Back and Forth gets Bitter at Trump Soho

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Friday, May 27, 2011
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Trump Soho Tower in Manhattan. (Several Seconds/Flickr)

Trump Soho Tower in Manhattan. (Several Seconds/Flickr)

There’s a tempest brewing at the Trump Soho, which isn’t towering quite so high over Manhattan these days. The Real Deal reported this week that developers behind the luxury hotel-residence, Bayrock/Sapir, have filed a lawsuit against the building’s architects, the Rockwell Group. Among the allegations are too-small bathtubs and closets that can’t fit hangers. But the fight started much earlier with a complaint from the architect.

From the Real Deal:

“The developers of Trump Soho have entered a legal imbroglio against the Rockwell Group, alleging in a new lawsuit that the interior design firm failed to meet building codes and cost the property more than $1.5 million in damages for delays and replacement costs to complete their work.”

Two days prior, the Rockwell Group, a full-service firm led by David Rockwell, filed their own suit alleging that the developers failed to honor a contract and disburse payment for services rendered. Rockwell Group spokesperson Joe DePlasco responded to a request for comment from AN:

“The Rockwell Group filed a suit last week seeking over a million dollars in unpaid fees. They have been trying to collect payment for over a year at this point. Although the Rockwell Group tried to resolve this issue, Bayrock’s counter suit appears to be an attempt to avoid paying what they owe.”

Meanwhile, the Trump Soho also remains embroiled in a series of lawsuits from unhappy buyers.

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One Response to “Back and Forth gets Bitter at Trump Soho”

  1. John J. Delibos says:

    Unfortunately having been confronted with the bathtub issue in the past, it is important that the design firm inform the architects early on that they are sizing a bathroom that may allow only for a European soaking tub, which may affect sales and customer satisfaction. The architects should know this themselves, but, unfortunately, the “blame game” could let the buck stop at the interior design firm’s desk, which, by the way, it looks from this “imbroglio” is like exactly what’s happening. Also closets have standard measurements accorded them for depth so that the width of hangers can be accomodated. In this instance Ronald Regan was right on the money, “Trust….but verify.” The architects should know the appropriate depth necessary for a closet—that’s pretty much standard. However, so as not to be left holding the “garment bag”, it’s always good to check EVERYONE’S work. I learned long ago that like a dutiful parent you must be prepared to wipe your children’s ass when they are finished doing their duty or you’re going to be stuck soaking their underwear.

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