Stalled condo project getting back on track

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The Evlyn Court Condominiums on Schmidt Road that began construction last year has hit some snags, but the developer feels certain the project will move forward soon.

The first of four quadraplexes was nearly complete when the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down in March. Then, just a few weeks ago, city engineers reviewing the site discovered that the building was built about three feet too high, creating a potential flood risk for neighboring properties.

“We went out there, my staff did and myself … just eyeballing it, it was very apparent that the elevation of the property was higher than what we had agreed to on the drainage and grading plan,” Warren Escovy, assistant city manager and planning director, reported to the Sealy City Council. “The engineer is saying it’s around three or four feet higher. The problem with that is you could have an immediate situation where you’re flooding your neighbors.”

Barry Lynn, the developer, said that problem is being worked out.

“We’re working aggressively toward resolving that problem with the city,” Lynn said.

He said a meeting was scheduled for this week with city engineers to work out a solution. In the meantime, he said the project which has been stalled since the pandemic shut everything down is about to restart and the first building could be finished in just over a month.

“Our loans and financing have been restructured,” he said. “We will complete this project.”

Lynn estimated that residents could be moving in by the end of the year.

“There is a strong possibility that the first residents could be taking possession of the property by the end of the fourth quarter,” he said.

He estimated that the remaining infrastructure and finishing work on the quadraplex should be complete in 30 to 40 days.

“There will be 16 units of affordable, two-bed, two-bath condominiums providing affordable, quality living options for people looking to come to the Sealy area,” he said.

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