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Offline MrPlaza

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« Reply #705 on: March 01, 2018, 10:50:00 AM »
Crap, I am worried that we are going to get yet another maintenance increase if we get new HVAC. 

I just heard we might not get the gym until about 2-years from now. Grrrrr. 

They've started work on the hallways in Building A. Lots of paint scraping going on.
Oh, I knew we weren't getting a gym for a looooong time when we bought. We just invested in a Peloton, since we also can't make it to the local Blink with the baby. We'd literally be limited to exercise on the weekends, and only one at a time. So, seemed like a worthy investment to stay in some kind of shape.

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« Reply #706 on: March 01, 2018, 11:45:47 AM »

They've started work on the hallways in Building A. Lots of paint scraping going on.

Are they checking for lead?

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« Reply #707 on: March 01, 2018, 02:17:36 PM »
Crap, I am worried that we are going to get yet another maintenance increase if we get new HVAC. 

I just heard we might not get the gym until about 2-years from now. Grrrrr. 

They've started work on the hallways in Building A. Lots of paint scraping going on.
Oh, I knew we weren't getting a gym for a looooong time when we bought. We just invested in a Peloton, since we also can't make it to the local Blink with the baby. We'd literally be limited to exercise on the weekends, and only one at a time. So, seemed like a worthy investment to stay in some kind of shape.


Any complaints about noise or vibrations from downstairs neighbor? I'd love to have a Peloton but apparently the ceilings/walls are really thin.

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« Reply #708 on: March 01, 2018, 02:28:18 PM »
I feel like I saw that too, but don’t hold you’re breath if you think they’re installing central air. The sponsor outright said no that ain’t happening. I feel like that must be a mistake, or a catch all for something else. Or maybe HVAC for the basement? That could make sense.

As for the combo apartment, are you absolutely sure? That seems like a bizarre approach.
Oh, yes, there's no doubt that they're combining those apartments. They've been planning on it ever since the family in C63 took the buyout offer and left. I agree, it seems bizarre, but the opportunity to construct a three- or four-bedroom top-floor apartment must be irresistible to the landlord/sponsor. 

I'm sure the new HVAC system doesn't involve central air—at least, not in the foreseeable future. That would mean heavy-duty construction in every single apartment to run ductwork. But, aside from AC, I have no idea what a big HVAC system in a big apartment complex would be for.

I'm a renter, but if I were an owner I'd ask about this, especially why they're doing it, and also whether it will have an impact on your maintenance. (They'll undoubtedly apply for major capital improvement rent increases for the tenants because of it.)

This is one of the frustrating issues I'm having with the Sponsor and I'd like to speak to other shareholders about it.

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« Reply #709 on: March 01, 2018, 09:09:05 PM »
Is there a non-public forum for shareholders of Washington Plaza to discuss ongoing concerns and issues? I think it's a good idea to be able to have some sort of discussion and arrive at a consensus outside of board meetings (since they're rare and not everyone can attend, etc.) that can be presented to the Sponsor, who has the controlling vote for the foreseeable future, by a united front. I think individual complaints are probably less meaningful than a coalition of sorts, but I do want to minimize the amount we share here since it's public (airing out dirty laundry and all that) and I'm more interested in solutions.

I'd be happy to set up an email for this purpose and manage an email group (though, not sure how to filter out imposters lol) if others are interested.

Thanks!
N00b, if you want to form a coalition to present concerns and issues to the sponsor, and representatives of the sponsor are on the board (which is usually the case when a building is a new coop), you should bear in mind that when you talk to board members you may essentially be speaking to the sponsor. Do you know how many of the board members were appointed by the sponsor?

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« Reply #710 on: March 02, 2018, 10:42:07 AM »
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Do you know how many of the board members were appointed by the sponsor?

All of them! We haven't had elections - the owner appointed the officers.

Mr. Plaza, I hope you are planning to run for the board when we finally have elections.

N00b, I just sent you a PM with the email from Dan about creating a google group for the complex.

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« Reply #711 on: March 03, 2018, 09:16:18 AM »
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Do you know how many of the board members were appointed by the sponsor?

All of them! We haven't had elections - the owner appointed the officers.

Mr. Plaza, I hope you are planning to run for the board when we finally have elections.

N00b, I just sent you a PM with the email from Dan about creating a google group for the complex.

How many of them own apartments here?

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« Reply #712 on: March 05, 2018, 10:03:42 AM »
Oh, I knew we weren't getting a gym for a looooong time when we bought. We just invested in a Peloton, since we also can't make it to the local Blink with the baby. We'd literally be limited to exercise on the weekends, and only one at a time. So, seemed like a worthy investment to stay in some kind of shape.
Any complaints about noise or vibrations from downstairs neighbor? I'd love to have a Peloton but apparently the ceilings/walls are really thin.
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We haven't received any complaints thus far. Though, I've met them. They're really pleasant, and have two kids who they let run wild and free for years until someone moved in below THEM, and told them they were being too noisy. So, they may be more empathetic. Hahaha. Nevertheless, the construction of the Peloton is meant for a quiet experience. The bike itself is very heavy: 135 pounds. And almost a third of that is the weight of the flywheel alone. So, there's practically zero rattling, and on top of that, they sell and encourage you to buy the floor mat. Not only to reduce vibration transfer, but primarily to protect hardwood floors. I woke up and went back to sleep while my wife used it this weekend (it's in our bedroom). That's how quiet it is. If you're considering it, and think it's something you would use, I highly recommend it. Unless the area you're putting it on is naturally creaking, you shouldn't hear a thing.

