Housing Project Delayed, Might Not Be Ready Until Summer

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From high above Preserve at Autumn Ridge, soon-to-be one of Watertown's newest housing complexes, things look like they're progressing.

Phase one of construction is nearly complete. 

Or is it?

A pump station is supposed to connect the complex to the town sewer line - a necessity before tenants can actually move in.

But National Grid, which will supply the power for the station, isn't scheduled to put power lines in until July.

National Grid says Morgan Development, the group behind the project, didn't call for powering the pump station this early in construction.

"Did the developer include a pump station? The answer is no. The pump station was not part of phase one, but included in the overall site plans for the end of phase two," said Virginia Limmiatis, National Grid spokesperson.

National Grid says it told the developer as early as December about the situation.

Calls to the developer were not returned.

But, whatever the reason, the complex won't be opening any time soon.

That means there will be a longer waiting time for people who are ready to move in and ready to move out of temporary housing.

"The need for these units to be ready when they anticipate, and sometimes these arrangements are being made made from afar, they haven't actually seen the property, they've just seen the floor plan and know what they're getting into," said Carl McLaughlin of the Fort Drum Liaison Organization.

National Grid says it's sticking to the original plan, which means no one will be getting into the units until sometime later this summer.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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