produce.
"We are for covenant compliant group homes," said Jack Patterson who lives nearby. "What we are not for is changing the exterior and interior of the house to where it affects property values."
"We do the best we can to try to accommodate neighbors to make sure the house fits the standards and the covenants are followed," HRCA spokeswoman Jamie Roebel said. "We have to follow the federal statutes just like everyone else."
The Federal Fair Housing Act requires reasonable accommodations for group homes for the elderly and people with disabilities. It is designed to prevent discrimination.
The owner of the group home property declined an interview with 9NEWS, saying his interaction with the HOA is becoming a legal dispute.
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