Ottawa, ON Condo Reviews : 1785 Riverside Drive

1785 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON - Frobisher Place

Frobisher Place
1785 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON


Year Built:  
1975

Storeys:
26

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    Owned a unit in this building

    Reviewed on Nov 8 2018

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"Winter Memories"

As winter slowly closes in again and this being November, I fondly recall Rene, the great super we had, and his legendary New Year's Eve parties. Those were the days of joy and fun. Fondly remembering Frobisher Place :)

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    Reviewed on May 8 2017

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"GREAT PLACE TO LIVE"

Well-maintained building, close to major shopping areas, lots of updates over the past months I've been here. Two supers on duty, coverage 24/7. Grounds are attractive, views are great, quiet building with persons of all ages. All the talk of pharaoh ants is stupid. Every building has them, they don't bite & the few I've seen are squished with my finger.

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unregistered user on January 10 2018:
I am willing to buy one unit. Since this building is a little bite old age. Do you know any building envelope in the future? For I don't want to pay extra money for it when I am going to buy.

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    Reviewed on Jun 14 2016

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"Aspestos"

How about Asbestos in this old building ? I am willing to buy and I worry about it.

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    Reviewed on Apr 14 2014

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"sarcastic property
manager"

In a dispute i just had with the property manager about misinformation she was sarcastic. It was unpleasant and unprofessional.

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unregistered user on May 29 2014:
Any side
unregistered user on April 5 2016:
Any recent reviews (from 2016)?

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    Reviewed on Apr 13 2014

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"lobby reno"

I'm so excited about the lobby reno! It's long overdue. I've always thought the lobby was a disappointment -- especially that ghastly outdated floor, an eyesore. Does anyone know if the floor will be replaced? If so, what will it be? What else will be done? Will the front windows and doors be replaced to match our swish new unit windows and doors? I hope so -- it only stands to reason. The lobby is so dark -- will special lighting be done? I would like it lit up like a Christmas tree! I know there is an info session on the 25th but i just can't wait for news! So happy to hear about this project!

apfei recommends this building for:
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    Reviewed on May 3 2013

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"Clean, secure and
well-run"

I've been here for 5 years. The building is very clean. It is secure (locks, cameras, the whole works). I have no problems on my floor with other tenants and the new staff seem to be the best out of the whole lot (cleaner and new super). The current board and tenants are what really makes this place.

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unregistered user on May 22 2013:
I agree. I have been an owner for nearly a year, and could not be happier. The building is clean and secure, and I love the underground parking and car wash in the parking area. Nice mix of people I have met. View is amazing.
unregistered user on June 29 2013:
For the love of god fire the super Rene, he is the reason our condos are loosing value. He does nothing and we pay him for that. He terrorizes everyone. Go ahead and pay him out, we would be better off.
unregistered user on January 28 2016:
'loosing'. ha ha ha

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    Reviewed on Nov 17 2012

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"How is this building?"

I'm considering renting an apartment in here. Looking to find out if there have been any improvements? I honestly don't care about the Board being incompetent. Im more so looking for "Is it clean, and quite? And a decent place to live?"

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unregistered user on November 19 2012:
It is clean, quiet and a decent place to live. I can only speak for my floor and the common areas I've frequented but the building is in good shape. The main office suck at dealing with problems and providing information but the building is perfectly fine.
unregistered user on November 20 2012:
They announced a few months ago that there are Pharaoh ants throughout the building so beware they have been there for years and will never get rid of them. I would not recommend this building at all!
unregistered user on November 20 2012:
As per the raid message below - that is not how pharaoh ants work - check out wikipedia - you should not spray them and it is not a cleanliness issue it is a building issue - so if you don't mind them crawling in your kitchen, bathroom , closets and common laundry areas then no worries - but not everyone enjoys living like that!
unregistered user on November 20 2012:
http://frobisherplace.ca/pharaoh-ants/
unregistered user on November 20 2012:
Yes, there are pharaoh ants in this building, as there are in most North American buildings, including most hospitals, apartment buildings and office buildings. And no, probably no one can entirely get rid of them, no matter how much poison is sprayed around. And no matter how clean all the people who live there are. If you are absolutely terrified by the thought that you have to co-exist on this planet with insects, sad to say, they will always be with us, no matter which building you go to. Even if you build a cabin in the woods, even if you go on a submarine, even if you live in an isolated lighthouse - there will always be bugs. And as bugs go, pharaoh ants are pretty low-profile. Get used to life on the planet!
unregistered user on November 22 2012:
Hmmm - words of an owner trying to protect their investment!
unregistered user on November 27 2012:
Sure, I'm an owner, and that means I have an interest in seeing that things are done the best way in my building. I did a lot of research so I would understand this problem. Research it yourself - you'll see.
unregistered user on November 28 2012:
good lord, I saw 3 in my unit the entire time, squished them with my thumb... wow, talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill, guess i should declare this in my MLS listing sheet if ever I decide to sell.
unregistered user on February 16 2013:
it is a clean, quiet place to live--I am a student and have had no problems here
unregistered user on March 4 2013:
I got the hell out of there as fast as possible...lots of cranky seniors with a sense of entitlement.
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
I'm thinking of renting there - if anyone has a 3 bedroom, 2 baths, let me know jenny 613-523-4619
unregistered user on March 30 2013:
in terms of all the negative comments - remember, anonymity is a powerful and dangerous tool

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    Reviewed on Nov 16 2012

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"Buyer Beware"

Buyer Beware - this unit has a major issue with Pharaoh ants so be advised before you purchase here. They have been seen in several units and have been in the building for years. It is a major building issue!

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unregistered user on November 19 2012:
For anyone who's wondering you just put a drop of raid, they take it back to their ant hill and they die out. In my unit I see them maybe once or twice for 2 weeks every year. As with any bugs, don't leave any open containers of found otherwise you might get more but aside from that you can easily squish them with your finger and there's no juice at all, that's how small they are. Hardly anything to worry about in my opinion and I'd much rather see those tiny ants then the earwigs you see in most houses (none in the building by the way).
unregistered user on November 19 2012:
*of food
unregistered user on January 29 2013:
I have these darn ants in my unit and you cannot get rid of them! The whole building needs to be dealt with not just one or two units, otherwise these pests will continue to roam from unit to unit.
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
have you asked the board to bring in the pest control people.
unregistered user on April 29 2013:
We were asked to sign a consent form for the whole building to be sprayed months ago but haven't heard anything since. They are all over the place!

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    Reviewed on Oct 18 2012

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"I love the view, I am
pleased with the
cleanliness, and the
location is great."

We just bought here, I love the view, I am pleased with the cleanliness, and the location is great. People are very friendly. I have not had much to do with Rene, but we got support from him and the other guy to move our stuff without a problem. The Tuck Shop I am not too impressed with, I felt ripped off. Otherwise, I would highly recommend it.

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unregistered user on November 7 2012:
The tuck shop is indeed a little pricey but you pay for convenience. I think it's the same thing for the one 2 buildings down.
unregistered user on November 16 2012:
BUYER BEWARE********* This building has a major issue with Pharaoh ants - they are through the entire building so make sure you ask before you purchase a unit here and it's too late.....

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    Reviewed on Sep 16 2012

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"prospective buyer"

Not well maintained - not secure - very disruptive tenants , young untrained staff !

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unregistered user on October 5 2012:
"Young untrained staff". Not so young but untrained.
unregistered user on November 7 2012:
I've been here for 5 years. The building is clean. It is secure (locks, cameras, the whole works). I have no problems on my floor with other tenants and the new staff seem to be the best out of the whole lot (cleaner and new super). The building manager is horrible and never returns calls or emails. His term is coming up so hopefully we get someone new who will actually care. The current board and tenants are what really makes this place. They run an up to date website (not the CCC82 outdated website).
unregistered user on April 10 2013:
super is really bad in this building, I dont know if they are doing something or just getting wage
unregistered user on June 29 2013:
Super is already paid so he doesn't care about doing a thing, he has no motivation, a great story teller though on why its your fault and why he can do nothing. If he worked anywhere else he would be fired in a second, but he has no accountability, so they keep him. They would probably save more money firing him and contracting out, at least things would get fixed.

