Framing work continues on buildings 1 through 3 and building 4 will begin this week. Next week the 3rd floors will begin to rise and the roof trusses should start to “fly” the week after July 4th.
As for the site work, the fire department connections (FDCs). FDCs are water connections to each building for the fire department to pump supplemental water into the sprinkler system, with a short standpipe near the sidewalks. They have been installed on the north side of Central and are now being installed on the south side.
Also in site work, the low retaining walls along the sidewalks should start next week. They’ll be behind the construction fence for now, though.
The framing crew are doing a great job and moving quickly. They are based in Orlando but stay here during the week and can often be seen working long days to get the job done quickly and efficiently. We are blessed with a contractor and tradespeople who are showing up every day, working hard, and doing good quality work.
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.
Pretty much all the fill needed has been brought onto the south side and the site contractor is finishing up rough grading the building pads on that side.
The site contractor was able to save the limerock base from the old parking lot to reuse under the new parking lots.
On the north side of Central the first three buildings have been formed and rough plumbing is being installed. The contractor plans to pour those slabs late next week or early the following week, so there will be quite a few concrete trucks coming and going when that happens. They will likely stage the trucks on Central Avenue and use a pump truck to place the concrete.
Storm drainage pipes and structures (concrete boxes buried at each inlet and bend in the pipe) are also ready to go in this week and next. One of the structures is on the northwest corner of the site, somewhat near the large live oak tree we are saving. On the advice of a certified arborist we had the roots pruned by a professional tree service in order to minimize the impacts to the tree.
A couple people have asked about the drainage of the site, with the fill being brought in. The reason for the fill is to get the buildings above the flood elevation. The project site has been engineered and permitted with SWFWMD. The site is graded to direct water that falls on site into an on-site retention pond and/or stormwater inlets connected to the City’s stormwater system. Water landing on the site, particularly the parking lot, is directed away from the abutting property.
Looking ahead, once the slabs are poured the first three buildings will be ready for the concrete block of the first floors (the second and third floors will be wood frame.) Also, sanitary sewer lines will be installed and connected to the City sewer. This will involve some temporary lane closure on Adams Street where the sewer is located. We’ll share more details on that as we receive them.
The attached site plan shows the arrangement of the buildings, parking lots, and the basic tree layout for this phase of construction. This plan does not show every detail and there have been some minor tweaks to it, but it provides a general overview. The building numbers mentioned below are indicated on the plan. (Buildings 5 and 6 are part of Phase 2, which will be constructed at another time.)
Now that the building pads are filled on the North parcel (Buildings 1, 2, 3, 4) fill dirt work will continue on the South side of Central (Buildings 7, 8, 9). Some more fill will be brought in and those building pads will be built up like the ones on the North side. Expect some more dirt trucks coming and going this week. *
Next Week – March 25-29; The contractor plans to start forming the foundations for buildings 1, 2, and 3 on the North parcel. (Please refer to the site plan).
After that, plumbing and electrical rough-ins for the slabs can begin. Also, we anticipate the precast manhole and other drainage structures to be delivered and installation can begin in early April. More on that as the time approaches.
* Notes on the fill dirt: The reason for the fill is to get the buildings at least a foot above the flood plain elevation. The current height of the fill may be a little higher than the finished product but the ground floors will be well above the sidewalk level and there will be a low retaining wall at the edge of the sidewalk. That will enhance the privacy for the ground floor apartments, too.
The area of fill extends beyond the ultimate footprints of the buildings. Final grading of the fill dirt will occur after the buildings and the retaining wall are constructed, before landscaping is installed.)