North Ridgeville condo owners fight against major foundation repair project

Owners say project should have been up for a vote
Posted at 11:00 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 23:03:02-04

Dozens of residents at the Forest Ridge Condominiums in North Ridgeville believe a major foundation project effecting 48 units isn't needed. They feel it is being forced upon them by their condo association.

John Taylor and Noreen Del Giudice, who have lived in that neighborhood for more than ten years, say the project should have been put up for a vote, as they say it says in the condo association charter.

Taylor said the project will cost each condo owner $1,200, and requires the rear decks on each unit be removed so foundation repairs can be made.

"There's a lot of red flags, there's a lot of things that make you scratch your head," said Taylor. "We went to a scheduled board meeting the other night to talk to them. None of the board showed up."

Taylor believes the foundation issues are minor and require relatively small repairs. He says the North Ridgeville building inspector agreed with him, telling residents that foundation issues are not severe and don't require tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

But Forest Ridge Condo Association President Kevin Arnold disagrees and believes the project is desperately needed, or more building damage will take place.

Arnold pointed to eroding foundation blocks and sinking driveways and sidewalks.

Arnold believes the project did not need to be voted on, because it is maintenance on the main structures in the complex.

Still, residents like Del Giudice say they will continue to fight against the project.

"He's supposed to send out notices, have meetings on it, and give us another notice when we are going to vote on it," said Del Giudice. "I'll fight tooth and nail, and I'll go to court.  I'll go to any extreme I have to go to, to make sure that I'm not being ripped off."

It's not clear when a neighborhood meeting will be held on this growing controversy.