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What happened with the house that was abandoned on the street in the Oakwood Glen subdivision?

Ben Steelman

Not a lot, according to locals. The house is still on blocks at the subdivision just outside Oak Island, partly blocking Oakwood Drive.

As Shelby Sebens reported in the Star-News, the dilapidated structure was moved from Long Beach Road to Oakwood Glen sometime in December 2007, without a permit and without permission from the Oakwood Glen Property Owners Association.

It’s been there ever since. According to Brunswick County officials, the house, in effect, fell through a lot of cracks in local ordinances. Since Oakwood Drive is not a public roadway, there’s not much they can do. County building codes cover abandoned mobile homes, junk nuisances and similar issues, but not abandoned houses, code enforcement administrator Fred Morris said.

In October 2008, the property owners’ association filed suit against the house’s owner, Jay Willetts, seeking damages of more than $10,000 and seeking to compel Willetts to move his property. That lawsuit is still pending, said Calvin Chandler, the lawyer for the POA, and no settlement has been reached. Chandler declined further comment.

Complicating matters, according to some residents, was a change earlier this year in the officers of the Oakwood Glen POA.

Meanwhile, the town of Oak Island’s proposed annexation of Oakwood Glen has been put on hold indefinitely, according to customer service supervisor Nancy Wilson.

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