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    Reviewed on Jun 19 2012

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"This is well run Condo"

This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have their own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks

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unregistered user on June 20 2012:
It is a lie! The condo is dirty, the ground floor is stinking. I cannot breath there! Rene doesn't work but we pay for his villainous presence. "They even have their own website" - I like this "even". :o) O yes, our condo is very advanced. We have a putrid smell but we spent some money to create our own website! Because it is 21st century, ha-ha-ha.
unregistered user on June 22 2012:
What stinks is you ,what is villainous is you . If you don't like the building or certain people , it's a free world, and you have the choice to move . If you identify yourself ,we'll help you .There are many people at Frobisher place who are just fine and enjoy the positive aspect of the building .Try not to be so POSITIVE .....!!!!!HA,HA
unregistered user on July 9 2012:
There is a new Board, hopefully they can clean up the mess made by the former President and Property Manager. This building is currently plagued with hudge infrastructure problems, defective new windows and over priced contracts to most companies in the city and the only person benefiting from this is the property manager. as for Rene, no one is lazier than he, work is not a noun or verb that he understands or plans on understanding soon; we were better off with the past presidents boy toy as a super, at least we could watch her running around after him, hollering Claude, Claude like a school girl. It will take time to clean this condo corp up, some of the problems will probably make it to the news but it will get cleaned up with what is finally the first honest board we have had in five years.
unregistered user on July 13 2012:
Another bad experience with Rene, the building is fine, love it, but every single experience with Rene is dreadful and pathetic, his answer is always "No", and then he blabs on for eternity on a millions excuses why it's no, i have to shut off and tune out. I have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt but always I am disappointed that I even bothered. It's a new day, let's start the clean up of everything that is wrong with the way this condo is managed and give it back to the owners, not the super and the property management. I say we vote Jose in as head super, that guy at least has a work ethic and will look at finding a way to help you out rather then listening to constant rhetoric.
unregistered user on July 13 2012:
so what they have their own web site, big deal, it only proves that there is such a place as Frobisher Place, fact is the posting and content is from the years 2007 and 2008, and it's useless, one page says, "Relevant Links will be added in the coming weeks by CCC 82." guess what, it's 2012, obviously the site has not been updated in 4 years. Having a site does not mean it is well managed, it really means nothing, not sure why you would use this as legitimacy for their management. Saying that is an insult to people intelligence, a smoke and mirror comment. Want this discussion group site down fix the underlying problems that created this on-line forum.
unregistered user on August 23 2012:
We just bought there, I love the view, I am pleased with the cleanliness, and the location is great. People are friendly, I have not had much to do with Rene, but we got support from him and the other guy to move our stuff, no problem. The Tuck Shop I am not too impressed with, I felt ripped off. Otherwise, I would highly recommend it.
unregistered user on October 5 2012:
"I have not had much to do with Rene ... no problem". Be patient, my dear, be patient. You will have a chance to know Rene better, it's sure. This is a "charming" person.

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    Reviewed on May 24 2012

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"Are things still that
bad?"

So - looking for some updates... Is this condo really that bad - looking to buy/rent - so looking for a status update - Thanks

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unregistered user on June 12 2012:
I have found this to be a superbly run condominium that is very clean.
unregistered user on June 16 2012:
Is Margaret Dawn still the president of the board?
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
unregistered user on November 7 2012:
There's no problems with the condos. Communication from the management company is pretty bad but the board has a lot of new members and things are definitely getting better in that aspect.
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
is this another instance where the Management Company runs the board????
unregistered user on April 10 2013:
i have to say it is bad super

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"Rene has to be fired.
It's enough."

Who and why has hired Rene? Who and why keep him working even now, after this New Year scandal? Our janitor Rene is a lazy impudent iguana. It is no place for him at Frobisher place!

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unregistered user on May 2 2012:
I agree
unregistered user on May 29 2012:
I agree I hate him!!!!.
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
what was the New Year scandal
unregistered user on April 10 2013:
true I dont know, how this shet Rene is working there, useless fellow just getting pay and doing nothing

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    Reviewed on Mar 14 2012

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"I love my home in the sky"

Fantastic value for the money and one of the best locations in Ottawa. I've lived here for 3 years now and things have improved significantly since then. I personally find the new Super to be great. He's been quick and responsive the few times I've needed him. My neighbors are fantastic, the board members are also kind and very open. Although most of the negative comments below may have been true in the past, I don't find that to be the case at all anymore. The new windows are beautiful and a welcome improvement to the quality of my home in the sky.

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unregistered user on April 17 2012:
Who and why has hired Rene? Who and why keep him working even now, after this New Year scandal? Our janitor Rene is a lazy impudent iguana. It is no place for him at Frobisher place!
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
unregistered user on November 7 2012:
The new super is great, I agree. I like seeing him around.
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
What is Rene's role here - and is there a new super - has he been replaced

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    Reviewed on Mar 7 2012

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"Hello"

Strange that I came upon this ,My name is Gerry I was the building Superintendent there maybe 8 or 10 years ago ,I wonder Who is your manager now ? who is on your board ? who are your super's,well i guess you cant mentions name here , I may visit the building and meet old friends "owners" I wonder is the store still there.I remember owners being happy there family like ... In my time there ,there was a property manager and assistant in the office daily not weekends and 1 super and 1 assistants and a cleaner and a large board of directors maybe 9-10 members. you could email me if you wish at gerry_l@live.ca

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Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks

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    Reviewed on Jan 2 2012

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"Had enough? Let's use
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Have you had enough? Property manager's contract has been renewed, although he doesn't return phone calls and never even darkens the door of this place any more. Super had another noisy late party in the building New Years Eve and clogged up the emergency and handicapped area with his friends parked cars, again. Snow wasn't plowed twice b/c property manager never bothered to renew the contract. Construction noise night after night - no action on that. But people are afraid to complain or just worn out. So let's use the internet, and build from there. First, let's collect the complaints. You can be completely private and anonymous. Write down your complaints and thoughts. What happened to you or somebody you know? Did you get screwed around? Threatened? Ignored? Insulted? If you have had it with this disaster, please send an email with the details to riseupfrobisher@gmail.com Are you willing to come to a meeting? Say so. If you email me we can meet at a Tim Hortons and start getting our life back. CHECK BACK HERE TO SEE IF WE CAN GET A MEETING GOING. Send your complaints and experiences to that email. Let's get it started...

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unregistered user on May 23 2012:
So - looking for some updates... Is this condo really that bad as there is one currently listed for rent - so looking for a status update - Thanks
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
unregistered user on November 7 2012:
The building manager is horrible and has to be replaced. I think everything else would fall into place after he's gone. He just doesn't care, doesn't return calls and doesn't reply to emails. Get someone who actually likes their job.
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
I hope owners will endorse "riseupfrobisher" - been there, done that

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    Reviewed on Jan 31 2011

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"Rumours and Reduced
Service are all we get"

The board does not publish agendas or minutes. No newsletter from the board for months. Town Halls have been abandoned. There is no noticeboard in the building that is not controlled by the manager and the board. So the only way people in this building get their information is by rumors. Here are some new ones. We all know the garbage bins in the garage have been removed. The rumor is that the super who is responsible for that area did not like taking the garbage out on garbage day. So the residents have been given the job of taking out their own garbage instead? The rumor is an elected board member has resigned, and that the replacement person was hand picked by the president. Is that legal? The supers don't like residents knocking on their door when they are on duty. The rumor is the Board has okayed that the supers don't have to put a sign on their door when they are on duty. Go ahead and check. There are no signs on their door any more. The only way to reach the super on duty is to call the pager to leave a message with the answering service. The super can then decide whether and when to respond to the call. Is anyone asking why we have two supers who live in large paid apartments who don't want anyone bothering them when they are on duty? Honestly, is somebody causing this stuff on purpose to make the place fall apart? Why?

