Constructions stalls on Longmont luxury apartment development













Construction has come to a stop on Sandstone Ranch, a luxury apartment complex east of Longmont. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Construction has stopped suddenly on an apartment complex east of Longmont after a change in contractors and revisions to the foundation plans. Work on Springs at Sandstone Ranch, a 240-unit development, has ceased for the time being.

A visit to the site, near Highway 119 and County Line Road, showed three partially-constructed buildings. The walls on one were lilting precariously, and weeds had grown up around the foundation.

Workers at a nearby project couldn’t recall how long the site had been dormant. A security guard at the property declined to answer questions.

The developer of the project is Wisconsin-based Continental Properties. Officials for the company did not respond to multiple requests for comment Thursday.

City planner Ben Ortiz said changes in crew and site plans caused the stoppage, which he estimated began in early May, based on email exchanges with Continental officials.

“They changed contractors and then decided to change foundation style,” Ortiz said. “Then they had to put the brakes on everything and get us some new plans, foundation plans, so it’s taken them a little while to get back up to speed.”

Ortiz said the plans were approved and that Continental was free to resume work. Based on the payment of fees — “usually they don’t do that until they have a shovel in the ground” — he said an early March ground breaking was likely.

A Monday press release from Alabama-based contractor Doster Construction announced that the company was “awarded the project” — its fifth with…

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