Monday, May 07, 2007

Condos after Dark: Monroe Commons Revisited


Life has become somewhat dislocated and topsy-turvy for residents of Monroe Commons, which kicked off our Condos after Dark series with this post a few weeks ago. According to a story in the Capital Times the other day, they've got some soundproofing problems.
Living in a luxury condominium in one of Madison's most desirable neighborhoods shouldn't mean hearing your upstairs neighbors walking on the ceiling.

But that's one issue facing residents at Monroe Commons, the $22.9 million mixed-use project that houses the Trader Joe's grocery store. Faulty soundproofing is now forcing developers of the high-profile project on the 1800 block of Monroe Street to move existing residents into unsold units while repairs are made.

"These are sound standards that need to be met and we weren't satisfied they were being met," said Bryce Armstrong of Trio Development Inc., the local firm that partnered on the project with the Keller Real Estate Group.

The developers hired a sound engineer, who analyzed the soundproofing system and decided what improvements were needed. Repairs could range from simply adding more insulation to pulling down sheets of drywall or ceiling material.

"Each unit is different so it's hard to generalize," said Armstrong. "The bottom line is we're going to do what we need to do to keep our customers happy."
One thing hasn't changed about Monroe Commons since the day it opened -- the success of the trendy Trader Joe's grocery store on the ground floor.

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