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New Construction

Lease / purchase
 

Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.

Scheduled to begin in November with completion expected by
January 31.


Progress Report

April 23-29, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #81

Contact phone numbers

Internet Phone:
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203

Costa Rica:
Cell: 506-305-3965
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: house 101. lockers, and mosaic mural,

Note: Last week Yahoo instituted new software (in their quest to reduce spam) which had not been perfected. It made mailing difficult. We'll see how it goes this week.

The Story: Marketing-lots and lots of activity, new possibibilities and the sale of 124.

CONSTRUCTION

Weather: calm, sunny with daily overcast and periodic hard afternoon rains-hot for us.

Units 101 / 102: Block walls on the ground floor are finished; collar ties are in place and forming is in progress. Most all columns are poured. Steel for 2nd. floor has started. Most of the substrate has been added and compacted. We expect to pour the ground floor slab on Thursday next.

Lockers and Locker House: Collar ties are nearly framed-given the number of walls, this was a tremendous amount of work. Steel is being added to support the 2nd. floor. This is definitely going to be the strongest structure on the site.

Landscaping: We're still working on it. We've acid washed the slate walkways and are sealing them with a color enhancing sealer.. We had some major repair and mtnc. Work to do on pool equipment-pumps and filters. They run a lot so take continual maintenance. We also found ourselves with several rain water drains which are plugged; so far, they are still plugged. We also didn't have the grade 100% on some of the curbs and found water sitting-not good as it can breed mosquitoes. We we've been grinding some high areas down so that the water drains completely. We also built and painted open drain registers and covers to buried vaults-all necessary but not exciting-these are some of the clean up items which also exist.

Electrical System Upgrade: ICE's bureaucracy is incredible. No visible movement. I don't know where we're at on it; It just seems like endless BS!!!

Mosaic Mural: Only the grouting remains. We've built a canopy over it with recessed lights so it is visible at night. They guy doing it is definitely happy; he often times has admirers watching him.

Water reservoir tank: This is now finished. It seems to work.

Transition: no problems-and that is progress!

Internet: Where as this dominated last week, we have spent absolutely NO TIME on it this week. It's been rock solid, running like a well design and executed system.

Dog: Mack's training is progressing well. He now knows how to heel, sit, lie down, and stay. He's not yet perfect at all but he's well on his way. Canuk is still with us but is a sorry sight.

Marketing: This has again been the story this week. Lots and lots of lookers for leasing as well as for purchasing. If we had had two more two story units, I'm sure we could have sold them. As it is, we did sell one of the 610sf. 2nd. story houses we are building.

We had a RE broker from Miami with a staff of 90 agents who is set to open a variety of offices here and wants to market CR to Floridians. We'll see.

One of the people I met this week is a builder from the Washington DC and Maryland area. He seems to be looking for a person to partner with in CR; he liked what we have done. We had numerous discussions and he took us to "Bachus Restaurant". We'll see.

Scott Oliver of www.welovecostarica.com did a feature article on Los Jardines. We got a number of referrals and have started discussions with several.

Next Project: No progress on this-some thinking and some number crunching.

OUR LIVES

I'm happy to report that this was a tranquil week. Reasonably busy but tranquil. I've spent several evenings at the pool reflecting and chatting with residents. I've even found my box of cigars. I had a chance to focus on a number of personal things.

Reading over this, it seems like a really boring week. It wasn't or if it was, I'm definitely ready for "boring.

Lita now baby sits the parrots with cartoons. Whenever there is a loud scream/screech on the TV, Vicka responds. When Vicka is not watching TV you can find (hear) her somewhere on the porch harassing walker's by or looking for attention. When we've all had more than enough, Lita puts her in the bushes and lets her roam around. She is naturally camouflaged, but usually responds to Lita's calling with a squawk. Eventually Lita finds her and sticks out a long pole and with guidance for others eventually gets it close enough for the parrot to climb onto. Neither Hugo nor I are helping in this.

Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.

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Mural
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