Make it right at Terrace condos |

Make it right at Terrace condos

Homeowners in three of the 12 buildings at the Terrace condominiums in South Glenwood put up with cracked foundations and walls for months.

But patience ran thin for the Terrace Homeowners Association, and in late April they filed a lawsuit against developer Jay Harkins, the building contractor and two engineering firms.

It’s too bad the homeowners have to resort to a lawsuit, but they deserve a solid remedy.

Owners of condos in the entire 104-unit complex are being held hostage by the situation. They can’t expect to sell their units for what they paid, and few buyers would invest in a project with these problems.

Timing for their suit was also rushed because the state Legislature was close to passing a controversial law reducing the liability contractors must face for sloppy building practices.

That same law will require homeowners to seek mediation before litigation, something the Terrace owners pursued with no result.

The Terraces residents aren’t trying to get rich. They are simply asking the developer to repair the problems and reimburse them for related expenses.

And they will still have to convince a judge their claims are warranted.

Obviously, it would have been cheaper to build the condos correctly in the first place. But what’s done is done, and the right thing for Harkins to do is to repair the problems.

While the fault in this situation begins and ends with Harkins as the owner and developer, the Glenwood Springs Building Department should also review its procedures. Officials should make sure inspections are made frequently enough to catch improper building methods.

With the pending construction of Glenwood Meadows on the north side of Red Mountain, many more homes and stores will be built on this same type of unstable soil.

The Terrace condos provide a painful example of something to avoid.

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