Construction defect lawsuits against the builder and architect of a Carlsbad condominium community have been settled for $15.6 million, according to lawyers representing condominium owners.
La Costa Resort Homeowners Associations I and La Costa Resort Homeowners Association II reached the agreement in San Diego Superior Court through mediation after 19 months, said Thomas E. Miller and Rachel M. Miller, San Francisco-based lawyers for the homeowners.
Thomas Miller said he was prevented from naming the builder by a confidentiality agreement that was part of the settlement.
The condominiums at 2100 Costa Del Mar Road were built between 2006 and 2007 and sold to 82 homeowners, many of whom bought them as investments and were absent property owners, Miller said.
At issue was water damage to elevated walkways and individual units where the walkways met unit thresholds, Miller said.
Repairs were attempted over the years, but the problem kept recurring.
The homeowners didn’t learn of the extent of the damage until a forensic architect was brought in, Miller said.
They filed the lawsuits in December 2015 and January 2016, just before a state 10-year statute of limitations on construction litigation claims was about to run out, Miller said.
Mediation services were provided by Ross R. Hart.