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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Mayo(naisse) Group and John McGrail - AG Discovery Motions on September 22nd

As a lot of you know, John McGrail and The Mayo Group are responsible for a lot of the development projects in the Central Square area. While initially we were happy with the progress made in the area in such a short time, we quickly realized that was all due to the horrible shortcuts they made in putting together their buildings. We've had several issues in the downtown buildings:

  • Roof leaks (normal, except when you fix them, you are not supposed to use the wrong materials to do so..opps... thus bigger problem later) - INEPT 
  • Faulty sprinkler installations in attic areas causing them to go off in the high temperatures of this summer. - IRRESPONSIBLE 
  • Cabinets falling straight off the walls in several units. This one happened to me once the day before Thanksgiving while I was in the kitchen. They came and fixed those and "checked" the others. The "others" came down on top of my wife about 2 years later. Not even screwed in to a single stud and the screws were barely longer then the wood of the cabinets. - CRIMINAL! 
  • Leaking walls from lack of proper brick maintenance costing a few buildings thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs just a few years after moving in to their units. This has happened with one other developer too. I guess the Mayo spreads.
  • Sound proofing is lacking in several areas where walls are paper thin between units and pipes are not wrapped appropriately.

While we have addressed most of the issues, it's been on our dimes for the most part. Our buildings are great, our developer was not. It makes total sense to me that JM Realty and John McGrail would be indicted someday. That day is now.

The indictment:

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against JM Realty and its president and owner John McGrail, age 46, on March 25, 2010. McGrail was charged with violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act for failure to file notices of asbestos removal with the MassDEP (3 counts), failure to comply with procedures for asbestos emissions control (3 counts), and improper disposal of asbestos waste (2 counts). McGrail was also arraigned on charges of evasion of unemployment insurance (4 counts) and failure to provide pay records (4 counts).


The arraignment:

JM Realty was arraigned on charges of violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act for failure to file notices of asbestos removal with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) (4 counts), failure to comply with procedures for asbestos emissions control (4 counts), and improper disposal of asbestos waste (3 counts).  JM Realty was also charged with evasion of unemployment insurance (4 counts) and failure to provide pay records (4 counts), and failure to withhold income tax (4 counts).  


Official Press Release on the Indictment and Arraignment of John McGrail and JM Realty owner of Mayo(naisse).

I asked the Attorney General for more information on trial dates. I received this:

The case is scheduled for trial on Feb. 7, 2011. The next court date is September 22, 2010 for discovery motions.  

Not sure if there can be public involvement, but I sure want to be there to cheer the judge on as we all receive a little justice. This company doesn't deserve to be in business anymore.


Past Links on these clowns:
Mayo Group is Incredibly Unresponsive
Tribute to the Mayo Group on YouTube
Will McGrail Go to McJail? 

For some incredible reading on Mayo Group. Check out these Lynn Lofts, the Skinny articles from 2005. 2006.
What Lies Beneath - A story of incorrect pipe insulation
Rear Window - A story of bad window installation, leaking rain into the condo
Hell Has Frozen Over - The Mayo Group actually says they are going to fix something.
As Slow As Mayo - An update in 2006 of all the 2005 problems that still exist.

Come to think of it, after reading all of this, I'm surprised I move here. Surprised, but happy. Even though we have a alleged criminal of a developer to deal with every now and then, moving to Lynn has introduced me to some of the best people I think I will ever meet in my life. I don't regret it and I can't wait to see McGrail's mug shots.


-Corey

5 comments:

  1. As a Central Square resident and Mayo Group "customer" (wait, that implies that a service was provided...more like headache), I would love to be present at the February 2011 court date. Thank you for this post Corey and please keep us in the loop.

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  2. I used to live in one of Mayo Group's developments and found them to be very pleasant and helpful.

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  3.  That shocks me. Although, every once in a while they have a great employee or two who is very pleasant and helpful. They never last long. Do you do PR for Mayo? I see you are a PR professional.

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  4.  and regardless of your experience, read all of these links. It's CRAZED!

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  5.  For my readers sanity, this Guest commenter has been linked back to Expose Yourself PR, which is Mayo's PR firm. Ridiculous.

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