It has been a little time since my last post for a couple of reasons. 1) The Council is on vacation and doesn’t meet during the month of July, 2) I have been on vacation for the last two weeks out of the country. But as soon as I returned I had to find out what was going on with out apartment project on Lamar and report any progress.
I met with Bob Kembel this afternoon and got a one on one concerning his progress. The asbestos abatement team showed up today and the long process of dismantling Huntington Chase has begun. Each piece has to be removed, bagged, have Kembel’s name on it and placed in a special landfill. This process will require that the demo of Huntington Chase take about 45 days and that is the bad news. The good news is that the relocation of residents is ahead of schedule. There is only one apartment that will require eviction in Huntington Chase and they will be gone on 1 August. The Pointe and Country Wood will have their residents relocated by the end of August. There is more asbestos in the stucco of the Pointe, so that will take even longer to get to the dozers. All in all, construction will be moved back 90 days to the end of March. Progress is slower than anticipated but the relocation process is running ahead of schedule. Some additional news that I just received is that Mr. Kembel originally planned this project in the $160 to $178 million range and because of the upgrades and increased quality of the materials it is well over $200 million. I have seen the architect's renderings and the project is extremely nice. This will be a quality addition and redefine this neighborhood.
The Arlington Commons project is moving ahead and I’m positive that you will be pleased with the result, once Phase I is complete.
On a completely different subject: The Mayor had a hip replacement this morning and is resting comfortably. The operation was a remarkable success and we look forward to him getting up and around in the very near future.