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Residents vote to rebuild entire defective condo complex in Yokohama

Kyodo

Residents in a scandal-hit condominium complex in Yokohama decided Monday to rebuild all four buildings, not just the one that is tilting because of defective pilings.

Construction will begin around next April and the new buildings are planned to be completed in about 3½ years, according to the residents and the Yokohama Municipal Government.

The decision was made in an overwhelming majority vote during a meeting of condo owners. There are 705 units in the four buildings.

After it was found last October that data for the piling work had been fabricated, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., which was responsible for the work, admitted to data fabrication in that project and others.

Mitsui Fudosan Residential Co., which sold the condo units after the buildings were completed in 2007, has already unveiled its plans for rebuilding the entire complex.

The complex was built by Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., but the replacement buildings will be built by a different company to be selected later, according to the residents’ association.