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/ Owner - July 3, 2012
  • Waukesha condemned condo owners asking state insurance commissioner for help (WI) December 30, 2023
    Demolition of the Horizon West Condominium building is ongoing two years after it was evacuated over worries it could collapse because of structural issues.  Even though the building is stripped down to its steel beams, the residents who used to live there are still paying their mortgages.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Workers demolish the structurally compromised Horizon West Condominiums (WI) December 5, 2023
    Workers begin the final stage of demolition of the structurally compromised Horizon West Condominiums on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 in Waukesha, Wis.    https://www.jsonline.com/picture-gallery/news/2023/12/05/horizon-west-condominiums-demolition/71768952007/
  • Horizon West condo owner overwhelmed following denied insurance claim (WI) December 1, 2023
    A justice in the 7th circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the residents of the condemned Horizon West Condos in their lawsuit against traveler’s insurance.  This is putting them on the hook for the cost of razing the building, as much as $7 million dollars.     Read the article……………………………..
  • Horizon West demolition, federal judge rejects condo owners’ appeal (WI) November 22, 2023
    As Waukesha’s Horizon West building comes down, a federal judge Tuesday rejected an appeal from condominium owners who sued their insurance company to cover demolition costs.  The city told condo owners in December 2021 they had to evacuate the building due to concerns it might collapse. Nearly two years later, demolition began – with an unexpected added cost.    Read the article…………………………………..
  • Waukesha Horizon West condo demolition begins, case still in court (WI) November 10, 2023
    Demolition of Waukesha’s Horizon West Condominium building began Thursday, Nov. 9 – crews removing sections piece by piece because of asbestos.  The city forced everyone out of the building in December 2021 due to fear it might collapse. Residents sued their insurance company to cover demolition costs.    Read the article………………………………
  • Homeowners association horror story: Residents sue to stop payment demands (WI) October 19, 2023
    A dispute involving a homeowners association has boiled over into a court battle pitting neighbors against one another, with thousands of dollars at stake.  About a dozen residents of the Crestview Park subdivision have filed suit against William Van Offeren accusing him of fabricating the organization and installing himself as president so he could collect money.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Demolition company lays out plan for condemned Waukesha condo building, as owners continue court battle (WI) October 3, 2023
    For about a week now, those crews have been removing non-hazardous materials like carpeting and furniture. Then they’ll seal it up and remove hazardous asbestos.  At the same time, the 48 condo owners are battling their insurance company in court, trying to get millions of dollars they say is owed them.    Read the article………………………………..
  • Waukesha’s Horizon West condo demolition set for fall; questions remain (WI) September 9, 2023
    Neighbors surrounding the condemned Horizon West condominiums are relieved to know demolition of the building will begin this fall. This, after Waukesha’s Common Council approved a bid for the demolition.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents and business representatives present concerns about short-term rental properties (WI) August 21, 2023
    Short-term rental properties continue to be a topic of discussion in the City of Lake Geneva.  Several Lake Geneva residents and business representatives expressed their concerns regarding short-term properties and other housing-related issues to city aldermen during the city council’s committee-of-the-whole meeting, Aug. 7.  Emily Hummel, president of the Maple Park Homeowners Association, said she is concerned with the “overuse” of short-term rental properties in the City of Lake Geneva.     Read the article………………………..
  • Raze order settlement reached between city of Waukesha and Horizon West condo owners (WI) June 24, 2023
    The now-condemned building needs to be razed, and the city took the condo owners to court, wanting them to foot the more than $1 million bill.  Friday, the two sides reached a settlement. Where the money is coming from, though, depends on a pending appeal the condo owners have against its insurance company.    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We’re fighting against gravity’: How MFD’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team responded to condo explosion (WI) June 2, 2023
    Three weeks after a condominium unit on Madison’s west side exploded, News 3 Now got a look at how the Madison Fire Department searched the building for victims without going all the way inside.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo building damaged in explosion condemned, property manager says (WI) May 12, 2023
    A condominium building rocked by an explosion on Madison’s west side earlier this week has been condemned, according to building management.   Read the article………………………..
