PROPERTY ENHANCEMENT RECAP

As we approach our Annual Meeting on June 9th at 6.30pm, at which time Hillcrest 11 residents are requested to vote for their new HOA Board because this year we have more than four eligible candidates, we review the building projects and enhancements completed by volunteers on your current HOA Board:

1.  Improved landscaping and repaired and enhanced irrigation system.
2.  Renovated and restructured parking courtyard (adding 3 spaces plus Drop-Off and Emergency/Service spots).
3.  Added energy-efficient lighting for security at walkways.
4.  Replaced aged A/C pump and motor.
5.  Purchased new energy-efficient laundry equipment (reduced cost per load and machines will pay for themselves in 10 months).
6.  Installed bulletin boards for convenience and to consolidate notices for residents.

7.  Installed cost-saving elevator emergency phone system to reduce expense by half.
8.  Installed new dumpster door, trash chutes and security fencing.
9.  Implemented  building website for enhanced communication and to serve as a repository of important documentation and community developments.
10. Repaired concrete issues effecting building for potential 40 year inspection.

11.  Rented Association-owned unit to generate revenue to Association.
12.  Improved and renovated front entrance walkway and first floor foyer.
13.  Added cameras to building for full coverage and greater sense of security and implemented remote access surveillance.
14.  Encouraged residents to take advantage of toilet rebate program to reduce water consumption (4 units so far).

All accomplished at minimum cost to the Association and immeasurable benefit to the added value to our property, security and sense of pride in our community.

Additionally, there were matters regarding waste removal, landscape maintenance and infractions with neighboring buildings that were addressed and resolved with diplomacy and the persistence of HOA Board volunteers.  Most residents are unaware of these matters because they were prevented from impacting your daily routine.

According to HOA Board President Jeffrey Ladner, “we were able to accomplish all of the above without having to raise monthly maintenance, and we were able to start putting funds into a reserve so we can maintain the building now that we have [completed overdue upgrades].”

At our Annual Meeting on June 9, 2014 at 6.30pm residents will vote for their new HOA Board of Directors.  “I’m sure residents of our building are as appreciative of the accomplishments of this Board as I am,” adds Mr. Ladner.  “I want to thank the residents of Hillcrest Building 11 for putting their trust in me, as the President, and in each member of the Board.”

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FOYER GETS REVAMPED

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Board President Jeff is managing the foyer/entrance remodel that you notice.  He notes that removing the awning, instead of the initial idea to replace it, will be economically wiser to the remodel of the entrance and first floor foyer.  He drew inspiration for the final look for the foyer/entrance from Hillcrest buildings 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 along Hillcrest Court.

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NOW: Contractors patch the facade after awning and metal arches were removed.

The awning and decorative metal arches that framed the first floor entry were removed with generous assistance and collaboration of residents Kim, Max, Fernando, and Luis who is a metal craftsman who designs furnishings with metal.  The removal job executed by residents saved the community money.

The remodeling should finish within a week.  Kindly adhere to all notices posted in the area during this project.

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BEFORE: The entrance and foyer with awning and metal decorative arches.

Presidente de la Junta de Jeff esla gestión de la remodelación de vestíbulo / entrada que usted nota. Él señala que la eliminación de la marquesina, en lugar de la idea inicial para reemplazarlo, será económicamente más prudente a la remodelación de la entrada y el primer vestíbulo de piso. Él se inspiró para el aspecto final para el vestíbulo / entrada de los edificios Hillcrest 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 y 9 enclavado junto Hillcrest Corte.

El arcos decorativos de metal que enmarca la primera entrada piso se retiraron con una generosa asistencia y colaboración de los residentes de Kim, Max, Fernando y Luis, que es un artesano del metal que diseña muebles con metal. El trabajo de remoción ejecutado por residentes salvó el dinero de la comunidad.

La remodelación se debe terminar dentro de una semana.  Respete a todos los avisos publicados en el área durante este proyecto.

RAIN DELAYS SEALING PROJECT

The sealcoating of our parking courtyard began Tuesday, August 27, 2013, a day behind schedule due to rain. Today’s application of sealant to the parking courtyard was due to begin around 7:40 am, but has been delayed due to rainfall that started at 8:10 am.

Until all road closure tape and signs are removed, kindly continue to park your vehicle on the swale alongside the pool and Recreation Room #3, and we can also park head-in on the side of the park behind our building that doesn’t have a sidewalk. See images below for parking guidance (click on an image to enlarge it).

Remember to lock your car and securely close our pedestrian gate behind you.

Your patience during this final phase of our capital improvement projects is appreciated.

