BEAUMONT, Texas — A man who says he's been redeveloping properties in Beaumont for nearly 30 years feels he's been 'singled out' by the landmark commission, claiming he was given a stop work order in January.
David Bradley has he's worked on properties in the area of the Oaks Historic District in Beaumont for years. The area is filled with homes from the early 1900's.
In January, city inspectors issued a stop work order, claiming the siding on one of the houses Bradley is working with didn't meet historic building codes.
"I'd like to be left alone Bradley said. "I think that, that is a Texas value, just leave us properties owners alone."
He says spent $2,500 fixing the siding on a home. The city asked him to remove the siding or be fined $100 a day.
Properties in the district are governed by the city. The Texas Landmark Commission dictates the style and appearances.
"This is on the side of the house and it won't be visible from the street. The ordinance says I have created a nuisance. For the life of me, I can't understand, for someone that's trying to make repairs on their house," Bradley said.
Chris Boone is Beaumont's director of Planning and Community Development and he encourages homeowners to go through proper steps before making changes to property.
"We do ask that you call us and see whether not a permit or certificate of appropriateness is needed and help let us get through that process," Boone told 12News by phone.
Bradley showed us several homes in the neighborhood that have similar siding. He is scheduled to appear in court where he will discuss this issue before a grand jury.
"There are applications around this town on other homes that are identical to the work that we did," Bradley said. "Thus the inconsistency and the question is, why am I being singled out?"