The residents of The Edition on Rosemary still have not moved into their apartments — almost two months after their original move-in dates.
After an initial delay to Oct. 1 in July, The Edition on Rosemary alerted future residents that it would be unable to meet that goal at the end of September.
The Preiss Company, which manages the property, said it learned of the further delay from their general contractor on the evening of Sept. 20 in an email to The Daily Tar Heel.
The replacement of an eroded water main, which led to the initial delay, has been more challenging and time-consuming than anticipated, Adam Byrley, chief operating officer of The Preiss Company, said in an email.
The initial plan to tap the existing water main to provide service for the property was insufficient — the instruments used to access the main were incompatible due to the water main's degraded condition, Byrley said.
Along with complications with the installation of laterals, which are pipelines that connect the building to the main, challenges arose from the protocols laid out by the Orange Water and Sewer Authority for approval to activate service.
According to OWASA, in order to tap into an existing water main, the contractor must furnish all materials needed to make the connection. Residents must also be notified by an OWASA representative in writing 48 hours before the main is shut off, and the contractor must have an approved traffic control plan in place.
When tapping into water mains, an OWASA Distribution and Collection Systems Division crewman must be present and the assembly must be air-tested after installation.
“The ownership team is collaborating directly with the water and sewer authority, the general contractor and the site contractor on a daily basis to develop creative solutions and remove any obstacles impeding our progress,” Byrley said in the email.