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unregistered user on February 1 2011:
Whoo Hoo!!!SOMEONE ELSE IN THE BUILDING FEELS AS OTHER OWNERS DO; WHO ARE NOT PART OF THE CLIQUE; NO WHERE ELSE HAVE I LIVED ARE THE SUPERINTENDENTS ARE TREATED BETTER THAN THE OWNERS!!!! THE SUPERINTENDENTS ARE THE ONLY ONES IN THE CITY, WHO GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE THE WORK THEY WANT TO DO; THEY DO NOT WANT TO CLEAN, HIRE A CLEANER, DON'T WANT TO PICK UP GARBAGE, REMOVE THE GARBAGE CANS, DON'T WANT TO CLEAN THE GARAGE, OH WELL, WE WILL DO IT IN THE SPRING; OTHER OWNERS IN OTHER BUILDINGS THINK WE ARE TOTAL IDIOTS FOR PUTTING UP WITH THIS; AND THE BOARD MEMBER HAS TO BE ELECTED BY A OWNER'S MEETING; UNLESS, OF COURSE, THE CURRENT BOARD HAS CHANGED THAT RULE ALSO. AND YES, HAVE NOTICED NO PHONE NUMBER ON DOORS, I GUESS THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE DISTURBED FROM THEIR LUXURY LIFESTYLES, IMAGINE HAVING YOUR OWN WASHER AND DRYER IN THE BASEMENT, TO USE WHEN YOU WANT, WAIT, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ONE; AND WHAT ABOUT THE BARBEQUE ON THE BALCONY, OH WAIT, THEY BELONG TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, THAT IS ALL RIGHT; PEOPLE DO ASK THESE QUESTIONS, DID AT THE TOWN HALL, AND WERE EFFECTIVELY SHUT DOWN, OR TOLD BOARD WOULD LOOK INTO THIS(CODE FOR, THROW THE COMPLAINT AWAY, IF WE DO NOT ANSWER, THEY WILL NOT BOTHER US AGAIN, IF THEY DO, WE WILL IGNORE THEM) SO EFFECTIVELY, WE LIVE UNDER MARTIAL RULES, WE HAVE TO DO THIS, WE HAVE TO DO THAT, BUT THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENTS CAN DO AS THEY PLEASE; AND NEVER MIND THE BIG BUCKS WE PAY THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, JUST POP IN ONCE A MONTH, COLLECT YOUR MONEY AND GO!!!!
unregistered user on February 13 2011:
Good thing for these forums - I just saw a unit there this week. It's old and run down! I can't understand how this building qualifies as a condo. The gym is poorly equipped and there is a usage fee on top of the condo fees. You are not allowed to have a washer or dryer in your unit; the lockers are locked at 10pm as are the gym, ping pong and billards room. The sellers were very nice and eager to sell - you can see that everyone wants to get the hell out of there. I spoke to a few people and was warned about the board. I thought it was an over reaction but this forum has given me new insight and has helped me to steer clear of this place. Thanks everyone for the posts and your help!
unregistered user on March 5 2011:
More gossip. Property manager got let go by his own company.
unregistered user on March 9 2011:
Truth - property manager split with his partner
unregistered user on March 16 2011:
was looking at a unit for sale in this building - will look elsewhere
unregistered user on March 25 2011:
What is the constant hammering and drilling, been going on since Christmas, coming from the B staircase. Does anyone have any idea what the hell is going on? I can't get a straight answer from anyone in this building.
unregistered user on March 26 2011:
Did you really expect a straight answer from this building? I nave lived here for a number of years, and I have never, never gotten an answer.
unregistered user on March 26 2011:
I don't know if it's a person doing some renovations, or a problem with the building. It just sounds like a power tool for 30-60 seconds followed by 10 hammer strikes. 6 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm since at least December 2010. I am getting extremely frustrated by the noise and by the complete lack of answers. I sometimes work nights and it has made it impossible to sleep for more than an hour during the day. You have a right to renovate; but over 4 months, when it's having a negative effect on other peoples homes. This kind of thing not only hurts residents right now, but it hurts your resale value, your pocketbook, and the building's reputation.
unregistered user on June 15 2011:
The Annual General Meeting is next Tuesday, June 21/11 at the RA Centre at 6:30 p.m. Walk your talk, people!
unregistered user on August 3 2011:
excellent - was the P.M. really let go let go by his own company??? what is the name of your P.M.. what you need is one or 2 owners to document all the information and then present it to your Provincial M.P. the ACT is for the most part in favour of the board - owners are only there to pay the bill what you describe is truly unacceptable. How can you just sit there and allow a quasi condo mafia to take over your lives, your home, your finances, etc.etc. You are living in a dictatorial regime - however, it's probably your fault for allowing such terrible behaviour. Are you intimidated by your board? Get your collective minds going and do something about it. You might also want to lobby your Provincial member to hire an ombudsman to monitor complaints from owners, vis a vis the ACT. Another suggestion is to lobby a few other owners in different condo buildings to join in your issues concerning the same property management company. I'd be willing to look into this with other members in your building but I cannot leave my name nor phone number. If there is interest on your part, find a way to contact me.
unregistered user on August 3 2011:
As a follow up to previous comments, I had an Appointment To view a condo at 1785 tomorrow - I've since cancelled it - DO YOU WONDER WHY!!!!!
unregistered user on August 7 2011:
Thank you Aug 3 for your advice. Will keep it in mind and if bs continues, you have given some good leads for action. The winds of change may be blowing with four new board members. PM may find it tough now to dodge questions. BTW, PM is reportedly now also managing the Classics at the Riviera. Good luck with that. One super has now been let go with no noticeable difference to cleanliness or quality of life. Other super's newspaper still sits outside his door uncollected at 8:30 a.m. and we never see him all day long. This will not go on. Prospective purchasers take note. This is getting cleaned up. Apartments are large and well-laid out. Location is prime, right on Transitway, walk to CHEO and the General, the building is genial, friendly and inclusive. Why do we have to have this discussion here? PM and complicit board have previously controlled all means of communication among residents in the past. They can't control this though, can they?
unregistered user on September 27 2011:
I am moving in this october 2011. i really hope things got resolved because i was really looking forward to living in that apartment building. If anyone can give me an update that would be very much appreciated.
unregistered user on November 4 2011:
One of the supers has been replaced, and the new super is polite, hard-working and a real self starter. It makes it all the more obvious that the other super is not doing his job and couldn't care less what people think. The residents are watching what goes on here more carefully these days, and at some point may decide enough is enough with the secrecy and poor management. You will find your new neighbors are very friendly nice people. The apartments are big and pleasant, and the location is wonderful. If you own your apartment, please go to the meetings, inform yourself, and participate in making this a better place. The management problems will get resolved sooner or later, and it will be sooner if more people pay attention and stand up for their rights. Welcome neighbor!
unregistered user on November 9 2011:
The real problem in this building is the President of the Board and Property Manager. We still have one of the orginal two super's and yes, he is lazy and does zero work. Both the President and Property Manager know this and refuse to take no action. The other real problem is that most people are unhappy with how this place is run and lack of information but these people are not willing to attend meetings or request meeting to discuss important issues. Because of this, both the president and PM beleive they can do what they want. The other issue is the rudeness of the president, she screams at everyone, she harrasses people especially if she know she can intimidate them. The PM sends out threatening letters to those who may be getting in his way. At the end of the day, this building is suffering from an incompetent president and property manager and the people need to stand up and tell enough is enough. As for living here, it's a great place, I have been here for more than 15 years and I have no intentions of moving but I really would like to see the president and pm gone along with one super and then we will have a good place to live. This is the only condo where the people who pay the salaries are dictated to by a super and pm, two people who we pay and the president is so incompetent that she cannot see that this is just wrong and is the root of all our problems.
unregistered user on November 15 2011:
President of board is a couple sandwiches short of a picnic. She was canoodling with the Super who was fired improperly. Thanks for that BTW president and property manager - we all are super happy to have had to pay out a large settlement. Now she is busy sniffing around the property manager. This woman is a sad case she gets crushes on men and then follows them around like a puppy doing whatever they say. Watching her giggle and coo at the property manager is truly nausea inducing. Wish she would resign and spend her time at her time share - in other words wish she was anywhere but here!
unregistered user on November 15 2011:
How do you like the GIANT compost pile the president is building on the grounds. Haha, about 10 by 10 and growing.Nice orange snowfence and broken black boxes in there, look good. Piles of patio stones and some old fences and busted cement things and the empty fountain lol. DO NOT sit on the picknick table or you will fall down on yr a$$. Yard is a total dump.
unregistered user on November 25 2011:
Don't live here unless you enjoy being constantly bothered by construction noises from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM. It is a true nightmare. Imagine being woken up everyday by smashing and hammering, imagine not being able to put your newborn down for a nap because the noise keeps waking them up. Nothing gets done about it when you complain, it just gets ignored.
unregistered user on June 9 2012:
Is Margaret Dawn still the president of the board?
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
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unregistered user on November 20 2012:
You asked: "Is Margaret Dawn still the president of the board?" Nope, and things have been getting better every day since she resigned in a snit late last June.
unregistered user on April 27 2013:
But the new president is very manipulative. The new condo magager yelled at me over the phone then hung up while I was trying to explain that a contractor they hired damaged my unit. I asked her why she was yelling because I was not and that it was mu unit damaged and I should be the one yelling. It took her a month to come see the damages. And because of the damages, I am living without a bathroom sink or bathroom cabinets. Sure the president says it will be fixed but when, a month has passed already!

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Wow, have been reading the reviews of l785 Riverside Drive and I have one more to add; this happened a few weeks ago and shows how much the Superintendents DO NOT CARE WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS BUILDING. A young boy was stuck in the Elevator, and one of the owners went down to get the Superintendent to try and help out with the problem. The owner was informed from the Superintendent, "I am not on duty" and only after seeing that the woman was very upset, did he go and find the other Superintendent This is the casual and careless attitude of the Superintendents, they do not care, they get their salary, perks from the Board, and do not even do their own work. Is this what this building has come too? Total disregard for anyone but the Board, and what the Board wants they get, and to HELL with the other paying Owners.

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unregistered user on February 2 2011:
One of the supers - is enjoying activities with the president of the board! This includes gardening amongst other things! That's why he gets to do wht he wants - the other has to keep his mouth shut or get fired!
unregistered user on February 3 2011:
Don't fool yourself. The other guy has got his fan club on the board also.
unregistered user on March 25 2011:
What is the constant hammering and drilling, been going on since Christmas, coming from the B staircase. Does anyone have any idea what the hell is going on? I can't get a straight answer from anyone in this building.
unregistered user on March 27 2011:
Thank you for steering us away from buying in this building.
unregistered user on June 15 2011:
the Annual General Meeting is next Tuesday, June 21/11 at the RA Centre at 6:30 p.m. Walk your talk, people!
unregistered user on November 3 2011:
My experience has been that the building is full of people who enjoy complaining and will do so at the slightest thing. I have had a wonderful experience in the building for more than 20 years and could not be happier. In my experience the building is generally very well run and clean. The superintants have been very polite and helpful to me. The only time that I have seen them being difficult is when a resident has been difficult and rude to them. I think that this is a very good and well run building which, unfortunately, has many residents who like nothing than to complain constantly about the smallest things.
unregistered user on November 4 2011:
You are entitled to your opinion, although, since you are anonymous, you could be the Property Manager or one of his small fan club, couldn't you? Or maybe you're an owner who is trying to sell an apartment here. As to the "many" residents who you call complainers, this is exactly how the Property Manager and the board president dismiss almost every issue or problem. Here's the truth. The people here are just like any other normal group of people. If many of them are constantly complaining, it's because there are real problems that never get attended to.

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To all you complainers: Why don't you run for the Board yourselves so you can make some changes if things are so bad. The Board members are volunteers, could it be that you are too lazy and it's easier to just complain on this website? If you are an owner, you are entitled to get a list of the names/addresses of other owners, so you can campaign to get on the board and make whatever changes are necessary. You are also entitled to the names of the Board members - see Section 55 of the Condominium Act. I don't know who the property manager is, but there are plenty of property managers in town, get someone else if he/she is not doing the job. I'm not an owner/renter at Frobisher Place but I am familiar with the building. There are problems in any 200-unit building, it's too bad that people have chosen to air your dirty laundry in such a public forum.

