Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 13, 2014

Housing Authority wins $137K in grants


“The jagged fencing will come down and the broken hot top will be removed,” she said. In addition, some remaining fencing will be repaired and trees will be trimmed at properties throughout town. The property was built in 1949.

Contractors will replace the hot top with loam and grass will be planted, she said.

Finally, rear-door thresholds at Memorial Circle will be replaced. Front-door thresholds were replaced last year.

The latest round of funding does not include a $400,000 project to replace windows in the 96 units at Frye Circle. Built in 1975, the complex had crank-out windows which will be replaced with more reliable and energy-efficient vinyl, double-hung windows. That project is slated to get started in May.

“We expect to see energy savings but it’s also good for tenants — they can open their windows all the way,” she said. The old window units had a fixed bay window flanked by two crank-out windows. They will be replaced with three double-hung windows which can all be opened.

Other local communities also got state grants, including North Andover, which got $20,000 in health and safety funds, and Methuen, which got $38,700, and Haverhill, which got $44,630.

In addition, $721,053 was handed out in Vacant Unit Funds to renovate and reoccupy units needing costly rehabilitation that have been vacant for more than 60 days. Methuen got $24,875 under that program, while Haverhill got $4,260.

The state also gave out $2.5 million in Accessible Unit Funds to help housing authorities make progress toward having five percent of their units fully accessible.

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