- Water storage tank is backfilled and covered. Next, a standpipe will be installed and the tank will be filled with water. That’s the point at which the fire marshal will give us the go-ahead to bring construction lumber onto the site.
- We saved the trees! Our construction superintendent alerted us to a problem: a drafting error on our site plans resulted in the ring road wiping out a couple of immense white oak trees that everyone wanted to save. Fortunately the architect and site engineer were able to work out a plan to save the trees by rerouting the ring road and moving a few parking spaces. And the solution improved both the view from homes and the scenery for drivers.
- We sealed the deal for our Internet service. Every home will have its own dedicated fiber optic line for Internet service. You will have 500 Mbps download speed and 500 Mbps upload speed standard, with an option to upgrade to 1 Gbps and another option to have a static IP address if you need it. The basic cost is $67 a month and is guaranteed never to go higher. Add an inexpensive streaming service for your favorite television and movie channels; add a voice over IP service if you want to; and you’re all set. Once the common house is closed in and wired for power, the service will be available, not too long after the first cluster or two of homes are finished.
- We will also have conventional landline service available from Frontier, for those who want the security of a phone that will continue to work in an extended power failure. (If you are someone who is fine with having no landline, you’re not alone. The Frontier representative said they would run wire to all thirty homes but they’d be surprised if they picked up more than ten subscribers. Times have changed.) Meanwhile, with a cell tower as an immediate neighbor, we have five bar cell service on all carriers.
- Trenching for utilities is in progress. We should have electrical power on site in another week or two. Fiber optic and phone conduits will be in the same trench.
- Structural fill is being placed for the first cluster. Under-slab plumbing work will begin shortly.