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Federal Lawsuit for 770 Sandy Street Condo Begins Dec. 11

Several Norristown officials and others are named in the suit brought by Customers Bank and several condo owners.

According to The Times Herald, a federal lawsuit brought condo owners and Customers Bank, the bank that owns the debt obligation for the beleaguered Rittenhouse Club Condominium at 770 Sandy Street, gets underway with a hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

The lawsuit names a number of Norristown officials and building inspectors and reportedly alleges that "actions and omissions of the defendants equate to deliberate indifference that was so egregious as to shock the conscience of an ordinary, reasonable and prudent person and caused the plaintiffs to suffer significant damages including severe economic loss and unlawful deprivation of property rights and interests."

Named in the suit, according to the Herald are:

  • Norristown's solicitor Sean Kilkenny
  • Former Acting Building Inspector Charles Picard
  • Planning Director Jayne Musonye
  • Norristown Fire Chief Tom O’Donnell
  • Norristown Fire Marshal Charles Sweeney
  • Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono
  • Engineer Christopher Fazio (no relations to convicted 770 Sandy Street condo builder Bruce Fazio)
  • Engineering Inspector John Pasquale
  • Special Inspector Gary Talbot
  • Norristown Code Official Lynn Bixler
  • Norristown Municipal Administrator David Forrest
  • Architect Walter Wyckoff

Several unnamed employees of Norristown's building inspection and code enforcement departments are also involved in the suit.

No word on how much the bank and condo owners are asking for in the suit. The municipality already reportedly sued the builder, Bruce Fazio, to recover more than $1.5 million in repair costs.

Read more about the 770 Sandy Street case here.

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TJ December 04, 2012 at 01:20 AM
More taxes dollars will now be needed for the defense of these people who let us down.
Francine Graglia December 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Unfortunately Norristown and its cohorts are like Teflon...nothing sticks.

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