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unregistered user on July 23 2010:
Don't be fooled by the town halls that we are having. The are now charging to use the gym! A new refurbished treadmill is on the way! how exciting. Pathetic! How about those elevators, let's not buy warranty to expensive. We had to get them fixed and it cost more than the warranty! What a bright bunch the board is!!! I'm selling and getting the hell out!
unregistered user on July 30 2010:
The new Board has arrived, worse than the last, we now have a certifiable idiot on the board. Problems, they keep coming, the building is in shambles, seldom cleaned, garbage overflowing in the garage; oh they neglected to clean up the dirt left behind from the sweeper so we track it through the hallways. Hallway lights need upgrading, you can barely see the lights are so low. Nothing works here, nothing. Don't complain, no one will do anything, they will lie to your face though. God help the fool who buys in here, it will take another five years to clean this place up and it is bad.
unregistered user on August 6 2010:
Comment # 1 ...what a bright light you are , please do not over estimate your intelligence and yes ...Get the Hell out !!! We need positive constructive people not ones like you !!! Comment #2 How callous of you to call someone a certifiable idiot , if I were you ,I would watch out ....you may be sued for slander .Your other comments bare merit , but, remember , we function like the government ...REAL SLOW You are right it takes forever to make things happen...no common sense and the wheels grind slowly' For your information, the lights are low in the hallways as an energy saving measure . Lets hope it won't take 5 years to turn matters around .
unregistered user on October 6 2010:
There is no slander since the person is speaking the truth. The president is the rudest person that I have met in my 50 years of existence.
unregistered user on October 13 2010:
At least the pres workds hard even if only on things that matter to her. Majority of board just looks after their own interests and don't even give out their phone numbers.
unregistered user on January 23 2011:
Wow read the reviews; not impressed with the Management, Superintendents or the Cleaner; Got new Washer and Dryer on my floor, the same soap that was spilled a month ago, that was beside the old washer and dryer is still there!! Do they not know how to clean, if you get a new stove, or fridge, do you not wash your floor first; the soap powder has been there for months, and was brought up,to Management and still not cleaned. Do we have to do the cleaners job as well as the Superintendents? And what other building has two superintendents, and a cleaner, and still not get work done, or are subjected to nastiness, down right rudeness, and as OWNERS, we put up with this, glad I am planning to leave; It comes down to the Board, the Management Company, which was let go before for not being competent enough, and still they are voted in again, same people, same s--t!!! And as for running for the Board, I have seen what others go through, if you do not agree with a decision from the President, you are out or made to feel so uncomfortable, you want to get out of here; saw it with my own eyes, We are not a democracy, but a DICTATORSHIP; yes, it cannot be easy to be on a Board, kudos to all who volunteer, but is not the premises to work in the best interest of the OWNERS and the Building, not for your own agenda? And as for the Garbage cans in the Garage, hello, is it not the Superintendent's job to empty them once a day? and would not that end the problem of the bugs, etc? Make sense, What other building does not have a garbage contain in the garage, for you to put your garbage in or do they want it put on the floor? Another thing, are the drains in the Garage Floor ever going to be cleaned? The only one that seems to be clean is the one beside the car wash!! The water sits there because they are so full of crud, that the water cannot get into the pipes!!!!
unregistered user on January 23 2011:
Agree with most of the above comments the management company and it's engineer need to be changed. Pipes leak behind the walls and nobody really cares. The windows and patio doors did we really need them now? It cannot be for the heat conservtion since most owners do not remove their box A/C!! Cannot say I do since there is nowhere to put them. them and they weigh alot. The garbage can removal this must have been orchestrated by the condo idiot. So when are the windows doors comming? Expect the garage ceiling to be patched again!!!!!! Need new management is the condluding line or time to move.....
unregistered user on June 15 2011:
The Annual General Meeting is next Tuesday, June 21/11 at the RA Centre at 6:30 p.m. Walk your talk, people!
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
unregistered user on March 17 2013:
It appears to be time for owners ot group and enlist "A requisition for a meeting of owners" - see Condominium Act 46.1 for more details

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"Building is out of
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This building is a mess! The board is either lazy or incompetent, possibly both. The building manager is lazy and refuses to do his job. Don't bother calling the office bbecause there is never anyone there and the voicemail does not work. If by some miracle you do get a response from building manager or board don't get excited. Whatever they tell you will be done to address your issue will NEVER happen. The staff are not managed. Health and safety issues (salting sidewalks, BED BUGS, dog attacks, break ins, garbage in the stairwells) are ignored, covered up, and the residents are lied to about them. The supers are lazy, ignorant, and rude to residents. The supers will not do their jobs, and are paid handsomely for it, they don't even answer emergency pages. The building is dirty, and in very bad repair, the parking lot is often full of garbage. The supers pick and choose which residents will be required to follow the rules. If you tip the supers enough, or do them enough favours, the rules don't apply to you. The supers also seem to feel free to harass any residents they choose without any consequences. Oh and by the way the rules do not apply to the supers. I am so glad to have moved!

