The first project is expected to open around Oct. 11 or so, according to Mitch Thakore, superintendent on the Hampton Inn project at 301 S. Hall St.
Matrix Builder Inc. of Seabrook, the general contractor, has about 40 workers on the project as it approaches its final stages of construction. The workers are employees of seven different subcontractors.
Thakore said the company experienced some delays completing the 41,902-square foot building because of problems with the stucco facade.
The 70-room, three-story motel complex sits on 88,400 square feet of property just south of the intersection of South Hall and East Houston streets, near First National Bank.
The property just north of the motel is being left vacant for the possible development of a restaurant. As yet, no announcement has been made concerning that project.
The next development to be completed will be the 6,726-square foot Stripes convenience store and truck stop being built at the intersection of FM 351 and the U.S. Highway Bypass on the city’s north side.
Jimmy Galvan, superintendent on the project, said his company, Building Systems Inc. of Houston, is shooting for an Oct. 31 opening date.
“We’ve got five acres,” Galvan said last Friday as he stood outside the building where the convenience store and a Laredo Taco Co. restaurant will be. “It’s all going to be concrete.”
Galvan said Friday that crews were already getting started building forms and preparing to tie steel for the concrete pour.
“Hopefully, we’ll start next week with the first 500 yards,” Galvan said.
Forms for the project were already in place by Saturday morning on the south side of the property.
Galvan said the steel needed for the huge driveway and parking areas had been delivered.
Concrete crews are expected to swarm the property by 3 a.m. when the concrete trucks begin arriving for the first pour.
Galvan said Friday that seven subcontractors were busy on the project that day and about 36 workers were on site.
One of the most exciting construction projects underway is the $4.3 million, 54-unit Amber Stone Apartment complex going in at 210 E. Crockett St.
Jack Harris, superintendent for Realtex Housing Management, L.L.C., said Friday that about 40 craftsmen working for 25 subcontractors are hoping to have the first of the units open for occupancy by January.
The first occupants will have to put up with construction activity, however, until the project is completed, probably in March.
The buildings offer entry doors to the units from long hallways inside with patios and balconies facing the outside of the units.
The brick veneer buildings are being trimmed with attractive stone and a southwest look.
“Look at that scene,” Harris said as he pointed to the front of the complex’s central office building. The dome of the Bee County Courthouse was clearly visible in the distance.
The apartments are being built on property that formerly held the crumbling, single-story Windsong Apartments.
The WWII-era buildings just behind the H-E-B Food Store had been run down for years.
Harris said the income-based apartments will be looking to provide a decent place to live for a portion of the city’s population that has not always had quality housing.
“We target single parents with kids,” Harris said. The gated compound will include a clubhouse, swimming pool and playground for the kids.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.