Bank of America has started to foreclose on the 19 remaining unsold units at Riverwalk, said Redevelopment Agency Attorney Frank Regan at the agency’s meeting last week. The city also has begun the process on seven of those units for failing to pay property taxes, according to City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier.
Parsippany-based Diversified Communities built the 86 Riverwalk townhomes off East Milton Avenue several years ago and at one point had considered plans for another three dozen or so on the neighboring Kings Inn property. The last Riverwalk unit to sell (that I could find) went for $420,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The city still is pursuing the developers for failure to complete improvements, including street paving and striping. Regan said he was contacted by an attorney for the homeowners’ association to determine whether the improvements could be completed and paid through a mortgage commitment or if the city could complete the improvements and assess the units.
The city and county did some paving work on Essex and Johnson streets in the spring and will pursue the developer in court for reimbursement, but other work remains, such as drainage.
Since we’re on the topic of foreclosure, here’s a Wall Street Journal story from yesterday about foreclosures hitting top-tier markets.