Village Cove is an expansion of The Hearthstone, a continuing care retirement community located at 6720 E Green Lake Way N. The four-story building will contain 28 luxury one- and two-bedroom units on the top three floors, retail spaces on the ground floor, and underground parking.
Since groundbreaking in May, more than 3,000 tons of soil containing dry-cleaning contaminants has been excavated from the property.
“We had hoped to be in construction by now, but often there are glitches that happen,” Mary Lou Stuenzi, CEO of the Hearthstone, said in a report to stakeholders earlier today (Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011).
We are still working closely with ecology to perfect our process to a “clean site”. One more “go-round” with more dirt being removed and then tested and we are confident we will be going into construction. The additional challenge now is the changing of the calendar and the changing of the weather – costs more to move wet dirt than dry dirt. We will be adapting the construction site to keep it secure while we give the weather a chance to change for our good – hopefully very early spring.
Once we get final reports back and everything in place and clean – we will already have had a “leg up” because where we have removed dirt, we will be constructing an underground parking level, so construction will be happening already, and will be concluded a little faster. Our partners in development will do everything they can to be ready to go, and ready to put lots of guys on the ground to move through the construction phase as soon as possible.