The Tides At Bourne

Work has stopped at The Tides at Bourne construction site in Perry Avenue in Buzzards Bay.

For several weeks, the site on which the new Tides at Bourne age-restricted apartment complex is being built has been devoid of activity.

No crews have been seen at the site of the new complex. Work has not progressed since late August.

Calamar, a real estate construction firm headquartered in Buffalo, New York, is building the facility.

Bourne Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi said he spoke last week with representatives from Calamar about the work stoppage. Mr. Schiavi said he was told the project is experiencing delays in getting building materials due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“At this point, that’s what they’re saying,” Mr. Schiavi said, “and I have no reason to dispute it, but we do want to see them make progress.”

He said the company told him the hope was for work to get underway again this week. As of yesterday, the Enterprise’s print deadline, work still had not recommenced.

Calls to Calamar seeking comment for this article were not returned.

The Tides at Bourne is being built as part of the multi-use campus going in at 25 Perry Avenue, overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. The Bourne Planning Board gave the 120-unit apartment building the green light in December 2017, and construction began in late March 2019.

Located adjacent to the new Hampton Inn and Keystone Place, the facility will be a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments, most renting at market rate. Ten percent of the apartments will rent as 40B affordable housing. The residence will be age-restricted to folks age 55 and older.

The Bourne Board of Sewer Commissioners gave the Tides at Bourne facility 15,908 gallons of Bourne’s 200,000 gallons per day appropriation to Wareham’s wastewater treatment plant. During the board of selectmen’s remote meeting on Tuesday, October 13, board member Peter J. Meier raised the prospect of bringing Calamar before the sewer commission to explain what is happening with the project.

Mr. Meier noted the lack of activity at the work site. He asked if Calamar is current with the town as far as any development or impact fees the company owes related to the project.

Mr. Schiavi replied that the company is up to date on its payments. He also reiterated his conversations with Calamar representatives and the difficulties the company has encountered procuring building materials.

While he is confident that the project will resume, Mr. Schiavi admitted that the longer it takes for the complex to open and contribute to the town’s coffers, “it will have a future impact on the sewer budget, the wastewater treatment plant.”

“There is some concern with how that’s all going to play out,” he said.

Planning board chairman Steven P. Strojny said he has heard that the pandemic has caused delays in building materials being delivered. He said he also heard that the project is “just taking a breather and will get back to it,” as well as speculation that the project is running into financial difficulty.

Mr. Strojny added that he did not believe it would be useful to have Calamar representatives appear before the planning board to explain what is happening with the project. He felt confident the project will restart and, once built, could be fully occupied within a year.

Given the project’s significance to the renaissance of Buzzards Bay, he said, he hesitated at the prospect of exposing potential financial troubles.

“If they’re having financial difficulties, shining a spotlight on them might not be in the best interest of the town,” he said.

Calamar, which has 17 other facilities around the country, will own and operate the building.

Company representatives have said their buildings do not function as assisted-living facilities. The average age of their clientele is 73, but their renters are active seniors.

Calamar’s minimum standard in targeting a region as a potential market area is that there are roughly 6,000 homes with at least one person living in that home who is 62 years of age or older. A demographic study showed Bourne to have closer to 10,000 homes that fit that parameter.

The company also prefers to build in close proximity to assisted-living facilities such as Keystone Place. Residents become familiar with the area, so it can make for a smoother transition should someone need to move to an assisted-living situation later on.

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