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El Sealcoating de nuestro patio de estacionamiento comenzó Martes, 27 de agosto 2013, un día de retraso debido a la lluvia. Aplicación actual de sellador en el patio de estacionamiento debía comenzar en torno a 7:40 am, pero se ha retrasado debido a las lluvias que comenzaron a las 8:10 am.

Hasta que toda la cinta de cierre de la carretera y las señales se retiran, continúe deberán estacionar su vehículo en la cuneta junto a la piscina y recreo Cuarto # 3, y también podemos estacionar de frente en el lado del parque detrás de nuestro edificio que no tiene una acera. Ver imágenes abajo para la orientación de estacionamiento (haga clic en una imagen para verla más grande).

Recuerde guardar su coche y cerrar bien nuestra puerta peatonal detrás de usted.

Su paciencia durante esta fase final de los proyectos de mejora de capital se aprecia.

NEW GARDEN UPLIFTS SPIRIT

The recently completed  landscape enhancements represent the third segment of the capital improvement project that is nearly completed.  Repair to the irrigation system and installation of curbs and islands were also executed as part of the capital improvement.  Some smaller acquisitions or upgrades that happened include: new lanterns at the building’s entrance and induction lighting installed on both sides of the building.  Subscribe to this website and check the community bulletin board for updates on other projects in the pipeline that are due for completion soon.

The landscape upgrade that created a tropical garden and heightened our building’s curb appeal, symbolizes a breath of fresh air that has uplifted the spirit of some Hillcrest 11 residents we’ve heard from.  Whether you feel renewed or like a new chapter is about to unfold, the completed projects should serve to inspire a greater sense of appreciation for the gem we call home.  When you pick up dead leaves, prevent someone from littering and settle up your outstanding dues, you’re making a positive contribution to promote the value in your real estate investment.

Please use the comment box below to share your sentiments, ideas and opinions.

En Espanol:

Las mejoras del paisaje recientemente terminados representan la tercera parte del proyecto de mejora de capital que está casi terminado . Reparación del sistema de riego y la instalación de bordillos y las islas también fueron ejecutados como parte de la mejora de capital . Algunas adquisiciones más pequeñas o actualizaciones que sucedieron incluyen: nuevas linternas en la entrada del edificio y la iluminación de inducción instalado a ambos lados del edificio . Suscribirse a este sitio web y comprobar el tablón de anuncios para las actualizaciones en otros proyectos en cartera que debe concluir pronto.

La actualización del paisaje que crea un jardín tropical y acentúa el atractivo de nuestro edificio, simboliza un soplo de aire fresco que ha levantado el espíritu de algunos Hillcrest 11 residentes que hemos escuchado de . Si usted se siente renovado o como un nuevo capítulo está a punto de desarrollarse, los proyectos terminados deben servir para inspirar a un mayor sentido de agradecimiento por la joya que llamamos nuestro hogar . Al recoger las hojas muertas , evitar que alguien tirar basura y conformarse con su cuotas pendientes , que está haciendo una contribución positiva para promover el valor de su inversión inmobiliaria .

Por favor, utilice la casilla de comentarios abajo para compartir sus sentimientos , ideas y opiniones.

BEAUTIFICATION EXCITES RESIDENTS

The landscape improvement project researched, coordinated and designed by HOA Board president Jeff, consumed the week of August 12 – 16.  As the pieces of this beautification project came together, residents were drawn from their home and into the courtyards to soak-in the transformation.  Some residents pitched in to water plants, prune and tote rocks.  Some paused to share in conversation.  Many offered comments and showered Jeff with compliments.  A sense of pride in community blossomed.  Benches may be added to the courtyards, but until then feel free to use your own portable seating to enjoy the tropical community garden growing at your doorstep.

Please use the comment area below to share your thoughts about the landscaping project that is now completed.  Remember, your support is needed to help it thrive and drive up our property value, please don’t litter.

En Espanol:

El proyecto de mejora del paisaje investigado, coordinado y diseñado por HOA presidente de la Junta Jeff, consumida la semana del 12 de agosto – 16. Como las piezas de este proyecto de embellecimiento se reunieron, los residentes fueron extraídas de su casa y en los patios para absorber-en la transformación. Algunos residentes lanzadas para regar las plantas, podan y bolsas de piedras. Algunos se detuvieron a participar en la conversación. Muchos ofrecieron comentarios y nos duchamos Jeff con elogios. Un sentimiento de orgullo en la comunidad floreció. Bancos se pueden añadir a los patios, pero hasta entonces no dude en utilizar su propio asiento portátil para disfrutar del jardín de la comunidad cada vez más tropical a su puerta.

Utilice el área de comentarios de abajo para compartir sus pensamientos sobre el proyecto de paisajismo que ahora se ha completado. Recuerde que se necesita su apoyo para ayudar a prosperar y en coche hasta nuestro valor de la propiedad, por favor, no la basura.

