FAIRFIELD — Crime at the 240-unit condominium development Parkway Gardens “is only a fraction of what was previously documented,” the court-appointed receiver managing the property says.
Ben McGrew, in his report filed with the Solano County Superior Court for a Friday hearing, states that property values at the Fairfield development have risen substantially at the site.
A condo unit sold for $52,000 in July 2013, he notes. A Parkway Gardens unit is now listed for $135,000.
Noting improvements, McGrew writes, “This progress is not without critics, but progress nonetheless.”
More than 400 notices about violations of condominium regulations have gone to owners, according to the receiver’s report.
“This is the first time we’ve enforced every rule,” McGrew said Thursday of regulations. “It’s like a new day over there.”
Eleven units have been foreclosed, the report notes.
McGrew said Thursday about the turnaround at Parkway Gardens: “The Police Department’s been a big part of it.”
“The city’s been phenomenal,” he said. “The court support has been great.”
McGrew thanked Police Chief Walt Tibbet, retired Sean Quinn and his successor, David White. McGrew also noted the role of Janice Eaton, the Parkway Gardens resident who filed the legal action challenging the Parkway Gardens Homeowners Association.
The association, on which Eaton once served as a director, failed to maintain the required five-member board, she said. The city of Fairfield in a 2013 court filing stated that the lack of a board affected the ability to police crime and enforce city codes at the condominiums.
The Solano County Superior Court agreed with Eaton and appointed McGrew as receiver to manage the development.
“We owe her a lot,” McGrew said of Eaton. “She got us in the game.”
Fairfield Police Lt. Greg Hurlbut, in a letter included in the court file, wrote, “The data suggests a very healthy outlook for Parkway Gardens at this point with significant reductions in criminal activity and an increase in resident outreach to police.”
McGrew said residents have also come forward to participate in events.
The near-yearlong effort at the site is succeeding, he said, but there is more work ahead.
“The battle’s not over,” he said.
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