Water disrupts waterview for Stone Harbor residents

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In 2004, a former factory building on Thames Street was transformed by StoneStreet Corporation of Providence, into Stone Harbor Condominiums. Then, luxury waterfront units with three bedrooms and two and one-half bathrooms with a “good” view of Bristol harbor, or a two bedroom, two and one-half bathroom unit with a “great” view would cost about $1 million. Less than 10 years later, those great views from the balconies are costing the condo owners a little more, after the tiles on the outdoor decks began to separate from the floor, allowing rainwater to run into those million dollar investments.

According to Bristol’s building official, Richard Pimenta, the original balcony and terrace deck surfaces consisted of tiles installed in a bed of mortar placed over a waterproof membrane. The surfaces were pitched to allow any rainwater to drain away from the units.

“Over time, the mortar deteriorated, resulting in loose tiles,” Mr. Pimenta said. “The mortar washed into the drains causing them to become blocked.”

Water, following the path of least resistance, flowed into the condominiums, causing damage to residents’ homes and property. Now the question remains who is to pay for the untimely repairs.

“The cause of the adhesive mortar failure has not been determined,” Mr. Pimenta said.

The Stone Harbor Condo Association contracted with Atlantic Restoration Corporation of Woburn, Mass. to correct the problem.

“The original deck surface has been removed down to the waterproof membrane. The deck surfaces are being replaced with two-inch pavers,” Mr. Pimental said.

According to the contractor’s plan, the new pavers are being installed on specially designed pedestals, keeping them elevated above the waterproof membrane, without the need for mortar. This design will allow for water that seeps below the pavers to drain.

The work, which has the north units encased by scaffolding, is expected to be completed by early March.

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