Thank You National Apartment Association. I will do my best to get this very important information out ASAP to numerous owners, investors, huge property management companies (e.g., Riverstone Residential), attorneys, and judges, AND, of course, to the MANY people who are currently living in MOLD-INFESTED APARTMENT COMPLEXES right now! katy
Writer: Curtis Wackerle
Byline: Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
City of Aspen and Pitkin County elected officials recently decided in a closed-door meeting to fund a “forensic engineering” study to determine the extent of mold damage to the ownership units at the Centennial affordable housing complex.
Aspen assistant city manager Barry Crook told the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board of directors on Wednesday that the city’s capital asset department has drawn up a contract with Boston-based Building Science Corp. worth at least $14,000. The company will determine the extent of the damage and develop solutions for the aging property. Work is expected to being within two weeks.
Water has infiltrated the siding at the Centennial ownership units, which were built in 1984. Last summer, a leaky pipe led contractors to open the walls in one Centennial unit, revealing mold-infested siding. Core samples taken by another engineering firm hired by the HOA determined that other parts of the buildings have the mold problem as well.
The HOA manages 92 units at Centennial, located at the base of Smuggler Mountain, while developer Sam Brown controls 142 rental units. There has been no public discussion as to whether or not the rental units have mold issues.
The HOA came to the city and the county — governmental agencies that have a small ownership interest in the property — asking for help. Aspen City Councilman Torre said because of the unique nature of the situation and the amount of housing involved, he feels it is appropriate for the city to step in with taxpayer dollars.
“This is the first time we have ever encountered something like this,” Torre said. “It’s a very unique situation … We’re talking about an awful lot of housing here.”
The decision was made in an executive session held after a recent joint meeting between Aspen City Council and Pitkin County commissioners.
Aspen City Attorney John Worcester, who was present at the secret meeting, initially said on Friday that it might sound like it was a decision made in executive session, which is not allowed, and that approving a contract to financially help the HOA should have been done in public. He then explained that the executive session was held to discuss whether helping the HOA would be admitting that the city was liable for whatever damage is discovered. The liability discussion would be a more clear-cut case for an executive session.
“I don’t know how you get involved in the issue without discussing legal liability,” Worcester said, noting that whatever the city decides on the liability question could be used against it.
Once the scope of the damage is determined, there is likely to be a debate as to whether or not the city and the county should help fund the repairs. Those questions will receive a public vetting, Worcester said.
“That will be discussed in public, whether the city should get involved to that tune,” he said.
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information about Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana allowing tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of toxins from molds by intentionally concealing evidence
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in