Public housing

Public housing project moves forward – The Suffolk News-Herald

Eight buildings and 57 of the 113 units at Eagle Landing apartments have been fully refurbished, while seven others are in various stages of refurbishment, an official with the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority said.

Updating the Board of Authority Commissioners at its January 26 virtual meeting, SRHA Director of Community Development Tammy Jackson, illustrating her presentation with photos of work in progress, said the seven units of the building 8 and the 10 units of building 9 are the last to be completed and occupied. Only one structure – Building 11 – has yet to see any work done.
Jackson also said that the reduction and demolition of all 10 units in Building 10 is nearing completion, with reduction underway and new cabinets being installed. Depollution work on the seven units of building 17 is in progress.

Building 3 renovations are underway, interior demolition and reduction are complete and framing is complete. In the six units of Building 1, the interior demolition and reduction has been completed, while the concrete floors have been cut and the underground plumbing and interior framing has been completed. Insulation has also been installed and drywall is being constructed at Building 1.

People who lived at Eagle Landing – formerly known as Cypress Manor – were moved to other units as work was done in phases.

Across the street, in the 93 units at White Marsh Pointe, building pads are complete and concrete slabs have been poured, Jackson said, and unit framing has begun to go up. The community building has been framed and new roads and driveways have been cut approximately 60% and are being readied for completion. Sanitary sewers have also been installed, while water mains and the fire department are also nearing completion.

“They’re working on schedule to complete the units,” Jackson said.

She showed photos indicating water retention issues for developers to deal with at White Marsh Pointe. This section had to undergo an asbestos remediation process before these underground buildings, roads and utilities were demolished.

All units at White Marsh Pointe and Eagle Landing will be converted to voucher assistance housing based on the Section 8 project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $46.3 million, funded through a combination of tax credits, a loan from the SRHA, $275,000 from the city, and $1 million in grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. The Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the $23.1 million mortgage secured by the Federal Housing Administration on the project.

Vista Capital Management, experienced in managing low income tax credit community properties, is providing property management until 2024 when the housing authority will take over their management. Both properties will be owned by Eagle Landing Apartments LP on a long-term ground lease with Housing Authority, with Housing Authority as 51% Managing Director and TCG Development Advisor as Managing Partner director.

Board positions unchanged

Quinton Franklin will continue as board chair in a 6-0 vote — Franklin abstaining and Ben Fitzgerald and Clarence Ash absent — and Clementine Cone will continue as vice chair after a 7-0 vote in Of the reunion.