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Commissioners approve Stillwater design

Posted: Friday, Mar 29th, 2013

The condominiums on Bay Street will soon undergo a series of repairs, including returning the top story to its original uniform design.

Construction contractors for Stillwater Condominiums received design approval by unanimous vote Tuesday, March 26, to rebuild a section of the building’s third story that expands one unit and, most important, protects a stairwell that has been closed off because it has dangerously deteriorated.

The proposed construction will return Stillwater’s roofline to a uniform height, which also puts the condos back in the viewshed of the Siuslaw River Bridge and the dunes. This measurement, 33 feet, was about six feet higher than city officials and residents had expected when Stillwater was originally under construction, which kicked off a barrage of complaints in 2007. The developer, Laurel Crossing LLC, entered into an agreement with the city to remove a portion of the third story to appease residents.

Now, the new contractors, JDMcGee Inc., say the modifications compromised the building’s resistance to the weather and the stairway and walls surrounding it have rotted. A first floor unit has become uninhabitable because of mold, and the stairway has been condemned, limiting access and egress from the condos.

“The stairwell is a public health hazard,” said John McGee, engineer and contractor.

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