We don’t want ‘B.S. BID’

To The Editor:
Re “Board can vote for owners” (letter, by Alan Ballinger, Nov. 17):

Mr. Alan Ballinger: Your name is not found in the Department of Finance records as an owner of any condo unit at 40 Mercer St. Yet you claim to be a “Residential Representative” on the Broadway Soho Business Improvement District Steering Committee. So why aren’t you meeting with other residents of the area?

Come out of your condo and get to know the neighborhood. What are you doing to solve local issues other than trying to force this unnecessary plan down the throats of Soho residents and property owners who do not want the B.S. BID?

And since you state you are “president of the condo board” you must be aware that half of the 41 condo units at 40 Mercer St. are shown to be owned by non-New York City residents per documentation found at the Department of Finance.

You must also be aware that individual owners at 40 Mercer are opposed to the BID. And that the five commercial condo units at 40 Mercer submitted ballots in opposition to the BID — and those owners are the ones that you want to tax to pay for your bad B.S. BID plan.

And you must be aware that those Broadway property owners who the BID claims “voted” in support of the BID constitute only one-third of all the property owners within the BID boundary, hardly the “substantial support” required by the BID laws.

Since you’ve only lived here for a few years, let’s get together and talk, so your Soho neighbors can better understand what you have planned for Broadway and Soho. Meanwhile, please stop pushing your agenda of retail real estate interests only onto Soho.

Reject the bad B.S., and say no to the Soho BID.
Pete Davies

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2 Responses to We don’t want ‘B.S. BID’

  1. Interesting to note that Mr Ballinger has no unit in his name at 40 Mercer Street yet he has filed an $85 MILLION DOLLAR suite against the building:
    https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDis

  2. FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 09/28/2010
    INDEX NO. 103370/2010
    NYSCEF DOC. NO. 3
    RECEIVED NYSCEF: 09/28/2010
    Index No. 103370/2010
    COMPLAINT
    :
    PAVARlNl MCGOVERN, PENMARK REALTY : CORP., KANE KESSLER, RON NURNBERG, KEITH KRAMER, JASON ALDERMAN,
    ANDREA GIFT and HOTELSAB I, LLC,
    Defendants.
    -against-
    40 MERCER STREET CONDOMINIUM, WXIV/BROADWAY GRAND REALTY,L.L.C., HINES BROADWAY GRAND LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, DAVID PENICK,
    TOMMY CRAIG, KENNETH HUBBARD, WHITEHALL STREET REAL ESTATE LIMITED PARTNERSHIPXIII,WHITEHALL PARALLEL REAL ESTATE LIMITED PARTNERSHIPXIII, JEROME S. KARR, STUART ROTHENBERG, ANDRE BALMS, THE SUNSHINE GROUP, LTD., : a/k/a CORCORAN SUNSHINE MARKETING GROUP, SLCE ARCHITECTS,
    ATELIER JEAN NOUVEL, GILSANZ-MURRAY- STEFICEK LLP, COSENTlNl ASSOCIATES,
    Plaintiff,
    Plaintiff, 40 Mercer Owners Association, by its attorneys, Brill & Meisel, complaining of the above-named defendants, respectively alleges as follows:
    THE PARTIES
    I. Plaintiff, 40 Mercer Owners Association (“Association”) is a homeowner’s association whose members represent approximately 80% of the residential unit owners (“Residential Unit Owners”) in the 40 Mercer Street Condominium, All claims asserted herein by the Association are brought on behalf of the Residential Unit Owners.
    Supreme Court Records OnLine Library – page 1 of 78
    -._.
    Li
    ea
    2. Defendant, 40 Mercer Street Condominium (“Condominium”) is a condominium association organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State on New York, having its offices and principal place of business c/o Penmark Realty Corp., 770 Lexington Avenue-7th Floor, New York, New York 10065. The Condominium was established pursuant to Article 9-B of the Real Property Law of the State of New York, under a Declarationof Condominium duly recorded in the Office of the City Register, New York County at CRFN #2007000077899 (“Declaration”),a copy of which is annexed hereto as Exhibit A.
    3, The Condominium’s members own, in fee, certain real property (“Premises”) and a 13-story building located at 40 Mercer Street, New York, New York (“Building”) consisting of 41 residential units (including one resident- manager‘s unit, “Residential Units”), 5 retail units and 1 garage unit.
    4. Alan Ballinger (“Ballinger”) and Bruce (“Stern”) are resident members of the Board of Managers of the Condominium, Residential Unit Owners in the Building and principals of the plaintiff Association. At all relevant times, Mr. Ballinger and Mr. Stern have maintained residences in the County, City and State of New York.

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