  • 4 hurt in condo complex explosion caught on camera (WI) May 10, 2023
    An apparent condo complex explosion led to four people being hospitalized, authorities said Tuesday.  The explosion sent debris into the road and the parking lot in the back of the building. Chimneys were also observed to have blown off the condo.   Read the article………………………..
  • Expert shares critical advice for homeowners trying to outsmart their overzealous HOAs: ‘That can’t be an issue’ (WI) April 29, 2023
    Kathy Kuntz of the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change is weeding out illegal HOA policies that may be blocking Wisconsin residents from getting solar panels, Yale Climate Connections reports.   Read the article………………………..
  • Sides in Horizon case may seek settlement (WI) April 20, 2023
    An attorney representing the displaced residents of the Horizon West Condominiums said Tuesday he hopes to have discussions with the city to resolve its request for an order to tear down the building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rothschild condominium total loss following fire, cause under investigation (WI) April 14, 2023
    An 8-unit condominium in Rothschild is a total loss following an early morning fire. The fire was reported around 2 a.m. Friday morning at a property on the 7300 block of Whitespire Road. The condo is located south of Highway 29 and east of Volkman Street.   Read the article………………………..
  • Horizon West residents meet at Waukesha City Hall to commemorate one year anniversary of forced evacuation (WI) December 3, 2022
    Residents of the Horizon West Condominiums wanted to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their forced evacuation by gathering together in front of the Waukesha City Hall.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents to appeal federal judge’s ruling for insurance company in lawsuit (WI) November 22, 2022
    Residents of Horizon West Condominiums plan on appealing a federal judge’s decision in favor of the insurance company they sued.  Residents of Horizon West Condominiums were evacuated from their homes with 15 minutes’ notice on Dec. 2 due to risk of imminent collapse.   Read the article………………………..
  • Horizon West condo owners won’t give up fight for relief after federal court rules against them (WI) November 19, 2022
    The owners of the Horizon West Condominiums are continuing to fight for financial help after a federal court ruled against them.  Last year, the City of Waukesha forced the condo owners out because of structural damage to the building. The condo owners filed a class action lawsuit against Travelers Insurance, the company they paid to insure the building, to help pay for their losses.    Read the article………………………..
  • Insurance Exclusions Leave Waukesha Condo Owners With Demolition Bill (WI) November 18, 2022
    A federal court judgment issued Wednesday left the owners of a Waukesha condo building expecting to foot the bill to tear down their homes that were deemed structurally unsound without the benefit of full insurance coverage.   Read the article………………………..
  • Horizon West Condo owners express frustration almost one year later (WI) November 4, 2022
    Almost one year ago the condo owners and residents of Horizon West Condominiums were evacuated from their homes with 15 minutes’ notice Dec. 2 due to risk of imminent collapse. Some have fared all right since, while other owners have struggled immensely. Read the article………………………..
  • Horizon West Condos: City of Waukesha files suit; potentially leaving condo owners on the hook for demolition cost (WI) October 25, 2022
    The city of Waukesha filed a suit on Monday that would require condo owners to foot the bill for demolition of the Horizon West condo building.  That means those condo owners may potentially be in charge of paying for the building to be knocked down if the suit is ruled in the city’s favor in court.   Read the article………………………..
  • Brookfield cat hoarding, 73 need new homes (WI) October 11, 2022
    Hoskins said they first started getting calls about the property about a year ago. Neighbors were complaining about the smell from the condo next door.  The Elmbrook Humane Society finally got permission to go inside the home on Aug. 31. The owner surrendered all 57 cats found in the 1,200-square-foot condo. Ammonia levels were so high inside that humane officers had to frequently leave the home while trying to capture the cats due to burning in their eyes and lungs.  ...
  • Horizon West raze order, Waukesha’s deadline expires Tuesday (WI) September 21, 2022
    A big step has been taken regarding the future of Waukesha’s troubled Horizon West condos, one that could soon trigger the wrecking ball.  The raze order we’ve been hearing about for months is now officially in effect.   Read the article………………………..
