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Lease / purchase

Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.

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

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Progress Report

December 18-24, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #63

Contact phone numbers

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

Costa Rica:
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101

NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.


Pictures: 106 / 121 / 122 / 123

The Story: landscaping / more of the same construction / new beginnings advance (?).

CONSTRUCTION:

Weather: It's been perfectly sunny and delightful the entire week.

Unit 106: Unit 106 B is now finished and occupied.

106 D should be finished before by the end of next week.

106 C should be finished just in time for the owner's arrival Jan. 13..

The workers felt we should have a tiled area in front of the staircase. They made it and like many of their ideas, it was right. They also put their own little CR brand on the cement bollards.

Units 121, 122, and 123:

121: the ground floor walls-- interior and exterior -- have been parged. The welders concentrated on finishing up bits and pieces elsewhere; no work was done to advance the 2nd. floor.

122 and 123: The exterior boarding is virtually finished and the interior boarding of 122 is nearly finished. The clay roof tiles were installed on both.

Units 117-120: These units continue to advance as manpower is available.

Units 101 and 102: No further progress on these; the shoemaker is still shoeless.

Happy Workers: The work crew continued singing all week. We had nearly a full crew-about 45 or so. I expect fewer next week but still enough to advance the critical units.

Landscape lighting: We're taking a breather until the landscaping catches up and some of the construction gets clear of the areas.

Electrical System Up grade: I'm now told that the new transformer will be here on Jan. 2; I don't believe it but .. I'm still not convinced I'm not getting scammed..

Storage Lockers: We have agreement to proceed; we haven't had the manpower to devote to this.

Roadway: All the quotes are now in; paving will probably be done by Jan. 15.

Marketing: The six people from Florida (see "Next Project") continue to review the documents and have reaffirmed their intention to proceed on the purchase and on our next project.

The deposit for 117 is on it's way to my bank and the agreement has been signed and returned. This unit is sold.

Next Project

I did a financial analysis of the 9 acre property located near Piedades had a further discussion with the owner on Friday noon. She and her family are thinking; I expect they will visit Los Jardines this week and there is likely to be further discussions. I could not justify their asking price based on my research; they may not have done as much research or as vendors, are more hopeful than I think they should be. We'll see.

Other

The feasibility study I've commissioned is on-going; I'm awaiting the results.

Useful Websites on Costa Rica

http://www.therealcostarica.com/default.html
http://groups.msn.com/CRLeBoard
http://www.arcr.net/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CostaRicaLiving/
http://welovecostarica.com

OUR LIVES

I continue to be weeks behind in paperwork and personal disorganization continues to reigns supreme. There will be hell to pay when I try to figure it all out.

Christmas parties are in full swing; unfortunately, they all seem to be happening at the same time ..

We are looking forward to the arrival of friends the day after Christmas, another on Dec. 31, and another on Jan. 3 and another later in January. We also have one of our purchaser friends arriving on Jan. 13-he's a great, happy guy who floats along, makes great drinks and fantastic West Indian curries. He'll have a new kitchen and a huge covered terrace to enjoy it on.

Canuck got hit by a car on Friday; Not badly hurt, just more bruises and bumps to an old body and one less tooth.

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

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