According to the Edmonton Journal, about 150 people who live in a newly constructed Leduc condominium complex will have until the end of March to leave their homes because of what fire department officials describe as “critical life-safety concerns” at the building. Wow, I feel horrible for those people!
Residents have only lived in the building located on Grant MacEwan Blvd. for one year.
Fire Chief Ernie Polsom is quoted as saying the order was issued “after numerous, serious Alberta Fire and Building Code violations were revealed, yet were left unaddressed by the building owners. The City of Leduc has taken extraordinary measures to address several life-safety code deficiencies that have extended occupancy of this building,” the statement reads. “However, these measures are no longer sustainable.”
One such violation is an improperly installed fire alarm system that could leave the entire building completely without fire detectors or alarms.
I am not familiar with this complex, but have found some information on it:
- It was developed by "Voipus Developments"
- Phase 2 of the development was under construction and has been abandoned
- It was to be an "environmentally friendly" complex with rooftop gardens, energy efficient appliances and a community smart car that could be booked by residents
A news conference is taking place this morning. I'll add more details as I find them as well as some tips to avoid this kind of situation when buying a condo.
I'm doing some background work right now and will update this story shortly.