There's a bit of a construction boom going on in Liverpool. Another development has broken ground, this time on Bristol Avenue, for a new four-unit complex.
Deborah Spartinelli, owner of Trunnells & Tenons Construction Ltd., started work on the property in late November on the complex, due to be finished by June of 2013.
The units are targeted towards seniors, with accessibility upgrades such as wider doors, walk in showers and the full range of appliances. One unit will be made for barrier free living as well. The complex will be called Puff 'n Gil apartments, as a tribute to Spartinelli's late parents.
Spartinelli bought the property two years ago, with plans to eventually turn it into a rental complex.
"When we looked at the property, I thought it was a perfect location for that use," she says.
The property is a good size for that use she says, and where the complex is going in the back is nestled in the trees overlooking a meadow. It will also have access to the old diversion road, used when Bristol Avenue was getting its water and sewer upgrades. The road is closed to traffic now, but is still easily walked, she says.
Spartinelli has been working in the construction industry for 28 years, and as a contractor with her own business for 19 years.
Getting into the construction business was a bit of an accident, she says. At the time, she was a single mother with two young children and was looking for a job. Spartinelli knew she didn't want to work indoors, so she started as a labourer with a local construction firm.
After a year on the job, her boss encouraged her to do an apprenticeship to become a qualified carpenter. The company did just about every kind of construction imaginable, she says, which was a great learning experience.
When the company she worked for dissolved, she decided to start her own contracting business. Now her company employs six people, and builds everything from small decks to renovation and new construction of homes and businesses.
One of the key things for her though is that she enjoys the work, even if a lot of it is now managing the business side.
"I try to do something in each project on the site," she adds.