Willow Creek Apartments back on schedule with new general contractor

Trying to get construction done in “most efficient time-frame possible”

Work has resumed on the 160-unit apartment complex off Willow Creek Road after a long delay. (File photo)

Work has resumed on the 160-unit apartment complex off Willow Creek Road after a long delay. (File photo)

Willow Creek Apartments, a new 160-unit apartment community located at 3137 Willow Creek Road in Prescott, has retained Copper Tree Construction Group LLC (Copper Tree) as its new general contractor. This move comes following many months of delay for the project.

With Copper Tree on board, the project owner — an LLC that simply goes by 3137 Willow Creek Rd. — is working to accelerate construction per plans and specs; comply with United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements; and meet the significant demand for housing in Prescott, according to a news release. (The requirements by HUD must be abided because $17.2 million in HUD financing was secured for the project by Parlay, LLC.)

“We’re pleased to have construction back on track again at Willow Creek Apartments,” said Cole Johnson, representative of 3137 Willow Creek Rd., LLC, and President of Paul Johnson Drywall, Inc. “After the unexpected delays, we’ve been able to sign a new general contractor who is getting the project back on track, and bringing on the subcontractors we need to see Willow Creek through to completion.”

The project, which originally broke ground in late-summer of 2015, came to a complete halt last spring shortly before it was supposed to be complete.

While it’s unclear exactly what happened, Ed Cabrera with HUD told the Courier in July that construction issues were identified and a stop work order was issued by the City of Prescott.

Randy Pluimer, the city’s chief building official, confirmed this was the case, but refrained from providing details.

“For what else I know, there are items being worked out between the owner, contractor, architect and HUD,” Pluimer told the Courier in July.

Stakeholders with the project are now saying details cannot be discussed because the matter is in litigation.

No approximate date of completion has been publicly issued for the project, but the parties involved said they are tasked with getting it done “as soon as possible,” said Patty Johnson with Paul Johnson Drywall.

“We understand how important this project is to the community of Prescott, and we look forward to bringing it to fruition in the most efficient time-frame possible,” said Ernie Feavel, vice president of construction for Copper Tree Construction.

When complete, the new garden-style apartment community will offer residents the choice of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and carriage houses with detached garages.

The complex’s one-bedroom units currently range between $939.40 and $1,177.40, according to WillowCreekAptsPrescott.com. Its two-bedroom units start at $1,517.60 and go up to $1,663.20.

Patty said these are market rate prices and that the project’s issues will not cause the figures to change unless the market conditions shift by the time the project is complete.

Additionally, those interested in the complex should now be able to get a better sense of if and when they can move in.

“With the new general contractor on board and the project moving forward again, we will check back with those who expressed interest originally, and expect to begin taking new reservations as we get closer to the new completion date,” said Tom Shelton with Shelton-Cook Real Estate Services.

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