Construction is finally underway on an apartment complex on Melville Road in Garberville following several years of delay caused by a moratorium on new sewer hook-ups to Garberville Sanitary District.
A small crew of workers laid the foundation last week and started the framing on the property located on Melville east of Locust Street.
According to GSD staff, construction is planned for four each four-plex units on approximately 1.4 acres. County records show that this project conforms to both current zoning and zoning planned under the proposed General Plan Update.
Deficiencies in Garberville’s former wastewater treatment plant, which resulted in a cease-and-desist order from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, caused GSD to place a moratorium on new sewer connections, thus halting plans to build the project.
The cease-and-desist was lifted when GSD’s new plant came on line and demonstrated compliance with NCRWQCB standards in March 2012.
One small kink remains, according to GSD staff, which is the uncertainty as to whether the nearest fire hydrant on Locust Street is capable of delivering the required fire flow for the additional dwelling units.
The property owner has agreed to cover the cost of testing the hydrant and of extending the project’s water line to the closest hydrant that meets the required capacity, located on Redwood Drive, if necessary.
REDWOOD TIMES PHOTO BY SUSAN GARDNER
The framing has begun on the new apartment building on Melville Road in Garberville.