Wed, 19 March 2008
March 19, 2008
A colorless, odorless and potentially lethal gas has invaded the high-profile Dilworth complex, which is populated by condo owners, office workers, shoppers and two medical practices.
And while Latta Pavilion developer Grubb Properties Inc. promises to clean up the radon that is coursing through the building at levels at least twice what is considered safe, there's still a question about what exactly is causing the problem.
Getting rid of the gas is not going to be easy. Neither will be deciding who is ultimately responsible. And for owners of condos in the six-year-old building, the question isn't just how their property values are going to be affected. There's also concern about how long they've been exposed to the gas, which the Environmental Protection Agency says is the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
The level of radon found at Latta Pavilion is anything but typical for
"At first, we didn't believe it," he says.
The company had sold more than 250 condos in the complex since it opened in 2002. None of the buyers had tested for radon. Neither had any of the office or retail tenants that occupy the first two floors of the building at East Boulevard and Scott Avenue.
It wasn't until a potential corporate client inquired about a condo that radon was on anyone's checklist. The company is based in the Northeast, where radon testing is part of the normal real estate purchase process.
The company's testing found radon. Lots of it.
Coming Up: Taking Measure.