Lawsuit accuses Biscayne Beach developer and construction firms of shoddy work

Complaint alleges Edgewater luxury condo tower has a corroded fire system, sewer odors inside units and broken floor tiles throughout the building

Biscayne Beach
Biscayne Beach

Three years after completing the Miami luxury condo tower Biscayne Beach, the developer and firms involved in its construction created a stinky situation for buyers, a recently filed lawsuit alleges.

The Biscayne Beach Condominium Association is suing West Palm Beach-based Two Roads Development, general contractor Plaza Construction Corp. and 14 other companies for construction defects inside the 52-story, 391-unit building at 2900 Northeast 7th Avenue in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood.

According to the complaint filed earlier this month in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, deficiencies in the plumbing system are allowing sewer odors to enter units. That, along with a litany of other alleged shoddy work, has made condos inside Biscayne Beach less desirable to live in, the suit says.

Darrin Gursky, the condo association’s attorney, said the association, along with Two Roads and Plaza made a combined attempt to resolve the claims, but were unable to agree on a resolution. “Negotiations fell apart and the association was forced to proceed with filing a lawsuit,” Gursky said.

Daniel Hayes, general counsel and COO for Two Roads, said the company had not been served and does not comment on litigation matters. A spokesperson for Plaza did not respond to an email request for comment.

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Biscayne Beach was among one of the first condominiums to be completed in the most recent cycle. The building opened in 2017, the same year Two Roads paid off a $120 million loan and sold out 99 percent of the project.

But this is not the first legal entanglement involving Biscayne Beach. In May 2017, the Bayside Terrace Condominium Association, representing a low-rise building at 505 Northeast 30th Street, sued the developer, Plaza and another company for damages related to Biscayne Beach’s construction. A year later, a Turkish investor sued Two Roads’ development entity Biscayne Miami Partners and its affiliated firm Eastview Development over a failed deal for an $8.5 million penthouse at Biscayne Beach.

According to the latest lawsuit, the Biscayne Beach condo association hired an engineering firm that submitted a report in November 2018 detailing the construction defects inside the tower.

The defects identified in the report include the faulty plumbing system allowing sewer smells into the units; a poor roof design that has led to water pooling; and cracks, rust spots and moisture stains in the building’s stucco. The report also noted shoddy work in Biscayne Beach’s mechanical and electrical systems.