May 1-6 , 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #82
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New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
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Pictures: house 101. lockers, and mosaic mural,
The Story: Sale of 124 and 125 and NO PROBLEMS.
Weather: calm, substantial over cast —no rain and— hot
Units 101 / 102: Floor slab was to be poured on
Saturday but for some reason the cement company’s
trucks got tied up.
Lockers and Houses: Collar tie forming is finished
and 2nd. floor was poured on late Saturday afternoon.
The truck which was suppose to show at 10am showed at
3:30. At 6:30 and in pitch darkness, they were
finishing off the concrete. Rain began at 5:30 —the
only rain we’ve had all week and just when the wet
concrete was fully exposed. This is construction so
why should I expect anything different. If we had
poured concrete on Tuesday, it probably would have
Landscaping: We continue to devote extra manpower to
this. We continue to have plants to relocate —this
seems like a never ending process. All the slate
sidewalks have been acid washed and finished with
three coats of color enhancing sealer. The tile
walkways are being acid washed as well to remove the
Electrical System Upgrade: The saga (nightmare)
continues. It now appears that the main switch to the
transformer is defective. We are having it checked
out. The transformer company acknowledges having sold
it (so it didn’t drop off the back of a truck) but
whether they will honor any warranty is another issue,
and I feel a doubtful issue.
Mosaic Mural: This is now finished and WHAT A PIECE
See the photo. It turned out much better than we had
anticipated and I believe, it makes us want to feature
this type of thing in our next project. It cost maybe
$800. Paul speculated that it would be $10-$15K in
Canada. I don’t know about that figure since I’ve
never dared to consider a similar feature. Who will
really care about this mural? Perhaps no one as much
as the artist, Paul and I but it was a fun project and
if I had it to do again (and I do on my own house and
that design I already have in mind)...it features a
large parrot and a very contented cat surrounded by
green parrot feathers...
Transition: another week of NO problems —business,
mechanical as well as telecommunications systems
worked flawlessly— and that IS progress!
Internet: Rock Solid!!
Dog: His training continues. He hasn’t graduated…
Marketing: We sold 124 and 125 —the two 610sf, 2nd.
story, 1 bedroom houses. We had some activity on 109.
That now leaves us with three investment units (109 /
110 / 112), and one owner occupiable unit (115—1450
sf, 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, $165,000) available in July.
Next Project: Paul and I will review my draft pro
forma. We’ve set a meeting with the vendor for Monday,
May 15. We’ll vet the pro forma and do any revisions
which are necessary. I expect we will speak with two
potential investors this next week. It is time for
declarations. Paul and I will close the doors such
that we can move forward.
Busy but tranquil —except for parrot screeching and
budgie chatter— I prefer fish and cats!!!! The week
was mostly dominated by communications re. the sale of
the two small units and an active interest in 109. I
started the medical tests associated with my general
physical. Next will see more of these.
Lita continues her exercise program —it’s become a way
of life for her. I’m glad— I wish I could do that.
I’ve commissioned a picture by a local artist of her
and the parrot. This is my 50th. birthday present to
her. Hopefully, it will be a well appreciated
I had occasion to go to the airport twice this week.
On Tuesday I saw the police conducting a raid on a
shanty town located near by. It’s called “la Candela”
and is occupied by mostly Nicaraguans. It’s a sorry
sight and even though it has grown considerably over
the past several years, it continued to be a sorry
sight. I understand the land is owned by Banex—a
large bank. On Thursday, I saw that it had been
largely raised and all the residents disbursed. To
where? I have no idea—anyone living there had few
resources. While I believe in the sanctity of
private property I only hope that Banex needs that
land and puts it to use... I don’t know if any of our
workers were living there; I’ll find out. I don’t
know what I’ll do with that information but...
Paul returned on Thursday and got right back into the
thick of things.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon