Gallery Park's developer, Marc O'Rourke, looking over blueprints at his development, says the city won't approve his plans unless he lets Town Commons tap into his drainage system.
...O'Rourke, of Landmarc Building/Development Inc., says he can't start construction on his housing units until his engineering plans are approved.
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...Meanwhile, Gallery Park's developer, Marc O'Rourke of Landmarc Building/Development Inc., said he can't start construction on his housing units until his engineering plans are approved -- and the city won't approve them unless he lets Town Commons tap into his drainage system.
At present, the $100 million Town Commons has space ready to lease but no occupancy permits.The $26 million Gallery Park development is waiting to start construction.And the city is standing its ground until the flooding problem is resolved.
said most of the city's changes are reasonable, some are not -- but the one he's
really got a problem with is a requirement to let Town Commons tap into his
drainage system.There's nothing in the city's guidelines that would authorize that, he
said. "Connecting with Town Commons is one of the issues on their review list," O'Rourke
said."It's not fair for us to be forced into the solution involuntarily.The city really doesn't have the right to force us to do that." Wilson said the city has "encouraged" O'Rourke
to work with DeMaria
on an area-wide storm water management system.
said if Town Commons wants a deal, they need to come up with a better offer.DeMaria
up to $15,000 for the right to tap in to Gallery Park's
confirmed that he
received the offer, but he
said it is not enough. "Fifteen thousand dollars is barely enough to cover the attorney's fees I have already put into this problem," O'Rourke
said."I know what I've paid for easements in other areas in the past, and that figure just is not a serious figure." Gallery Park
is a mixed-use development to be located on 34 acres just north of M-59.The first phase of the development will include 162 residences, part multi-unit condos and part single family homes.An elder-care facility and commercial building will be built later. Town Commons is right next door, just west of Gallery Park
.The 64-acre development includes two three-story apartment buildings, retail shops, condominiums and single family homes.
trying to lean on the city to get the city to do that for him," O'Rourke