Clubhouse fire at Worthington Oaks

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlas Realty Service, LLC Ga Re lic. 266576

Wothington Oaks is a very nice neighborhood on the west side of Powder Springs, on Meadows Road between Hiram Lithia Springs Road and Hwy 278.

Worthington Oaks clubhouse   View from poolside before

On the night of Jan. 28 some juveniles from a nearby youth home decided it would be their idea of fun to burn down the clubhouse.  A representative from the company doing the insurance work contacted me yesterday to see if I could locate any pictures of the clubhouse to use for the insurance claim and eventual rebuild of the clubhouse.  It took some digging through tax records and old listings but I was able to locate the two photos that you see above.

 

A few days ago I was showing homes in the area and drove by Worthington Oaks.  At that time I was unaware of what had happened at the clubhouse and I was quite suprised by what I saw. 

Worthington after fire 1    Worthington Oaks clubhouse ater the fire

I'll refrain from any social comments about what the heck were those kids thinking.  But let me offer some advice for local homeowners associations. Keep photos and records of your amenities areas.  Try to track down the blue prints from back when the buildings were constucted. 

You may even want to hire an appraiser every few years.  The will take pictures, draw a floorplan, and document value and potential replacement cost for you if you need it.  Hopefully you won't need to have that information. But the folks from Worthington Oaks didn't have it and now they are trying to document what their clubhouse looked like after the fact. Who would have ever thought that they would need this?

 

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Anonymous
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The rebuilt clubhouse is to open very soon.  Unfortunately, it does not even resemble the original clubhouse.  The rebuilt clubhouse not does have the beautiful exterior or architectural detail as the original.  We no longer have the beautiful community fixture which was an asset.  It is now an unsightly eye sore that disgust many of the residences as we come home. 

Aug 27, 2008 02:52 AM #1
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Correction:  The rebuilt clubhouse does not have the beautiful exterior or architectural detail as the original. 

Aug 27, 2008 02:54 AM #2
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Unhappy,

I can't say that I blame you.  Do you have a pic of the new building?  I'll be glad to post it.  Otherwise I'll take a photo next time I'm headed down Hiram - Lithia.

Too bad they didn't build it back just as it was.  Hopefully some other neighborhood HOA's will see this and make sure that their insurance is adequate.

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