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Controversial Villa Riviera Restoration Nearly Done

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The last time Long Beach's Villa Riviera, a 1929 building that is now a condominium development, was mentioned on the site was in conjunction to a 11-story illegal tequila ad hanging off the side of the historic building. Now the Press-Telegram's Greg Mellen's reports that the building's $4 million restoration will be highlighted in the next couple of weeks. But who knew there was such turmoil behind the project? According to the paper, after the Villa Riviera Condominium Association governing board awarded the project to a company over a lower bidder, residents complained, while "there were charges and complaints from a faction of residents, ranging from alleged health hazards to costs to quality of work." Additonally, an association board president was recalled and the project manager resigned, citing all the turmoil.
· Villa Riviera restoration in spotlight [Press-Telegram]