Homeowners, not Fairfield, fund Parkway Gardens management

By From page A3 | July 03, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The homeowners association at Parkway Gardens, not the city of Fairfield, pays the court-appointed receiver managing the condominium development, said City Manager David White, who will provide the figure on total fees paid the receiver.

Councilwoman Pam Bertani asked at the city council meeting Tuesday how much Ben McGrew has been paid since beginning work nearly a year ago at Parkway Gardens.

White said he didn’t know but would get the figure. He couldn’t be reached Wednesday for comment.

Minnie Noble, a Parkway Gardens resident, told the council that crime has declined at the 240-unit condominiums, but added that residents pay $306 a month in homeowner association dues. Noble said the association has a $300,000 deficit and asked how McGrew is paid $270 an hour for his work.

White said McGrew has helped yield incredible results at the development.

“We are very proud of all the accomplishments,” White said.

Bertani praised the outstanding job that she said the Fairfield Police Department has done at the development. Crime is down and property values are up, she added.

A document provided as part of a Solano County Superior Court hearing last week lists the homeowners association with $1 million in reserves. White said unpaid homeowners dues account for the separate deficit, White said.

The homeowners association is responsible to pay for work, including significant deferred maintenance at Parkway Gardens, the city manager added.

Janice Eaton, a resident at the development, filed a legal action last year challenging the Parkway Gardens Homeowners Association. She said the association, on which Eaton once served as a director, failed to maintain the required five-member board, she said.

Fairfield, which joined Eaton’s legal challenge, said in a 2013 court filing that the lack of a board affected the ability to police crime and enforce city codes at the condominiums.

McGrew could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Contact Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • 2realJuly 03, 2014 - 5:17 am

    Crime is down in parkway bertani? I guess stickin your foot in your mouth never gets old!

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  • BJuly 03, 2014 - 8:10 am

    That disaster needs to be bulldozed along with Grande Circle. Send this Section 8 garbage back where it came from.

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  • gemmaJuly 03, 2014 - 8:40 am

    @B-I completely agree. Back in 09 when I was looking for a house to buy, my realtor told me she had a listing at Parkway that she "couldn't give away", much less sell.

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  • gemmaJuly 03, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Seems to me they're looking for a scapegoat, just like the Marigold fire, where they pointed fingers at who was responsible for the abatement. I'm not saying Ben McGrew is doing anything wrong or right. If he's only had the position for a year, he's not responsible for the $300k deficit, or the lack of attention to prior problems. He's now responsible for fixing whatever issues he inherited with the position, but lets not blame him for everything. I would never live in an HOA, but can you imagine paying $306 dollars a month to live in Parkway? I can not. I believe HOA fees cover the outside, and the roof. I think "outside" would include getting rid of the riff raff. I wonder how many owners actually live there, as opposed to renters. I'm sure there are more renters than owners. It should be bulldozed, and turned into something else. Like how I read about those apartments coming to town near Safeway, renting for over $1000 for a one bedroom(ridiculous.) Why not bulldoze Parkway and build something normal working folk can afford to rent, and actually make sure that it doesn't turn into a Parkway or Grande.

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  • FredJuly 03, 2014 - 9:22 am

    "Bulldoze Parkway?"...Easier said than done...That's what FF used its RDA for & what did that get us?...A loss of like $26m, a city on the verge of bankruptcy & lovely vacant lots like the one over at Penn & Alaska...

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