Wednesday, August 24, 2005 | Editor’s note: A Voice investigation uncovered complaints of construction defects and misrepresentations by developers in many downtown high-rise condos and apartments. This four-day series sheds light on the practices of developers and city inspectors, examines the risks buyers are taking and offers them advice.
Voice Special Report
This is part three in a four-part series. Read part one and part two.
The cover of the original brochure for Porto Siena, an attractive condo development in the heart of Little Italy, has a catchy slogan: “Dalla casa si riconosce il padrone,” or “A home discovers its owner.”
Some owners of units in the development think a more appropriate slogan might have been “Un patrone puo scoprire cose che non gli piaccione della sua casa,” or “An owner may discover things he doesn’t like very much about his home.”
Porto Siena, built by Intracorp, is one of a number of downtown condo projects that residents say they bought into as a result of misrepresentation by developers. Residents at the complex told the Voice of San Diego that they were lied to about everything from spas to stairways.