The one-time controversial Bemus Point condos are well under construction, and the Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate has just opened a sales office where interested customers can purchase the complexes for between $370,000 and $595,000.
''I'm very excited, and glad to see the project moving after such a long wait,'' said Bemus Point Mayor Bryan Dahlberg. ''The planning and zoning board did a super job making sure their i's were dotted and t's were crossed. We have never had a project of such magnitude in our lifetime.''
Four condos have already been sold after being available for less than a week.
''In terms of local versus out of town customers, the split has been about 50/50,'' said Steve Holt, the project coordinator. ''Now that our office is open, we've had a lot of people stop in and ask questions, and I think a lot of the concerns have been cleared up now that people can see what is going being the condos being built in front of them.''
Although the project was initially met with skepticism and negativity, many residents have looked past that and are embracing the new housing units.
''There are always some who won't favor the project, even once it's completed and we can't remember it not being there,'' Dahlberg said. ''But most of the residents are past that and are giving a very positive reception to the project.''
According to Holt, now that the community can actually see what is happening, they are pleased with the results.
''With our sales office now open, we've had a lot of people stop in to ask questions, pick up brochures, and they're generally very positive about the situation,'' Holt said. ''I think out of the one-thousand or so people we had stop in only one had a complaint.''
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Harrington Sandberg Architects & Engineering PC of Jamestown handled the architectural design concepts for the building, Holt said, while Lee Chilcote served as developer for the project.
''There are 20 condos per building, and two buildings,'' Chilcote said. ''Each of these condos are high-end, and feature a number of different extras.''
Each unit comes complete with a patio area as well as a private dock. A garage is also designated for each condo offering one covered and one open parking space.
''On the inside, all the units have finished kitchens with a base level appliance, and upgrades are available,'' Chilcote said. ''They come complete with cabinets and granite countertops. There are three bedrooms in each unit with an in-suite washer and dryer. Each also comes with two bathrooms, except for a few of the larger ones that come with three.''
For those of wish to have a fireplace installed, each living room comes with a gas hook-up, Chilcote said
One of the biggest draws to the condos is the environmentally-friendly design. Even the run-off water is filtered and reused within the complex for sprinklers as well as toilet bowls.
''We feature rain gardens, which is a great thing in terms of conservation,'' Chilcote said. ''We can take the water and treat it, and use it through different parts of the complex.''
Chilcote also explained the type of insulation they used was thicker than many other buildings, making the condos more cost efficient.
''I think a lot of people will use these condos as their weekend or summer retreats,'' Dahlberg said. ''This will bring a nice new group to the community. People will come up during the summer and frequent our restaurants and shop in our grocery and retail stores, and it will be an overall benefit to the community.''
''The construction company working on the project has been going out of its way to be a ''good neighbor'' to the area residents,'' Dahlberg said. ''They've approached those who live close by and asked them to approach the company if there's any problem whatsoever. They've been really nice so far, and I'm happy with the performance at this point.''