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Inclement weather impedes work on housing project

Rhonda Costa-Landers
Appeal Staff Writer
Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal Janice McIntosh, director of Carson City Senior Citizens Center, stands outside the Autumn Village affordable housing complex Wednesday.
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Excess rain and snow in Carson City has slowed the building process of Phase 1 of Autumn Village, an affordable senior housing project on Beverly Drive, just east of the Carson City Senior Citizens Center.

Originally slated to be completed by Dec. 31, the 47-unit complex is now estimated to be finished in May or June.

“We really want it done in May, but June is a possibility,” said Janice McIntosh, director of the senior center.

Though the weather has been the biggest cause for delay, McIntosh said other things have been factored in.

“The general contractor has been stretched thin and it will be 18 months from beginning to end before people will be moved in.

“The contractor has to pay the tax credits to the lenders for the time period beyond January the building is not completed.”

McIntosh said a few interior design changes were also to blame, but those changes were made to save money and only caused a three-week delay.

One future resident McIntosh spoke with said her current landlord has been accommodating in extending her lease.

“I haven’t heard if it’s been a hardship on anyone – I think the hardship is the anticipation,” McIntosh said. “Everyone is so darn excited they get to do this. They really want to get moved in.”

The complex has 47 apartments – one for the manager and 46 for seniors. All units have been assigned. They include one- or two-bedroom units, large refrigerator, self-cleaning oven, microwave, dishwasher, picnic area and one covered parking unit per apartment.

There is also air conditioning, exterior lighting, a computer/study room with Internet in the community room, washing machines and dryers available on each floor, and elevators and stairs for easy access to all three levels of the complex.

The Carson City Senior Citizens Center joined with Somerset Pacific as a limited liability corporation as co-operators of the complex.

Applications for the second phase are available through Somerset Pacific by calling 1-866-925-7368.

• Contact Rhonda Costa-Landers at rcosta-landers@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1223.