Adams County homeowners seeking answers regarding Midtown homes that were built too close together

Adams County initially missed code violations

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - Adams County homeowners are seeking answers regarding their new homes that were built too close together in the Midtown development.

Adams County inspected and approved more than a dozen David Weekley homes, even though the buildings failed to meet minimal fire separation distance.  The problem was discovered in December, months after homeowners like Craig Cichosz had already moved in. 

"We haven't been party to any of the discussions," said Cichosz.   

In January, Cichosz received a letter from Jim Williamette, the Adams County Chief building official, notifying him of the code violation.  Williamette's letter explains how  the distance between the homes, "can be detrimental to the spread of fire from one home to another."

Cichosz said he reached out to Adams County and the builder to find out how his home will be brought up to code.  Adams County and the builder reached a tentative solution to replace bordering windows with fire resistant ones. 

"That's what protects them. That's what works for them. Now we have to make sure that we protect ourselves," said Cichosz.

In a statement, Adams County said it will consider homes that fail to meet minimal fire separation distance, up to code, if new windows are installed.  

"We need to make sure from our standpoint that when we go to sell the house, we can say, 'yes it meets code,' and, 'yes it’s okay,' and that we can keep our homeowners insurance and all of those things," explained Cichosz.  "So we’re going to talk to an attorney and figure that out from our end, so we know we’re protected. I don’t know what that will cost, but we’ll see."

A spokesperson for David Weekley homes told 7NEWS the builder will meet with homeowners to discuss the proposed solution.