Redstone Commons development in limbo until city upgrades sewer line

Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 03:31 PM.

An Oct. 28 letter to Shirley from D.R. Horton's attorney stated the housing project has been "dormant" since June, "which is resulting in carrying costs for(DR Horton Incorporated), the loss of sales and other damages."

"D.R. Horton has been a very good partner throughout this whole process," Public Works Director Wayne Steele said, adding the developer "has been very patient."

He and Shirley asked the council to consider one of three options, as follows, to upgrade the sewer line:

•Obtain easements from property owner Beach Community Bank as agreed earlier this year

•Use so-called pipe-bursting to remove the existing line and replace it with a 12-inch line

•Have Okaloosa County provide water and sewer service to Horton's development.

Shirley's Nov. 4 letter to Beach Community Bank Senior Vice President Scott McCormick requesting the easements was not answered, Shirley said.

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