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Prescott’s apartment inventory set to swell by more than 300

Work continues on the Willow Creek Road apartments Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Prescott, one of three complexes currently under construction. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Work continues on the Willow Creek Road apartments Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Prescott, one of three complexes currently under construction. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Editor’s note — This is a continuation of an ongoing series of articles highlighting “Trends: Living Spaces” in the greater Prescott area.

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Workers prepare the site at Lee Circle for one of three apartment complexes currently under construction in Prescott on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Prescott is on track to have enough apartment units to meet the demand.

City Planning Manager George Worley notes that previous city studies have shown a 500-to-700-unit deficit in the number of apartment units available in Prescott.

About half of that shortage is expected to be filled in the next nine months to a year by three complexes that are currently under construction, including projects on Willow Creek Road, Miller Valley Road and Lee Circle.

Still to come are proposed complexes, totaling several hundred more units, which are currently in the review and/or planning stages. Those include locations on Willow Lake Road, Robin Drive, Bagby Drive and White Spar Road.

“For the last almost 20 years, (city) general plans have been produced saying we need more apartments,” Worley said last week. “For is the first time in about 20 years, we’re about to get there.”

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The projects that are already in the construction phase include:

• A 160-unit complex at 3137 Willow Creek Road.

The high-profile project that began in 2015 suffered major delays early on, but a representative of new contractor Copper Tree Construction Company says the complex is now back on course.

“All of the problems that originally plagued the project are being remedied and corrected,” said Tim Emberline, one of the members of the Copper Tree Construction Company.

Currently, he said, stucco and drywall work is underway on several of the complex’s buildings, while site work, such as curb and gutter, is also being done.

“We took over the project in July,” Emberline said, pointing out that Copper Tree Construction Company came on to replace the original contractor. “Since about the middle of July, we’ve been going backward to fix things,”

Extensive demolition work was needed — a step that is wrapping up on a number of complex’s eight buildings, Emberline said.

Worley explained that previous inspections by the city had turned up “a number of problems” with the previous work.

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Site preparation is underway on Miller Valley Road in Prescott on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, for one of three apartment complexes currecntly under construction in the city. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

“The roof leaked, and there was water damage,” Worley said, adding that remediation work was needed on the drywall, interior finishes, and the electrical system.

Worley said the complex has been “a complicated project,” in part, because it was partially funded through HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). Remediation had to be worked out by HUD, the architect, and the contractor, he said.

Emberline says the complex’s clubhouse and two of the apartment buildings should be complete and ready for renters by about the end of February 2019. The projected completion date for the entire project is set for October/November 2019.

• A 73-unit complex at 510 Miller Valley Road.

The project, which is located near the McDonald’s restaurant on Miller Valley Road, is planned to include six buildings with 12 apartments each, said Greg Masterman, project superintendent.

With grading work largely complete, work is currently underway on underground water and sewer lines. Masterman said the workforce housing project should be complete by about November 2019.

Worley pointed out that the construction has raised some concerns by residents located across Miller Creek, and the city has been in discussion with the developers about possible buffers.

• A 100-unit complex at 3740 Lee Circle, near the intersection of Highway 69 and Lee Boulevard.

Grading is nearly complete on the site for the Winfield at the Ranch complex, said Peter Swingle, the project architect with the Phoenix-based Athena Studio LLC firm.

He noted that construction is now underway on the footings for retaining walls, as well as underground utilities. Construction on the buildings is expected to start in January 2019, Swingle said.

The luxury-apartment project, which includes six residential buildings and a clubhouse, should be complete by January 2020, Swingle said.

UNDER REVIEW

Projects that have been discussed by the city but have not yet been issued building permits:

• A 200-unit apartment complex at 2051 Willow Lake Road, replacing the Dells View Mobile Home Park.

Plans for the project have been through two rounds of city review, Worley said, but have yet to get the needed city permits. “We might issue those in a couple of weeks,” he said.

• A 200-unit apartment complex near the corner of Robin Drive and Highway 69.

Worley pointed out that the parcel under consideration is in the Diamond Valley area, but is within Prescott city limits.

The project, which is being planned to include a commercial component, is in the early stages of planning and has not yet entered a water service agreement with the city.

Other apartment projects also have been discussed for parcels on White Spar Road and Bagby Drive, but Worley said the city has yet to receive plans.

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