It was no secret that the buildings at Mills Pond were in rough shape. The original cedar clapboard siding at the Bloomfield, Conn., townhome community was failing. Windows needed to be replaced. Decks were deteriorating. And the roofs, replaced just eight years earlier on all 26 buildings, were leaking.
“Everyone was frustrated,” says former board member Vonnel Stahl. “The siding was falling apart, despite all the money we’d spent on painting and repairs. When the wind blew, my curtains moved, even when the window was closed.”
The community’s aging building envelope was also taking a toll on property values and curb appeal. “We felt stuck,” says Stahl. “We needed to do something to turn things around, but we couldn’t agree on how to do it. We certainly didn’t believe we could afford a lasting solution. But that was before we started working with Schernecker Property Services.”