Osta, who was standing in the courtroom doorway, turned and walked away.
Approached a few minutes later, Osta motioned toward Lu.
"Talk to the major owner," Osta said. "Vincent Lu, he's the major owner."
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Clashes between the pair are nothing new. Disagreement with them led to an unpaid Georgia Power bill in 2012, when the tower was The Presidential Boutique Condotel. Residents were later driven from their homes. Some people still own condos there, though they can't use them.
The condition has deteriorated, drawing criticism from onlookers, including county Commissioner Nancy Jester, who represents the area and has called the building a danger and an eyesore at the "front door" of DeKalb at I-285 and I-85.
On Tuesday, the owners sat down for negotiations with Wystan Getz, a senior assistant solicitor, who attempted to forge an agreement between them and the county on clean up at the site.
“Who wants to be responsible for what violations?” the solicitor finally asked sternly. “Y'all need to figure this stuff out. If you’re going to say, 'This is not me, this is not me,' I don’t want to listen to that.”
When no agreement could be reached, Getz told the owners DeKalb County would seek the maximum fine against them.
"There’s obviously differences of opinion," Manheimer said, "which is why we’re going to try the case.”