New information released by the state shows how the Library Gardens balcony builders made deadly departures from the design specifications.
Some of the defendants in the lawsuits connected to the collapse have agreed to pay restitution to those killed or injured.
California has revoked the license of Segue Construction which oversaw construction of the building where a balcony sheared off June 16, 2015, killing six.
Library Gardens, the site of the 2015 fatal balcony collapse, has been rebranded as K Street Flats and repainted a bright blue.
A state agency is seeking to revoke the license of the construction company that built Library Gardens, where a fifth-floor balcony sheared off on June 16, 2015, sending six young people to their deaths and seriously injuring seven others.
One year ago today, Berkeley woke up to the horrifying news that a balcony holding 13 people had sheared off the face of Library Gardens, an apartment building in downtown Berkeley, sending six people in their 20s to their deaths.
An investigation by the California State License Board (CSLB) has found five contractors involved in the Library Gardens balcony collapse were in “probable violation of law.” The CSLB reports its investigation to the state Attorney General’s office to determine whether to bring a case in administrative court, which could lead to suspension or revocation of the contractors’ licenses.
Update: Berkeley mayor reacts to the DA’s decision — see foot of the story.
Members of the Berkeley Police and Berkeley Fire departments traveled to Ireland last week at the invitation of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who wished to thank the first responders for the way they handled the tragic balcony collapse at 2020 Kittredge St. on June 16, that killed six and injured seven students, most of them Irish.
Inspections performed in Berkeley since last year’s deadly balcony collapse at Library Gardens found more than 400 buildings that needed work out of nearly 2,200 with weather-exposed elements, such as balconies, stairways, decks and landings, according to a city report released Wednesday afternoon.
In 2009, moving to Library Gardens seemed like a dream come true. It’s within walking distance to transportation, restaurants, movie theatres, schools, colleges, workout facilities, the library and city offices, not to mention its scenic downtown Berkeley views. However, our dream dwelling gave way to nightmarish undertones fairly quickly.
When the popular downtown Berkeley French-style café abruptly shut its doors, its loyal patrons were worried. But it's back, albeit in a slightly different form.
The contractor for Library Gardens used inferior wood to construct the balcony that collapsed June 16, and allowed it to be saturated by rain before enclosing it, according to 12 lawsuits filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday by families of those killed in the disaster as well as those injured.
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