Burlingame HOA, city of Aspen reach settlement over siding issues
The Burlingame Ranch homeowners association that sued the city of Aspen, a construction company and a siding manufacturer in 2012 are nearing a settlement with the construction company that would clear the city of any liability and return about $90,000 in attorney fees, according to City Attorney Jim True.
On Monday, the Aspen City Council is expected to sign off on the tentative settlement agreement. In September 2012, Burlingame Ranch I Condominium Association, Inc., filed suit against the city, Shaw Builders, LLC and Certainteed Corp. regarding defects in siding that was installed at the Burlingame affordable-housing project. The potential agreement also is pending approval from Shaw.
An issue concerning cracked siding at Burlingame Ranch surfaced at a council meeting in February 2013, when local government critic Elizabeth Milias asked council members why they seemed to have little knowledge of the problem and the resulting lawsuit. It was around then that City Attorney Jim True said that Shaw should handle its defense and related costs. Two claims are asserted in the lawsuit: One is that Shaw inappropriately installed the siding and the other is that Certainteed improperly manufactured it.
Details on the settlement were not immediately available.
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