Adams County denies builder's request for vacant homes built too close together

County denies temporary certificates of occupancy

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - Adams County's Building Safety Division has denied David Weekley's request to issue temporary certificates of occupancy for eight vacant homes that were under construction in the Midtown Development outside Denver.

The eight homes are part of more than a dozen properties that were built too close together in the new development located at the intersection of 68th Avenue and Pecos Street. The homes violate the International Residential Code that requires sufficient spacing between homes to deter the spread of fire from building to building. 

A fire hazard, and mistake, a series of 7NEWS Investigations revealed Adams County Building inspectors were unaware of until late December, months after some homeowners had already moved in. The county falsely issued certificates of occupancy for eight homes that had already closed.

On Monday, Adams County said it denied the builder's Feb. 17 request to issue temporary certificates of occupancy for eight vacant homes until the properties are brought up to code with new fire-rated windows and framing.

The builder, Adams County, and the Southwest Adams County Fire Protection District signed off on a recommended fix for Midtown homes in violation of code earlier this month. It requires the builder to replace existing exterior windows with one-hour fire-rated glazing and framing. 

Adams County's Chief Building Official, Jim Williamette, said his office will not issue certificates of occupancy for the eight vacant homes until the new windows and upgraded safety measures are installed. The eight residents already moved in have been allowed to stay in their homes while the windows are replaced.

The Area President of David Weekley Homes, Walter Watson, told 7NEWS the builder made the request for temporary certificates of occupancy on behalf of homeowners who are trying to close on the homes.  

"We are doing what Adams County has asked us to do so we can close for our homeowners," further explained Watson.

Watson said the replacement windows have been ordered and shipment is expected sometime in March. Watson did not provide an estimated timeline for completion, but said they are working with the manufacturer to receive the windows as soon as possible. 

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