Grass Valley senior housing construction continues amidst delays
A city-approved affordable senior housing development off Bennett Street in Grass Valley will continue construction after going through delays due to the location of a telephone line developers found on site, according to contractor Sam Stamas.
“It turns out AT&T has a major communication line running through the property, and what we were going to do was reroute those telephone lines,” Stamas said.
“We found out from PG&E that we can’t do that — well, we could, but it would cost ludicrous amounts of money, so instead AT&T couldn’t move those lines, they buried them. We had to move our buildings to accommodate their easement.”
Stamas applied to the city for the 80-unit affordable housing development in May 2012. In June 2013, when the Grass Valley City Council granted a modified residential street standard, eliminating the construction of one sidewalk from the new connecting road from Bennett Street to Railroad Avenue, Stamas submitted the development plans to the city for review to obtain grading and building permits.
Roseville developer Ionic Enterprises and contractor Stamas Corp. began construction on the development in March, clearing the property of loose shrubs and vegetation, while moving into the grading phase. At that time, Stamas said the development would be completed and available for lease by the end of this year.
“I was wrong,” said Stamas. “I was probably being optimistic at that point because I thought we were going to be able to start, and I know how long these things usually take. But I didn’t think we changed the schedule that much, we’ll have buildings up by then, but it won’t be finished and turned over until May.”
According to Stamas, developers had to change their construction blueprint due to the issue with the telephone line, moving building plans from their original positions.
Grass Valley Community Development Director Tom Last said the developer has yet to pay the balance left to pull the building permits.
“At this point, it’s basically in the developer’s court to just pull the building permits,” Last said. “The city’s already issued the permits, they just have to pay all the impact fees and pay all the remaining balances for the building permits and then they’re ready to start the physical construction beyond the grading that they’re doing now.”
Last added, “I know they’re very anxious to get moving forward with it, I’m not sure what all the different issues they’ve faced, but it really hasn’t been the city’s doing, we haven’t caused the delays. It’s been in their court to really take the next step, and my understanding is they’re getting ready to do all that soon.”
In the past, Stamas Corp. has built senior and low-income developments in Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln and Cameron Park. Stamas says they have the money to pay the fees, but that each step in the development is a bureaucratic process that often takes longer than it should.
“You gotta ton of stuff you gotta do,” Stamas said. “I mean yesterday I had to drive up … apparently you’ve got to pay the school fees before you pay your permit fees, and then you have to take a yellow copy to the city. In fact, I was driving out of town and the superintendent on the job called me and he said they’re supposed to have the yellow copy and I’m trying to give him the white copy. So I turned around and gave him the yellow copy.”
Stamas added, “There’s all kinds of stuff like that. There’s just a million little tiny things that they want you to do before they’ll give you a permit.”
Stamas said currently the development is going through more grading and underground water and sewage construction.
“Overall, I think we’re going to meet our current schedule and get it done on time, so people could actually move in by May,” he said. “You’ll see buildings up well before then.”
Though the development is scheduled for 80 housing units, Stamas says they will most likely be adding 30-40 more units after the initial units are built. Stamas said the units will be managed by FPI Management, a Folsom property management agency.
“We don’t know the exact rate, but it is affordable housing so it will be less than a market rate, and (residents) will be 55 and older,” Stamas said. “I can tell you based on what’s out there now, not to denigrate anybody else, but you got a lot of old apartment complexes over there, so it’s going to be the nicest complex up there for sure.”
For more information contact FPI Management at 916-357-5300, or Stamas Corp. at 916-783-0330.
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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