Le Parc at Brickell condo association sues Alta Developers and partner for alleged construction defects

An engineering report attached to the complaint documents 200 pages of shoddy workmanship and deficiencies at the 128-unit tower

Alta Developers CEO Raimundo Onetto and Le Parc at Brickell rendering
Alta Developers CEO Raimundo Onetto and Le Parc at Brickell rendering

Three years after turning over Le Parc at Brickell to its condo association, the developer still hasn’t fixed a litany of design and construction defects at the mid-rise luxury tower, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

The condo association sued Parc Brickell One, a joint venture between Alta Developers and Southern Properties Group; defunct general contractor Facchina Construction of Florida; Revuelta Architecture International; and two subcontractors.

The complaint, filed May 22 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, includes a 2017 engineering report that details 200 pages of shoddy workmanship and poor construction inside the 12-story, 128-unit condominium at 1600 Southwest First Avenue in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.

In a statement, Alta Developers principal and CEO Raimundo Onetto said, “We are aware of the lawsuit filed and have been working with the condo association to resolve matters of concern.” Luis Revuelta, principal of Revuelta Architecture, and attorneys for the condo association did not respond to requests for comment.

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Alta and Southern broke ground on Le Parc at Brickell in April 2014 and obtained a $19 million loan to finance its construction, which was completed three years later. When the developers turned over the condominium to the association in 2017, the Le Parc board hired M2E Engineers to inspect the building for deficiencies, according to the lawsuit.

Among the alleged defects were pool leaks, improperly installed pool deck tiles, cracks in the concrete and stucco, water intrusion throughout the pool deck, gym and garage and other numerous defects.

Alta Developers recently completed Quadro, a 198-unit condo project that was originally planned as an apartment building. Located in the Miami Design District, Quadro consists of two towers that connect and share a sixth-floor amenity level that has a pool deck with views of Biscayne Bay and the Design District. In Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village, Alta Developers is building a two-phase apartment complex totaling 12 stories with 271 units. The first phase is already completed and the company secured a $127.5 million loan to pay off its construction and finance the second phase.