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Auburn senior housing development nears its start date

POSTED: August 15, 2014 10:14 a.m.

Groundbreaking on the Autry Pines development in Auburn could take place within the next couple weeks.

City Planner Larry Lucas told Auburn officials last week that he’s awaiting word from the contractor on when construction will begin on the 64-unit senior housing development. Lucas said a recent pre-construction meeting went well for the project that’s projected to take 300 days to complete.

"We are just about ready to see the dirt move at Autry Pines," Lucas said at the Aug. 7 city council meeting.

The complex is expected to initially bring in $290,000 to the city through various fees.

During the meeting city council approved a millage rate for the Gwinnett County portion of Auburn, an inmate labor agreement and a maintenance contract for tornado sirens.

The 4.951 millage rate that council members passed is the same rate being paid for the past year.

The rate means homeowners would pay $742.80 for a residence valued at $150,000.

The prison labor agreement with Phillips State Prison is for $39,500 and includes inmates providing maintenance including cutting grass, park maintenance, roadside trash removal and other tasks.

The city has also begun accepting bids for a concession stand and restrooms at the Auburn ball fields. This is the second time the city is asking for bids after the only bid they received was $30,000 over budget.

The maintenance contract for the city’s five sirens will cost $1,880 a year for inspections provided by Mobile Communications of Gwinnett. The city has been working with Mobile Communications since 2013 and has been able to save money because the previous company was out of state, said Police Chief Carl Moulder. Some of the sirens will be repaired within the next few weeks.

"We conducted a monthly test (Aug. 6) two of them work, we have two that have some partial issues and one that’s not functioning at all," Moulder said.



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