Exterior Painting Project: Vote

As you are likely aware, the Board has been preparing for the upcoming exterior painting project

At the outset of this project, we decided it would be prudent to hire a project management firm to oversee the effort as well as provide additional recommendations on aesthetic treatments for our building. We hired JR Van Dijs, Inc., a local firm responsible for the restoration of the historic Art Theatre Long Beach, construction of the contemporary East Village Creative Offices, the in-progress Psychic Temple as well as other local development projects.

We absolutely share the view held by many owners that to fully address the exterior needs of the building, a more holistic approach than simply choosing colors and painting should be taken.

We are examining costs for both window treatments and a solution to cover air conditioning units

While nothing has been made official yet the Board hopes to address painting, windows and air conditioning units simultaneously. The costs are not insignificant, through the efforts of prior boards the reserves are healthy and addressing these issues simultaneously will likely be more cost-effective over the long-run. Plus, at the end of the three to four month project, we will have a building that looks completely updated. We will need to build a plan for units that add air conditioners and remove them in order to preserve the consistency, and it will likely require some additional rules to help enforce this, though we believe it will be worth it.

We need your help choosing the colors

As many of you know, we have posted some paint color options provided by a non-profit design firm recommended by JR Van Dijs, City Fabrick and asked for your constructive input. Many of you have already completed the questionnaire and we truly appreciate your feedback. We have chosen to have a written questionnaire so that every shareholder has an equal voice in the process. Plus, it is one of the only ways we can actually quantify something so subjective as color preference. If you have not filled out this survey yet, we ask that you please do so and submit it to Brenda no later than Friday, August 16th. Even if you don't care for any of the colors, please pick your favorite and least favorite and make specific suggestions for each.

It is also worth noting why City Fabrick presented the options they did. Some have questioned the variegated color on the exterior of the building and have suggested a consistent, single color to be applied on the panels instead. Due to the air conditioning units and the visual inconsistency created there, the panels are inherently patterned and by using a single color it would simply make them stand out even more. Plus, over time the paint will fade and when panels are altered (a new air conditioning unit installed, an old one removed, etc.) it will be impossible to match the paint and will thus draw the eye. Having some color variation built into the color scheme will help address the natural color variation that will happen as well as de-emphasizing the air conditioning unit covers. Additionally, the Miller Children's Hospital at Long Beach Memorial, a mid-century building from the same era, was recently repainted and utilized a similar treatment and so City Fabrick's recommended approach is not without precedent.

View Paint Color Options & Survey

Note: Viewing colors on a computer monitor will not be accurate. We recommend you view the printouts in the office for a more consistent representation of color.

So far, the vast majority of those who have voted have been happy with the color choices presented. If however you are unhappy with these choices, we want to know. These aren’t final color schemes, and this is not a final and binding vote. We were aware that modifications would need to be made, though wanted the ownership of the building to be part of the process. Therefore, if you are unhappy with what is presented, please still choose the scheme that is closest to what you would like and suggest what changes you would like to see even if those changes are very significant. We will then collectivize the feedback and request modifications from City Fabrick so that we have options to choose from that are amenable to most. Clearly, not everyone will be perfectly satisfied with the outcome of final color selection, though we hope through this process we can better meet the expectations of a majority of shareholders.

The Board of Directors