Grading to continue on Woods Estates project for the next 3-4 weeks

Grading to continue on Woods Estates project for the next 3-4 weeks

According to a status report from J+M Civil Design, LLC (the engineering firm working with Seth Woods on the Woods Estates subdivision in Riverdale), grading for streets, detention basins and storm water infrastructure will continue for the next three to four weeks. At that point, the “last phase of early grading is anticipated to begin.”

You can review the complete update from J+M’s Bryce Johnson by clicking here.

According to the report, the City Council will be able to review the subdivision’s final plat in September – approval of which would allow Mr. Woods enough time to install streets and utilities necessary for home construction over the winter season.

Planning & Zoning Commission asks developer to address concerns on Woods Estate water detention area

Planning & Zoning Commission asks developer to address concerns on Woods Estate water detention area

Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission met on Thursday, May 24th and was joined by 8 residents, and Council members Littrel and Heddlesten. According to Zoning Administrator, Tim Long, the meeting included “a reasoned Q & A with the public, the Commission, our engineer and J & M’s new engineer.”

The developer, Woods Construction, will work to address issues with the proposed detention area – looking to greatly diminish the large one originally proposed by means of distributed detention throughout the project.  As a result, the proposed subdivision will lose building lots in the process. The exact number of lots and the re-configuration of the neighborhood is not known at this time.

The preliminary plat, once re-drawn, will come back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for another review.  The developer is in process to define and obtain needed real estate from Arconic to build out an Iowa DOT-approved intersection.

City Engineer review of preliminary Woods Estate plat identifies various issues

City Engineer review of preliminary Woods Estate plat identifies various issues

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reports they have met with City Administrator, Tim Long, and Council Member Anthony Heddlesten to discuss concerns with the preliminary plat submitted by Developer Seth Woods for the Woods Estates housing addition.

According to MSA:

“After the Planning and Zoning hearing is complete, it seems obvious that the developer and their engineer will have many issues to resolve. We suggest that the City, MSA, the developer and their engineer have a meeting to discuss the possible resolution of some of the more major concerns.”

Woods Estates lot sales begin

Woods Estates lot sales begin

Builder/developer Seth Woods has cleared most of the hillside leading into the new Woods Estates development (formerly known as the Welch Farm) in Riverdale. The project – currently in front of the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission – calls for 117 lots with homes expected to sell in the $450,000 range.

Signage announcing the availability of lots were posted on-site by Mel Foster Company, the agent handling lot sales for Woods Construction.

Interestingly enough, it was Mel Foster who developed the Pleasant Hills additions (I through IV) which included Elmhurst Lane, Fieldcrest, Manor and Circle Drives.