The former Eamonn's Loudon House was an Irish bar that was demolished by BCI construction in 2008 to make way for luxury condominiums. Construction came to a halt after the downturn of the economy but the project has made its way back into the public a developer Mike Benson said he plans to finish the job.
continued He’s received criticism for leaving a trailer on the property for the past three years, which is something he said he wishes never happened.
“You know what, I would have pulled the trailer off three years ago if I knew it was going to be the source of problems,” he said. “Once I heard how that was perceived, I immediately took steps to remove it from the site.”
Magguilli said he did just that, as the trailer was recently removed from the site. Benson said he will also be adding 35 trees for green space and that he will also be scaling down the size of the condos, as he said it will fit for the market that exists today. The downsizing, he said, will have an effect on the ultimate price they are sold for.
What he said he regrets the most, especially after the public hearing, is not communicating with the public more. Recently he has sent out letters to surrounding residents explaining what will be happening with the project, and he said the response has been positive.
Benson was involved in the discussion back in 2007 and 2008 and said that type of activity was brought to a halt while BCI was waiting for the condition of the economy to change. He also said there will be a large community forum in the near future to discuss what will be done with the space.
“I think it’s just important we’re communicating effectively with everyone in the area,” Benson said. “That’s what we’re trying to do. It’s in everyone’s best interest to get this thing finished.”