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on Nov 18, 2010
75 years of Prometheus Real Estate Group - that's tragic. Have you seen what they did to the residents of their Park Place South property on Castro. Web Link
I've lived here at Park Place for over five years now. It's not tragic. It's fine. Prometheus is a business, not a despotic government regime. If they weren't providing quality of service at a fair price, they wouldn't be in business. Plain and simple, despite the smoke blown by doomsayers like @Guy Kulman.
Do you live in Park Place or Park Place South?
I never said Prometheus is a despotic government - I say they are a horrible business that mistreats it's tenants. Plenty of terrible businesses stay in business for a long time (unless people shine a light on them).
But the photos and videos aren't blowing smoke. They are what they are.
The fact that about 50 furious Park Place South residents showed up to a town hall that the Vice Mayor of Mountain View made Prometheus host for us isn't blowing smoke. Were you at the event? Did you listen to the stories of various tenants:
(1) one who got cut on chicken wire left out during construction
(2) one who almost ran into a wire hanging across the access way to her apartment
(3) the door stop with nails in it that someone brought to the event
(4) the family from India who said they have been too ashamed to have visitors because of the construction
(5) the girl who woke up to find construction workers in her apartment
Were you at the meeting of ~ 20 angry tenants when we met with the Mayor of Mountain View, and she told us how Prometheus had mistreated her mother when she lived at Park Place? She said they had promised her that times had change - the Mayor was saddened to hear they had not.
For those of us whose homes were right in the middle of the renovation activity, the summer of 2010 will live in infamy. We pay a premium to live in a great location. But this summer, the value of our homes went negative. Prometheus put us through 7 months of physical danger while they went about their renovation activity.
We contacted the Fire Department because we were concerned about how we'd get out if there was a fire or earthquake. They said we had to talk to the Building Permit people. They said the permit process really doesn't cover keeping residents safe. In effect, tenants don't seem to have any rights in this type of activity.
And yet every Monday through Friday from 8 AM till 6 PM we were engulfed in clouds of sawdust from a sawing station located inside the central courtyard. Workmen were on every staircase, all day long, lugging structural timbers as we tried to get in and out of our homes. They had hard hats. There were also daily clouds of plaster dust. They had environmental masks. The icing on the cake was the clouds of volatile organic chemicals from the paint. All of these things caused short term health issues for many residents. None of these things are good for our long term health either.
The horrific noise, the dirt, the dust (that seeped in through closed doors and windows), it was at least the fourth level of hell. And yet Prometheus feels entitled to charge us full rent for this period.
Prometheus has demonstrated consistent behavior over the years. Do a little digging and you will see that this company is NOT a good neighbor. They are out to maximize profit and will lie, stretch the truth and take advantage of every legal loophole available to get what they want at the lowest cost to them.
The city of Mountain View and the Minton's heirs have made a deal with the devil. I sincerely hope that neighbors of this new construction site have better luck maintaining their personal safety than we did. Stay involved, stay alert and work with every agency you can think of to protect your quality of life during construction.
Prometheus sucks. There are no other words to describe that company. It would be easy to call us liars if it were not for the fact that we have hundreds of pictures, videos, etc documenting the entire ordeal. I would never live at another Prometheus property. Their treatment of tenants is laughable at best.
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