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Construction began on July 6, 2010 at Tolin Terrace and July 14, 2010 at Apollo Towers.
September 12, 2011
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, the Clay Center Housing Authority hosted an Open House to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo Towers and the completion of the redevelopment of the interior of the 8-story tower and the major renovation of Tolin Terrace Apartments.
We want to thank the organizations and individuals that helped to make these projects possible.
Without the willingness of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Clay Center to take some risks and plunge into the unknown, we could not have accomplished this project. The current Board of Commissioners include:
Chris Schwensen, Chairman
We also want to recognize Steve McMahan who served as our Board Chairman through two critical years in evaluation and fundraising for this project.
Another very important part of the success of the Apollo Redevelopment Project is Centerpointe Regional Housing Development, LLC. They are the developer/advisor who supplied the expertise necessary to give the Housing Authority of the City of Clay Center the capacity to fulfill its obligations as the developer of this project. Michael Bowen is the key individual for that organization along with Jim Hill and the Smitherman Law Firm, PC, Bob Goza of RPG Architects, and Art Schuldt with Centerpointe.
The Apollo Redevelopment Project would certainly not have become reality with the drastic changes in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market without Fred Bentley and the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC). They came to our financial rescue in the fall of 2009 with $3,684,166 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Tax Credit Exchange Program and Tax Credit Assistance Program. Recently they contributed an additional $541,688 to the project. We look forward to working with the KHRC throughout the next 30 years.
Thanks also go out to the Tim Allen and the United Bank and Trust for purchasing $454,000 in bonds for the project and for partnering with us to receive an award of $350,000 through the Federal Home Loan Bank Topeka through the Affordable Housing Program. United Bank and Trust certainly showed their support for our community with this project and recently partnered with us to receive another award of $450,000 for renovation at Parkview Plaza.
We also want to thank the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for all of their hard work in approving the Mixed Finance Project and property disposition necessary to complete the project. They are also providing $186,184 in capital funds through the ARRA and an additional $416,000 in capital funds.
We appreciate Mayor Sharon Brown and the City of Clay Center Council for their support of both projects and assistance with the bond financing of $454,000 for Apollo Towers and a contribution from the city of $20,000 to pay off debt at Tolin Terrace to make that project possible.
If Kevin McCann of the Manhattan Area Office of USDA Rural Development had not mentioned the availability of the MPR program in early 2008 the Tolin Terrace Renovation would have never happen. Thank you to the entire Rural Development staff in Manhattan and Topeka for their assistance and support throughout the entire project.
Another key contributor of funds to the Tolin Terrace Renovation was the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) through their weatherization program. They provided approximately $140,000 worth of improvements to the project.
In total, we spent approximately $4,365,854 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
We have also enjoyed our relationship with the general contractor for both Apollo Towers Redevelopment and Tolin Terrace Renovation, Oetinger Lloyd Construction.
The total cost of the Apollo Towers Redevelopment Project to date is $5,818,303. This project will provide 24 2-bedroom and 27 1-bedroom updated apartments for very low to moderate income households in the Clay Center, Kansas area including a homeless transition program. This project completely rebuilt the entire interior and infrastructure of the 8-story tower.
The total cost of the Tolin Terrace Renovation Project to date is $811,321. The project began in July, 2011 and included the replacement of the north parking lot, sidewalks, curbs, steps, and handicapped ramps. We also replaced the exterior lighting, roofs, guttering and facia. Inside we replaced the electric breaker boxes, public restroom, laundry, bathrooms, kitchens, and floor covering while adding insulation to the attics and walls and replacing the heating and cooling systems with electric heat pump HVAC systems. Finally, we added a raised garden for the residents.
And we are not finished! We are making exterior improvements to Apollo Towers exterior and hope to add a parking lot on the north side next spring.
In December, 2010, we received a grant for $450,000 through the Affordable Housing Program funded by the FHLBank Topeka with the help of United Bank & Trust. This project began April 1, 2011 and includes the replacement of bathroom shower units and floor covering, kitchen cabinets, countertops, electric ranges, and floor covering, and electric heat pump HVAC heating and air.
Our community is certainly blessed to have the opportunity to address the capital needs of our aging housing assets so that they can serve our community’s low income housing needs for decades to come. The added bonus is that many of the dollars in this project flowed back through our community through the employment of local contractors and the purchase of materials. We also contributed to food and lodging through out of town contractors who worked on this project.