Once again we have My Pryor protesting what he obviously does not understand and Mr Steinhaus plainly stating the facts about the misinformation because those residents in those effected areas will not keep up on the latest things going on with CHA and appointing for themselves true representatives who will help educate them on all of the issues.
Proposed renovations to public housing units on Lincoln Drive and Unity Drive were discussed during a presentation and a Q-and-A session Wednesday at the Columbia Labor Temple. The plan calls for renovations to the 50-year-old townhouses on Lincoln Drive and Unity Drive through a cooperative effort between the Columbia Housing Authority, ND Consulting Group, Tim Person & Associates, LLC and Capital Consultants Inc.
Residents of nearby Oak Towers and the Lincoln Drive and Unity Drive townhouses listened to presentations by Tim Person of Tim Person & Associates, Michele Duffe, representative with NC Consulting Group, and Phil Steinhaus, Columbia Housing Authority CEO.
Steinhaus began by outlining some of the key questions from tenants, including if and when renovations might occur and how such construction might affect rent at the properties.
*"What about my petition? Is that going to go unnoticed, or what?" said Michael Pryor, president of the Downtown Residents Association, about a petition presented to the board Tuesday.* All I get out of this is what about me and what I can get. Noticed he used the word "my" instead of "the or the resident's petition".
*The petition contained more than 120 signatures, 41 of which were from Lincoln Drive and Unity Drive residents, and requested renovations to the structures without relocating the tenants.*Once again how can signatures of anybody not living under CHA jurisdiction and or a lease with CHA have any say in this issue. In reality they cannot.
Person outlined conditions at the units with descriptions and photographs. Some of the issues were structural and foundational, including deteriorating plumbing, sinking floors and lack of fire escapes from second-story windows.
Ken Nuernberger of ND Consulting Group has previously estimated that renovations could cost $80,000 per unit.
The Columbia Housing Authority plans to submit an application by September to the Missouri Housing Development Commission, with funding provided by tax credits. By December funding might be approved, and initial work would begin nine months later, after the Missouri Housing Development Commission ensures codes and energy efficiency goals are met for the renovations, Steinhaus said.
According to the Uniform Acquisition and Relocation Act handouts presented, tenants of the Lincoln Drive and Unity Drive homes would be provided with relocation assistance, including: payment of moving expenses to a new location and back to renovated locations and payment of utility hookups, deposits and transportation. *Mr Steinhaus plainly stated CHA is going to help these residents with their moving costs and needs and they still have complaints?
Renovations to the homes amount to a complete revamp of the interiors. Layouts would remain similar but provide increased storage, modern electrical systems and new plumbing.
The basic outer structures of the homes are in good shape, Person said.
However, not all residents shared this assessment of conditions at the properties.
Housing Authority continues discussions about renovations to housing units - Columbia Missourian
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