NORRISTOWN (CBS) – The builder of the Rittenhouse Club Condominiums on Sandy Street in Norristown, Pa. which was condemned earlier this year is now facing criminal charges in connection with numerous structural defects and fire code violations.
Prosecutors have charged Bruce Fazio with numerous counts of reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe. According to court documents, they say the 46-year-old Collegeville man knew about the building’s defects and lied about the construction being completed properly.
District attorney Risa Ferman (in file photo above) says Fazio cut corners:
“Cutting every conceivable construction corner in the construction of this building so that he could take the money for himself and by doing that he put these people’s lives in jeopardy.”
Ferman would not comment further on an ongoing investigation but says they want to talk to anyone who had a hand in allowing this building to go up in the dangerous condition that it did. She says there are a lot of people out there that have to answer a lot of questions. Fazio is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio