Why do cities allow construction of condos, homes over abandoned underground mines?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (IAC) It seems that about once a week I read at least one report of relatively new homes or condos built upon land that presents some kind of hazard. In Eastern Ohio, the sudden collapse of an abandoned mine shaft presents one possible safety hazard, not to mention extensive property damage. ABC News5, Cleveland, reports that several residents of Cornerstone Condominiums in Wadsworth, and one resident of an older single Continue ReadingWhy do cities allow construction of condos, homes over abandoned underground mines?

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Lakewood condo not so affordable after all

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Condo owners at Marine Towers East are suing their condo association. They say that when they purchased their condos in recent years, they were not told they would face large special assessments, in order to pay for millions of dollars in needed repairs. According to a News 5 Cleveland special report, the condo association board knew that the building required extensive repairs as early as 2011. But that Continue ReadingLakewood condo not so affordable after all