. . . construction site.
You have to break some eggs . . .
Ledge (gray schist bedrock), inconveniently located where the common house is supposed to go, yields to a pneumatic hammer delivering 8,000 pounds of force.
Our site contractor has stripped a great deal more topsoil from the construction area than will be needed to regrade the site after the homes are built? What should he do with it? We decided to use it to increase the depth of topsoil in the primary vegetable growing area between the main driveway and Meyers Road.
A bonus is that spreading it now will smother all that mugwort and will allow us to get a cover crop in soon.
The soil is a rich sandy loam with excellent tilth. We did not go to the added expense of screening it. This is New England; what would we do without rocks in the soil?
Rather than renting a trailer for several thousand dollars and having nothing to show for it after construction is complete, we authorized the purchase of this portable building.The construction manager will outfit it with power, insulation, and heat. After completion of the project, they’ll deliver it to the farm core, where it will serve as a utility building. One end is a garage door, so we’ll be able to store a tractor or truck in it.
The dark hump in the driveway that looks like a sleeping dog is actually the top of a knob of bedrock. For the time being, workers are driving around it. Within the next few days, it will be broken up and removed. We’re waiting for the four-ton hydraulic hammer to come to the site. (Four tons is the force rating, not how much the hammer weighs.)
From left: Melissa Kops (original project architect), Connecticut housing commissioner Evonne Klein, Bethany first selectperson Derrylyn Gorski; Carla Weil, Capital for Change; Marie Pulito, Rocky Corner; Rob Crowner, Equity Trust; David Berto, Housing Enterprises, Inc.; E.J. D’Ettore, Ion Bank; Dan Batt, Centerbrook Architects; Brenda Caldwell, Rocky Corner; Dick Margulis, Rocky Corner.
Architect’s rendering of Rocky Corner community layout. Computer-generated perspective view by Centerbrook Architects and Planners. Colored pencil by Charlotte Hitchcock. Colors identify the clusters to help you visualize the layout. Actual homes will not be the same color within a cluster.
Actual homes will have optional porches, dormers, skylights, and end windows selected by the original home buyers. Those shown are for illustration only. Buildings and improvements shown NEED NOT BE BUILT (our lawyer told us we have to say that).
Power is out in Bethany today, with crews up and down the roads clearing fallen limbs and trees and repairing fallen power lines. As we don’t have electricity on the construction site yet, this didn’t slow down the work.
A few trees came down north of the area we wanted to clear. Those trees had been sheltered over the years by the section of woods that we had to remove. Without that barrier, they succumbed to severe winds yesterday. Otherwise, there was no damage from the storm.
The machine was out of camera range by the time I thought to take a picture, but it rolls up to a tree, grasps the trunk, slices it off near the ground with what amounts to a giant hydraulic scissors, and then lays the tree down on a stack. Later, the trees will be limbed. The limbs will go to the chipper, and the chips will be used as a layer on the public hiking and horse trail along the northern edge of the property. The trimmed trunks will be used for firewood. Know anyone who wants to buy a few hundred cords of firewood?
That’s what the site contractor calls glacial erratics.
The site contractor will soon be setting up silt fencing to control erosion during construction. They’re also fencing off sensitive areas to prevent excessive soil compaction as they move their heavy equipment around.
Work continues on brush clearing and on preparing roadbeds by stripping off topsoil and removing boulders. Don’t worry. The topsoil will be put to good use.
To keep construction equipment of scenic Meyers Road, the first order of business is to establish the main driveway in from Old Amity Road, so that can serve as the main construction entrance.
We worked prepping planting beds and planting onions, and we got the plastic up over the hoop house!
Green Haven, Inc. issued a “notice to proceed” letter to our construction manager today. The wheels are in motion!
On March 26th, members of Rocky Corner met with representatives from Ion bank, our lawyer Carl Porto, and our housing consultant, David Berto, to close on the construction financing. There were a LOT of documents to sign! Here is Dick, as president of Green Haven, Inc., signing the first one.
Clockwise from the top, Charlotte Hitchcock, treasurer of Green Haven, Inc. and manager of Rocky Corner Friends, LLC; Dick Margulis, president of Green Haven, Inc.; Green Haven’s attorney, Carl Porto II, of Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, PC; Ion Bank’s attorney, Andrew R. Lubin, of Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, PC; and E.J. D’Ettore, senior vice president for commercial lending, Ion Bank. Out of view on the right, David Berto, of Housing Enterprises, Inc. Behind the camera, Rich Wilber.