Omni owner hires crane, begins removing tiles - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Omni owner hires crane, begins removing tiles

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Just a couple weeks after the city of Lubbock filed a lawsuit against him, the owner of the Omni building has taken action to address the safety hazard.

Stuart Walker with City of Lubbock Codes Enforcement says a crane has been hired to begin taking the EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) material off the side of the building.

Workers started chipping away at the material Tuesday morning.

The city filed a lawsuit on Aug. 7 against Lubbock Omni Office, Inc. owner Hung Nguyen of Katy, TX and three other Houston-based businesses.

The building was given a total of 11 citations, including failure to maintain the interior, exterior, sidewalks, driveways and parking areas.  

The companies listed in the lawsuit had 20 days to respond, with Aug. 27 being the final day. It is unclear exactly what the Omni associated companies are doing beyond removing the side material. The city emphasized that the cleanup was not their project.

KCBD contacted Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson, but he said he could not comment because of ongoing litigation.

Hung Nguyen confirmed that work had begun, but made no additional comment.

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