Sunnyside Housing Authority details five-year plan for its federal housing units

Purchasing land for possible future expansion and insulating existing units are just some of the elements of a five-year capital improvement plan under consideration by the Sunnyside Housing Authority.

Yesterday, Wednesday, the housing authority held a public hearing to gather comments on the five-year plan, a requirement in order to receive federal funding.

Highlights of the plan include:

- Exterior lighting improvements and asphalt repair for 2010.

- Seal ductwork and add insulation to the housing authority's 140 units for 2011.

- Add surveillance systems and landscape improvements to four of the housing authority's family housing sites in 2012.

- Replace water heaters in 60 of the units, install kitchen cabinets and countertops in 22 of the units at 1500 Federal Way in 2013.

- Install kitchen cabinets and countertops in another 58 units at 1500 Federal Way, plus acquire land adjacent to some of the family housing units in 2014.

All told, the proposed capital improvements for the five-year plan have a combined value of more than $1.3 million.

The proposal, which would rely on federal HUD money, was submitted with input from a resident advisory board. The next step would be to present the five-year plan to the Sunnyside Housing Authority board of commissioners for a final decision.

Most of the comments during the public hearing, though, centered on other projects the housing authority are involved in.

There was debate about the location of a dog run and a call for more washing and drying machines in working condition.

Additional discussion focused on a plan to add curbed landscaping areas in the 1500 Federal Way housing complex and concerns about yard maintenance, specifically weeds and damage to buildings caused by misuse of mowing equipment.


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