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Loveland Residents Sue Builder for $6 million
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We know the building inspector cannot do quality control inspections but when an entire development is out of code who is to blame? Clearly, the city should take some responsibility for the failure. One remedy is to try and reduce the influence Councilmen/builders have over the city staff.



If you haven't yet, go read the story on LovelandPolitics.com (the $6 million lawsuit). Feel free to post your impressions here about the lawsuit and chance at success.


2008-02-22 07:47:54 GMT
Comments (10 total)
Author:Anonymous
Incredible! I don't blame the inspectors because if memory serves they red tagged that site a bunch of times. I do know Don Marostica called people about KB Homes and even helped to facilitate some meetings but I don't know which project it was (my wife works at the city).

In any case, good to know since I haven't seen anything about this in our local papers!
--Carl R.
2008-02-22 14:44:42 GMT
Author:Anonymous
It is incredible that $6 million of faulty or negligent construction has gone unreported.

Don't pick on KB, however. Gulliano and Sons have been in and out of business due to lawsuits (they just form a new LLC when they lose)and Loveland is really one of the only places they can build anymore since Ft. Collins and other communities enforce the building codes.

If you look around enough at the poor quality local builders - not Rust Construction and the good guys - but just about anyone Kevin Cook (the real estate flim flam guy) you will find problems.

The KB Home buyers are lucky they have a reputable company to ask for damages. In the case of Marostica's former clients and other local guys - they have a whole history of bankrupted entities behind them because forming a new limited liability concern is easier than standing behind their own word.


--Art
2008-02-22 14:51:12 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Oh my gosh - I didn't know this! Dangerous and unsafe building practices can ruin a community. Why isn't anyone in city hall doing something about this?
--Carol
2008-02-22 14:53:45 GMT
Author:Anonymous
The staff is so berated and beaten by the administration, the City Manager is ideologically opposed to any form of regulation and assumes any complaint is due to some unreasonable bureaucrat " the speed of commerce" is motto, though he's never worked in outside of government and has no idea what he's talking about. Quality is one of the top priorities of any corporation. He would never survive outside of government. All these builders have to do is call him and they get whatever they want and that is not an exaggeration. The staff just assumes anything the builder wants he's going to get so they usually don't even try at this point unless its real life safety issue. That applies for both commercial and residential builders, even though residential brings no benefit to the City, just added service costs. Loveland is known as the easiest lay in the Front Range, maybe second to Johnstown. That's why we're Love Land. Marostica is only looking after himself; it gives him a competitive advantage.
2008-02-23 01:24:50 GMT
Author:Anonymous
No kidding, I just checked Marostica's site (Loveland Commercial) and they actually promote the fact he can get things done in Loveland's city government.

When will people in Loveland wake-up and take back control of their city?

I am tired of Don Williams pimping my tax dollars and turning a blind eye towards dangerous building practices.

Marostica's son is a partner in one of the worst builders in town - Mountain Vista. We like to say its called Mountain Vista because you can see the mountain views from under the front door after the foundation starts heaving.

I feel very badly for people who bought the KB Homes and hope they prevail in their action. Too bad Don Williams isn't also a defendant to failing to act in the interest of the public.
--Carol
2008-02-23 05:04:40 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I just read the Lincoln Place story and know a little about this topic. Most cities in the front range would never allow an apartment to have a windowless room especially when it has a closet and connected bath.

If that place catches on fire how will people sleeping in the windowless rooms be rescued?
--Jim
2008-02-23 05:07:09 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Yes, Mr M and the other croney developers have consistently opposed changes or updates to the City's codes. They have the current system "figured out" so it gives them an advantage over other builders.
2008-02-23 19:20:34 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Thank you for this fantastic site! We own a KB Home and our association never told us about the lawsuit - we are ctruggling with similar problems!
--Donna
2008-02-28 17:52:31 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Donna, you need to go complain to your City Council and City Manager which have been ruled by developers for 10 years and tell them that you are tired of the developers runing the City. I was on staff and the biggest problem is the lack of public scrutiny and awareness of what is going on and how the developers have run the City.
2008-02-29 04:29:06 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Bastards all! I have complained and they NEVER respond to a single email. I sent one to every councilmember one year ago and not one had the courtesy to respond.
--Katherine R.
2008-03-06 06:26:11 GMT
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