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House Dispute

News 13 was at the dog park meeting Thursday where issues related to the Flores family living in the Killian home were addressed.

Gated Communities owns both the house and the proposed dog park site.

Several sources told News Thirteen the Flores family has lived in the Killian home under an old agreement worked out with a former property owner prior to 2007.

Sources close to the situation said the Flores family has had no formal lease but remained in the home as different developers purchased the former Thoms estate property that also included the house they were living in.

In recent months some with the dog park thought the property the Killian home sits on would be ideal for the dog park's parking lot and could be demolished.

But representatives for Gated Communities of Asheville told News 13 there were never plans to tear down the home.

The developer, Ron Britton, has a conditional use permit, that requires the home remain in place.  

Sources told News Thirteen the Britton's representatives have tried repeatedly to communicate with the Flores family but they would not engage in discussions.

Only after they received the eviction notice did dialogue begin according to individuals close to the case.

Jose Flores, who's lived in the home with his family for twenty years said he hopes to now purchase the home and restore it, but he would not answer additional questions about the family's prior living arrangements or lease questions.  

Representatives from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe county are now also involved in the dialogue of what will happen next with the home.

The proposed land for the dog park is next to the home but the two lots will remain separate according to the Britton's representatives.  

by Kimberly King
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