So I finally, finally closed on that project. The land and its Grapes of Wrath style apartments are mine. Here's what it looks like now:
And here's what it will look like in about a year's time (same architect, same design, though probably a different color, eh). In the immediate, I've got to spend about the next six months in supplication to the various local commissars -- seeing as they are doubtless all very wise, experienced and successful real estate developers themselves.
Progress reports to follow.