Springbrook Apartments

Springbrook Apartments

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SHNeverStripped

Ithaca, NY

#1 Dec 27, 2011
For those of you who got the letter taped to your door, what are your thoughts?? And why the name change??
Heard

Saranac Lake, NY

#2 Jan 8, 2012
Hi all,

I heard CRM Management bought Wood Creek Apts and they are changing the name to Springbrook Apartments. Going to renovate ALL buildings and then increase the damn rents. I feel bad for all old people living there - I bet they will lose 75% of current tenants.
SHNeverStripped

Ithaca, NY

#3 Jan 9, 2012
You are correct on all accounts. Building Material started arriving this morning, and this place is going to get ugly real quick. Tenants are already saying that they can not stay. Can't afford to. At $750 for a 2 bedroom Apt. here, it will be really tough for them to fill 192 units.

Office Manager was terminated day of Tenant's Meeting last week with the reason "felt it was time for a change." I hope she is able to move on, and find something better.

The tenants that are currently residing there, and attended the meeting last week.....I really hope that they didn't drink the Kool Aid. There was a lot of Sour Apples in it!!
Heard

Saranac Lake, NY

#4 Jan 9, 2012
Are you a resident there? If so, what do you plan on doing? CRM is a nasty and greedy business. They are all about money.

Will they increase the rent at your lease renewal or during the lease if the renovation is done?
SHNeverStripped

Ithaca, NY

#5 Jan 10, 2012
Heard wrote:
Are you a resident there? If so, what do you plan on doing? CRM is a nasty and greedy business. They are all about money.
Will they increase the rent at your lease renewal or during the lease if the renovation is done?
If the Lease is up before the Apartment is Renovated, then the Lease can be resigned on a Month-to-Month Basis at the same amount that was on the previous Year's One-Year Lease. Once the Apartment is Renovated, or should the Tenant choose to move into one of the early Renovated Apartments, then the Lease will once again be signed as an Annual one at the new price of $625 for one,$750 for 3, or $850 for a 3 Bedroom.

Yes, CRM does appear to really be greedy. It's hard to trust any one here any more. As far as what I'm going to do?? I'm going to go somewhere where myself, my family, my Belongings, and my Pets can be safe from this Nightmare.
What the heck

Dover, DE

#6 Jan 12, 2012
who is crm owned by
this is not good

Hamilton, NY

#7 Jan 13, 2012
CRM is Commercial Residential Management. They own tons of properties in Rome (Foxwood, Madison, Park Dr.) and across NYS. John Varecka is the president of the company and he's the slick lookin' dude who spoke at the tenant meeting Thursday night.
And maybe only 5% drank the CRM kool-aid. Most able-bodied residents are leaving before it turns into a war zone.
SHNeverStripped

Ithaca, NY

#8 Jan 13, 2012
John Varecka. He kind of reminded me of that Game Show Host on Family Feud a few years back. His name was John too, wasn't it??

Well, it is nice to see someone who was also at the meeting that Thursday responding. I hope that only 5% of the Residents drank the Kool Aid, because so many of them even though they gasped when they heard the rate increases, didn't seem to make too much of a fuss about it.

You looked around the room that evening, many of the people you knew in some shape or form, and you just know that they can not afford to live at Wood Creek after the Renovations. The ones that are on Reduced Rent; I don't think that many of them grasped the fact that their Rents were going to be approaching the Full Value of the new Rent Increases. It's sad.

I was amused at the one kid who asked John about "What Demographics was he trying to achieve at the Complex. John's answer was something to the extent of there being a demand of Premier Apartments in the Rome area. Looking around the room, you could see so many of the current leases having Graves dug for them.

It really makes no sense to me. CRM boasted a year or 2 ago about how they Renovated Kennedy Plaza Apts. in Utica. There is no way that they could have raised the Rents there the same way that they plan to here. Tell me with a Slight Increase now, and by slight I mean for example $50.00 a month, can they not eventually with all the Apartments Rented out as they plan to, eventually pay for the Renovations. That includes having tenants who tow the line, and are "Good Tenants" as they often like to say. A more than 200 Dollar increase on someone's Lease does not justify their Apartment getting new Carpet, and the Walls repainted. Oh wait, can't forget the matching Black appliances. The white ones in the building that I know of work fine. Sorry, not a justification for such a Rent Increase.

I've been in the Complex for many years, and consider myself one of the Veterans here. I took a lot of Pride being here, even through the days when the maintenance issues took their toll. I will say this: I'd rather be here with the Maintenance Issues, than to be here with CRM managing the Property.

Last thing: for any tenants moving out of the Complex to Happier Healthier places, I will be more than happy to help move you. The quicker you will be on to a better place.
movin on up

