By Sue Botos
This seemingly endless winter has pushed back the construction schedule of the Brighton Chase apartment complex on Center Ridge Road, but the completion date for the first of three planned phases is still set for May.
“The winter has been brutal. It’s definitely slowed progress, but we’re still shooting for the end of May,” Ryan Szymanski, senior vice president of development for Edwards Communities, recently told West Life. The Columbus-based developer has tentative plans for the entire project, with an estimated price tag of $30 million, to be ready for tenants by September or October.
“We’ve lost a ton of working days,” continued Szymanski, stating that not only has the extreme cold made it impossible for workers to be outside at times, but equipment such as nail guns and air hoses don’t function under these conditions. In addition, he said, working hours have been spent clearing the site of snow and ice so construction can proceed.
Now that roofing is underway and windows are being installed, Szymanski hopes that the weather will have less effect on the four-story complex’s progress. He said that any decisions involving cancellation of work time due to extreme weather is up to the contractor, Winesburg Builders of Millersburg, Ohio.
A website, www.livebrightonchase.com, has recently been set up, where potential residents and any interested parties can sign on for project updates. The site also states that it will soon offer floor plans for review.
The site also promises “resort-style living” in the 264 units, which range from 17 studio apartments, to one- and two-bedroom units. Kitchens will include granite countertops, wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
Set on the site of the former Rockport Shopping Center, the complex will cover 6 acres and include two courtyards, a pool and a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse with a great room and movie theater.
Three parking options will also be offered to residents. These include individual garages, and underground and surface parking.
Szymanski said that a leasing office will be set up in the Rath ERA real estate building across the street. He does not have a date for its opening. Once the leasing process begins, Szymanski has said that only reservations will be taken, and some initial pricing discussed. He reported to the city planning commission in July 2012 that the units will range from $930 to $950 monthly.