Work restarts at Bair
Post Independent Staff
At least one contractor who walked off the job at the new Bair Chase Golf Course is back at work. Another is still waiting for the developers to nail down their financing for the project.
Gould Construction stopped work in early June, as it waited for payment from Weitz Golf. Weitz Golf hadn’t paid Gould because Bair Chase Property Co., the developer of the $50 million project, hadn’t paid Weitz. At the time, Bair Chase had had a major financing deal fall through.
Now Gould is back at work, though with a limited crew. Gould Construction president Mark Gould said the crew was moving about 35,000 to 40,000 yards of dirt a week at the development on Highway 82 south of Glenwood Springs.
“That’s no small amount of work,” he said.
Weitz Golf is still not at work and is waiting on the developer, even though the firm has been paid for the work it did before the stoppage.
“It’s moving forward. They’re working hard to get all their ducks in a row to get working again ” probably by mid-August,” said Weitz Golf construction manager Kirk Kyster.
The problem is still the $50 million deal, said Bair Chase Property general manager John Young. The same financiers are involved, but the deal ” which is funded by bond sales and was supposed to have been done in early June ” likely won’t be complete until late August.
The contractors and developers are confident the project will go through despite the delay.
“We’d like to be further along than we are, but we’re certainly not disturbed with where we’re at,” Young said.
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