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Judge: Developer liable for Mt. Adams landslide


The developer responsible for building the retaining wall that caused a Mt. Adams landslide last week has been court-ordered to stabilize the slipping land.

The retaining wall collapsed on May 3, sending debris into the back of homes on Baum Street.

It's also affecting homes and City View Tavern on Oregon Street because part of the hill has become unstable.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Tom Heekin ruled Metropolitan Design & Development is liable for the landslide, according to city spokesperson Rocky Merz. 

The  judge also ruled that the developer must hand over financial and insurance records to the court Monday to determine if they could pay for the project.

An emergency order issued Thursday stated Metropolitan Design & Development had to come up with a plan within 24 hours that included:

  • a start date for actual abatement work on the slide
  • an executed contract with a qualified contracting firm experience in landslide abatement
  • a timeline for proposed completion
  • the seal of the professional geotechnical engineer.

The privately owned wall is located behind several properties along Baum Street.

It was recently finished after several years of construction, according to City Manager Harry Black.

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