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County seeks bids for Seven Falls roadwork

Henderson County has invited contractors to bid on road improvements at Seven Falls.

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The county issued the invitation for bids on paving of five miles of subdivision roads with three stream crossings and just under a quarter mile of new road. Contractors have until Feb. 5 to submit bids.
The county received a $6 million bond the developer took out to ensure infrastructure work. Last month, Superior Court Mark Powell authorized the county to proceed with the bids for work at the failed subdivision. County Attorney Russ Burrell said the county planned to bid the job in pieces because it believes that the amount remaining from a surety bond —$5.6 million — is substantially short of the total needed to complete the infrastructure work.
Before the county authorizes roadwork and water and sewer lines, it will have to pay a $1.1 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a remediation fee, consulting engineers WGLA Engineering said.
Seven Falls plans unveiled in 2007 called for an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, surrounded by 700 single-family lots, 164 townhomes, 24 lodge and inn rooms and 36 condominiums. The county's biggest-ever residential development had projected value at buildout of $1.25 billion.
Convicted of multiple counts of fraud in connection with the enterprise, developer Keith Vinson awaits sentencing in federal court in Asheville.