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.
What is cohousing? Is it right for you? We will talk about our project in process and the newest developments in making Rocky Corner a reality.
What will our neighborhood be like?
What market rate homes are still available?
How would you apply to be on the waiting list for an affordable home at Rocky Corner?
This 2-hour session will include an overview of co-housing in general and some details about Rocky Corner.
After the info session, we will take interested people to the nearby Rocky Corner property to see the beauty and potential of the land. Because of insect and plant life, you should wear long pants, socks and closed shoes.
We hope to see you there at the Clark Memorial Library, Bethany, Saturday, May 13 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
The Register‘s summary of the latest round of Connecticut affordable housing grants leads with a long section on Rocky Corner.