There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the impact of the Avalon towers in New Rochelle . Given all the criticism about the “deal” given to the developer and how it ultimately affects the taxpayer ,it’s no wonder that you start seeing things through a jaundiced eye. In an effort to keep an open mind , I took a look at the issue from both sides of the equation .
Were the concessions made by the city successful in bringing a quality product to our downtown ? I guess it depends on who you ask . For all the critique around the issue , there’s just as much positive spin from various sources , and there in lies the rub . After listening to both sides , I began to wonder what the residents of these buildings think about their little slice of New Rochelle . As luck would have it , a story revolving around Councilman Trangucci’s request to have the Avalons pitch in and help out the city that gave them their start , there was a link to a service that allows tenants to rate their properties. I have to say I was quite surprised by the candor .
For the Avalon on the Sound East people have written things like “this is just a fancy ghetto” and “The Avalon properties should be emabarrassed that their name is linked to this building” from shandy . Of the 31 reviews, only 9 would recommend the place . “Another party fight outside” ,”…drunk women shouting on the hallways,some kids are scared of them” claims another person with 5 others agreeing with the comment. Complaints of dogs , college partying , cars being towed or broken into , electrical problems , elevators not working , it’s all in the ratings.
For Avalon on the Sound , things appear worse. You’ll see things like “horrible experience in every way”,or read the one titled “Maintenance and customer service sucks” to read about the mold. Someone else posted “Unfortunately, I can only confirm the long chain of problems and negative comments raised by the previous reviews. The Avalon properties in New Rochelle have a lot of problems (I can’t speak for Avalon as a whole, but if New Rochelle is a representative example then this company is a mess)”. From “love it with reservations ” comes “when we had yet another false fire alarm – this one in the middle of the night – many people with children went out into the winter night – as children learn to do in school.”
I never thought about it , but apparently pets are allowed and with that comes certain “issues” that I’d rather not get into. This building is only recommended by 12% of the people.
I could go on , but I think it best you follow the links to the site and read what people are saying about their experience . Afterall , I’m just relaying what I’ve read. For what it’s worth, comments seem to have no relation to how good or bad the economy has been .
Unfortunately , this leaves me wanting to find out more about the true impact of these places . If anyone has anything else to add , pass it along . Perhaps we could call Mr Thompson for his insight into the problems our fellow residents are facing . Since he’s not going to help out our city , he will probably now have the time to clean up his own ratings .