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unregistered user on January 29 2010:
Obviously you are very disgruntled owner or past owner/renter. This building is old but in general it is kept up. Too bad you are such a negative person. I lived there for 10 years and we had our problems like every condo does. You can't please all the owners all the time.
unregistered user on January 29 2010:
As for yoour bedbug comments, bed bugs only come from dirty people who keep dirty units. Don't blame the building for that one. If we hadn't needed a larger unit, we would still be there.
unregistered user on January 29 2010:
the persons that wrote this still live here so you can see what kind of dummies they are.
unregistered user on January 29 2010:
Harsh but a lot is true
unregistered user on January 29 2010:
Harsh but a lot is true
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
how do you know if they live here or not it is anonymous. People have been trying all week to figure out who these were written by. Know one knows for sure. Maybe time would be better spent fixing the problems - which by the way are all true unfortunately.
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
I am very sorry to see these posted here. You can tell that there is a lot of anger. I have to be honest and say that I still live here and the information in this post is 100 percent true.
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
Sombody just told methat the bed bugs are still here. I heard they are on a new floor - 15! Also a board member tol me that they were only on the 12. I know someone who live on 7 and the building exterminated their too. Also on 6. So be carful because they are not telling full information about where the bugs are in the building to the people that live there!!!Also that is not true that clean people don't get bedbugs try looking them up loser! Thay are very easy to spread and they live off blood not garbage dummy! If they don't spray the cammon areas too they will soon be everywhere!!!!
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
You say "the persons that wrote this still live here so you can see what kind of dummies they are..." How do we know the writer of this post still lives here? It says rented not rents. Also are you calling all of the people who live in this building dummies? Do you live here? What do you think that calling someone names instead of refuting their arguments with facts says about you?
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
Just thought some facts might help. It is a documented myth that bed bugs are only found in dirty places, or that they like dirt. Check this site to see for yourself - http://studenttravel.about.com/od/healthystudentholidays/a/bedbugs_3.htm I am not sure why anyone would think that it helps to say that this building has lots of dirty people in it. Also wouldn't want clean people to think there is no risk for them. To the person who said the infected units were dirty. I hope you didn't see that first hand, because if you were in those units admirig the dirt while they were actively infested you likely brought them home with you.
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
Who is on the board anyways? I have been trying to find out for months. I know who two of them are one of them has her name and unit number and stuff available and I know who the president is. I have no idea about the rest of them. I think I should be able to know this.
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
Sad, but true!
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
Wish I could say this was not true but...
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
Wish I could say these reviews were untrue, but they are not. Supers' are rude, building is dirty and dated, building lacks managment and bed bugs are back. Maybe now someone will begin to do something about these problems. Oh yes, who is on the board?
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
Interesting - from what I can see the response of the staff to finding out about this site seems to have been to beccome ruder and more confrontational. I saw one of them standing in the lobby actually telling people about the site and making threats about lawsuits - very nice!
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
I wrote a letter to the board once about a poblem and I never heard anything. I don't know if they even read it.
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
This review mentions that there were security issues. Did anyone else notice that the garage door was open for over 24 hours a few weeks ago. Didn't we just have a fob system put in to improve security?! Here is a clue the fob will only work if the barn door isn't wide open!
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
I heard from an employee of the building that there are pepole in the building dealing drugs. If the building management knows there are people dealing drugs why are they not being dealt with!!
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
I have a friend who is handicapped. When she comes to visit the handicapped spaces are always full. My problem is they are full of the Super's non-handicapped friends for the weekly LOUD kareoke party.
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
I have such mixed feelings about this site. On the obne hand I am sad to find this here. On the other I am happy because I thought it was only me having these problems and now I know it is'nt. I am sad for my investment - but happy for me. I really hope someone does something about his.
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
You know what the people who are running this building if they give a damn, why not ask the people who live here what they think? Like fill in this form, don't have to sign your name, how do you think about whats going on? Did your super's give you a hard time? Is it clean? Any other comments? Have a suggstion? How you have to do this now is send them a letter to the office. Sure I am going to do that when the super's get to read what I wrote. Ha ha.
unregistered user on February 2 2010:
I agree I am not confortable writing to the board to complain about the management or te supers. Nothing to stop them reading your letter and filing under G for garbage. Then they would know that you tried to complain about them and your life would be a misery. I heard that someone did complained to the board and did get a hard time because of it. Not exactly confidence building!
unregistered user on February 3 2010:
Aha the board is alive! Now I wonder what will happen if we stop talking about this publicly. Will they decide that there is no problem after all?
unregistered user on February 3 2010:
There is a note in the lobby by the mailroom saying that Frobisher place is not associated with the negative reviews posted on the internet. How stupid can the board and the office people be? The reviews are being posted on a public review site by current and past residents. The board and the management want to remove the negative post and shut down the website…Good luck!! It’s sad to say that all of comments regarding the building IS TRUE! The comments attacking current and former residents posting negative reviews are from board members and their friends! The board is corrupt and picks whose problem they will consider. A close friend of mine wrote to the board with a complaint and they have made her life very miserable, plus her problems were dismissed without the problem being fixed. One board member writes that this is not the place to fix the issues, the sad truth is, the residents must keep this public to get things done and after a few incidents with the board, the residents of Frobisher place do NOT trust the board members nor do they trust the property manager. You want to fix the reputation of the building, than a good start is to get rid of the president (a rude, crusty and crabby old lady who is out of touch with reality) as well as the rest of the board members. By the way, the posting re: always working in the garden is from president. The building has outdated washers and dryers, a very small and stuffy gym, poor plumbing because the bathtub and sinks are always clogged up, poor security, dumb rules, ridiculous assessment fees, two lazy supers. About the super’s: the chinese guy seems nice and I always see him helping people and doing some kind of work but the french guy is rude, tries to intimidate you and is always yelling, he thinks he runs the place. FIRE the french guy and hire another super who can get things done.
unregistered user on February 3 2010:
The note in the lobby tried to explain that the negative comments about our building have not been posted on our own website, but on this website, which is owned by someone else. Some residents who do not use the internet were confused about which website was displaying these comments. No one is trying to shut down this website, or to stifle comments. The criticisms voiced here have been helpful, and the Board is reading them and responding to them quickly. Again, however, people should think about whether they want to inform the whole world about our building's issues. Have you taken the time and effort to give your comments to the board? It says something about you that you would attack the president and one of the supers personally and publicly, while you don't have to reveal who you are and take responsibility for your accusations. You are being more secretive than you accuse the board of being when you do this. Some of your complaints are well-founded, and will be listened to. It doesn't help to make the discussion mean-spirited.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
Funny I don't find the 2 year old washer on my floor outdated.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
If by "re always working in the garden" you mean to refer to the post that actually reads "...sat on the board, worked in the garden and on the social committee..." That was definately not written by the president of the board. I find it quite cowardly that you freely call others out in ways that uniquely identify them without revealing who you are. FYI the super you refer to as Chinese is not, in fact, Chinese. There are many people who have had problems with both supers. The one you refer to as "...nice and I always see him helping people and doing some kind of work..." has had his share of complaints too. The board member you incorrectly site as having written "...writes that this is not the place to fix the issues..." actully wrote "...however, in the interests of the reputation of our building, it would be better if we do not have this discussion on the internet for the world to see." Not nearly the same message and it is an accurate message as far as it goes. It does not help matters to misquote other people and make nasty comments. In fact it renders meaningless any points you may have had that might have had value. Oh and just to keep things clear for you I am NOT a board member.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
The part about dog atacks is true. Theres a crazy lady here that letting he dog go run all over wit hno lesch and attacking peple. Then she even hass fights hitting on people.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
To the person who wrote " There is a note in the lobby by the mailroom saying that Frobisher place is not associated with the negative reviews posted on the internet. How stupid can the board and the office people be?" - not much of a reader are you? Here's a tip, if you try slowing down you might be able to understand what the message in the mailroom actually says. Of course, others have already pointed out that you are not very concerned with accurately portraying the words or actions of others in your post. Also you seem very concerned with attributing the posts and other comments to people, as if you really had a clue who they are. Let us be clear the posts are anonymous. One has the ability to enter identifying information when one makes a post. You chose not to identify yourself which says that you want to remain under the radar - yet you refuse to respect the wishes of others who clearly have the same wish. This speaks volumes about your character.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
So let me get this straight - if you say you like the building you are on the board? What kind of backward logic is that. For the record I like the building. I'm not on the board. I'm not saying that many of the comments here about problems are not accurate. I am saying despite the issues this is my home and I am not going anywhere. About the assessments - this building is from the mid 1970s, it has the original windows, among other issues. It is a fact that when you choose an older building you get more assessments, and projects being done. You also get bigger rooms, lower purchase price and in this building lower condo fees. If you want no assessments go buy in a new building. You will fit right in with the snobby crowd in their tiny, over-priced loft-inspired living.
unregistered user on February 5 2010:
Has anyone noticed the painting and cleaning going on. Apparently somone is getting the message. Here's hoping they don't decide that only nasty low class people are complaining so they don't count. OBTW I am an owner and I have been very disappointed with the degrading level of service in this building over the last few years. I have certainly been tired of the nasty tone the supers have been adopting, and it had been getting worse. I certainly hope the signs of work are only the beginning. Again I am an owner and I expect better than I have been receiving from the board, the manager, and the staff. Please keep the new level of effort coming!!!
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
The board had/has a screening to select who could be a candidate as a board member. This ensures that Frobisher Place is run by a pool of friends on whose watch the building is in financial crisis.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
This is a great building, great location, the residents are very friendly and I haven't had any problems with cleanliness in the common areas, out of 209 condos it's possible that a few might be dealing drugs. Seeing how they usually sit around in cars outside or linger in the entrance it shouldn't be too hard to get that dealt with. Lack of communication from staff is ridiculous. Maybe a forum on our own website would have been suitable for these discussions or maybe the office should have listened to us in the first place. Each time I've had to deal with the office it's always been a pain trying to actually reach someone. Staff members should not act like they own the place, like it's their own personal playground and I definitately see it and don't enjoy this. We all own a share in this building. What's outside your unit's 4 walls is shared or privately owned, treat it as such. Work in my unit needs to be done respectfully, take off your dirty shoes and clean up your mess when you're done leave a note or message with what you did would be even better! You may do it differently where you live but my unit is not where you live. It doesn't seem too hard to do. All in all this is a great building, i'm sure other condo or appartment buildings have the same issues and this shouldn't put anyone off from buying into this building but hopefully all these comments will shake some things up and our issues will be dealt with quickly so that new buyers don't have to deal with this. Anon (Just Because)
