Background: With the management of master planned and mixed use HOAs, comes some unique opportunities and situations. This particular HOA shares a parking garage for retail customers, condominium unit owners and the public.
Challenge: When a condominium unit is purchased, an assigned parking space from the shared garage is deeded with that unit and subsequently utilized by the owner. This is a common situation found in mixed use HOAs and is not usually an issue. However, this parking garage is located under the retail shops and restaurants. The problem arose when the restaurant drains periodically leaked onto the condominium owners parking area. The leaking liquid was a nuisance, dripping onto vehicles and causing damage to the concrete. The challenge lied in addressing and repairing the leak while determining who would pay for the repairs.
Action and Outcome: Various contractors were hired, ranging from plumbers to engineers. After several months of inspecting and searching, the leak couldn’t be traced back to any particular source. The solution was to create a gutter system including a plumbing drain tie-in to eliminate future damage caused by the leaking liquid. The “retail” ownership ended up paying for the new gutter system. Once the solution was reached about a gutter system, the boxes were fabricated and everything was installed within a couple weeks. It is important to understand how to effectively address problems like this when they occur in a master planned and mixed use HOA. WRMC has the experience and technical savvy to navigate unique challenges like this one.