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Co-op Courtesies Make Living Easier – Part I

Thumbs-up-and-thumbs-down-emot-33284468Living in a co-op is not like living in a house, but like living anywhere, co-op living can be easier when residents are neighborly and considerate. A little courtesy can go a long way.

Here are a few tips on maintaining a cordial relationship with your fellow co-op members and staying in good standing relevant to the co-op’s rules and regulations.

Be Neighborly 

You may not know the names of your fellow co-op members, but when you see another neighbor a simple hello or greeting goes a long way. Also, get to know all of your board members. It makes it easier to interact in the future if you have questions or concerns.

Practice Laundry Room Decorum

An on-site laundry room is an amenity. Like many co-ops, FGC has a limited number of washers and dryers. Unless you have a dire emergency, there is no excuse for leaving clothes in the laundry machines longer than 15 or 20 minutes after the machine has stopped.  If you leave your clothes in the machine for an excessive length of time (or overnight), don’t get upset to find that someone has removed them and placed them on the folding table or some other clean surface.

Observe Noise Etiquette

Be considerate of the noise level in hallways and especially inside your unit. This is one of the most common complaints made to management. District law requires that 80% of your floor be covered with rugs or carpeting to muffle the noise. Noise and vibrations go through floorboards and through the walls, and can be an annoyance to anyone, but especially to people who work from home work, or those who work at night and sleep during the day.

Respect parking Regulations

FGC has clearly posted No Parking signs around the complex. They are applicable to Fire Lanes and the loading/unload area. Yet, some people continuously disregard the rules as if they apply to everyone else, but them. Unfortunately, there are fewer parking spaces at FGC than tenants with vehicles; nevertheless, parking is on a first come basis. There are no assigned spaces. Tell your visitors to obey FGC’s parking regulations.

Teach Your Child(ren)

Ask any landlord of multi-family housing why they dislike renting to families with children and you’ll get a number of reasons including:  Making too much noise; running up and down the stairs; leaving skateboards, bikes and other toys on the front stoop or in the walkway (thereby impeding entrance or egress by other residents); and damaging property — either intentionally or unintentionally. Teach your child about respecting property.

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Co-op members recently received letters from management advising them of increased efforts to reinforce parking rules in the fire lanes and the loading/unloading area. Fourth District officers are checking the premises for illegally parked vehicles and are ticketing violators. Owners will bear the expense for their towed vehicles. This parking reinforcement is an unfortunate, but necessary action for a problem that has gotten out of hand — trucks making deliveries and residents trying to unload groceries, furniture, or other heavy items are being hindered by illegally parked vehicles.

On a more pleasant subject, discussions are ongoing to finalize things with contractors who will be giving Florian Gardens a face lift; refurbishing the front of each building by replacing the facades, canopies and carpets.

And around the neighborhood …

Neighborhood Listservs contain useful information about happenings in our community. These valuable community forums discuss various topics of interest including items lost, found, for sale, or being given-away; missing or located pets; and crime in the neighborhood.  Yesterday morning a member of the Listserv reported spotting a pit bull running loose around 10:30 in the 700 block of Sheridan Street. It was also reported that last month, an 11 yr. old boy was attacked by three pit bulls while riding his bicycle on Sheridan Street. That incident occurred in the same vicinity where the pit bull was seen wandering this morning.

Also reported on the Listserv — On March 1 the Mayor will rename the 1400 block of Roxanna Road NW in honor of the late Hilda Mason. Longtime Washingtonians will recall that Ms. Mason was an outspoken politician and staunch statehood advocate. She served as an at-large member of the City Council from 1977 to 1999. Ms. Mason deceased in December 2007.

Speaking of the Fourth District — Congratulations to 4D Commander Kimberly Missouri for her selection as Commander of the Year.