Threat of Lawsuits Crimps Condo Developments – WSJ

by John Washington on August 8, 2016

The threat of litigation for potential construction defects in Colorado makes most [condo] projects impossible for developers to finance, [architect Gary Godden] said.

Maybe this is part of the reason why so many of the high-rise housing projects in Scottsdale and elsewhere in the Valley are being built as apartments instead of condos.

I note that former Scottsdale city council woman Lisa Borowsky was an attorney who (at least at the time) specialized in construction defect law.

I also have noted that most of the projects I’ve seen under construction (even, laughably, the so-called “luxury” projects) are built of wood construction, which allows the developers to drive down construction costs considerable compared to steel and concrete.  And the US Department of Agriculture has been promoting this “Type 4” construction.

I had heard relative to a tall, wood project under construction in the Scottsdale Airpark area, that the Arizona State Legislature had recently (within the last 3-4 years) made changes to allow structural wood high-rise projects.

Source: Threat of Lawsuits Crimps Condo Developments – WSJ

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Steve Lowen August 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

Thank you for this update, regarding (wood) and other construction protocols. Many who follow the clown car Arizona Legislator’s various actions feel they exhibit a lot of wood. (Look this up).

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