The troubled Millennium Tower has been hit with another lawsuit this week. The building’s homeowners association filed a civil suit on Wednesday seeking $200 million to help repair the structure’s tilting and sinking snafus.
The list of defendants is a long: Millennium Partner, Webcor, Handel Architects, Treadwell & Rollo, Langan, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, and Arup, and Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA).
“The suit alleges that both Millennium Partners, consultants and the TJPA, which is building the adjacent Transbay Transit Center, knew that the tower was sinking and tilting and deliberately withheld that information from homeowners,” reports San Francisco Business Times. “The suit alleges negligent and fraudulent misrepresentations, breach of fiduciary duty and other civil violations. It calls for a jury trial.”
The goal is for homeowners to recover the value of their property investments. The 58-story tower was the luxury high-rise in downtown San Francisco when it opened in 2009. Units range from the million-dollar mark and up. Tilting issues aside, Millennium remains a gorgeous, standout building inside and out, which is what attracted buyers.
“Our goal is to recover all the funds that are necessary to fix this building and fix it once and for all and we’re not interested in a temporary fix. We want a permanent fix,” Homeowners Association Attorney Daniel Petrocelli told KRON 4.
Citing disappointment in the HOA board while placing blame on the TJPA, Millennium Partners spokesperson PJ Johnston said in a written statement, “We have been working cooperatively with the homeowners association at 301 Mission Street for the past six months to assess the cause and extent of the settlement of the building. We now know that TJPA’s reckless behavior caused excessive settlement at 301 Mission. Our top priority has always been to achieve a scientifically sound and reliable remedy.”
For their part, the TJPA denies any wrongdoing, noting that, according to their consulting firm, the Millennium tower had already plummeted 10 inches two years before Transbay construction began.
The HOA lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court isn’t the first suit against the tilting tower. Several building residents filed suit in November. The San Francisco City Attorney also filed a civil suit Millennium Partners.
- Millennium Tower homeowners association sues, seeking over $200 million to fund repairs [SF Business Times]
- Millennium Tower residents file suit against city, claim conspiracy [Curbed SF]
- Millennium Tower [Curbed SF]
- Millennium Tower sinking: Everything you need to know [Curbed SF]
- Attorneys: San Francisco’s Millennium Tower sinking 16 inches, tilting 12 inches at penthouse level [KRON 4]