October 28 – ANDERSON – Emergency repairs to five apartments at Madison Square Apartments must be corrected within 24 hours.
At an Anderson Housing Authority (AHA) meeting on Wednesday, executive director Kim Townsend said the inspections involved five clients receiving Section 8 public housing assistance.
An inspection of five apartments at Madison Square Apartments revealed that four of the apartments did not have working smoke detectors and the fifth had a faulty boiler.
Madison Square Apartments are owned by Property Resource Associates, the owner of the besieged Bingham Square Apartments.
AHA had 21 customers in Bingham Square when 11 units broke down due to a lack of smoke detectors, malfunctioning heating and air conditioning units, water leaks and an infestation of mouse.
Townsend said emergency repairs to Bingham Square have been completed and the agency has withheld two days’ rent.
Mary Roland, deputy director of the AHA, said Bingham Square still has to make repairs that need to be done within 30 days of the AHA inspection.
“If the repairs are not made, clients have to move out or be taken out of the housing program,” she said.
Townsend said that while the AHA has not received an official notice from Property Resource Associates, their clients at both apartment complexes and the town of Anderson have been told they will no longer accept vouchers. housing section 8.
“Bingham Square has an impact on our social housing,” she said. “Our clients who rent monthly must move out by November 30.”
Townsend said other lease customers will have to move out when the terms of the lease expire.
She said customers must also put utilities in their name by Nov. 1, instead of having utilities provided through their rent payments.
Townsend said United Way of Madison County has provided $ 10,000 in utility assistance for these tenants.
She said the AHA was researching new housing options for residents of Bingham Square and Madison Square.
Townsend said new owners are being added to the program and a resolution of an issue with one owner that will make more housing units available.
Last year, Anderson City Council approved a $ 935,000 bond to complete the renovation of the former Courtyard Apartments, 2725 W. 16th St.
The funds came from income generated by the city’s Tax Increment Financing District.
The city is not obligated to repay the bond issue, which is funded by the increase in the estimated value of the Bingham Square apartments.
Property Resources paid $ 2.3 million for the property and estimated the rehabilitation work would cost $ 1.8 million.
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