Sunday, September 12, 2010

Arris Lofts lawsuit filed

From the Daily News:

A CONDO BUILDING billed as the lap of luxury in Long Island City is turning into a heap of headaches, according to angry owners.

A group of 120 condo owners at Arris Lofts on Thompson Ave. are banding together to sue the developer of the former Eagle Electric warehouse building, saying it has ignored repeated requests for repairs and used common charge funds to pay for construction.

A civil complaint seeking $20million in damages will be finalized within two weeks, said lawyer Steven Sladkus, a partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz in Manhattan.

Residents of the 237-unit building have complained about issues ranging from soundproofing to boiling hot water coming out of the toilets, Sladkus said.

They also accused the developer of using condominium funds to foot construction bills and pay guards to keep tabs on building materials - costs the developer should have paid for, residents said.

Officials with the developer, the Andalex Group, did not return calls for comment.


Anonymous said...

Unless these residents had something in their purchase contract about the building installing soundproofing, I don't see how they have a leg to stand on with that one. How did they miss the giant train yard outside the building when they went to look at the place? While I'm sure the building developer is no angel, these residents are a bunch of whiny asswipes.

georgetheatheist said...

Boiling hot water coming out of the toilets? Hey schmucks, that's your luxury sitz bath feature.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

It was always a question of whether one lived on the "right" or "wrong" side of the tracks.

However in a former (toxic) manufacturing zone wanting to live anywhere near the railroad freight tracks is a very dumb move.

Only a newbie would fall prey to the marketing schemes of real estate agents that this is "luxury living".

Now it's time for you "A"-holes to swallow your bitter medicine!

Next time you consider buying...CAVAET EMPTOR!

Anonymous said...

I second the above comment.

Anonymous said...

The landlords will win because Bloomberg is on their side.

I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg in LIC. Those glass buildings don't look very sound, especially the ones along 11th Street that were built on all of those old gas stations.

The two along Jackson across from the LIRR depot already has many complaints registered against the railroad for sound problems, as if these people DIDN'T EXACTLY NOTICE they bought million dollar boxes across from it.


Anonymous said...

as i reported recently this building site housed the peter mallon printing company on the top floors and the Bickfords Restaurant chain commissary on the ground floor, in 1970.

the ink and chemicals and paper dust must consume the structure.

but then again the aroma of fresh baked apple pies and Bickfords home made english muffins may overcome the above negatives.


George said...

When it comes to soundproofing, residents should ensure that their condo is soundproofed with something as effective as QuietRock. This will help them avoid problems with noisy neighbors after moving in.

Anonymous said...

I am considering buying a one-bed unit in Arris Lofts. I will not buy it unless I can put up a loft that a normal height person can stand up in. Has anyone in this condo building constructed a loft? Can I go see it? Does anyone know the rules or restrictions on doing this? Please post on this blog or write