Developer on the clock

Deceleration lane was to be completed by July

KINGMAN - The company that redeveloped a shopping center on Stockton Hill Road and Detroit Avenue has until Sept. 5 to make traffic improvements after missing a July deadline.

The once-dilapidated center is now home to the Tractor Supply Store, the 99-cent store and Sears. Last October, in an effort to address the redevelopment's traffic impact, developer Wadsworth Velocity Ventures-Kingman LLC and the city agreed to install a raised concrete median in Detroit Avenue adjacent to Circle K, and a right-turn Stockton Hill Road deceleration lane for patrons.

The Detroit Avenue work was completed months ago - and was paid for by the city as part of the development agreement at a cost of about $31,000 - but work on the slowdown lane, which Wadsworth is required to fund according to the terms of the agreement, has not yet begun. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to extend its deal with the developer.

Company spokesman Jake Woodward in a letter to the city acknowledged the company missed its early July deadline and that it regretted doing so.

The work was supposed to be completed the first week of July. The Council approved a 60-day extension from that date, meaning the developer has less than a month to complete the work. The company needed the city to agree to an extension or else permits couldn't be pulled, said Woodward in his letter.

Woodward also said there were several reasons for the delay, but the "primary" one regards scheduling. He said the firm has plans to remodel two vacant spaces, one at 6,000 square feet and another at 25,000 square feet, and wanted to fold construction of the deceleration lane into the same timeframe so crews could be onsite at one time.

Woodward said Wadsworth also plans to replace the asphalt and stripe the north end of the parking lot, improve the landscaping, add wainscoting and replace many of the curbs on the landscape islands.

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