April 3-7, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #78
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.
Pictures: 101/2 and the lockers, mosaic mural
Note: We are closed down for the week of Semana
Santa. Our crew worked full Saturday's for the past
week so they could take the entire week off. We have
only gardeners. It will be a quite respite for all.
Weather: mixture of calm / sunny / and some overcast
and light rain-this could be a prelude to the coming
rainy season but seems about a month too soon.
Units 101 / 102: Block walls are progressing.
Lockers and Locker House: Block walls mostly in
place; structural columns being poured.
Units: 120, finished.
Landscaping: walkway tiles are laid and grouting is
finished. We need to acid wash all walkways including
those previously laid with slate.
We seem to have a fungus that is affecting the roots
of some of our plants. It seems that the solution is
to remove the existing soil and replace with new and
to get new plants. There's always something happening
in the garden.
Electrical System Upgrade: no visible movement.
Mosaic Mural: it progresses. See picture.
Water reservoir tank: we've installed a 5,000 liter
elevated water tank to maintain pressure and to serve
as a water reserve during the dry season. We have a
lot of controls to add to make it self regulating.
Transition: The letter is out calling for
nominations for the offices of Doneste S.A. Paul
continues to work through the startup accounting
system-lots of work and details he is very competent
to deal with. Personally, I'm really glad to have his
Internet: We've been having some instability lately.
We've upgraded our router, built a better location
with air circulation. While that probably helped we
still had more problems than we felt we should have.
ICE, the service provider, is here today to upgrade
their end of things and that may have been part of the
problem. ICE has lowered the cost of the bandwidth we
are buying; we will
Dog: We now have the new German Sheppard dog--Mac.
We are breaking him in and he is training us. We are
installing an electronic barrier at the gates to limit
his ability to exit the property. Training will begin
the week following Semana Santa. He and Canuk seem to
get along fine and Canuk likes the company.
Marketing: We closed on 4 units this week-113, 121,
122, and 123. We also entered into a lease for one
of our part time resident investors. His unit was not
vacant for more than a week. We've had lots of other
We now have available for sale, 109 / 110 / and 112 as
investment income as they are all leased for several
years. For immediate occupancy, we have 120 which is
finished and vacant-we had a verbal offer on this but
it has failed to close numerous times so we are
putting it back on the market. In the future we
expect to have 124 and 125-the one bedroom 610 sf
second story houses above the lockers. Those should
be finished in about two month and probably sell for
around $75,000 (preconstruction). Unit 101 will be
about 1700sf or (165ms) and probably around $200,000
No progress on this. We've focused on
finishing off this project and digesting our appetite
for the next. We probably have a number of people who
are looking forward to what we do next.
Nothing special; the parrot continues to be its
mean, miserable, noisy, self indulgent self. Lita
cares for the last days of Canuk and doesn't want to
bond with the new dog-a nurse that she is to the
end.. Hugo spends most of his time buried under the
comforter or in the neighbors house. We have the
employee / friend of one of our owners on site who has
returned after 28 months and can't believe the change.
He walks around "ghagha" eyed.
My schedule has slackened; my health has been iffy at
times this week-that now becomes a priority.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon