ST. PAUL (Sept. 3, 2013) — Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) wilk break ground for six new homes at Roosevelt Townhomes Family Development
Place, 1575 Ames Avenue, on Tuesday Sept. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m.
The event begins with Saint Paul Public Housing Agency awarding a $1 million contract
to mark the beginning of a million dollar addition on the East Side. The area now has 314 townhome rental units that were originally built for low income families in 1952.
“Roosevelt Townhomes has served its residents and the community well for over 60 years, and this addition returns it to the same size it was when built in 1952,” said PHA Executive Director Jon Gutzmann. “The State of Minnesota’s commitment to help preserve federally-funded public housing is demonstrated here. We applaud the Governor and the State Legislature for approving millions of dollars over the last few years for capital improvements to public housing throughout the State. We encourage them to do more of the same this session and in the future.”
The new construction will add six new townhome units to replace a six-unit building that was removed from the site after a natural gas explosion in 1980.
On April 24, 2013 the PHA Board of Commissioners approved the construction contract for $1,015,406 with Project One Construction, Inc., of Kimball, Minn..
Over half of the cost comes from a $540,000 loan from the Minnesota Housing Agency. The rest of the cost will be covered by federal funds the PHA receives from HUD under the Public Housing Capital Fund Program.
The new building will have a number of special features including the following:
One of the six units will be fully accessible for persons with disabilities.
All units will be fully protected by fire suppression sprinklers.
The construction will meet the Green Communities Standards required by Minnesota Housing as part of their loan requirements.
The units will have security screens on the first floor windows to reduce future window breakage and increase security.
The building will have stucco on the exterior of the first floor and cementitious siding (like Hardi-Plank) on the second floor exteriors to provide extra durability and reduced maintenance costs.
The contract includes necessary site work to remove an existing playground, modify the adjacent parking lot and run the sanitary sewer out to the middle of Ames Avenue.
In addition to PHA Executive Director Jon Gutzmann, the event will host State Sen. Foung Hawj, State Rep. Tim Mahoney, City Councilmember Dan Bostrom, Minnesota Housing officials, PHA Commissioners and officers of the Roosevelt Resident Council.
Following federal and state law and its own contracting policies, the PHA awards to the “lowest responsible bidder” who fully responds to all of the contract requirements.
Before awarding a contract PHA staff confirm the contractors’ bid amounts, qualifications, commitments to equal employment practices and subcontracting to qualified businesses owned by people who are racial minorities, women or persons with disabilities.
Capital improvements to public housing properties benefit the current and future residents, improve the community and generate economic benefits. A national study by Econsult determined that each dollar of HUD capital funding generated $2.12 in economic activity in the community, and almost 15 jobs created or supported for each $1 million construction project.
In capital improvement projects much of the money buys materials, equipment. Following that estimate, this PHA contract would support about 15 jobs.
The new building will be completed by the end of this year.