Grand Rapids named in lawsuit over flood damage to Plaza Towers
Caroline MacGregor June 11, 2014 | WGVU The lawsuit against the City of Grand Rapids was filed by Varnum Law - hired to represent the Plaza Towers Condominium
Association on behalf of Eenhoorn LLC and other apartment management companies.
The suit claims a pedestrian access cut into
the city floodwall 20 years ago led to the evacuation of 1000 residents when
more than a million gallons of water flooded the complex’s basement and parking
April’s historic flood, the Grand River crested at a record high in downtown Grand Rapids.
attorney, Stephen Afendoulis, says damage that amounted to millions of dollars was the direct result
of the design of a pedestrian walkway along the Grand River which cuts into the
floodwall. The suit claims the nearly 15 foot hole effectively directed water onto complex property.
days, millions of gallons of water were pumped out of the building’s basement.
There was no damage to the structure of the building but between 30 cars in the
basement were damaged.
When smoke was
seen pouring from the basement,
power was shut off to
prevent damage to the building's electrical system and residents were told to gather
up their belongings and leave quickly. Most
stayed with family and friends, others in local hotels.
Eenhorn President, Paul
Heule, offered residents rent credit for time they were displaced along with money
for spoiled food.
pedestrian access was part of the River’s Edge Environmental Sculpture Park, completed in 1996. The Plaza Towers, at one time owned by Amway, participated
in its construction.
So far, calls to the city for comment have gone
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