Calamar Representative Seeks To Allay Concerns Over Apartment Complex | Bourne News
The lack of activity on the construction site for the new Tides at Bourne apartment complex has upset at least one city official. Assurances of the project’s completion did not appease Bourne’s chairman of the board, Peter J. Meier. Mr Meier said he was “very disappointed” with the way Calamar, the company that is building the resort, approached the project.
The construction site has been dormant for much of the past year, with little to no activity. City officials and residents called it a horror to the eyes, with the Tyvek house shell falling off the structure and building materials left in the open. Mr. Meier recalled that a representative of the company had told the selectmen in April that the project was “a flagship building”.
“When did that person say it was the flagship product, and is that what you produce?” Said Mr. Meier. “I think they are too extended and they are giving us lip service.”
Mr Meier said he wanted the company to be just honest with the city about the status of the project. He said that not being blunt means the selectmen will be “that much harder on them the next time they come in.”
“It’s time to hit them where it hurts, in the wallet,” Meier said. “I am a very patient person, but I feel like we are being duped, and I feel bad for the taxpayers who have been duped in this process.”
Social media has recently exploded regarding the potential future of the new apartment complex. Speculation about the fate of the long, inert project ranges from the company’s bankruptcy, to the sale of the unfinished building to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, to the moldy building materials rendering the complex unfit for occupation.
Bourne Board of Health chairman Stanley D. Andrews said his board has received nuisance complaints from nearby residents, citing blown sand from the construction site on their property. Mr Andrews said he, Member Galon L. “Skip” Barlow and city health workers Kaitlyn Shea and Stephanie Fitch had made an on-site visit to assess the complaints.
“We have not yet completed our conclusions,” he said.
Mr. Andrews added that any concerns regarding the acceptability of building materials should be addressed by the city’s building inspector, Kenneth L. Murphy. It would be up to Mr Murphy to bring to the attention of the appropriate advice or services any concerns he might have with these documents, Mr Andrews said.
Mr. Murphy did not respond to requests for comment for the article.
To be fair, there were also posts from people who gave the company some leeway for circumstances beyond its control. Some people have cited delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Others have pointed to shipping delays caused by the week-long blockade of the Suez Canal when the container ship Ever Given ran aground in late March.
Calamar categorically denies all negative rumors attached to the project. Company representatives assure that the tides in Bourne will be over and residents will be living there early next year.
Robert E. Pyszczynski III is the construction manager of Calamar. In a recent telephone interview, Mr Pyszczynski said that it is not true that Calamar is bankrupt and unable to finance the construction of the building.
“Completely wrong,” he said. “We have several projects underway. Much of what we’ve done is fix the COVID issues, which have affected the entire construction industry. “
Equally false, Mr Pyszczynski said, is any rumor that the vessel will be sold to Mass Maritime.
“It’s a flagship product in our portfolio,” he said, “and it’s going to be exciting when it opens. There is a lot of waiting. “
Mr Pyszczynski said he expects substantial completion of the building by the end of this year and final completion in the first quarter of 2022. He added that 45 of the building’s 120 units had been pre-let this week.
This is somewhat different from the assurance given to elected officials in April by Jerry Hill, executive vice president for construction and development of Calamar. Mr Hill told council that full construction activity will begin by May 1 and that he expects the building to be completed and residents to move in by the fall.
Mr Pyszczynski noted that work crews were in the building this week, pouring gypsum concrete for the third floor. Crews did the same for the second floor last week, he said. He said the delays in the building’s construction were mainly linked to the pandemic, but activity at the site is expected to intensify soon.
“We have passed many COVID restrictions and barriers,” he said. “We have a good plan, a good team for the future.”
Mr Meier said townspeople are focusing on the entire construction site, not just the third floor of the building. He said the board made it clear in April that Calamar needs to do something to clean up the construction site and make it look less like an eyesore.
“Looks like they’re not listening,” he said.
Mr Meier added that he believed it was time to bring Calamar back to elected officials in a bid to impose coercive action against the company for lack of activity on the project.
The Tides at Bourne is being built as part of the multipurpose campus located on Kendall Rae Place overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. Bourne’s planning council gave the green light to the complex in December 2017, and construction began in late March 2019.
Located adjacent to the new Hampton Inn and Keystone Place, the property will be a combination of one and two bedroom apartments, most rented at market prices. Additional amenities available to tenants will be a library, community hall, fitness center, lounge, yoga room, chapel, computer lab, and movie theater.
Ten percent of the apartments will be rented as affordable $ 40 billion. The residence will be reserved for people aged 55 and over.
The age restriction contrasts with ongoing efforts to expand commuter rail service to Bourne and develop Buzzards Bay as a transit-oriented community for people working in Boston but living on Cape Cod. It also doesn’t address Cape Town’s lack of affordable housing for the younger workforce.
Mr Pyszczynski said that Calamar’s target market is working people aged 55 and over. The company builds in areas with demographics that match its particular model, he said.
“If we were aiming for a younger demo,” he said, “it’s something we would do, but it’s not the world we live in.”