May Construction Updates
May 7, update.
Slabs for the first three buildings (Buildings 1, 2 and 3) were poured last week and concrete block began going up today. Block should be completed by the end of this week. Next week they plan to pour the bond beams and reinforced concrete corners.
Meanwhile, rough plumbing work continues on the remaining 4 buildings, and slab preparations will continue through next week. All those slabs should be ready to be poured the week of May 20th.
Underground utility and storm drainage work is continuing on the south side of Central Avenue, and next week the site crew will be back to do some more site preparation on the North side, getting ready for the framing crews to arrive to begin the 2nd and 3rd floors.
The pace of visible change will be fast for the next several weeks as the buildings take shape.
Thank you to all our great neighbors for your patience and understanding during this construction project and its inconveniences. And a HUGE “Thank You” to Community Congregational Church for allowing our workers to park in their parking lot during the day. That’s a big help and helps keep the streets clear.
The underground drainage structures and sewer lines have been installed on the north parcel and, because they are buried fairly deep and are close to the buildings, some of the form work for the slabs will need to be redone. The heavy rain Friday also caused a little bit of erosion under the slabs, so dirt will need to be re-placed. Even so, the contractor plans to pour the slabs this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30, May 1. He also plans to stage the concrete trucks on site instead of the street, to minimize traffic impacts.
Dirtwork on the south parcel continues and some dirt has been stored temporarily on the corner by Florida Avenue. You may also see a temporary pit has been dug just south of the construction trailer. That is for the concrete trucks to dump their washout in one place, so it can be easily removed later.
Underground utilities and drainage pipes will be installed there next, before the slabs begin, so the subsequent slabs will be able to proceed more quickly.
As a side note, we had to remove a large cedar tree on the north side of the property. We are sending the trunk to a local sawmill and, if the lumber is usable, we hope to make something C.O.O.L. with it for the project. Stay tuned!