February 12-18, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #71
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: landscaping 122 / 123 / parking
The Story: a chaotic, pressure packed week!!!!!!!!!
Weather: boringly beautiful and windy.
Units 117 and 118 are finished and occupied.
Unit 119 is w/in a week of being finished.
Unit 120 is should be finished in two weeks.
Units 121, 122, and 123:
121: The drywall is ready for painting and the molding is mostly fitted around the windows. This unit will be finished in three weeks.
122: This unit is now finish and occupied. It was a squeaker. The purchaser had to wait 4+ hours to retrieve her cats which allowed us more time to finish the unit. We got it pretty well done but used the next day do finish off the balance.
123: This unit will be completed this time next week.
Units 101 and 102: We will begin tearing this down on Monday. (I have to move out our last remaining things there.)
Landscaping: We’ve advanced that around 121 / 122 / and 123. We have more to do but have found places for many of those items which need to be move from around 101/102 and those things which were wrongly placed or had out grown their location. We have more than we can place but are still looking for opportunities.
Electrical System Upgrade: The story came out on this. The subcontractor has not registered any of the plans nor has he done any of the studies required. When we applied for electrical meters, the inspectors dropped buy to see what was going on as they had no information. When we started exploring what had happened at our end and from there end, the story started to become more clear. We were able to show our contract and paper work; they were understanding and said that this say guy had done this twice previously. They want us to initiate legal action against him which we will. I feel we can work things out as they know we were clean in our intent. We have made progress payments to about the value of the work done. We have to go back and fix up some paper work and there will
a bit of a delay but eventually what we have will be approved and energized.
Warehouse: we’ve torn down the main warehouse and have relocated the contents to the permanent building at the front of the property. This will now be the work site for 101 / 102.
Lockers and Locker House: We’ve started on this but just barely. We’ve redesigned the house to what we feel offers the most flexibility and rentability.
Gas Hot Water Heaters: All seem to be working fine now and for the most part, it was operator error. There is a learning process that people have to go through and sometimes they still don’t learn to adjust their behavior to accommodate the machine.
Marketing: We got the purchaser into 122. The balance of the deadlines are self imposed so we can slip those if necessary. However, since we seem to have leased 121, there will have to be a commitment to finish that on a certain date.
We had a very interested person who has returned to the west coast to confer and think. We’ll see. We have a person on sight who is a guest of one of our purchasers; she’s looking us over between painting binges.
Transition: We continue to work on this. I’ve now terminated two gardeners in the past week including the main, long term gardener. He lost his worth ethic (never great so any slip was dangerous for him) and was oftentimes a no-show on Mondays. Despite repeated counseling and warnings, he failed to change his behavior. We have two others with whom I’m beginning to work. We continue to advance the training of the person who will become the maintenance person by giving him more and more responsibility in managing the care of the grounds and of our client services. They are all eager to please and are currently working very hard – this is refreshing.
We have discarded the 2nd. piece of land we had under consideration as well. The density wasn’t sufficient for the terrain. It didn’t make a lot of sense to use even though I liked the location. Regardless, we are now looking at several other pieces of land in the same area. We will connect with something soon.
On Tuesday: I showed a person around Los Jardines and the area, Joe left. his wife arrived; my friend from Toronto arrived, and we moved to a different house. This was one hellish day. Lita does not handle change well—we’re now more or less ensconced in Unit 113 but haven’t the slightest idea where anything is. Our house is still chaotic. Organizing. is suppose to be today’s task but I’ve got a bunch of things ahead of this so... The cat is just beginning to get readjusted. I do NOT want to relive this week. It is a week I dreaded and now I just want to put it behind me —and the further behind me, the better.
We are now, for the first time, living in one of the new buildings. It’s nice, really nice and such a change from where we had been living (the original buildings).
My experience Thursday is an example of what frequently happens in CR: I had to get some keys cut. I went to Santa Ana. The electricity was out. I went to the Multiplaza and got the keys. When I returned to my car, I saw a tire was going flat. Hoping to make it to the nearest service station, I headed out only to realize it was going flat faster than I had estimated. I ended up changing it to the donut in a busy roundabout. No problem. Headed to the tire replacement place. As I got the tire out of the back, an attendant ran to my aid, grabbed it, changed it lickety split —C1,000 ($2.00). Wow!!!! but a 10 min. task ended up being 2 hours.
Tom and Susan moved to a house in Atenas. It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
We are beginning to fill up and develop a “critical mass”. People are beginning to make new friendships and enjoy each other’s company. Not everyone participates but each to his / her own. Relationships will sort themselves out. The large pool is being used more as is the community bar-b-q. There’s the beginnings of social hour of drinks and conversations as people compare notes and ask the more experienced (perhaps only by a week) how they solved such and such a problem or where they found ????
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.