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Tue, April 07

City won't ease developer dispute

A disagreement between two developers, both working off West Mingus Avenue was brought to the City Council for a resolution Tuesday night, but council members refused to get between the two.

12.3 acres of RV and Mini Storage is under construction on Happy Jack Way, a new road just south of the Cottonwood Airport.

Read Homes is the developer of the 136-acre Mesquite Hills residential project proposing 425 homes south of the Cottonwood Ranch. The first phase of the infrastructure is nearly complete but no homes have been built.

The dispute centers on overlapping responsibilities Read Homes and the Happy Jack share for the same section of roadway. They are asked to extend paving and curb and gutter on Mingus Avenue from the airport to the new Mesquite Subdivision

Public Works Director Tim Costello explained that both developers have requirements and need to negotiate a proportionate share of the work. According to Tom Pender, Engineer for Read Homes, Happy Jack submitted its curb and gutter plans that have already been approved by the city. Then Happy Jack reneged, according to Pendeer, claiming that it designed more improvements than were necessary and now has refused to proceed.

The city attorney explained that the Happy Jack project does not need city approval until the entire project is complete and an occupancy permit is requested. Mesquite Hills, however, may not record the plat for the first phase of homes until it shows required improvements are completed for the road paving.

Read Homes asked the council Tuesday to allow it to move the schedule back for completion of the Mingus Avenue improvements until the 62nd home is occupied. That request the council unanimously rejected.

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