Foster Lake development underway, road moving

Sean C. Morgan

Foster Dam Road is closed at Highway 20 while a developer tears it out to make room for new townhouses overlooking Foster Lake.

The project got underway in earnest last week when Daniel McGarry, Dennis Gibson and Steve Lieth began moving the road, building a fence and pouring foundations for Edgewater at Foster Lake, a 12-unit development.

The developers will move the material from Foster Dam Road to the new road, to be called 60th Avenue, and crush it with three-quarter gravel into a recycled base.

“The biggest thing is the recycling,” McGarry said. “Otherwise it gets chewed up and stuck in a pit somewhere.”

The new dam access road will be directly across from a Weyerhaueser Foster mill driveway.

The road will open sometime just after school starts, McGarry said. The detour to the dam runs through Foster by Foster School during construction.

Crews have already built a pump house for a well to irrigate the project landscaping, and Thursday, they were pouring the foundation for the first three units.

They will build three at a time in five buildings.

The home to be located on the east end will have the best view with 3,000 square feet, McGarry said.

All of the infrastructure is in place now, McGarry said, though water lines were waiting to be metered.

On the lake side of the project, a two-foot fence will show the border between the development and Army Corpse of Engineers public property. A path will run along the edge of the development above the lake. Landscaping along the path and border will include some 400 plants.

McGarry believes it will take a year to finish all of the buildings, which he believes will sell quickly. Almost immediately, they will go to work on the second phase of the project, an RV park.

The developers are already talking with the Corps of Engineers for permission to build a 25- to 50-slip dock on the lake.

They are starting now because of the length of the process, McGarry said. Completing an easement related to moving the road took 18 to 19 months.

“I’m just so excited,” McGarry said. “I’ve got so many projects going, but this is so exciting I don’t want to leave.”