River Pines is a beautiful 96 acre community of 355 single-family condominium homes consisting of 110 detached units and 245 units in three- and four-unit buildings.  The site is located in Farmington Hills, MI at the intersection of Nine Mile Rd. and Drake.

From the President

  • October 15, 2017

    Greetings River Piners.

    It was reported that on Thursday, October 12, a solicitor was canvassing River Pines with the intention of selling attic insulation. This was not with the approval of the Association and was halted as soon as possible, on the following day. The salesman may have implied that the company he represented was working with the Association; not only was that not true, we emphasize that the Association would never act in that way. We have No Soliciting signs at each entrance, and you should not suffer that kind of disturbance. Please report any similar activity to either McShane or to a Board member.

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that some of the lawns at River Pines are looking distressed. Much of it is intentional, as we’re taking steps to eliminate the bent grass that has been gradually spreading. The treatment can only be done in the fall, and a test area that was treated last year verified the effectiveness of the procedure. This fall we worked on roughly one quarter of River Pines: the loop that is formed by River Ridge Trail and White Pine Trail, as well as the area directly south of White Pine Trail. We’ll complete the bent grass treatment over the next two or three years; when doing so, the grass will look unsightly for a few weeks in the fall, but the benefit will be apparent by the following spring.

    One other temporary eyesore that you may be concerned with is at the northernmost walking path off of River Ridge Trail. That path is being used for access by machinery to work on the removal of the low wooden retaining wall that was along the creek behind River Ridge Trail. This wall was adjacent to a walking path that was removed many years ago, and with the timbers in need of replacement we decided to eliminate the wall. The pile of old timbers is only temporary, as is the mess along the walking path that is used for access, but the project has encountered an untimely interference which halted the work and which will delay completion. Without the interruption, the work would by now be complete, with the grounds landscaped, re-seeded and repaired. We regret the inconvenience and the mess. The work will be resumed and completed as soon as possible.


  • September 30, 2017

    Greetings River Piners. Thank you to all the co-owners who attended the recent Fall meeting, and to those who ran for the Board: Jan Hall, Rodney Love, Richard Nader, and Glenda Wilkinson. Congratulations to Jan, Rodney, and Glenda as they begin a new two-year term on the Board.

    The first meeting of the new Board included review of several contracts. Contracts for snow removal and asphalt crack sealing were approved. As in recent years, snow removal will be handled by Greenlawn. Asphalt crack sealing will be done by Everlast, and is scheduled for October 4. Our usual contractor for concrete repair has abandoned that business, and we have received proposals from two possible replacements. The Board decided to postpone the choice until next Spring, and so the concrete repairs that were identified this summer will not be attended to until next year. Dissatisfaction with the performance of Eradico led to a search for a replacement, and a decision will be made as soon as all proposals are received. The Board also approved the renewal of the Association insurance policy.

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Around River Pines

  • Ice Dams – As we move into February and March, this is the time we see ice dams form on some units.  The freezing and thawing weather causes this condition and it can damage the roof of your unit and cause leaks.  If you see heavy icicle’s building up around your gutters, give Bob Goodman 248-756-3888 or Greg 734-323-7594 a call and let them know.
  • Snow Season – Remember, the snow season is here so please don’t park on the street when we have snow storms and park your car in the garage so we can clean the driveway effectively.

Coming Events

  • Annual Meeting – The 2018 River Pines Annual Meeting will be held on September 19, 2018 at the Costick Center.  We will be electing new board members.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
  • Board Meeting – Board Meetings are typically held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  The next Board meeting will be on February 27, 2018.
  • River Pines Breakfast – The River Pines breakfast is scheduled for first Saturday of every month, 10:00 am at Kerby’s Koney Island 21200 Haggerty Road in Northville.  See you there.  
  • Spring Information Meeting – The next Spring Information Meeting will be held on May 23, 2018 and will start at 7:00 pm.  Please plan to attend and find out what’s going on in River Pines.


River Pines is managed by McShane & Associates, Inc. and handles the day-to-day administration of the association. Most of your questions or concerns can be handled by contacting their office.

In a condominium association, the Board of Directors establishes the policies, sets the budget and then directs the management firm to carry them out.

Annual Meeting of the Members

The Annual Association Meeting is held in September of each year at the Farmington Hills Costick Center on 11 mile road. Prior to the meeting we will let members know how many board seats are up for election and other issues that may be considered.

Living in River Pines

“Just wanted to share our thoughts about the professional job that Pasko & Tony and their crew from American Euro Painting, Inc. are doing. They spent several days scraping the entire units, caulking, and replacing wood before ever starting to paint. They are methodical, neat,and very hard workers taking great pride in their workmanship. The quality of paint being used gives a rich appearance, especially the front door and garage.  Read more from neighbors