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
At least one of the current board members is not a part of the clique. That person was not who they wanted to get on, and they have pissed about it ever since
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I beleive the staff and some residents claim that the drug dealers live in the building. They further claim that the drug dealers have their clients come to their units to do their business. So the people who make these claims would say tha means they are not hanging around out front, but wandering around the building. I have noticed that the people fingering some residents as drug dealers do not usually have any evidence beyond the fact that they personally do not like the persons they are accusing. They don't like their clothes, or the fact that they are young, or the fact that when they are horribly rude to the people they are accusing it seems not to be noticed. In one case I know it was a super who accused the person and he did it because he was angry that when he harrassed the person they told him to bugger off.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I am an owner and I would like to know why there is a no loitering rule for the lobby that is only enforced for certain residents. The chairs in the lobby had to be sent out to be cleaned because the staff let a particular resident camp out in the lobby every day shedding bugs on them. Meanwhile if a group of clean, not foul smelling, perfectly polite men want to have a conversation down there they are told they are loitering. Why are some aloud to break this rule and others not? When you pick and choose who has to follow the rules and who doesn't it begins to look like harrassment.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
That is not the only rule in this building that is selectively enforced. The building management and some board members think they can pick and choose which of the published rules must be followed, and by which residents they must be followed. There is at least one board member who knowingly, and unrepentantly, broke the building rule about dogs being off leash. It was reported by multiple people, on multiple occasions. The dogs off leash were allowed harrass other dogs that were on leash. I completely stopped using the building property, had to go elsewhere, because they insisted my dog had to let theirs play with her. Excuse me but I just want to get her business done and get her exercised. Nothing was ever done about this despite the fact that it was against the rules.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
How come the board meetings are secret. I have lived in other buildings and the meetings were set up so residents could go watch and see and hear what was said. Why does it need to be secret! In my experience when thigs are done in secret it is because the person(s) doing it think there might problems if people knew about it. Oh and yes I am an owner. Renters are unlikely to care more about how dirty and badly run the building is. They have no ties to the building through an investment.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I am an owner and I have to say that there are a LOT of accurate points in these posts. Anyone who has had to deal with the office knows that if is an exercise in frustration. Word of advise, if you inquire about having something fixed by the building the fist thing they will do is tell you that you are responsible. They will say that even if it is somtheing the buiding is responsible for. Check the founding documents you got when you purchased your unit. Read carefully and you will onten find that the item they are refusing to help with is actually 100% their responsibility. It will take forever though. The building manager will ignore you. He will not return your calls. He will not show up to meet you on time. Eventually, if you keep at it they will have to honour their responsibility. Just keep in mind the first anwer to any question at Frobisher Place is always NO.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I would like to say that theere are at least two board members that you can talk to. They both do lots of stuff around to try to make it better. I have no idea the rest of them what they are doing. Now we have the website and coffee mornings and theres been dinners and baking sales. I find that the two boardmembers that I was talking about are bothe very good and they always will talk to me. The one even give me her phone number. Also I am excited about the TV for the movie night because it is hard for me to go out. Also they said there will be the olypics and we can all cheer with each other which I like. Also trhe Social is working very hard. I never see the staff as much as I used to except the new fellow who is spanish. He is always nice and working hard.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I am a frustrated owner! I am sorry, but the building is not kept clean enough. There are chips in the paint all over the place. If someone drops a kleenex or bit of paper on the floor it will stay there for days, sometimes more than week. The salting and shoveling is always done well after it should be. The elevator doos won't close, some guy showed me that there is a trick - it is really easy - you just have to body slam the door as hard as you possibly can. I am covered in bruises from heaving on the elevator doors. If you make the mistake of touching anything in the lobby your hands come away covered in gross thick black dust. The supers are rude, they always tell you nothing is their job. Of course that is if you can find one, they seem to spend most of their time in their apartments. The hallway by the mailroom smells very bad! Oh and if you wanted to complain - the office is always closed! I was considering writing a letter to the board but another resident told me that a person did that this fall and a board member read from the letter to people who should not have heard it, and spread stories, all over the building, about the person who made the complaint. I asked around and was told by several people that it did happen and that it has gotten very bad for the person who raised the complaint. I was also told that the building asked the person to write the complaint in the first place because didn't want to. I decided that putting a complaint in writing so that it could be used against me was not something I am interested in. Which leaves me with a problem and no way to to get it taken care of. I will say that I like the building over all. I like most of the residents. I like that there is a mix of ages in the building so it is like a real community. I do not plan on moving and see these problems as temporary. All we need is: - the useless building manager replaced - the staff told to shape up, or ship out - those baord members who are part of the problem to go - and residents to insist that the status quo is not going to cut it I'm not sorry I bought. I am sorry the people who are in charge right now seem for the most part to think it is not worth their effort to make an honest attempt to run this building according to the interests of the majority of residents, and not just for themselves. As has been pointed out a few times here there are clearly some board members and residents making a real effort to make a change for the better. Please don't stop! Please keep trying - I will do my part to help. Hopefully others will too.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
Hey I just went in the mail room and noticed a list of the board members is posted there. I was really happy, and feeling like some progress was being made, and we owners were being heard. Then I noticed that is all there is. Just names. What century do these people live in?! How are we supposed to use these names? There is no contact info. Just names. No pictures so you would never be able to recognise one of them to ask a question or make a comment, no phone number so you could call, no email so you could contact them with a technology that the rest of the civilised world has been using for the last 20 or so years. I am starting to get the feeling that these people either hate the residents or are scared of them. Judging from people I have been talking to they should certainly be worried. So just to recap there is one board member whose contact information is posted all the time. All other board members are incognito, unavailable, and apparently uninterested in changing that status. The property manager's contact info is available but useless 'cause he is too lazy, too disrespectful, or too incompetant to respond. Beam me up Scotty!
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
Yeah I noticed the list of board members too. It made me laugh. Apparently these jokers have such a pretty low opinion of us. If they think we would be fooled by this list being posted, into thinking that we now have a responsive, caring, interested, involved board they must think we are very stupid. The residents of this building are not cows, or sheep to be herded and managed into spending their days hiding behind their unit doors. We notice what you are doing. We know who is reaching out to us. We see whose email, phone number, and unit information is available. If you want to join the rest of us who are trying to live here, not wallowing in filth, not being disrespected by those whose salaries we pay, by all means jump in the water is getting warmer every day. Some leadership ggeared to addressing these issues would be very much appreciated. Repeated attempts to cover up issues and keep people ignorant are NOT! By the way I too have never seen a board where all meetings are secret. I'm sure that is contributing to the lack of respect residents are feeling. It sort of tends to look like it is a secret because if we knew what you were doing or saying we would be angry.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I asked months ago for the board members's contact information to be made available. My request was refused. The explanation given was that board members do not wish to be troubled by resident's questions and concerns. By the way every time I have approached the boardmember who does have her info available she has been helpful and respectful. I was never made to feel that she was being troubled. I suggest theat if you need help you go to her. Apparently she is the only one that does not find us too troublesome.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
The president of the board does ALL the gardening work. If not for her there would be no gardens at all. She might seem "crusty" at first but she is a good person. I do not beleive that she is trying to make this a mesy bad place to live. Maybe she just needs help. I went by the party room when there was a board meeting and you could hear yelling all the way to the lobby! I think that probably there is some not nice people that make it hard to do what the resident's want. I can't beleive that te person I have met would deliberatley make decisions against what the people want. Maybe she doesn't understand what is wrong or wat people want.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
You can't say the board doesn't know what people want. For one thing if they can read people have made a pretty good list here. For another if they wanted, or cared, to know what people want they could ask. Of course that would mean talking to residents, which is clearly something most of them want absolutely nothing to do with. If the board wants to know who we are and what we ant we are here. We have been here the whole time. Where the Hell have they been?! That is what most of us would like to know!
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
Try going to some other buildings for a vists. Just go to some open houses. I have, and I have visited friends in other buildings. I have not yet seen a building that is as filthy, and poorly kept up as ours. For Heaven's sake how much does a can of paint, paint brush, mop, bucket, and scrubber cost. A clean and tidy building would make a big difference to people's general feeling about how things are going. I am an older and long-term owner. Things have certainly been getting much worse around here. I have noticed the little bits of work this week that have happened. It is heartening. I will be VERY disappointed if the work stops and the staff go back to loafing around,standing in the lobby complaining about how hard they work and how unappreciated they are. Guess what they are not doing while they whine to the resident's paying their salary. Those residents many of whom are arriving home from, or departing to go to, their jobs at which they work hard for the money that pays these staff salaries which appear to purchase the key component to running this building of - whining!
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
I have lived in this building fro some time. I have rented, and I have owned. I have lately been stopped bay many people who live in this building wanting to discuss this site. I have been told variously that the people writing here are: - all renters, so they don't count, well I am not a renter and I am writing here. Also everyone who lives in this building should count. - all mean people. I am writng here and I flatter myself that I am not mean. It is not mean to tell the truth and reach out hoping to make something change. - all young. I am definately not young and I am writing here. I know others who have written here and, while they might be young at heart, they are certainly not young in calendar years. I am pretty sure the people writing here are not all any one thing. The one thing they do all have in common is that the care enough to try to shake the current administration out of its apparent coma. To the administration - I am sorry if this comes as a surprise, although it does not speak well of you if iit does, but it has certainly needed saying. If the things you read here are personally hurtful I am sorry for your feelings but it is time to as they say - suck it up. You volunteered to be on the board. We elected you in good faith. Many of you seem to have broken faith with us. The people who have a right to be angry and hurt are the residents you owed your best efforts at representing. It is not too late! There are many things, important things, that need doing in this building. We have a major assessment going on and that project, unlike past ones MUST be managed properly. I am calling on the board to do the right thing. Run this project transparently, without hiding it from the residents. The contract should be publicly tendered, to all firms who wish to bid - not a select few with ties to the management, or board members. The meetings going forward should be open and the board should communicate needed information to residents when and as it is known, not when the board feels we need to know. We are not children - this building belongs to all of the owners, not to those of you who were elected to represent us.
