When Jose and Angie Medina got married in 2007 the 33 lots in the Gideon Grove subdivision outside Youngsville were still mostly empty. But the developer, Roderick Cawthorne, persuaded them the sparse neighborhood would soon be filled with young families living in custom homes.“He really painted a pretty picture for everybody,” Jose Medina recalled.Twelve years later, Jose Medina calls that picture an “illusion.” On recent visits, unfinished culverts lined the main drag of the subdivision, Gideon Road, which was littered with construction debris. The vacant land surrounding the Medinas’ home was pocked with deep holes, and residents said overgrowth in the summer exceeds the height of a person. Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Error! There was an error processing your request. “There’s holes all around,” Angie Medina said. “My kids keep falling in it.”Chris Bourque, a neighbor, said he won’t allow his grandchildren to play outside. He pointed to an unfinished septic tank with a wide open top.“If a kid falls in there, there’s nothing to grab,” Bourque said. “They’re dead.”The subdivision at the intersection of Gideon Road and Sayfert Road is an anomaly among others in and around Youngsville, which is… Read full this story
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