Public housing sewer project tender process nears – The Stanly News & Press

Public Housing Sewer Project Tender Process Approaches

Posted 10:23 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2022

The bidding process to find a contractor to repair damaged sewer lines in several units at Amhurst Gardens is expected to begin within the next four to five weeks, Public Housing Director Dr Kim Scott said. to Albemarle Town Council at its meeting on Monday evening.

Scott and his team worked with Stogner Architecture in Rockingham to determine the severity of the problem and hire contractors to renovate the properties. Since 1991, Stogner has worked on 18 public housing projects in the city, according to his website.

Twenty-two units in the public housing community have been identified as having plumbing issues and will be upgraded, subject to sufficient funding. The total is about 25 to 30 families, Scott told Stanly News & Press earlier this year, or about 15% of Amhurst Gardens’ 150 units.

Public Housing Department capital funding for fiscal year 2022 is $724,485, and funding for 2023-26 is projected to be $578,517 each year.

The most impacted apartments will be treated as a priority. These are 1507, 1509 and 1446 on Inger Street, plus four units (407-413) on Griggs Street.

“Those are by far the worst, so we want to tackle those first,” Scott said.

Since the collapsed sewer lines are not isolated from individual units, the repair project will focus on improving each damaged building.

“When we take an apartment offline to do this, we’re going to take the whole building, not just one apartment,” Mayor Ronnie Michael said.

By addressing buildings rather than individual units, “we’re taking care of ourselves and doing it right,” Michael added. “We don’t want to fragment this thing, we want it done right so we don’t have sewer issues after this.”

Depending on the issues that contractors uncover in the course of their work, many units could also see other upgrades, including kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well as replacement of kitchen appliances and siding. floor.

Scott said letters were sent and phone calls were made to people residing in the damaged units to ensure they were aware of the schedule for the start of improvements. At a joint meeting with council and council housing residents last month, Scott said the sewer project is expected to start in February.

Residents of the seven priority units will move into the vacant units as soon as possible. These include four burn units that will be fully renovated by the end of the week, as well as two units on Griggs Street and two more on South Bell Avenue, Scott told the council.

Alfreda Miller and her four children live at 1446 Inger, which Scott identified as the unit in the worst condition, due to toilets and tubs overflowing with sewage and feces every few months.

Scott told the board that Miller and his family will be moved to either the Family Life Center, which could be converted into a five-bedroom space, but it will take some time for it to be designated as residential by HUD, or to a another five-bedroom unit to the south. Bell.

If a five-bedroom space cannot be provided in a timely manner, Scott said a four-bedroom unit would suffice.

Scott hopes the family will move into a new space within the next two weeks.

Miller spoke to council about the conditions in her unit last month, including the presence of mold, which worries her since her 9-year-old daughter has asthma.

“My kids shouldn’t have to live like this,” Miller said. “We shouldn’t have to live like this and be treated like this, like it’s our fault.”

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