Friday, April 20, 2018

"MAGNIFICENT", "FILLED WITH NATURAL LIGHT", "REMINISCENT OF KUBLA KHAN'S PLEASURE DOME": Three Things You Won't Read In LastBid Real Estate's Description Of Bay City Academy's Former Madison Arts Campus; A Steal At $25,000 Opening Bid (Calling Brian Lynch!)

The Bay City Academy, founded and foundered by convicted felon Steve Ingersoll, is circling the bowl—and you can buy its Madison Avenue steamer for a cool $25,000!

Listed Monday on LASTBIDrealestate.com, the property's auction is scheduled for May 2, 2018, closing at 2:00pm EDT.

Here's the description:

“Bank Owned 3 Story Former Church/Charter School ~ Online Real Estate Auction featuring a bank owned former charter school that was built in 1886. 

Situated on .88 acres, the approximately 23,885 sq. ft. building includes 14 large class rooms, two bathrooms per floor, six elevators to the basement and the two-story above-ground high open ceiling, sanctuary/theater/ auditorium. 

The building has beautiful craftsmanship and stained-glass windows as well as upgraded electrical and boiler systems. The heat and electric have been kept on and the building has ample parking across from Birney Park. 

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity.”

Here's what the description doesn't tell you: Steven and Deborah Ingersoll were officially notified on April 19, 2016 by Chemical Bank that they (along with the Steven Ingersoll-controlled entity Madison Arts, LLC) had “defaulted on the terms and conditions of the Mortgage entered into with Chemical Bank”.

Originally scheduled for August 5, 2016, the mortgage foreclosure sale finally occurred on August 26, 2016. 

There were no bidders, with the Sheriff's deed reverting to mortgage holder Chemical Bank. 

The Ingersolls walked away from their mortgage, leaving a nasty $1.8 million debt in their wake.

In addition, Steven Ingersoll shafted the taxpayer, with $1,441,600 of the loan guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Originally listed back in September 2017 at $513,000, the Chemical Bank-owned Madison Arts later returned to the market with a new broker and a much lower price: $425,000.

You can buy it for $25,000...quick, call your broker!

Friday, April 13, 2018

DISCOVERY DOCU-DRAMA! Comstock Construction's Breach Of Contract, Unjust Enrichment Case Against Grand Traverse Academy, Mark Noss Moves Into High Gear; Comstock's Extensive April 12 Document Request Sent

According to documents filed yesterday in Grand Traverse County's 13th Circuit Court, Comstock Construction's civil action against the Grand Traverse Academy and former manager, Full Spectrum Management's Mark Noss, just moved into high gear.

With a non-jury trial scheduled to begin August 28, Comstock's attorneys mailed the “first set of interrogatories and requests for production of documents” directed to attorneys representing the Grand Traverse Academy and Mark Noss, Full Spectrum Management and MDN Development. 

Kerry Morgan and Miller Canfield's Pamela Wilcox and representing the Grand Traverse Academy, with Jay Zelenock representing Noss, Full Spectrum Management and MDN Development. 

Brandt, Pezzetti, Vermetten & Popovits are representing Comstock.

The Traverse City charter school's November 21, 2017 approved board minutes noted that “GTA insurance will pay for our defense”, leaving unaddressed the question of who will pay what could be a nearly $250,000 judgment, exclusive of costs and interest.

The civil complaint was filed October 25, 2017 by Comstock Construction, and the 29-page document, including the agreement signed between Mark Noss and Comstock, makes damning allegations, which were detailed in this October 30, 2017 post.

Full Spectrum Management, on behalf of MDN at the Grand Traverse Academy paid “Comstock the initial $50,000 deposit and payment due under the Agreement”. 

In the months after Noss’s approval of the July 13, 2016 agreement, “Comstock presented MDN with invoices for services rendered. At all times during the pendency of the above actions, MDN, Full Spectrum, and Noss acted as an agent of GT Academy and for the benefit of GT Academy”. 

To date, there remains “more than $214,861.00 in unpaid costs under the Agreement”. Comstock has “made repeated attempts to elicit payments of those costs from MDN, Noss and the GT Academy, but Defendants have been unwilling to comply”. 

According to the agreement Mark Noss signed with Comstock Construction, the “Guaranteed Maximum” price was $3,222,068.00.

The issue at the heart of this case, the construction of an expansion of the Grand Traverse Academy by Noss and his MDN Development, LLC property, was covered extensively on this blog—notably at this link (“DOOMED GRAND TRAVERSE ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT DEAL DESTINED FOR DUMPSTER”), which includes a comprehensive list of my coverage.


How funny is this: the RNC never misses an opportunity to rattle the tin cup, including paying for a website to attack the former director of the FBI who was fired by a Republican president due to a Russia investigation.

Immediately after you enter the site in question, lyincomey.com, this pop-up ad appears on your screen, badgering you to sign up to get 'REAL NEWS' updates from President Trump.

Everyone and their mom knows Trump wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the ass—and held on.

The site was registered in Panama on March 28, 2018 using the proxy registrar, Namecheap, and is scheduled to expire a year later.

I'm so happy I registered donaldtrumpisguilty.com when I did! (Hey, RNC, it's for sale!)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BLUE MARBLE PRODUCTS, LLC UPDATE: thetoolcrate.com Becomes thetooltent.com...And I Buy 900 Sexy, Plus-Size Christmas Dresses!

Well, it looks like the boys at San Francisco-based Blue Marble Products, LLC aren't letting the grass from their on again/off again Patio Bloom grow under their feet!

Blue Marble has already settled two civil suits (a patent infringement case brought by International Fruit Genetics, LLC against now-defunct orcharddepot.com and another patent infringement case brought by Arizona-based CamCal Enterprises, LLC against truehomebliss.com), and an April 20, 2018 response deadline looms in a counterfeit metal detector case against patiobloom.com.

Patio Bloom's status has fluctuated recently, and today appears as a password-protected site with an "Opening Soon" message.

Blue Marble has deleted nearly 60 sites it previously operated, including Olive Branch Chef, Good Appliances, Magical Chefs and On Fleek Culture.
 However, one site (thetoolcrate.com) was recently replaced with thetooltent.com--and it's got one crazy mix of products.

While it currently lacks a Search function, The Tool Tent more than makes up for that deficit with fashion sense.

Or fashion nonsense.

Take this crazy dress, found in the site's Power & Hand Tools section: a steal at $33.22!

It was such a great buy, I added 900 of them to my Tool Tent shopping cart!

Too bad I don't have a spare $29,898 rattling around in the bottom of my Burberry tote.