Shell Oil, Dole settle for $120M with Carousel HOA in Carson (CA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is one story that makes me angry and brings tears to my eyes at the same time. Carousel Homeowners Association (HOA) was constructed on a land tract that once contained concrete lined crude oil storage tanks owned by Shell Oil. In the 1960s the tract was sold to developer Barclay Hollander, and later acquired by Dole Food Co. At the time the land was developed as a planned community Continue ReadingShell Oil, Dole settle for $120M with Carousel HOA in Carson (CA)

Grand Manor Condo owners lose lawsuit against City of Lowell

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of this week’s most outrageous reports comes from the state of Massachusetts. Back in 1983, the City of Lowell sold land on Willard Street to a developer.  That land was formerly a quarry pit, and then a dump for more than a decade, before it was closed in the 1950s. In 2008, hazardous chemicals were discovered on the property of Grand Manor Condominiums. The City began its clean Continue ReadingGrand Manor Condo owners lose lawsuit against City of Lowell