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Pool deck at Icon Brickell goes off the deep end

Condo associations have filed suit against project's general contractor

January 13, 2016 10:30AM

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The Icon Brickell pool deck

The Icon Brickell pool deck

Icon Brickell residents might be in for a surprise the next time they grab a towel and head down to their pool.

The $1 billion condo project’s massive two-acre pool deck is in serious trouble — though whether it’s the fault of the contractor, developer or condo associations is up for debate.

Workers at the building cited several major problems, including tiles that become too slippery when wet, cracks leaking into the complex’s parking garage and faulty pool piping, according to the Miami Herald.

The workers told the Herald that a complete re-do could take up to 14 months to complete, and all the while Icon Brickell’s 80-person hot tub and huge infinity pool would be out of action.

To compound those problems, the Viceroy Miami operates its ritzy hotel out of one of the complex’s three towers. With the loss of a major amenity, both hotel guests and potential condo buyers could turn up their noses at Icon Brickell.

Each of the three towers’ condo associations is in the midst of a lawsuit against general contractor John Moriarty & Associates, the Miami Herald reported. The suits claim there’s faulty construction throughout, though the builder says it’s the association’s fault for not keeping up maintenance. Designer Arquitectonica is also named in the suit for alleged building code violations.

Related Group developed the Icon Brickell between 2008 and 2009, but reportedly turned over two of the towers in a “friendly foreclosure transaction” with lender HSBC in 2010. The developer is not named in the suits. [Miami Herald] — Sean Stewart-Muniz

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