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Construction underway at Emerald Acres apartment complex in Pamelia

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Workers are building the wooden frame for a two-story apartment building at Emerald Acres subdivision, the first of three structures with a combined 19 units to be built at the northeast corner of Graham Road and Route 37 in Pamelia.

The 19 three-bedroom, market-rate rental apartments will be built during the first phase of the project, planned by developers Guy H. Javarone and his son, Gaetano H. The Javarones co-own GJ Construction Development, Watertown.

Guy Javarone plans to finish construction of the apartments by September so families can move in this fall. Construction began in mid-May.

“We’re working very closely with the town’s code enforcement officer, and things are going incredibly well,” Mr. Javarone said Monday at the 5.5-acre site, where he is overseeing construction.

The second phase of the $7.3 million project, which the developer hopes to finish by the summer of 2014, calls for an additional 34 three-bedroom units. The project was made possible in part by taxpayer-backed loan commitments from agencies totaling $575,000, which were approved last fall. Those loans were approved based on the need for market-rate rental housing to serve the military population at Fort Drum.

About a dozen workers hired by local subcontractors were busy working at the site Monday. Some workers are building the frame of the first building, which borders Route 37 and will include three apartments. Others are completing foundation work for the second and third buildings, each of which will include eight apartments.

It was a priority “to employ a lot of local people here,” Mr. Javarone said.

It took the Javarones about three years to clear hurdles in the town of Pamelia needed to start construction. The town Planning Board originally approved the project in October 2010, but town officials had concerns about the infrastructure plan that delayed the project’s approval. The Javarones modified the project to address the town’s concerns in the spring, and the Planning Board gave its final approval in May.

The Javarones secured loans for the project from the Jefferson County Local Development Corp. for $275,000 and the Development Authority of the North Country for $300,000. Because they are permanent financing agreements, the loans won’t be issued to the developer until it finishes building a significant number of the 19 housing units for the project’s $2.6 million first phase.

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