unregistered user on February 11 2010:
I saw a few units. One was in very bad shape but the other two were magnificent. The building is old and needs constant maintenance. There are two reasons why I didn't buy here: 1) I wasn't satisfied with the amount of money they have on reserve and 2) the tall superintendent was a total jack ass towards another resident. After reading reviews of this place, I am very satisfied that I did not purchase a unit at Frobisher place! I am sure with some major renovations to the "amenities" this condo can maybe have some potential!
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
Monday night is your chance to voice your opinion and concerns where they count at the General Meeting regarding the overall assessments and concerns raised on this website. One sure way to potentially lower the assessment is to ensure that all work is publically tendered resulting hopefully in best price. Failure to voice your concerns at this meeting gives the board and property manager carte blanche to do what they wish. Based on comments on this site, allowing this board and this property manager to have carte blanche could be dangerous to all.
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
pathetic and incompetent are fair adjectives to describe the office and the board. Next time make sure that you have the correct information before printing: wasting paper and ink in essence money!
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
Hathe the poperty management! Wish the people running the show would stop lying to people. Lies, lies, and more lies, they tell all kinds of lies including lies of omission. Oh and secrets too! Why is the board so onsessed with keeping information from residents. Could it be because they know how mad we would be if we knew they truth?
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
Where the hell were the board members, supers, and building manager raised that they think living in bug infested filth is acceptable? This may be their milieu, but it is not mine. I spoke to a woman who has lived here for fifteen years. She said this had NEVER happened before while she has lived here. What kind of low class, white trash, just moved out of their trailer people are running this building!!! Either get with the program or get the hell out of the way. I am not allowing the seven dwarves and the wicked property manager of the west ruin my investment. See you at the meeting you bunch of losers!!!
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
Just want to give a shout out to the lady board member elected this summer. I looked back at my notes from the meeting and realised that she did everything she said she would and then some. Thanks for the website - which is still the only source of info we have had about the bed bugs. Thanks for the efforts to increase interaction and discussion - all the neat events that have been going on. Thanks for the hard work to get the TV. Thanks for always being willing to talk to me when I need to ask a question Just thanks for all your hard work. Actually thanks for being willing for me to know who you are, even when nobody else would do the same. I voted for you, and I just wanted to say thanks for not letting me down.
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
Hey know what i was told - a bunch of the a***hole board tried to stop thbe tv cuz they didn't want us to get the one nice thing from this whole year
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
I Am totally going on Monday! I want an explanation about the fracking bugs! How screwed up is this. I bought a luxury condo so now I am terrified to go to sleep in case there are nasty little bitey bugs in my bed - WTF!!! OMG it makes my skin crawl. I am so not ok with this nastiness!
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
I just moved in here not long ago, like end of summer. Before I moved in I got the rules and a bunch of other really crappy, super boring documents to read. So ok, in the rules it says that you can't barbeque in your balcony, which is like normal - so no biggie. It says to use the barbeques on the grounds provided by the building. I have been trying since I moved in to get the straight answer about the barbeques. When I moved in I was told they were gone but new ones going to be there soon. I was pissed - especially because some jerk on the ground floor has a barbeque and used all the time, actually still uses it now, but I was willing to wait. Thing is they never came. I was just talking to somone that told me that they are never coming. They said that the board kkeeps saying they will put them back but they never do it. The rules clearly state that the barbeques exist. Where are the barbeques!
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
I really want to see a clear ppresentation about the potential sources for the window contract. If the property manager or the board think that the residents of this building will be fobbed off with the same sort of slipshod, ramshackle project manage,ent we have endured in the past they can think again. The only acceptable way of managing this contract is to go through an open, unbiased (read no under the table pay offs, or kick backs), publicly tendered bidding process. Everything needs to be above board. Let me be clear - no, I will not just trust you. I want to know without a shadow of a doubt that this time the contract was not awarded to a relative or friend of either the property manager or a board member. I will not be satisfied with hearing that you in your wisdom have decided that we don't need to have full disclosure or even a warranty. This board, and its predecessors, have not given me any reason to have faith in them, in fact they appear to be as easily lead as children. I have no confidence that the property manager has the best interests of the building anywhere on his kist of things to do - in fact the opposite appears to be true.
unregistered user on February 22 2010:
Too bad none of you loudmouths showed up at the meeting!
unregistered user on February 22 2010:
OMG who is that gale person??! what a mouth - somebody please tell me how you shut her up. the guy sitting next to me was making jokes about her every toime she opened her mouth - so obviously pretty much the whole meeting. I was laughing my ass off. And hey nice critique of the website luddite! No internet and clearly she has never read either this site or the FP site. She sure didn't llet that slow her down though. I guess as long as she has no bed bugs she is ok with the rest of us not having a clue whatis going on. I bet she waits all year for this - it is probably the only time anyone has to stay in the same room when she talks. I know I plan to run the other way when I see her. I hear she does it at all the meetings.
unregistered user on February 23 2010:
I am quite dismayed by the nasty comments I have just read. I've found the board, management and supers to be helpful and responsive. As in every building there are issues to be deal with. I feel that the current plans for new windows etc are sound and am pleased that things are moving in a very possitive direction. As in home owning unexpected costs are a fact of condo living. It is very important to keep up one's investment. If you can't afford unexpected expenses you have probably bought beyond your means. I know of top quality buildings that have had special assessments of more than $20,000. We should consider ourselves lucky to have a board that is making wise decisions.
unregistered user on February 23 2010:
After attending the meeting, I am selling this place and getting the hell out of here! Enjoy the bed bugs, rude and incompetent supers, and a slimy property manager!
unregistered user on February 25 2010:
A former president of the board at FP sold his unit because of the assessments which were half that of 2010 and when necessary. Red flags are out so some of us might lose money if we are not careful
unregistered user on February 28 2010:
Since people began to their concerns through this bolg, changes are begining, the building is a bit cleaner, you can see the supers working, however, when you need a super,that is still a problem. The people raised money for an HD Big Screen TV, it served the people well throughout the Olympics, many people showed up to watch, sad part is now we have to raise the money to pay for the cable, the condo will not provide it; they do provide cable to the supers free,makes you wonder who is more important, owners or supers. The board is still the same, most not willing to do what it takes to make the necessary changes and the Property Manager, no one has ridded us of him yet, maybe someday someone will see the light and make that change one of the two biggest changes we need to get this place back on trak. Thanks to all those who made the olympic experience in this building one to remember.
unregistered user on March 3 2010:
I am honest to say supers are lazy, rude and incompetent. Do you see people's anger here,behave yourself and do your job!!!
unregistered user on March 8 2010:
I have no problem with the supers if they work "sometimes" in this fat city. The property manager knows the building better than anybody. He just needs some encouragement to get motivated about his job. We need to pray for this untried and untested board of directors that they do not make more big mistakes. They have voted for assessments beyond their term of office which is out of order.
unregistered user on March 17 2010:
There must be a legal recourse to get rid of the incompetent manager
unregistered user on March 28 2010:
Say goodby to the board member who got things going. They got a technicltiy to say shes only replacing somebody and shes off the board in June.
unregistered user on April 7 2010:
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unregistered user on April 9 2010:
Are people interested in taking Legal Action? I am taking legal recourse and have enlisted the aid of an attorney and would be more than happy to share the info I have and set up a meeting.
unregistered user on April 9 2010:
Are people interested in taking Legal Action? I am taking legal recourse and have enlisted the aid of an attorney and would be more than happy to share the info I have and set up a meeting.
unregistered user on April 11 2010:
What are your reasons for taking legal action, if I agree with your cause I may be interested.
unregistered user on April 12 2010:
I will set up a meeting date to discuss if anyone is interested
unregistered user on June 4 2010:
Well I guess I'm scratching the idea of buying here....thank goodness for technology...and blogs! good luck everyone who is currently living there. Hope it all gets resolved and you all get to enjoy your most priced investment.
unregistered user on August 4 2010:
CRAP, I just bought a condo there... count me in the meeting then.
unregistered user on January 24 2011:
What meeting? They announced with fanfare there would be Town Hall meetings before every board meeting. They had three or four, every seat in the room full, then announced in Sept they were only having them quarterly. Since then til end of Jan, no Town Hall meetings. Meahwhile, owners have been paying for months toward new windows. Seen any new windows lately?
unregistered user on February 16 2011:
Overall the building is slightly above average for condos but the above is true. Windows/Patio Doors where suppose to been started in the Fall of 2010 by some firm in Toronto!!! Time to change the management look at the elevators what is the improvement over the previous ones? The water pipes behind the walls leek but the windows and Patio doors went first. Note that the ceilings in the bathrooms are bubbling and the tiles behid the walls are showing wash out from the drips behind. Aluminum wiring with outdated fuse boxes etc... .
unregistered user on April 29 2011:
Wow, the more I read these comments, the more I am glad we have made the decision to move; I have never lived i a building where there are such lazy and incompetent superintendents and Management. The Management Team broke up, yet we are still with the same old, same old; wish I had a job like that, only show up when I feel like it, ignore all complaints, get paid, and go on my merry way!! My husband was a superintendent in a large building, and we did not have the "Perks" that these people do. DO NOT THE BOARD BELIEVE THE OWNERS WHEN THEY SPEAK? Obviously, as owners, we are treated like small children, who have to be put in their places; HELLO, WE ARE ADULTS, WE ARE ADULTS, and our OPINIONS ARE WORTHWHILE, WE LIVE HERE AND CARE ABOUT OUR BUILDING; NEW WINDOWS, YET, THE WATER PIPES ARE BURSTING IN THE BASEMENT ALL THE TIME, AND THEY DO A PATCH JOB, LOOK ON LEVEL P2, BY THE ELEVATORS, THE CEILING TILE,(new) IS WET AGAIN, ANOTHER LEAK? HELLO, PEOPLE, GET COMPETENT HELP. GLAD TO BE LEAVING; WORSE PLACE I HAVE EVER LIVED IN
unregistered user on May 4 2011:
When the owners are not satisfied, they can require the board to call a meeting. To do this, under the Condominium Act, owners of at least 15% of the units must ask for the meeting. It is also possible to remove directors from the board. Owners of more than 50% of the units must agree to remove one or more directors. So if you're not happy, figure out what your complaints and problems are. Talk to your neighbors who are owners and see if they agree with you. If you can get enough people (15%) demand a meeting from the board and tell them what has to change.
unregistered user on May 13 2011:
Great advise; but most of the owners are so scared of being osterized by others in this building, they have no choice, but to use a forum like this to express their view; It does not do any good to go to the Board, they all think that the Management and Supers are doing a great job; Hello, I am a ex-wife of a superintendent, and I wish I had the perks and all that go with it in this job; work when you want, if you do not like the owners, ignore them, only work certain hours, etc, etc; Wow, where did we go wrong, he was on call every second week-end, and answered the phone calls and messages, especially the ones that were emergencies, and not an hour or three after the call. The board was competent and did not cater to their own needs; Wow, I certainly will run right out and speak to others, and will be shut down about how things could and should be different; been there, done that; same old, same old; glad to be leaving
unregistered user on May 24 2011:
That french super is a total a-hole!!! He thinks he owns this place - what can we do if we don't have the 15%?
unregistered user on June 15 2011:
The Annual General Meeting is next Tuesday, June 21/11 at the RA Centre at 6:30 p.m. Walk your talk, people!
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks

