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OV warns Vestar about shopping center problems

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:00 pm

In a July 23 letter to executives of the development company Vestar, Oro Valley Town Manager David Andrews accused the company of flouting town codes and taxing its staff, as well as putting residents at risk.

“We feel staff has really been pushed to the limits on these kind of things,” Andrews told The Explorer on Friday, Aug. 1.

The letter lists at least eight issues the town has had with the developer throughout the construction of the Oro Valley Marketplace, including operating without proper permits, working outside of time restrictions, breaking a 16-inch water line, delaying the Oracle Road widening and causing $440,000 in damages to a town water reservoir.

The 850,000-square-foot retail project is at Oracle and Tangerine roads.

Vestar has not adhered to building schedules, which has caused town staff to spend excessive time fixing problems at the job site, Andrews wrote.

“This has been an unreasonable burden of staff resources as too often our employees have become de facto design staff for this project to help mitigate overall construction impacts to the public,” Andrews said in the letter to Vestar project manager David Malin and senior vice president J. Paul Rhodes.

The town manager said company representatives have responded to his letter and agreed to meet with Oro Valley officials next week to discuss the concerns.

On Aug. 1, Malin and Rhodes could not be reached for comments about the town’s claims.

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