by Kristin Casale
Munroe Falls -- Some Falls River Crossing residents said their development remains incomplete, and the mayor says the city will complete the work.
Falls River Crossing is a condominium development comprising several streets off Route 91.
According to Carol Lewis, president of the development's homeowner's association, the 77-unit neighborhood was built by Dacath Development in Kent in 2004, but several aspects of the construction remain unfinished. Dacath Development representatives could not be reached for comment by press time.
Mayor Frank Larson said the city has possession of a $45,000 construction bond that has not been released to the developer because the work has not been completed.
"The bond money will be used to address the areas which the developer did not do," Larson said, stating the city plans to use the money to complete as much of the unfinished work as possible.
Lewis, however, asked the city during the May 15 City Council meeting to either turn the bond over to the homeowner's association so the residents can do the work themselves or organize a method to complete the construction using the bond money.
"Our residents keep asking when [the work] is going to be done," she said. "We would like to get the job done once and for all."
According to Lewis who attended the meeting with several of her neighbors, uncompleted work on the plumbing, sanitary sewers and outdoor decks are among the issues that must be handled.
Larson said the city, by law, cannot release the bond to the homeowners.
Condominium resident Ron Canary asked the city to try to "force the developer's hand" to complete the work.
Larson said he would try to contact the developer, but added, "As a city, we're limited to what we can do."
While the city attempts to work with the developer, Larson said he will prepare a report of the work that needs to be done in the neighborhood by the next City Council meeting, scheduled for June 5 at 7 p.m. in Munroe Falls City Hall.