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HHA puts renovation plan on hold, but will proceed with new construction

Apr 30, 2018 5:15 am

Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the proposed renovation of the Columbia Apartments, including the nine-story, 117-unit Bliss Towers and a 15-unit low-rise building, has been put on hold. “My suggestion here is to take our time here with Bliss Towers,” Hudson Housing Authority Executive Director Tim Mattice said at an April 24 meeting of the agency's Board of Commissioners. “To not jump into anything that is going to put us in a position where we are over our heads and jeopardize the progress that we’ve made. And really jeopardize the financial situation of the Housing Authority by jumping into something we’re not ready to do and risk default for our investors.” The Housing Authority will complete the modernization of a third of the units at Bliss Towers this year, Mattice said. In 2019, an additional 40 units will be updated. At the same time, the Housing Authority will move ahead with plans to build more than 40 additional units on a vacant State Street lot. In response to RFPs issued for that project , Beacon Communities in Albany and Duvernay and Brooks in White Plains submitted proposals. The two groups will meet with the Housing Authority in early May to present their plans for the new development, Mattice said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.