  • Kitchen fire at Madison condo extinguished by sprinkler (WI) September 20, 2022
    Officials said the resident was heating vegetable oil when it ignited. The resident instinctively put water on the fire, which only made the flames worse.  The fire triggered an automatic sprinkler which put out the flames before firefighters arrived.   Read the article………………………..
  • Evacuated Horizon West condo owners to raze building by Sept. 20 (WI) September 11, 2022
    Nine months after being evacuated from their homes at Horizon West Condo, the condo owners are starting to get back to normal. However, a pending civil lawsuit against the insurance company and looming raze order of the building, 315 N. West Ave., has left the dust unsettled.   Read the article………………………..
  • Keeping It Blue: Rain gardens, buffer strips help filter pollutants out of Geneva Lake (WI) August 24, 2022
    Over the last three years, the Geneva Lake Conservancy has worked with 15 different property owners or homeowner’s associations around Geneva Lake to planted 30 rain gardens and buffer strips as part of the Healthy Lakes program.   Read the article………………………..
  • How to Deal With an Unresponsive HOA July 26, 2022
    Dear Monty: We recently purchased a condo in a community with a homeowners association board and bylaws. This property was only a slab when we bought it with a July closing date. The builder did not complete the unit until the middle of October.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Horizon West condo break-ins; owners, neighbors concerned (WI) July 9, 2022
    Owners say someone broke in to Waukesha’s condemned Horizon West condominium building – and may even be living there.  “The back door was completely open,” neighbor Dennis Unterbrink said. “Trash. Some cigarette butts and uneaten hamburgers.”    Read the article……………………………
  • Friendlier HOA attitude needed for solar, wind June 13, 2022
    The recent dustup between a homeowner in the Madison suburb of Waunakee and her homeowner’s association (HOA) should serve as a reminder to HOAs across the state that they should be taking a more friendly attitude toward solar and wind installations.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Waukesha condo owners out thousands as city orders building to be torn down (WI) June 8, 2022
    “It’s all on the building insurance,” Nieskes said. “We can’t cover your unit because everything technically in your unit is fine. There was no water damage, no fire damage. It’s the building that is the cause of why you have to be out, so you have to take it up with the building insurance company.”  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Homeowners associations hinder solar deployment, despite Wisconsin law June 4, 2022
    For as long as she can remember, Sherrie Gruder wanted to put solar panels on her home.  In the fall of 2020, Gruder and her partner, Wayne Harris, finally got the chance.  They’d recently moved to a subdivision near Waunakee, and while there were issues with putting solar panels on the roof, there was plenty of room in the back of their 1.3-acre lot.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Waukesha condo collapse threat, Horizon West raze order,120-day deadline (WI) May 27, 2022
    A big step has been taken regarding the future of Waukesha’s troubled Horizon West condos, one that could soon trigger the wrecking ball.  The raze order we’ve been hearing about for months is now officially in effect.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Waukesha Horizon West condo lawsuit, $17M sought after collapse threat (WI) April 20, 2022
    Waukesha Horizon West condo owners who had to be evacuated from their building after a threat of collapse are now suing the building’s insurer.  The 27 homeowners have brought a $17 million lawsuit against Travelers Insurance for failing to pay claims.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Oconomowoc fatal condo fire; woman dead, smoke detectors not working (WI) April 1, 2022
    Officials say the fire was isolated to a single unit of the condo complex. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A news release says smoke detectors in the condo were not in working order — and did not alert the residents to the fire.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Horizon West Condo Association to review all options (WI) March 2, 2022
    The Horizon West Condominium Association met over the weekend and formally voted to review all possible options, including the possibility of repairing the condominium instead of razing it, in order to buy the owners time to plan their next steps.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Horizon West owners denied by insurance, bills piling up (WI) February 24, 2022
    A home is more than concrete and beams, but the financial hit to Horizon West’s owners is making it hard to settle into new ones. In addition to new rent payments, the Hastreiters are still paying their Horizon West mortgage, among several other things.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Displaced Waukesha Condo Residents To Appeal Demolition Order (WI) February 1, 2022