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"Mismanaged, underfunded,
nuisance."

This building seemed perfect at first. However, due to careless practices by an aged and under educated board of directors, the building was let go to very costly repairs, that should have been done 10 years ago ie: complete overhaul of elevators". This is the building for you if you want to spend all summer waiting for an elevator when your 29 stories up. The grounds are for the most part "marginal", with owners letting there animals defecate/urinate on the grass, it is almost always yellow and burnt up in the back and side yards. The building superintendent is arrogant and thinks he owns the place (should have been let go before he was hired). The people that have been on the board of directors should have been put into a home 10 years ago. This is a very stuck up building and young couples should look elsewhere. The buildings board over the years has seriously underfunded the bank accounts, meaning some lucky new condo owner is going to have a hefty special assessment bill and I suspect will be paying a large portion of door/window replacements on the exterior of their units. If your looking for 1985 style condo living, with a 2015 ring to it when the elevator arrives, this is the building for you!! PS. Morning commutes are horrendous on this end of Riverside Dr being so close to HWY 417, and there is constant bus noise being on the transitway, at 29 floors up.

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unregistered user on January 27 2010:
Who verifies these reviews? Could they be simply malicious and baseless?
unregistered user on January 29 2010:
1.If you are an owner maybe you should sit on the board and see how tough a job that is, then maybe you won't be so critical of others.It seems to me you are one of those who only comes out of the woodwork to complain. I sat on the board, worked in the garden and on the social committee, WHERE WERE YOU??????
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
How do you know whether the person was on the board? Again this is an anonymous post. For all you know this could be a past board member. There is no refuting that the board is doing a horrible job. For Pete's sake the Super stood in the lobby the other day telling everyone in the lobby that the brand new elevators - which are breaking down all the time - are not under warranty.
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
too true unfortunately. Supers are awful. Rude and crude and always looking for a fight. One of the supers told me he only has to hepl residents he likes. People visiting me are always saying that the supers make the feel nervous when they come in. In one of the stairwells there is a pile of rags and papers that have been there for at least a month. Also there never seems to be anyone in the office. Even during the posted hours if you look in there is no one there. Every time I try the door during the open hours when the lights are on the door is locked. Oh also I heard the bed bugs are back!
unregistered user on January 31 2010:
I guess they could be "... simply malicious and baseless? " but I live here and from what I have seen, heard and had happen to me these posts are very true.
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
Hmmm - I wonder if the board knows (or cares) who the residents are, never mind what matters to us. Here's a clue I really don't want bed bugs!
unregistered user on February 1 2010:
Review written October 28, 2009. Elevators in question have just been re-kitted. Eleveator issues continuing to be a problem (down to two elevators all weekend). How long does the baord need as a grace period to deal with these continuing issues. Really how is there any argument that this building is well run. The management is dreadful - and if it is true that there is no warranty - the board should be ashamed!
unregistered user on February 2 2010:
A year ago I would have said this was a great placve to live. Now my feelings could not be more different. I makes me really sad to think that things have gotten so bad so fast. I really wish the board would take this seriously, but I don't have any confidence that they will. The board seems to be completely out of touch with the people who live here. How can they not have noticed how dirty it was getting. How can they not have noticed that you can never find the Supers anymore. You used to see the Supers working around the building and the grounds. Now you are hard pressed to find one. Of course if you did find one they would more than likely yell at you anyway so...
unregistered user on February 2 2010:
I'm a Board member, and the Board is listening to the comments you make here. However, in the interests of the reputation of our building, it would be better if we do not have this discussion on the internet for the world to see. Please, continue to make your comments and give your suggestions. Your Board is listening and trying to act quickly to correct the problems identified here. You can tell the Board what you think by writing your ideas on a piece of paper and putting them through the mail slot into the office, addressed to the Board. You do not need to sign your name. Or, find a Board member you recognize and hand your paper to that person. We do care, and we are listening.
unregistered user on February 3 2010:
There is a note in the lobby by the mailroom saying that Frobisher place is not associated with the negative reviews posted on the internet. How stupid can the board and the office people be? The reviews are being posted on a public review site by current and past residents. The board and the management want to remove the negative post and shut down the website…Good luck!! It’s sad to say that all of comments regarding the building IS TRUE! The comments attacking current and former residents posting negative reviews are from board members and their friends! The board is corrupt and picks whose problem they will consider. A close friend of mine wrote to the board with a complaint and they have made her life very miserable, plus her problems were dismissed without the problem being fixed. One board member writes that this is not the place to fix the issues, the sad truth is, the residents must keep this public to get things done and after a few incidents with the board, the residents of Frobisher place do NOT trust the board members nor do they trust the property manager. You want to fix the reputation of the building, than a good start is to get rid of the president (a rude, crusty and crabby old lady who is out of touch with reality) as well as the rest of the board members. By the way, the posting re: always working in the garden is from president. The building has outdated washers and dryers, a very small and stuffy gym, poor plumbing because the bathtub and sinks are always clogged up, poor security, dumb rules, ridiculous assessment fees, two lazy supers. About the super’s: the chinese guy seems nice and I always see him helping people and doing some kind of work but the french guy is rude, tries to intimidate you and is always yelling, he thinks he runs the place. FIRE the french guy and hire another super who can get things done.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
The board of directors have voted an assessment double that of 2009 for four years. They wish to change five boilers, patio door, windows and install an alarm system based on the recommendation of an engineering company. Are all these upgrades necessary? In any case this assessment will not work because more expenses will arise and they have already over assessed the unit owners. They have lowered the market value of Frobisher Place because buyers are wary of investing in a building with such a high assessment and present owners would want to sell a losing investment.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
If by "re always working in the garden" you mean to refer to the post that actually reads "...sat on the board, worked in the garden and on the social committee..." That was definately not written by the president of the board. I find it quite cowardly that you freely call others out in ways that uniquely identify them without revealing who you are. FYI the super you refer to as Chinese is not, in fact, Chinese. There are many people who have had problems with both supers. The one you refer to as "...nice and I always see him helping people and doing some kind of work..." has had his share of complaints too. The board member you incorrectly site as having written "...writes that this is not the place to fix the issues..." actully wrote "...however, in the interests of the reputation of our building, it would be better if we do not have this discussion on the internet for the world to see." Not nearly the same message and it is an accurate message as far as it goes. It does not help matters to misquote other people and make nasty comments. In fact it renders meaningless any points you may have had that might have had value. Oh and just to keep things clear for you I am NOT a board member.
unregistered user on February 4 2010:
Regarding your post which included "A close friend of mine wrote to the board with a complaint and they have made her life very miserable, plus her problems were dismissed without the problem being fixed." I am troubled by this because it implies that if you complain you should be guaranteed to get the result you ask for. That position makes no sense. You ahould have the right to make the complaint - sounds like she did. You should have the right to a response - it sounds like she had one. You should be able to expect the board to actally fullfill the actions they decide on. But you can't be guaranteed of getting what you asked for.
unregistered user on February 6 2010:
Fresh paint will not satisfy this owner. Owners of Frobisher place, we need to protect our investment and start anew with new board members, new superintendents, new property manager! The value of the building has gone down because of the financial state which our building is in.
unregistered user on February 7 2010:
So are you saying we are not allowed to comment that the discussion here seems to have aroused a response? If you don't acknowledge that they have been working a bit harder since this started, why would they continue to work harder. I get the feeling you are the kind of person who would never think of saying "I notice you are working harder, keep it up." People soon get tired of trying to improve if no on notices the effort.
unregistered user on February 20 2010:
It is not feasible to replace bathroom pipes, windows, patio doors, alarm system etc., because of the high price. We have to choose between repairs and foreclosures/liquidations. I would think some repairs with a reasonable increase of fees is the best option but the board of directors have opted for high assessments and now want to increase the reserve fund!!!
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
Monday night is your chance to voice your opinion and concerns where they count at the General Meeting regarding the overall assessments and concerns raised on this website. One sure way to potentially lower the assessment is to ensure that all work is publically tendered resulting hopefully in best price. Failure to voice your concerns at this meeting gives the board and property manager carte blanche to do what they wish. Based on comments on this site, allowing this board and this property manager to have carte blanche could be dangerous to all.
unregistered user on February 21 2010:
A few of my good friends are on the board but this is my investment so let's get rid of this board, find a new property management company, and new supers.
unregistered user on February 22 2010:
Well, no, actually, that's not what happened. You still have the same old board, they still meet in private, half of them didn't even show up at the meeting, the property manager got away without answering one tough question. Same old, same old. You snoozed, you lost.
unregistered user on April 4 2010:
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unregistered user on April 9 2010:
Are people interested in joining together to take legal action?
unregistered user on September 12 2010:
Is this building really as bad as all these comments make it out to be? I was thinking of getting a place here, but now I'm second guessing myself.
unregistered user on September 17 2010:
The building has location, location location and right on the transit way. We need a good board to make the right decisions. The supers and property manager have experience so I would keep them.
unregistered user on October 6 2010:
Claude is the major problem. Property manager does is only paid a certain amount and provides services based on what he is paid. Let's get rid of the board and make some real changes.
unregistered user on June 15 2011:
People who write to the board to complain are routinely harassed. You said that people should have the right to complain, though they may not get what they wanted. That is fair. To be targeted and harassed without foundation is not fair and has happened to more than one person. The property manager is a scoundrel who refuses to do his job. If the supers are poor look no further than their direct supervisor. Be aware his contract is up every November and is always "automatically" renewed. Want to fix these problems - fire the property manager, put both supers on probation, institute dress codes for supers (seriously biking leathers?!), throw out the board.
unregistered user on June 15 2011:
Now that you mention it, the Annual General Meeting is next Tuesday, June 21/11 at the RA Centre at 6:30 p.m. Walk your talk, people!
Jones on June 19 2012:
This Condo is a well run and is not run down! please ignore all the negative comments here. Come and see for your self. They even have thier own website ccc82frobisherplace dot ca Thanks
unregistered user on October 10 2016:
Invaluable comments . I Appreciate the points . Does anyone know where my company could obtain a fillable MLS Residential Data Input Form document to complete ?

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