Grand View Hieghts II, Neighborhood Groups
There is still $60,000 to be paid into the City administered fund. With that money we will be able to plant trees on the common areas, landscape the retention pond at the northeast corner of Depo and Fordham, landscape the portions of the common area associated with the five lots on the east side of Rodeo Court and erect some perimeter fences required by the original development plans. In order to have those funds available building permits would have to be issued for the first five lots on Rodeo Court and the lot on Wildfire Court. The owner of the Rodeo Court lots has indicated some very tentative plans for building.
Grandview Heights II Neighborhood consists of Duplex/Patio Homes, Carriage Houses and Single Family homes.
The quality of the exterior paint provided by Platt River Development on the nine duplexes whose exteriors they completed was quite bad so during the summer of 2005 the HOA began to use the Patio Home Replacement fund to repaint units. Four units were repainted in 2005. Four more were repainted during 2006, and the final two were repainted in 2007. The order for painting was determined by the first closing date of a unit in a duplex.
There had been a drainage problem on the north side of the development along the footpath owned by the Willow Creek HOA. As a result of a meeting between City officials and representatives of the two HOA’s it was determined that Grandview Heights HOA would construct a concrete curb on the north side of its property and Willow Creek HOA would do some work on the path surface. This problem had not been considered when the City determined how much money would be needed to complete the development and hence there would be no money in the City administered fund to pay for the necessary construction. Grandview Heights did not have funds available to construct the curb.
First National Bank of Longmont agreed to loan the HOA the necessary funds to do the drainage work using the common areas as collateral. The amount of the loan was $12125.00 The final payment was made in April 15, 2007. The construction also involved placing a concrete drain from the east end of the curb to the retention pond at the northeast corner of Depo and Fordham.
Neighborhood Grant Projects
The City of Longmont, through the Neighborhood Group Leaders Association (NGLA), has a competitive grant system available for HOA’s. During the past two years we have received two $3,000 grants which we have used to replace dead trees along Clover Basin Drive and improve the planting areas outside the fence along Fordham and Clover Basin. Grant requirements make it necessary for the HOA to provide some matching funds.
In June of 2001 we elected our first Board of Directors with Leroy as president. We developed a set of by laws after having discovered that none existed. In January of 2002 we accepted our first yearly budget.
October 13, 1997 was a red letter day for Grandview Heights II. On that date at a regular City Council meeting, the council approved the zoning and annexation (R-1) for the land generally located north of Clover Basin Drive Alignment and west of the Fordham Street Alignment. The ordinance was presented for final reading by title only and, there not being any comments for or against this annexation, a motion was made, passed and adopted by unanimous vote of all council members.
Prior to that time the land was zoned county agricultural and was owned by Blair J. Merrimann of 10000 North 65th St. No photos of this agricultural land were found. This parcel of land contained 11.17 acres, and was to allow the construction of 24 lots.
The development was originally platted by Defalco-Poarch (Depo Drive has no “t” at the end because the origin of the name is the first two letters of each name). Actual construction was carried out by Platt River Development (Harry Hoffman with some involvement by Fowler Real Estate). At the end of 2000 we discovered that Platt River Development had abandoned the project. As far as any of us are aware there was no declaration of bankruptcy, just abandonment of the project. We began to learn of this when the Longmont Daily Times Call published an article detailing the fact that the building permit fees had not been paid by Platt River Development. In contradiction of what was supposed to have been done, Platt River was apparently given a line of credit for the fees.
Three residents (Leroy Casey, Glenn Franklin and Pete Sterkel – all former IBM executives) had already deduced that something was wrong and had begun to consult an attorney. The City of Longmont, primarily through David Van Allen, Chief Building Official, stepped in and devised a plan for the completion of the development. At that time fourteen Patio home units and one single family home were occupied. The exteriors of nine duplexes were completed, only the foundation had been completed for the tenth duplex (on Rodeo Court), the interiors of four duplexes had not yet been completed. One single family dwelling was completed and occupied, two single family dwellings hade complete exteriors, and the fourth lot for a single family dwelling was vacant. The five lots which had been designated for Carriage Houses (east side of Rodeo Court) were vacant. The City Officials determined that it would take $140,000 to complete the common portions of the development. There were still 14 properties to complete. The City set up an escrow fund which would be financed by requiring each developer and or firm to pay $10,000 either upon sale of a property or the issuance of a building permit for the property. The HOA would be responsible for arranging and administering the completion of the common portions of the development and contractors would be paid from the fund.
February 20, 2008