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myers6, Home Buyer in Alpharetta, GA

My husband and I are looking at a vacant lot to purchase that used to be a detention lot. Is this something that should concern us?

Asked by myers6, Alpharetta, GA Sat Feb 23, 2013

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Can't agree more with Hank & Lee!
Assuming some preventive measures undertaken to stop water accumulation or water run-through, the stigma sticks for good and can hurt you at resale.
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Check to see if you need flood insurance, this will be a starting point. Then call the local DEQ office and see if they have any records on the property.
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Well take a step back -

If it started life as the low point in the community and was designated as the catch basin (more politically correct) then what's changed to suddenly render it a buildable lot? The terrain favors water collecting on or near this lot, you don't argue with water as it will go where it will go. That is a lesson I saw multiple times in the Army Corps of Engineers and one the county engineer also knows well.

You would also do well to consider what's below the surface. Even if the above surface water is under control, this may be a chronically wet lot. I would concern myself with any fill being brought in and the compaction of that, ask folks that built on improperly prepared fill lots about settling. Simply rerouting the water may not be the answer...I would tread very cautiously with this.
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I was told by the county engineers office that it was transferred to a residential lot, but it used to be a detention lot. He is checking into how/if the storm sewer was rerouted and getting back to me.
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Used to be, as in before the drought? Before they filled it in (without compaction of course) and brought it to level? Before the builder called it a "premium private wooded lot"? Before some hack agent called it "Lake view"?

Obviously there are lots around detention ponds but buying the "detention lot"? I don't know any municipality that allows construction on the collection lots for obviously reasons, we need clarification on this.

Just understand, water and other things flow down hill - basic rule of plumbing and something Newton discovered as well as falling apples. Unless you want to verify that, avoid anything like this, you will lose money and end up in a bad way.
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This is a longstanding rule - never buy a house in a hole.

The subtext of that rule is never build a house in a hole.

What does "used to be" mean?
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
Mrs. Myers, I have never heard of a lot that "used to be" a detention lot. To quote Yoda, it either is or is not...if this is the 1st lot on left in a small new enclave in Crabapple, call me - Shack (404-291-3801) (I was involved in this development). Regardless, you need expert representation. An expert in development, new construction, and knowledge of Alpharetta, of which I am a native.
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I would not buy a detention lot.
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Absolutely you should tread lightly on this. Check the flood maps for sure and keep in mind that if you buy a vacant lot you generally cannot get a bank loan for that and if you want to build a home on it getting a bank loan for those is difficult...would require a size able down payment for sure. Good luck!

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Where is the effluent now going instead of to the "detention lot" which you refer? Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond





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