Homeowners, builders take steps forward as construction resumes in Wash.
SPOKANE, Wash. — When the Governor of Washington told people to stay home, he also told home builders to lay down their hammers.
Residential construction was considered non-essential and homeowners scrambled to change move-in dates and stay in their current homes as long as they needed.
Under new regulations, construction crews returned to work, picking up where they left off.
So, what has changed and how are home owners and builders trying to move forward?
As we look at the Path 4Ward, some people are calling for more action to re-open Washington.
Homes are still being built with wood and nails, it’s the hands that hold those hammers that had to make a change.
“In my opinion, it’s political discrimination,” said homeowner Dallon Andrus.
Governor Inslee’s stay home order initially stopped residential construction in late March.
It also erased move in dates for future homeowners like Dallon Andrus.
“We have a little baby, a four year old, we live in a little apartment. We’re cooped up. We don’t have a yard,” said Andrus.
He says it doesn’t compare to people who’ve had to close a business. He still thinks it’s not right.
“We just waited week after week, the governor’s office gave nothing,” said Andrus.
But some commercial and state projects were allowed to continue.
“The worst part was just watching public construction, in our same county, in our same city continue as if nothing had ever happened,” said Andrus.
A bitter pill, as well, for builders like Bob Oliver with Lexar Homes.
“It’s kind of hard for us to understand that those people are out and about working and we are not. How’s that really protecting everyone?” said Oliver.
Existing home construction is back open, with new regulations. Anyone entering a job site now has to sign in, wear PPE, and social distance.
“It has slowed things down and it has increased costs,” said Oliver.
Each phase of Inslee’s four-phase plan is supposed to last three weeks.
Phase 1 started Tuesday. Depending on the spread of COVID-19, that could change.
“It sounds like it’s just kind of all in his mind and we are all along for the ride and get to wait,” said Andrus.
Making the Path 4Ward tougher for some to walk than others.
“Let’s be happy we’re working, let’s do what they’re asking, let’s roll forward and do what’s right,” said Oliver.
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