Developer Arthur Sawall on Tuesday indicated his deliberate approach to the bidding process is partly responsible for the slow pace of the Mammoth Springs project.
"It is me just getting bids from the general contractors to determine if the project is truly financially viable," he said during a phone interview on Tuesday.
The development, which will be located on the east end of Main Street near Waukesha Avenue, will include a mix of commercial and residential units with an urban-style design.
Sawall said in the past that the residential units will be “upscale apartments” and officer nice amenities, such as granite countertops. He also envisions two retail and commercial-use buildings of either one or two stories, each with easy-access surface parking and filled with retail stores, offices and a coffee shop or restaurant.
Some of the delay has also been caused by , according to Sawall. The trail runs through the middle of the site.
"The bike trail is part of it as well," Sawall said. "The government doesn't move as fast as we would like it to, but it is moving forward."
Sawall agreed to purchase the in January of 2011 and then from the Cannery Crossing to Mammoth Springs in September last year.