Updated May 10, 2019 12:01:30The construction of a new housing development near the Soraka River in Michigan will be delayed as contractors work to clear a pipeline and reroute traffic to the site, according to the city of Grand Rapids.
City officials said the project, called Soraka Village, would be built on land that was previously part of the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Water District (GMWD).
The project was initially scheduled to begin construction this month.
According to the project’s developers, the project would be completed this fall and be the first of a number of housing developments in the area, all of which are being developed by a new company, Soraka Development Corp.
The company, which is led by the father of the Detroit Lions’ linebacker Reggie Bush, said it plans to build a 300-unit, mixed-income community on the former site of a former coal plant.
It’s one of several projects under development in Grand Rapids that have attracted scrutiny in recent years.
The city said the delay in the project is due to a pipeline rupture that has impacted water supplies near the project site, but city officials said that is not the reason for the delay.GMWD spokesman Michael Gorman said in a statement the city is working with the company to clear the pipeline.GMW said the city has not received an update on when construction on the project will begin.
The project is being built by a different company called Soraki Build Homes, and the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.GMWR is the water district in Grand View, Michigan, that has been under fire in recent months for a number projects, including a $4 billion project to build three new housing complexes.