16 December 2014
Three local real estate agents think so.
Aqua’s sewer treatment plant on Rt. 600 and at least one sewer lift station on Jefferson Drive near Glen Burnie Road sometimes have significant odor issues. Though Aqua is in the middle of fixing the sewer lift station and will test two new odor-mitigating technologies this winter and next summer, the smell has persisted in the Lake Monticello community for quite some time.
Does the odor affect home sales? “It depends on which direction the wind is blowing,” said Jay Hurdle of RE/MAX Realty Specialists, “plus time of year and other factors.” Years ago Hurdle was the buyer representative for a property across the street from the sewer lift station near Glen Burnie Road. When his client bought the house “we didn’t notice any stench coming from that pump station,” he said.
Hurdle said he discovered that his buyer wanted to turn around and sell a few years later. “That property has probably had three owners in the last 12 years or so,” he said.
Now Hurdle always tells his clients about the areas where the odor is most prevalent. “I don’t have to tell them, but I do,” he said, “because I’m working for them.”
Hurdle referenced an “obvious” difference between the rebounding of property values in Charlottesville and Albemarle and those in Lake Monticello. “Our properties are not appreciating quite as robustly as Charlottesville and Albemarle,” he said, “and I really think part of that has to do with the exorbitant water rates.
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