UPGRADE UPDATE: TREE REMOVAL

Friday, July 26, 2013:

Day two of repair of irrigation valves, pipes, timer.   Day one of tree removal:  Ten trees, one palm bush and four hibiscus trees removed, plus two coconut trees and palms trees groomed in under 3 hours.  P.S. — Help yourself to the coconuts in the courtyard.

(Photos by Sean)

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Viernes, 26 de julio 2013:

El segundo día de reparación de válvulas de riego, tuberías, contador de tiempo. El primer día de la remoción de árboles: Diez árboles, un arbusto de palma y cuatro árboles de hibisco eliminado, además de dos cocoteros y palmeras arreglado en menos de 3 horas. PD – Podrá disfrutar de los cocos en el patio.

PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT TIMELINE

It’s true folks, there’s pain, before gain.  Get ready for a few weeks of painful inconvenience in order gain the property enhancements many residents have patiently been awaiting.  Below is your handy schedule to help you navigate work in progress zones.  Please notice when and where you must relocate your car and when truck deliveries will not have access to the parking courtyard.  Please, please, please adhere to the roped off areas for your own safety and to avoid delaying progress.  (DATES LISTED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER, ETC.)

TREE REMOVAL

Weather permitting, around Friday, July 26, 2013 Tree Logic will start trimming and excavating trees from the courtyard.  Residents parked facing the grass courtyard, near the main entrance to building and at the fence, should relocate their car to a guest space prior to 9am.  This is phase one of the landscaping capital improvement project and may take two days.treeremoval

PARKING LOT ENHANCEMENT

The week of July 29, 2013, Gold Coast Sealcoat will begin cutting asphalt and installing curbs in the parking courtyard.

If your parking space is cordoned off and temporarily inaccessible, kindly park your car on the swale between the street and sidewalk near the pool at the back of our building (see pic below).  Do not park on sidewalk.  Do not park on median on Hillcrest Court, you will be towed.  Display the permit notice you received on your dashboard.  Avoid rolling over orange flags that identify sprinkler heads.hillcrest11temppark_6294

IRRIGATION REPAIR

On July 25, 2013, repair and extension of the sprinkler system for the main courtyard and both sides of the building will begin.

LANDSCAPING INSTALLATION

The week of August 12, 2013, new trees, plants and hedges will arrive and installation begins.  If your parking space is  cordoned off and temporarily inaccessible, kindly use a guest parking space or park on the swale between the street and sidewalk near the pool at the back of our building (see pic below).  Avoid rolling over orange flags that identify sprinkler heads.

PARKING LOT SEALING & STRIPING

The current parking courtyard.

The current parking courtyard.

The week of August 26, 2013, Gold Coast Sealcoat will begin application of sealing agents.  Only half of the parking courtyard will be inaccessible at any time during application.  Please schedule your truck deliveries accordingly.  We are permitted to park on the swale between the street and the sidewalk near the pool (see pic below)Do not park on sidewalk.  Do not park on median on Hillcrest Court, you will be towed.  Display the permit notice you received on your dashboard.  Avoid rolling over orange flags that identify sprinkler heads.

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MAJOR PROJECTS UPDATE

This update serves to alert residents of Hillcrest 11 of temporary  inconveniences that will require some adjustments to your daily routine, as property enhancements are performed in July.  The tasks are being scheduled to run concurrently to condense the inconvenience into a tight time frame.  The Board is about to award contractors the job to remove seven trees, install landscaping and an irrigation system, and to seal, coat and curb the car parking courtyard.

Board members visited the nursery to personally assess and confirm the varieties of trees and foliage that best suit the size of the property.  A digital rendering of the grounds was paid for in order to help illustrate and envision which areas will be best served with foliage of a specific height, girth and bloom.  Two objectives are to avoid high maintenance foliage and introduce some year-round colorful blooms.  These images are a first draft of a landscape design conceived by Board president Jeff, please note, THESE ARE NOT RENDERINGS OF THE FINAL INSTALLATION.

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While our car parking courtyard is resurfaced, for 5 days residents must park on the swale along Hillcrest Lane and in parking spaces at Recreation Room #3 at the back of our building.  The green dumpster will be relocated to the back of our building if trucks are not permitted while the new surface settles.  The same restrictions apply to FEDEX/UPS trucks and other truck deliveries while the parking surface sets, please plan shipments accordingly.  EXACT DATES WILL BE POSTED.

Current car parking courtyard.

Temporary parking behind our bldg. near recreation room/pool #3.

You may have noticed,  three money-saving induction lights were installed on each side of our building to light the walkways at the access gates, as well as to support the image capture by surveillance cameras installed to survey the access gates.hillcrest11light_2536hillcrest11lights_2539