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Construction begins on Catherine Drive-area developments

The developer has begun grading work at the future site of the Bailey Meadows residential development. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Grading and utility work has begun on the Bailey Meadows development at the northeast end of Newport. The first homes are expected to be finished in September. Courtesy of the city of Newport 2 / 2

Work is underway on extensive construction for the Bailey Meadows development project that will greatly alter the look and feel of the northeast end of the city.

The area near La and Ria lakes is losing much of its natural character now that grading has begun and tree removal has been completed.

Though construction will be phased, the developers — Golden Valley Land Company and M/I Homes — are grading the entire 64-acre area right away.

Construction on the housing development is being phased, but the developer plans to have some model homes ready by September.

Running utilities

The utility extension project — set to serve up to 186 new homes in and around the Bailey Meadows development — is beginning July 12.

The utility extension will be running from the public works facility, up Century Avenue then down Military Road to reach into the future 64-acre Bailey Meadows housing development.

Construction will include a reservoir storage tank — costing about $970,000 — and around $2.6 million in water and sewer lines.

The developer has put forward $865,000 to split the cost, and the city is paying $300,000 in cash up front for the project.

Residents who will be receiving water and sewer from the new lines will be assessed for construction. An assessment hearing is scheduled for the Aug. 2 City Council meeting.

The city is issuing bonds to pay the remainder of the cost.

A feasibility study completed last year estimated costs to run utilities to other areas of the city, but those will not be constructed at this time.

City Engineer Jon Herdegen, along with consulting firm MSA, said they will try to complete construction of a ground storage tank for water by the end of the year, with hopes to have the other utilities done by Labor Day.

Century Avenue

Century Avenue will be closing during part of construction.

Total project costs ended up higher than originally estimated because Century has to be reconstructed as part of the sanitary sewer addition. It will cost about $380,000 to rebuild the road.

City Administrator Deb Hill said even with the increased cost, the project is still a neutral net impact to city taxpayers due to the income from the city selling the land to the developer and resident assessments.

Herdegen said the Century Avenue reconstruction is not expected to begin until mid-August.

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