In Stogner's final cost study of the project, dated
One of the bigger problems Stogner said he saw was a proposal to put dishwashers in the renovated apartments.
"You need to make sure the residents want that," he said.
"To fight over whether to install a dishwasher or a washing machine is tantamount to arguing over what color to paint the Titanic as it goes down," he said.
"It's a pretty disgraceful design," she said.
Marsh said there have been conversations with the developer, and the laundry facility has not been finalized.
Midgett said she didn't think the dishwashers should have even been brought to the table when discussing the renovations.
"We just need a better clothesline," she said. "...Where were the residents when these plans were being drawn up?"
Midgett said the plans came back with no consideration for the residents.
"Those plans needed to be stopped at the beginning," she said. "...The residents will never be OK with the plans because they don't benefit the residents."
After a question from the audience, Marsh said the plans were done, but not finalized, by the consultant,
Adolph said the renovation proposal came about because the city was awarded a Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, or RAD, and the board "jumped in with good intentions" but without a plan.
RAD is a financing tool for at-risk and assisted housing. Under the program, the Housing Authority will use federal and state funds that include historic building preservation tax credits, low-income housing tax credits and loans and revenue bonds for the rehabilitation project.
The Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant is a plan to provide more access to education, transportation and health care for the public housing projects and would help the city pursue its goal to transform the Five Points commercial corridor, Duffyfield and other distressed areas.
Stogner said RAD is a new program that has not really come to full fruition on any projects so far in the country.
"RAD is so new it is like building a plane as you are flying it," Marsh said, and it is changing almost daily, Stogner added.
Through RAD, the Housing Authority will lose possession of
If the Housing Authority had taken on the role as developer, it also would have faced any liabilities that could occur, she said.
Stogner said there was no doubt there would be a loss of staff at the Housing Authority.
Despite the confusion, Marsh said he believes
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