Although the buildings were erected in 1955, Florian Gardens did not become a tenant-owned property until May 1989. As the property is nearing its 30th year as a co-op, the estate which sold for $550,000 is now worth millions.
To convert or not to convert. For several months, the board of directors has been discussing with management the feasibility of converting FGC from a low-equity to a market-rate co-op. Purportedly, the primary benefit of a conversion would be the equity return. While the profit from selling a unit under market-rate would far exceed the return residents now receive when they vacate, the possibility of suddenly incurring a monthly carrying charge that is significantly higher than what is currently being paid to achieve that result is unappealing to many members. Residents who were with FGC from the beginning will tell you that the purpose of purchasing and converting the Florian Gardens complex was to preserve affordable housing for themselves and other District residents.
At a special meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, members got the opportunity to weigh in on the discussion. Although there was less than 100 percent representation by the membership, the turnout was impressive.
After attendees listened attentively to Lee Kriegsfeld expound the benefits of conversion, they were asked to complete a survey to determine the extent of interest before a final decision is made. Keep watching this space for updates on the issue.
The DC Government’s Recyclables List was distributed to each household on September 15 as a reminder to members to comply with recycling regulations.
Around the Neighborhood customers are constantly complaining about the Safeway on Piney Branch Road. Many are expressing their grievances on neighborhood Listservs and Google reviews sites like Yelp and Foursquare. Here is a sample of what folks are saying:
the store is dirty (including bathrooms)
self-checkout lines are notoriously slow and equipment is often broken
there is inadequate staffing at checkout lines resulting in long wait times
unfriendly cashiers provide poor service and have bad attitudes
basic items are often out of stock
food choices are inadequate and produce and meats are of poor quality
items are often out of stock
some products are being sold beyond the expiration date
the store is poorly managed
Things are so bad that one Listserv member is circulating a petition demanding improvements at the Safeway. Click the link to reach the petition page.
FGC now has a Facebook page. Co-op members are encouraged to post suitable information on the site. You can advertise your business ventures, church or school activities or post whatever info you wish to share with your neighbors. If you are a Facebook member, go to Facebook and in the search box type the word fgcgrapevine.
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