Commercial Real Estate Developer Rodger L. Barton refuses to return security deposit of over six thousand dollars. The plaintiff's signed a lease with the developer in 2005 on a property that never transpired. It is now 2008 and the property is currently listed for sale with only preliminary sight plan approvals from Pittsfield Township. The listing is with Thomas Duke. Rodger Barton, managing member and owner of West Town Properties, L.L.C. tells the plaintiffs "It's a shitty deal all around, you want your money back, sue me, I'm out money and I am not giving you back yours."
Rodger L. Barton, who also owns many other limited liability corporations, so check with mi.gov, is a predatory builder. (Go to mi.gov click on online services and click business look up.) Rodger Barton lies and also has the people working for him lying for him to get what he wants. Robert Spencer served as his representative during most of the dealings with the plaintiffs. Madison Corners was supposed to be developed in Pittsfield Township. Rodger and Robert connived to gain property, money that did not belong to them and now refuses to give it back even though they are not going to build Madison Corners. They dealt with Pittsfield Township to get preliminary site plan approvals for the development but told potential lessee's that they had final approval and construction was due to start at any time. Time is exactly what happened, by passing. Over two years of time passed with eager entrepreneurs waiting and missing out on other opportunities due to lies.
Rodger L. Barton didn't loose anything; he actually used the signed leases and preliminary sight plan approvals to gain funding from a bank. A bank that was totally unaware that the property would not really be developed. He gained money from this property. He gained financing on future improvements, and then listed it for sale. He used people to get what he wanted.
Oaklandcounty.org has a lot of interesting information on Rodger L. Barton. Wow, the number of past, current and coming soon lawsuits does not seem to faze this man. Ewashtenaw.org also has interesting information on his business transactions. Is it okay that he steals from people? He thinks so. Innocent, eager entrepreneurs hoping for success in a new business have dreams suspended.
Don't let this man take advantage of you. He hides behind L.L.C.'s and tells lessees, statements like, "Unfortunately for you, the company does not exist anymore. You wrote your check to that company. I can't give you your money back." Even though it is his name that signs the back of those checks and spends the money in that bank account!
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