As for the rest of the discussion, as far as I know, Dan, who my wife and I had over for a drink last week, is the only board member who actually lives in the building. He's the director, and although he said he had no prior relationship with the sponsor (Marilyn), he does work in real estate and has been on the board of numerous co-ops. Probably in similar capacity of some of our board members who don't live here. He chose to move to buy at WP, though. So, I'm hoping that counts for something since he was clearly well educated on real-estate and co-op operations. Though, having an "every-man" on the board would also be a nice balance. We may consider giving it a go when the time comes, if people would want that. We agreed to host some kind of thing at our place BEFORE the annual shareholders meeting next month (whenever that is) so people can ask him some burning questions. So, keep an eye out...

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« Reply #713 on: March 05, 2018, 10:28:42 AM »
I hear my downstairs neighbor's ceiling fan rocking. 

I am bummed the gym isn't more of a priority as it was a huge selling point.  Is there a sign up sheet for the peloton? What are you charging? Kind of kidding:)

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« Reply #714 on: March 05, 2018, 02:01:19 PM »
Oh, I knew we weren't getting a gym for a looooong time when we bought. We just invested in a Peloton, since we also can't make it to the local Blink with the baby. We'd literally be limited to exercise on the weekends, and only one at a time. So, seemed like a worthy investment to stay in some kind of shape.
Any complaints about noise or vibrations from downstairs neighbor? I'd love to have a Peloton but apparently the ceilings/walls are really thin.
We haven't received any complaints thus far. Though, I've met them. They're really pleasant, and have two kids who they let run wild and free for years until someone moved in below THEM, and told them they were being too noisy. So, they may be more empathetic. Hahaha. Nevertheless, the construction of the Peloton is meant for a quiet experience. The bike itself is very heavy: 135 pounds. And almost a third of that is the weight of the flywheel alone. So, there's practically zero rattling, and on top of that, they sell and encourage you to buy the floor mat. Not only to reduce vibration transfer, but primarily to protect hardwood floors. I woke up and went back to sleep while my wife used it this weekend (it's in our bedroom). That's how quiet it is. If you're considering it, and think it's something you would use, I highly recommend it. Unless the area you're putting it on is naturally creaking, you shouldn't hear a thing.

As for the rest of the discussion, as far as I know, Dan, who my wife and I had over for a drink last week, is the only board member who actually lives in the building. He's the director, and although he said he had no prior relationship with the sponsor (Marilyn), he does work in real estate and has been on the board of numerous co-ops. Probably in similar capacity of some of our board members who don't live here. He chose to move to buy at WP, though. So, I'm hoping that counts for something since he was clearly well educated on real-estate and co-op operations. Though, having an "every-man" on the board would also be a nice balance. We may consider giving it a go when the time comes, if people would want that. We agreed to host some kind of thing at our place BEFORE the annual shareholders meeting next month (whenever that is) so people can ask him some burning questions. So, keep an eye out...
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That's good to hear. I take Peloton classes in their NYC studio and love it and would love to get a bike in the apt. I hope we get one for the basement gym too when it's built (rather than some lame Schwinn stationery).

Where/when is the shareholders' meeting? How do people receive notice of that?

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« Reply #715 on: March 05, 2018, 02:45:11 PM »
Haha. I wouldn't hold your breath for a Peloton in the gym. As much sense as that would make, each bike is a (painfully) princely sum, and they explicitly say on their website that they don't do bulk discounts. Not that 2 bikes would qualify anyway. They've supposedly also already reserved their equipment orders. Or so I was told back in 2016, before we decided to buy.

No details on the shareholders meeting; just that it'll take place in April. They're admittedly not doing a great job in hammering out the details in time to give people a lot of advance notice.

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« Reply #716 on: March 05, 2018, 04:11:11 PM »
I'm going to start a chub club to do lunges around the fountains, do all the building stairs and laps in the basement!

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« Reply #717 on: March 06, 2018, 10:45:29 AM »
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.I wouldn't hold your breath for a Peloton in the gym. As much sense as that would make, each bike is a (painfully) princely sum, and they explicitly say on their website that they don't do bulk discount

The brand of equipment for the gym will be Precor.  I'm way more interested in weights than cardio machines, so I guess I no longer care all that much about the long wait since I probably have a better range of free weights in my closet. More specifics here: http://wplazanyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/fitness_Center.pdf

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« Reply #718 on: March 07, 2018, 11:57:03 PM »
Wow Lilybell this looks like a great gym with top shelf equipment for a building this size!

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« Reply #719 on: March 08, 2018, 10:45:18 AM »
I know! I'm impressed with the choices they made.

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