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March 22, 2014

Talks progress on Fair Oaks

DHA hires consultantto help

DANVILLE – The Danville Housing Authority has hired a consultant to help with an application to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for removal/demolition of units at Fair Oaks.

The DHA board of commissioners continued discussions this week on the application process.

Greg Hilleary, DHA executive director, also will meet with Mayor Scott Eisenhauer next week about continued affordable housing discussions.

Applications for the reduction of public housing unit inventory are processed through the Special Applications Center at HUD, Hilleary said. There are many cost estimates, governmental approvals and documents needed as part of the application.

DHA hired consultant Gary Lee with Management Resource Group of Atlanta, Ga. for $4,950 to help with the application process. Lee has worked on other studies with the housing authority.

Lee already has suggested three different buildings in the Fair Oaks complex, in the middle and not on the far east side, for initial demolition.

“The three buildings that we initially identified may not be the most effective as far as HUD is concerned if trying to sell dedensification,” Hilleary said.

Hilleary said Lee has suggested “surgically removing three buildings from the middle” to create more open space.

It would visually provide a greater spacial density reduction impact for those residents, Hilleary said. The area could possibly become a parking area.

Hilleary said there is no timeline right now for the application.

“Many things still have to be accomplished,” he said.

Lee will help prepare all the documents, help with budgets and cost estimates, any resident meetings and other items through submission of the application. The DHA board and city officials also must sign off on the elimination of units.

Hilleary said the cost of demolition isn’t as much of a concern as the cost of lost future revenue for the units and having an additional revenue stream with relocations prior to demolition.

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