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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by DaveKCMO » Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:06 am

cknab1 wrote:If anyone at Western Auto can tell me, was Signature management company the original management there and were they fired and replaced by Curry.  I'm investigating Signature for a bid on the property where I live and any background info on them would be helpful.  Also any info on Curry would be apreciated.


we've been working with curry for the entire life of our building (5 years in june) and have had great managers. they've been particularly adept at helping us navigate a tolling agreement with the builder.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by hawkgolfer » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:12 pm

Signature was fine, but I think we went with Curry due to cost.  Both seem equal to me

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by loftguy » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:49 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:we've been working with curry for the entire life of our building (5 years in june) and have had great managers. they've been particularly adept at helping us navigate a tolling agreement with the builder.


Curious Dave, what is a tolling agreement?

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Post by hoghead » Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:41 pm

Western Auto's board fired SIGNATURE they did nothing to help anyone.They couldn't even get the janitors to clean.The property manager was supposed to be there 4 hours a day and couldn't even do that.Curry is in place now,a much much better outfit. well worth a little extra money.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by cknab1 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:03 pm

Thanks, that is good info and when I meet with Signature, I will ask about that.  Curry has been with Crown Center for 30 years and I just think it is time we got another bid.  Signature does operate in the 21st century and I really like that.  In our case Curry is stuck in the 70's  We will give them both an honest shot.
I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is having.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by PumpkinStalker » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:14 am

I thought I saw a banner advertising something coming soon in one of the windows of the actual Western Auto building, not it's kin next door.  Anyone see what it is coming or did my eyes play tricks?
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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by DaveKCMO » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:14 pm

PumpkinStalker wrote:I thought I thought a banner advertising something coming soon in one of the windows of the actual Western Auto building, not it's kin next door.  Anyone see what it is coming or did my eyes play tricks?


no tricks. i don't recall what it said, but it was something that i didn't find particularly useful or interesting. good to have that space finally filled, though!

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by ignatius » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:22 pm

Curry has been doing a much better job with managing my building, it was CohenEsrey beforehand.  But watch out, Curry can make recommendations that benefit themselves, not the building owners, such as upgrading things prematurely that make it easier for them to maintain.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by hawkgolfer » Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:21 pm

There is going to be a nice flower shop in the 2107 Grand building.  I can remember the name of the business, but I hope it does well. 

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by ignatius » Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:28 pm

Whatever happened to the coffeeshop?  A sign has been posted for months.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by kclofter » Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:53 pm

ignatius wrote:But watch out, Curry can make recommendations that benefit themselves, not the building owners, such as upgrading things prematurely that make it easier for them to maintain.


Ahhhh...KC condo owners are now getting the big picture.  Board members, please remember to check those monthly statements from mgmt company about all the separate trips out to property to fix individual items.  But their monthly mgmt fees are sooooo reasonable - "oh, they charge time for travel - whoooops???!!!" :shock:

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by snarf » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:35 pm

Coffee shop has been open for around a month now.  Come check it out.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by earthling » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:20 pm

cknab1 wrote:So is it true that when a light burns out in the Western Auto sign, the owners have to take turns replacing the bulbs?
So I've notice the sign isn't being taken care of lately. Likely not cheap to maintain. Any inside scoop? Did they drop maintaining altogether?

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:16 pm

they're planning on a crowdfunding effort to restore. apparently the HOA (residents) has to pay for all of it right now.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by taxi » Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:46 pm

A sign guy told me they converted it to LED about a year ago.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by DaveKCMO » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:47 am

taxi wrote:A sign guy told me they converted it to LED about a year ago.
the HOA president told me the opposite.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by mykn » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:25 am

From what I've been told, the Western Auto building underwent a full building survey a while ago to determine their maintenance plan for the next 20 (I think) years and they are going to have some yuge expenses in the upcoming years. I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to slow down on maintaining it.

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Post by loftguy » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:58 am

mykn wrote:From what I've been told, the Western Auto building underwent a full building survey a while ago to determine their maintenance plan for the next 20 (I think) years and they are going to have some yuge expenses in the upcoming years. I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to slow down on maintaining it.
They are massive commercial buildings. Of course the maintenance $ are huge. Especially over 20 years.

However, just saying 'it's too expensive-let's stop doing it', is a fools path.

Dollars spent to maintain, come back in value. Dollars not spend, compound in loss of value.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by mykn » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:03 am

loftguy wrote:
mykn wrote:From what I've been told, the Western Auto building underwent a full building survey a while ago to determine their maintenance plan for the next 20 (I think) years and they are going to have some yuge expenses in the upcoming years. I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to slow down on maintaining it.
They are massive commercial buildings. Of course the maintenance $ are huge. Especially over 20 years.

However, just saying 'it's too expensive-let's stop doing it', is a fools path.

Dollars spent to maintain, come back in value. Dollars not spend, compound in loss of value.
I agree, the less you maintain it, the more expensive it's going to be in the long run. I'm not sure if that's the true reason why, but I can understand why an HOA would choose to do that when they have a lot of other fires to put out.

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Re: Western Auto Lofts

Post by taxi » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:21 am

I got clarification on the sign: they plan to replace the bulbs with LEDs, the arrow outline and clear red outline of the letters will remain neon.

It is not uncommon for condo developers to underestimate maintenance costs in an effort to keep HOA fees low to attract buyers. I've seen this happen many times. If you're going to buy a condo, read the decs and by-laws and compare things like fees to similar buildings that are functioning properly. They are certainly not all the same.

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