Complaints about 800 Madison (Upper Grand)
At what point does it become overbearing?
Over the past many months, Hoboken411 has received quite a few minor complaints against the URSA/Tarragon development near Shoprite called “800 Madison,” which is part of the Upper Grand series of buildings installed in the north and west areas of Hoboken. But none were quite compelling enough for a post. Instead I directed readers to specific posts if they felt the need to express themselves.
But one 411 reader was getting shafted so much, and wanted to vent:
Possibly the worst management team on the entire East Coast. We signed our lease last summer with “promises” of the pool opening “any minute” and of course it didn’t open until THIS summer. All I can say is thank goodness we have an apartment away from the noise from the all hour parties in the courtyard would make anyone insane.
Not to mention the people having sex in the hot tub and pool after hours. Sure management is aware of it, so what do they do? They put too much chlorine in so that 2 different kids had their hair turn immediately shocking green!
They made us sign what they called a “staggered move out lease.” This is to bind us to stay until the first week of the month, but they made a verbal promise that if we moved out at the end of the month it wouldn’t be a problem. Sure, now that we are moving out they say we are responsible for the extra week, or approximately $700. Audrey Spina, the property manager, is by far the most obnoxious person and straight out liar. She will lie to your face and will never look you in the eye. They have a guest suite upstairs that you can rent by the day if you have company visiting. Two people in the building have put down deposits and have family coming from overseas, (one is having a baby any day) Audrey decided it didn’t matter that they had already reserved the apt and put down a deposit, instead she just leased it out saying the rent was more important than a signed lease for these people!
We had a mezuzah on our door only to have it stolen. When I went to the management, Audrey immediately blamed the college kids. We honestly haven’t had any problems with the college kids living here at all. Everybody knows that management is horrible. We all talk at the pool and share horror stories.
Tarragon (the owner of 800 Madison) knows how bad the team is here and keep sending people out since they are trying to sell the building. They are just as bad as the lazy team here.
Are there some people working here that are competent, sure? But they are few and far between.
Good luck to anyone that decides to move in here!”
But you can have the life you dreamed of!
I did want to point out – that you should take a look at the Upper Grand website.
But before you do that – you might want to arm yourself with some information first… take a look at the Psywar post on Hoboken411 from a few weeks ago. That great documentary talks about the history of propaganda, the origins of the press release – and how “advertising” had changed in the past 60 years – from selling a product based on it’s merits – to selling a “lifestyle” that people wish they had. Incredible.
If you were a big dummy, you’d think that by renting at 800 Madison you would achieve the following:
- A fantastic lifestyle with friends of all ethnicities!
- Synchronized swimming with your gal pals!
- A great man you’d fall in love with and marry!
- Kids, babies and strollers!
- A steady job with granite and stainless steel waiting for you after work!
- Hipper than the Gap and Apple people!
Nah – instead you get a fairly nice, but surely over-priced living quarters (i.e., “a box”) near the supermarket (and subsequent flooding). It’s up to you to make a your life worth something! That’s telling it like it is.