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In 2016, San Diego leased a downtown high-rise, hoping to house its workers in the towering office space. It’s been a disaster ever since.
Renovating the space blew past cost expectations and eventually forced city workers to evacuate after construction inadvertently disturbed asbestos in the building. The city is now tied up in lawsuits over what officials knew about the state of the building and when they knew it, and the transaction itself is now the subject of a criminal investigation.
Investigators executed simultaneous search warrants at Hughes Marino and Cisterra Development as part of a criminal investigation into the deals both brokered for the city of San Diego to lease to own two downtown towers.