Orlando’s Paramount Condos in Court

According to Jerry Jackson at the Orlando Sentinel, the developer of downtown Orlando’s Paramount condo tower testified in court on Wednesday that the company had spent more than $16 million to add extra bracing to the building. The developer went on to claim that this work was not a “material” change requiring notification of individual buyers at the Paramount.

The problem was first noticed in late 2007, according to Greg West, senior vice president of Orlando-based Zom Inc., and repairs began immediately. He said the general contractor noticed cracks in some concrete beams, a problem of insufficient “rebar” rods in the concrete. However the issue was resolved and Paramount received the required certificates of occupancy from the city.

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But some would-be residents are still unhappy. Alexis Freire is asking state Circuit Court Judge to make the developer return more than $100,000 in deposits for two of the units that he wrote contracts on. Freire also is asking the court to certify his lawsuit as a “class action suit”, so that everyone else who wrote contracts in the 313-unit complex could ask for their deposits back as a group – rather than in separate court cases.

The judge did not rule on Wednesday whether the suit will be certified for class action, but she did note that the Paramount’s buyers each have different facts and issues facing them, from the size of the units to closing dates.

This raises speculation in the mind of many that perhaps the whole law suit is designed simply to find a way of not closing on units that now seem over priced. “It’s possible that the claims are legitimate,” said Marcus Burke of CondoMetropolis.com, “However, it’s equally possible that these buyers are looking for a legal loophole that will get them their deposits back and allow them to avoid closing. They’ve been trying this in Miami for some time now. If the lawyers can find their clients a loophole, they’ll take it.”

Interestingly, another buyer who moved into the 17-story tower about a month ago says that he’s happy with both his unit and the building.

“There’s nothing wrong with the building,” said Tom Mix who has worked in construction for 30 years and supervises projects, “It’s not uncommon to have to make significant changes and repairs during construction.”

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2 Comments

  1. You do not cover the defendent’s ( buyer’s) problems with the building at all. It seems that you are biased in favor of the developer.
    For your information, there was a MAJOR DEFECT in the structure of the building ( which cost ?17-20 millions to ? correct) and none of the buyers were informed at the time of the defect. The buyers found out about this MAJOR DEFECT a year or more later via the internet, newspaper and friends. How would you like to buy a refurbished or defected product in an electronic store and pay a high price or for this to happen to you ?Also, Paramount stated certain measurements for units, pool area, fitness room and did not deliver. I lost a closet in an already small unit! Also, in the 2008 amended, Paramount added and changed many of the shared expenses that now the utilities, sewer expense were tranferred to the buyers. There are other problems with the developers contract etc. How can you defend them? Florida courts should protect the buyers in this situation!

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