Virginia Halley, president of the Botsford Commons Condominium Association, points out the erosion creeping up to her home.

Virginia Halley, president of the Botsford Commons Condominium Association, points out the erosion creeping up to her home.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Corporation says erosion at condos to be fixed in the spring

Condo association lawsuit claims years of neglect

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published November 27, 2018

 An official has said the erosion at the condos will be fixed in the spring.

An official has said the erosion at the condos will be fixed in the spring.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Botsford Commons Condominium Association is claiming in a lawsuit that Beaumont Health has not properly cared for the grounds of Botsford Commons for years.

The association alleges that Beaumont Health has allowed parts of the Botsford Commons properties to fall into disrepair, especially concerning the roads and erosion on the Rouge River riverbank, for 15 years.

A press release states that seniors feel “unsafe” walking through their neighborhoods because there are no sidewalks in the condominium complex and there are potholes in some of the roads.

On Nov. 13 at Botsford Commons, Condominium Association President Virginia Halley shared opinions on the matter; the association’s attorney, Robert Meisner, of the Meisner Law Group, P.C., of Bingham Farms, was on hand.

The lawsuit was originally filed in Oakland County Circuit Court in 2017.

A pretrial is scheduled for May 1, 2019, in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge Martha Anderson.

The lawsuit also alleges over 20 years of price gouging.

“We think we have overpaid substantially for a number of years,” Meisner said.

A hospital representative declined to comment on the issue.

Meisner said that the law group had been in negotiations and discussions with representatives of Beaumont for several years before bringing the lawsuit.

He said he feels that there has been “resistance” and no “real willingness” to resolve the issues.

“If you look around the development here, you will see absolutely poor management and maintenance of the community,” he said, adding that there are many senior citizens who are in their 80s and 90s and have to deal with what he called poor property conditions.

“Streets have potholes and uneven areas,” he said, adding that some of the residents in Botsford Commons had problems with slip and fall. “It’s a bad situation.”

According to a press release, the complex was developed roughly 25 years ago and is an affiliate of Beaumont, which owns the Botsford Commons Community nursing home, assisted-living facility, apartments and administrative building. It also owned the roads and bridges until 2013.

Margaret Lightner, president of Botsford Continuing Care Corp., said in an email that needs are being met.

“We value the residents of the Botsford Commons Senior Community and work with them to create a safe environment. And we have a long history of strong relationships with our residents,” she said. “We are working with the property owners and condo owners to meet the needs of the property and will continue to do so. For example, the riverbank erosion project has been approved and funded. This work will commence in the spring.”

In a follow-up comment, Lightner said that “Botsford Continuing Care Corp. is addressing the problem of the erosion on the banks of the Rouge River and will repair the problem next spring when weather permits.”

Halley, who lives next to the riverbank, said that there is a lot of erosion, and to fix the roads and the erosion, there are assessments that the residents have to pay.

“That is a big burden in addition to our condominium fee, which is $460 a month,” she said, calling other fees on top of that “unsustainable.”