United States

#9 Jan 13, 2012
SHNeverStripped wrote:
John Varecka. He kind of reminded me of that Game Show Host on Family Feud a few years back. His name was John too, wasn't it??
Well, it is nice to see someone who was also at the meeting that Thursday responding. I hope that only 5% of the Residents drank the Kool Aid, because so many of them even though they gasped when they heard the rate increases, didn't seem to make too much of a fuss about it.
You looked around the room that evening, many of the people you knew in some shape or form, and you just know that they can not afford to live at Wood Creek after the Renovations. The ones that are on Reduced Rent; I don't think that many of them grasped the fact that their Rents were going to be approaching the Full Value of the new Rent Increases. It's sad.
I was amused at the one kid who asked John about "What Demographics was he trying to achieve at the Complex. John's answer was something to the extent of there being a demand of Premier Apartments in the Rome area. Looking around the room, you could see so many of the current leases having Graves dug for them.
It really makes no sense to me. CRM boasted a year or 2 ago about how they Renovated Kennedy Plaza Apts. in Utica. There is no way that they could have raised the Rents there the same way that they plan to here. Tell me with a Slight Increase now, and by slight I mean for example $50.00 a month, can they not eventually with all the Apartments Rented out as they plan to, eventually pay for the Renovations. That includes having tenants who tow the line, and are "Good Tenants" as they often like to say. A more than 200 Dollar increase on someone's Lease does not justify their Apartment getting new Carpet, and the Walls repainted. Oh wait, can't forget the matching Black appliances. The white ones in the building that I know of work fine. Sorry, not a justification for such a Rent Increase.
I've been in the Complex for many years, and consider myself one of the Veterans here. I took a lot of Pride being here, even through the days when the maintenance issues took their toll. I will say this: I'd rather be here with the Maintenance Issues, than to be here with CRM managing the Property.
Last thing: for any tenants moving out of the Complex to Happier Healthier places, I will be more than happy to help move you. The quicker you will be on to a better place.
were out of our place before the first! its ok, lookin forward to a mold free place, where our hot water tank doesnt [email protected] the bed everytime we turn around,alon with other things! if you see a moving truck,come on out and help!
this is not good

Hamilton, NY

#10 Jan 14, 2012
Most of the fine people that I have talked to would rather stay in this complex as-is and have the mjor problems fixed rather than have it "prettied up"
and their rent increased. Whoopie-doooo, black appliances and cherry cabinets? Won't that make it appear even darker in these small kitchens? My stove, fridge and dishwasher work fine-- don't need or want new stuff in here.
This situation sucks for everyone except CRM. I am totally bummed. Will continue to check this post for more responses.
Former

Saranac Lake, NY

#11 Jan 15, 2012
I used to live at Wood Creek Apartments for many years - I never had any issues with the maintenance before 2007. I always recommended Wood Creek Apts to my friends when they were looking for places, but now after finding out CRM bought "Springbrook", I will no longer recommend that place.

I feel bad for current tenants there because I knoww 75% of them are senior citizens and they can not afford paying $750 a month for only 2 bedrooms.
Current

United States

#12 Jan 17, 2012
Former wrote:
I used to live at Wood Creek Apartments for many years - I never had any issues with the maintenance before 2007. I always recommended Wood Creek Apts to my friends when they were looking for places, but now after finding out CRM bought "Springbrook", I will no longer recommend that place.
I feel bad for current tenants there because I knoww 75% of them are senior citizens and they can not afford paying $750 a month for only 2 bedrooms.
Wow from a former tenant where in the hell do you think you can live in a nice place for less it will be great when it is finished and all the losers are out and this is a quality housing. Go CRM !!!!!
SHNeverStripped

Ithaca, NY

#14 Jan 17, 2012
Current wrote:
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Wow from a former tenant where in the hell do you think you can live in a nice place for less it will be great when it is finished and all the losers are out and this is a quality housing. Go CRM !!!!!
Ummmm, in another Apartment Complex, buying a home, moving South. There are options Buddy. CRM does not control any of us who can look past their Greed.
confused

Hamilton, NY

#15 Jan 21, 2012
i seen a sign up at the corner last nite, says sprinbrook now leasing (will always be woodcreek). how are they renting apts. out to new people when they have not done any renovations yet? dont they have to save the empty apts. for tenets to stay in while their regular apt. is being fixed up?
SHNeverStripped

Ithaca, NY

#16 Jan 21, 2012
confused wrote:
i seen a sign up at the corner last nite, says sprinbrook now leasing (will always be woodcreek). how are they renting apts. out to new people when they have not done any renovations yet? dont they have to save the empty apts. for tenets to stay in while their regular apt. is being fixed up?
No Doubt you did see that, and it really does not surprise me.

The truth is that there are many Empty Apartments at the moment, and they aren't planning on doing all of the buildings at once. Plus factor in the fact that many people are jumping ship, and that means more empty ones.

They are also "hoping" to not displace people if they are able to. Meaning they will come in, redo your kitchen one day, then maybe do the carpet another day, bathroom, another, etc. etc. Yeah, just the carpet alone would be a real nuisance for a Tenant without fullblown swapping apartments.

Someone called the Office a few weeks ago inquiring about Apartments. They were told that beginning March First, a 3 Bedroom Apartment would be $850. If they signed a lease before that, they would lock into the Old rate. My guess is that they would be signing a Month to Month Lease before March 1st just as the Current Residence have done whose Leases were up for Renewal.

So yes, they are still taking Tenants here. With all of the Bailouts occuring, Someone has to cover the Maintenances' Payroll.
Springbrook

Saranac Lake, NY

#17 Jan 23, 2012
They want to suck all money out of their tenants. This is Rome, not New York City!
Fact

Hamilton, NY

#18 Jan 23, 2012
I bought a house because rents got too high.
got mine

Hamilton, NY

#19 Jan 24, 2012
they r about 2 lose more longtimers when rents shoot up. kind of sad that they want 2 fix the place up and make the tenants pay 4 it. how many family's can pay 850 for a 3 bedroom? how many seniors can pay 650 4 a 1 bedroom when most of them only get between 800 to 1000 a mo. frm social security??? people got to eat, man!!!! rome is not a rich town.
Fact

Hamilton, NY

#20 Jan 24, 2012
got mine wrote:
they r about 2 lose more longtimers when rents shoot up. kind of sad that they want 2 fix the place up and make the tenants pay 4 it. how many family's can pay 850 for a 3 bedroom? how many seniors can pay 650 4 a 1 bedroom when most of them only get between 800 to 1000 a mo. frm social security??? people got to eat, man!!!! rome is not a rich town.
Section 8
SectionEight

Hamilton, NY

#21 Jan 25, 2012
Hello, what is Section 8 please?

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