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Preserve at Autumn Ridge townhouses filling up fast; ribbon-cutting set Sept. 13

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Two-story townhouses are filling up fast at the Preserve at Autumn Ridge on County Route 202, where 24 families have moved in over the past two months.

Demand among military families for the upscale units has remained steady at the complex, where four two-story townhouse buildings are fully occupied, said Jeffrey L. Powell, property manager for Morgan Management, Pittsford, developer of the complex. An additional 70 families have signed pre-lease agreements to move into units from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, he said. The construction of 10 apartment buildings — with five or seven units each — is scheduled to be done over that period.

In early August, National Grid completed electrical work needed for the first phase of construction, Mr. Powell said, following mix-up with the utility that delayed the project about two months. That cleared the way for general contractor DGA Builders, Rochester, to increase its construction pace. About two buildings are being completed per month.

“All of our buildings are getting 100 percent occupied,” he said. “That’s been the trend, and we expect it to continue.”

Mr. Powell said townhouses are now available to lease for December and January. Monthly rent for two- and three-bedroom units is $1,110 and $1,275, respectively, including all utilities except electricity. Tenants also have access to a clubhouse with a fitness center, conference room, tanning booth and swimming pool.

The first construction phase calls for 244 two- and three-bedroom townhouses to be done by the fall of 2014. The second phase would increase that total to 394 units and 60 buildings at the 68.8-acre site.

The complex is about a half-mile away from the 296-unit Beaver Meadows complex built by Fayetteville-based COR Development Co., on outer Arsenal Street in the Towne Center Plaza. But Morgan doesn’t consider COR a competitive threat, Mr. Powell said, because the two complexes offer distinctive living arrangements.

“We are more townhouse-oriented here with two-level apartments, and all of our units come with garages,” he said. “People who don’t need garages have that option there. They send people to us, and we send people to them.”

A grand opening ceremony will be hosted from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the complex, including a ribbon-cutting with officials from the town of Watertown, city of Watertown, Jefferson County and Fort Drum. Those attending the grand opening ceremony next week are asked to RSVP at 681-6547. Refreshments will be served.

Visit http://preserveatautumnridge.com for more information about the complex.

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