    Residents of a deteriorating Waukesha condominium retained a lawyer and are in the process of appealing a raze order.  The city of Waukesha issued a raze order on Horizon West Condominiums, after 65 residents were forced to evacuate the structure in December.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Elm Grove 2-alarm condo fire, partial roof collapse, no injuries (WI) January 12, 2022
    Firefighters responded to the four-unit condo building on Bluemound Road near Elm Grove Road around 10:30 a.m. for a fire that started on a porch, reported by a resident. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor,   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Waukesha: Collapsing condo must be razed in 120 days, residents may face large fines (WI) January 10, 2022
    City of Waukesha officials have ordered the razing of a condo that threatened to collapse last December, forcing all of its residents to find new homes.  City documents show the city and the fire department ordered that the Horizon West Condo must be torn down within 120 days.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Raze Order Issued For ‘Dilapitated’ Waukesha Condo (WI) January 7, 2022
    The city of Waukesha has issued a raze order on Horizon West Condominiums, a month after 65 residents were forced to evacuate the structure.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • ‘Total disregard’: Sherman Park residents are fed up with reckless driving. Here’s how one resident is trying to stop it (WI) January 1, 2022
    Sherman Park resident Jordan Morales said that when he bought a home to accommodate his family of five children, he wanted them to feel safe enough to play in the front yard.  Just three years in, however, and he said the idea of them doing that is “terrifying.”    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Evacuated Horizon West condo resident shares his story (WI) December 29, 2021
    On Dec. 2, R G (also known as RJ) Esposito was enjoying dinner with his wife after a work trip when a Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy knocked on his door at the Horizon West Condominiums building.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • MFD crews battle condo fire near 99th and Fountain, 2 people injured (WI) December 28, 2021
    Milwaukee fire crews were called to a condo fire near 99th St. and Fountain Ave.  According the Milwaukee Fire Department, two burn victims were taken to local hospitals.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Fundraiser set up for Horizon West condominium residents (WI) December 28, 2021
    While Horizon West Condominiums owners face millions of dollars in either demolition of the building or building repairs, with the decision likely to be the former, a GoFundMe has recently been set up to benefit all owners of the 48 condominium units. Horizon West Condominium owners were told to immediately evacuate their homes Dec. 2 after the building was found to be at risk of collapse. Since then, condo owners have had additional time slots to collect additional items, although ...
  • American Red Cross, community partners to open multi-agency resource center for residents of unsafe Waukesha condo (WI) December 16, 2021
    The American Red Cross and community partners will open a multi-agency resource center for residents that are recovering from the sudden evacuation of an unsafe residential condo complex in Waukesha earlier this month.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • For Waukesha’s Horizon West condo, soaring repair estimates suggest little hope in saving the weakened building (WI) December 15, 2021
    The city has told owners of the structurally compromised Horizon West Condominium that they may have to fix or completely flatten their building.   Which will it be? That’s a question that may have already been answered unofficially, as hope for the 48-unit building on West Avenue diminishes as repair cost estimates rise into many millions.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Cost to repair condemned condos outweighs building’s worth, contractor says (WI) December 7, 2021
    The people evacuated from their condemned condominiums in Waukesha are being told they’ll never be able to live there again.   Watch the news report…………………………………
  • Waukesha condo owners fear major losses if insurance doesn’t accept claims (WI) December 7, 2021
    People who live in the condo that was evacuated last week in Waukesha now say they are worried insurance may not cover all of their losses.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Waukesha condo building still unfit for human occupancy, residents can return briefly to gather items (WI) December 5, 2021
    Dozens of people are still unable to return home to the Horizon West condo building, located at 315 N. West Ave., because it is still unfit to occupy. The city could not yet answer many questions about the short-term or long-term future. The president of the construction company that was working on the building said residents will be able to return Saturday morning for 10 minutes to gather more personal items.   Read the entire article……………………………….
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