Monday, December 3, 2012
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 …
Friday, September 21, 2012
The six condo owners now occupying the 26-unit Rittenhouse Club Condominium at 770 Sandy Street are on the hook for the luxury condo's utility bills.
According to The Times Herald, after years of legal wrangling, the six condo owners allowed to take possession of their condos after the condemnation order on 770 Sandy Street was lifted last month are facing more building-related woes. The owners were scheduled to take over financial responsibilty for the building utilities from the municipality more than a month after they were let back in the building, but scheduling conflicts reportedly kept the two parties from meeting and hashing out the details. The problem now is that there's no condo association in place to handle the fiscal responsibilities or sell the remaining units and convicted builder Bruce Fazio is still the owner. "The bank has not foreclosed on the 15 units so a majority …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Residents got their keys and certificate of occupancy on Friday.
According to The Times Herald, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Bernard Moore lifted the more that two-year-old condemnation order on the Rittenhouse Club Condominium at 770 Sandy Street Friday morning. Condo owners Terry Derby and Malick Kande told the Herald they were thrilled the ordeal was over as they received their keys and certificate of occupancy from Norristown Code Enforcement Manager Joe Januzelli on Friday. "I’m so deliriously excited today," Derby said. "All I want to do is make this my home again. Everyone has been wonderful. Joe [Januzelli] and Tom Kelley have been wonderful through this. Malik has just been my rock." Read more about the lifting of the order on the Herald's website. --- Related Stories
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Lawyers for the municipality are expected to ask a judge to lift the order at a hearing scheduled for Thursday.
According to The Times Herald, a lawyer representing the municipality in the 770 Sandy Street condemnation matter is expected to ask the judge to lift the order at hearing scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, at Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The necessary repairs and inspections were reportedly completed three months ago and have all been documented in a letter from Yerkes Associates written in late June. According to the Herald, costs for repairs, legal bills and other related expenses are almost $2 million. The Herald reports that officials have categorized the following expenses related to the project: Read more details about the case and the arguments before the judge in the upcoming hearing on The Times Herald's website. --- …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The state has asked the judge to impose a mandatory one-year sentence for builder Bruce Fazio, who was convicted in June of theft.
According to The Times Herald, prosecutors are asking a judge to impose a mandatory one-year sentence on Bruce Fazio, the 770 Sandy Street developer who was convicted in June of of theft by deception, theft by not making required disposition of funds and receiving stolen property in connection with the condemned property. "He has a couple convictions on his record," Assistant District Attorney Steve Bunn told the Herald. "One is for filing false judgment satisfactions — the fraudulent filing of documents, and that conviction was admitted into evidence against him. He also was convicted of a couple DUIs. He has some priors, and that makes his [sentencing] guidelines fairly high." Fazio has contended that was repeatedly misled by code …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Norristown resident Mary Ellen DiGregorio presented Norristown Municipal Council with a list of tough questions about gangs, 770 Sandy St. and vacant properties and the municipality has responded.
At the July 3 Norristown Municipal Council Meeting, resident Mary Ellen DiGregorio presented council with a list of questions about a number of contentious topics DiGregorio says are plaguing the municipality. Council President Gary Simpson accepted the list and promised answers would be forthcoming. In a letter addressed to DiGregorio and dated July 16, Norristown Municipal Manager Dave Forrest provided answers to DiGregorio's questions and Simpson has requested that local media publish both DiGregorio's questions and the municipality's answers. Printed below are the questions and answers as they appeared in the correspondence. Mary Ellen DiGregorio: What process is the council and Planning Department using to determine what new uses of …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Bruce Fazio took the deed of woman's Bridgeport home in exchange for lien-encumbered condo deed.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
An Upper Providence builder faces at least 15 months in jail after a judge found him guilty of theft, The Times Herald reports. Prosecutors had alleged that Bruce Fazio swapped the deed of a new condominium in one of his buildings with a Bridgeport woman in exchange for the deed to her house. The woman believed she would own the condominium outright and did not realize it had bank liens on it for unpaid development costs. "He basically stuck her with this mortgage right at the time she was getting ready to retire," prosecutor Steven Bunn told the paper. Fazio was acquitted of charges of risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of others in connection with the condemned condominium complex he built at 770 Sandy Street in Norristown…
Monday, June 25, 2012
See a timeline of complete coverage of the case and the saga of the condemned luxury condo.
According to The Times Herald, Robert Bruce Fazio was found guilty today of theft by deception, theft by not making required disposition of funds and receiving stolen property, but not guilty of risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of others for his flawed construction of the condemned luxury condo he owned at 770 Sandy Street. --- Original story: Both sides rested on Friday in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Robert "Bruce" Fazio – the developer responsible for the condemned luxury condo at 770 Sandy Street – and after over two years of municipal scandal and legal maneuvers, Judge William Carpenter may finally provide some answers when he issues a ruling in the matter expected sometime today. According to The …