Pointe developer to pay for roof repairs

December 06, 1992|By Bruce Reid | Bruce Reid,Staff Writer

The developer of an Abingdon condominium has agreed to pay for repairs to defective roofs that residents fear might collapse under a heavy snowfall.

Residents of the Pointe, a 228-unit complex off Route 24 near Interstate 95, sought to have the Harford Circuit Court order repairs in six buildings. An Illinois architectural firm hired by the residents concluded that a heavy snowfall might destroy the roofs because of their faulty trusses.

"We're all afraid," said Robyn Soul, who lives in one of the six buildings to be repaired.

She and her husband, Stephen, bought a $70,000 condominium a year after their wedding in 1987. They have two small children, and Mrs. Soul said she is concerned for their safety.

The Soul family and other residents also fear they will never be able to sell their condos.

"We just want everything fixed," Mrs. Soul said. "We want the place whole, like we thought we bought."

James E. Edwards Jr., an attorney for the residents seeking the repairs, said the settlement was reached in principal Nov. 23. He said Thursday that residents had not yet been informed of the settlement.

Some details remain to be worked out among the attorneys, Mr. Edwards said.

"It will result in a cash payment sufficient to perform the repairs," he said.

Neither Mr. Edwards nor the developer's attorney, Michael Jack, would state the value of the payment. The Illinois firm estimated the work would cost about $180,000.

"We're going to do it as soon as we can," Mr. Edwards said of the repairs.

The complex was developed and built in the late 1980s by Pointe Inc. and Henderson-Webb Inc., both of Cockeysville.

Repairs to roof trusses in 13 of 19 buildings have been completed, but work stopped this year after relations between the developer and the residents soured.

Despite the recent settlement, the residents are pressing another lawsuit filed in Circuit Court in January, in which they seek $115 million in compensation for "severe problems" with walls, floors, stairs and doors.

"The other case is basically unchanged," Mr. Edwards said of the multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Dec. 15. No trial date has been set.

"It's still in the very early stages," Mr. Jack said of the pending case. "I'm not sure we're even in the negotiation phase."

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