Some of the first people to buy pricey condos at the Natick Mall are suing to get their money back.
In a lawsuit originally filed in Middlesex Superior Court last month, but transferred today to US District Court in Boston, 11 purchasers of units at Nouvelle at Natick - which promised 24-hour access to the mall - said they never would have invested if they knew the place was about to go bankrupt and that most of the units would be sold at auction for a fraction of what they paid.
The unhappy condo owners charge the developer and its manager withheld information from them about the development's perilous finances. And they allege that when news of the impending problems hit the press as they were negotiating final sales agreements, the developers lied to them and said the condo project's finances were separate from the development company's, which turned out not to be the case.
The suit also charges that when the owners moved in, the building had no heat in the hallways, the elevators often didn't work, smoke detectors were covered in plastic bags, the postal service refused to deliver mail for a month and a sewer "injector" had no backup pump, which meant that when it failed, the garage filled with raw sewage.