The association also claims that the facility’s fire dampers (equipment installed to prevent the spread of fire in the complex) are not functioning and the parking lot is in a dilapidated state. This is another issue that MetLife must fix in agreement with the inhabitants.
MetLife said, “Changes to cold water systems, repairs of chimney / fire damper systems, repairs of elements such as garage walls, ceilings, drainage systems, and so far” repairs “are incomplete and inadequate. Therefore, we have not taken any measures. ” Submitted by the 180 East Pearson Homeowners Association of Cook County Circuit Court in mid-March.
MetLife declined to comment.
The proceedings show the complexity of mixed-use real estate development, where different residents share real estate and all the systems and services needed to run it. Built in the mid-1970s, the Water Tower has a large vertical shopping mall on 845 N. Michigan Avenue and a skyscraper with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and about 260 condos.
Under an operating agreement signed after the complex opened and subsequently revised many times, owners of commercial spaces in the water tower will be able to operate the shared space and infrastructure including cooling and fire extinguishing systems and their garages. Responsible for building. The Condo Association pays the owner of the commercial space for cold water services.
Water tower condominiums sell for millions of dollars, the 69th floor three-bedroom unit is listed for $ 2.4 million, and past residents include: Oprah Winfrey When David Accelerator Rod, Former adviser to Barack Obama. However, according to complaints, Brookfield’s cold water system becomes too toasted even during the winter, as it stops working when the outdoor temperature drops below 32 degrees Celsius.
The association says Brookfield had just turned off the property’s cooling tower between November 1st and February 28th in breach of the building’s operating contract. In addition, Brookfield’s lawyer, according to the complaint, refused to submit to the association a document that would allow him to come up with a solution to the problem.
Residents of condominiums cannot open the window without adversely affecting the air pressure and balance under development, so opening the window alone cannot put the problem in their own hands.
The proceedings require the judge to repair the cooling system and restore the fire dampers and stovepipe system to “operable conditions.” The judge is also asking MetLife to repair a garage that is in a “sorrowful” state. According to court filings, crumbling cement and exposed rebar.
Meanwhile, MetLife was filled with vacant spaces and malls, once an iconic shopping destination, after the outflow of tenants, including Macy’s, in 2021.