The crowd starts to gather.
Saturday's "Meet and Greet" with our new property manager Rick Hayduk was attended by about 100 or so tenants (more kept streaming in after the event started). The crowd was comprised chiefly of older tenants. Not a student in sight, of course.
Introduction by Blackstone/Ivanhoe.
Hayduk's presentation was impressive in that he made a commitment to be accessible to tenants and responsive to their problems. He asked for patience, as he has just recently taken over, but set a goal of improving the quality of life here by 1% each day. He stressed that those in a work capacity for tenants would be made aware of their importance in serving the community. He stated that about 30% of residents responded to the surveys that had been sent out at the end of 2015, a figure that, according to general marketing stats, was impressive. Hayduk made it clear that he is very aware of what the problems are, mentioning noisy neighbors, slow response time on plumbing issues, non-registered dogs, the filth along the walkways, etc.
Property Manager Rick Hayduck addresses the assembled crowd of tenants.
Though I was uplifted by his presentation and apparent sincerity and vision, when I left "the tent" I almost instantly came across dog urine and crap stains and the horrible cracked condition of the walkway. Rick Hayduk has taken on an impossible job, I thought, particularly as the financial aspect of owning this complex will surely be at odds with the attention Hayduk can give to making positive changes for a community of families and senior citizens, the real tenants of ST/PCV. If I'm getting him right, he wants to see this community infused with positive energy about this complex and its management, and, perhaps, increased in number. Realistically, however, my impression is that Blackstone and Ivanhoe will need to be channeling students as renters for monetary reasons and to expedite apartment turnover, which guarantees a 20% increase in a unit's "base" rent.
Now, let's go out DANCING and SINGING!!!