The Siena Condos in Montclair have been plagued by reports of leaks and mold since they opened in 2007.
Vin Forbes and Raniya Kassem are holding an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 14th from 7:30 – 9:00 so people can see the damage for themselves. Forbes writes:
I think that if people can see two uninhabitable units firsthand, they will understand why the council shouldn’t be chomping at the bit to get something started. We welcome anyone in Montclair – but especially look forward to a visit from all the council members to experience firsthand the quality of construction and sense of ‘commitment’ (in response to a council member who is certain that Pinnacle is working very hard to remedy the problems) we have been shown by Pinnacle and Kohl.
Siena was built by The Pinnacle Companies, one of the groups chosen to be part of the green redevelopment plans for the vacant DCH auto facility located at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Valley Road and the Orange Road parking deck. That Montclair tax dollars and subsidies are being used to help redevelop the DCH site is driving Forbes and Kassem to make sure the public sees the extent of the problmes in their units.
The Siena opened in 2007. After residents suffered leaking stairwells and rampant mold, the Siena Conominium Association filed suit this past June against the parties responsible for the buildings’ development, design, construction and sale. Kassem, who purchased her unit in July 2008, has filed her own suit.
The Open House is in Vin Forbes’ unit on the fifth floor. The Siena is at the corner of Church and South Park in Montclair.